There were 16 games across the majors yesterday – meaning all 30 teams played, with the Mets and Dodgers playing two – and yet there were only 16 home runs hit. I can’t imagine there are too many days during the season where the home run rate per game across the league is barely 1/game. And to make it worse, five of those home runs were hit in the Brewers game, with two of them coming in the ninth inning by the Pirates off of Trevor Hoffman. Argh.
Home Run of the Day: Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates (Trot Time: 24.5 seconds) [video]
Ronny Cedeno led off the ninth inning by lacing the second pitch from Hoffman into the Brewers bullpen to tie the game. That was bad enough, but it didn’t take long to get worse. After intentionally walking Garrett Jones to load the bases (first base was open), Doumit blasted Hoffman’s offering into the right field bleachers. There was no doubt about it. I have to say, I’m getting pretty tired of featuring game-changing home runs hit off of the Brewers closer in this space. Can we please go back to the real Trevor Time, where things are fun and the Brewers win? That’s all I ask.
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Slowest Trot: Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates – 24.5 seconds [video]
There’s not much more that I can say about Doumit’s blast. After Doumit, the slowest trot of the day belonged to New York’s Jorge Posada at 22.86, which isn’t really all that slow.
Quickest Trot: Matt Treanor, Texas Rangers – 17.68 seconds [video]
The two quickest trots of the night belong a couple of surprising guys. San Francisco’s Matt Downs, hitting the second home run of his career, sprinted around the bases at a nice 18.71 pace (video). However, he was beat handily by Texas’ new catcher Matt Treanor, who hustled around the bases at a 17.68 clip (nearly breaking into the top five). He just about flew around the bases. It’ll be interesting to see if any other catchers can put up a better time over the summer.