Tater Trot Tracker: July 19

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols swings as he watches a two run home run leave the park in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 19, 2010.  The home run was the first of three for the Cardinals in the inning.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

Home Run of the Day: Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers (Trot Time: 23.42 seconds) [video]

Albert Pujols [video], Mark Reynolds [video], and Mike Stanton [video] all hit ridiculously huge home runs last night, reminding us of what we miss the most from the late-90s power surge. Florida’s Donnie Murphy hit a walkoff blast to rightfield for the Marlins, but it’s Nelson Cruz‘s go-ahead home run in the top of the 14th that gets the Home Run of the Day. After a see-saw battle all game that even saw the Tigers screw up a game-winning situation in the 11th when Cruz deked Johnny Damon into believing he was fielding a ball that was nowhere near him, thus causing Damon to hold up at third rather than walk across the plate with the winnig run, it was Cruz’s 14th inning blast that ultimately resolved the game. Hitting a home run like that in the 14th inning of a game after having such a pivotal defensive play earlier in extra-innings, it’s impossible not to give him the Home Run of the Day.

 

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Slowest Trot: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers #2 – 27.73 seconds [video]

By now, twenty-four home runs into the season, I’ve learned not to expect anything but slow-to-super-slow home runs from Migueal Cabrera. The only question is, how slow will it be today? Cabrera’s first home run wasn’t too bad, clocking in at 24.87 seconds. But his second one, a huge fly to leftfield, was just too much. Jim Thome (25.62 seconds) and Aramis Ramirez (25.14 seconds) had the next slowest trots.

 

Quickest Trot: Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals – 18.2 seconds [video]

The second home run in a back-to-back barrage, and the third of the inning, Schumaker gives us a very respectable Quickest Trot time at 18.2 seconds. The most impressive speedy trot of the night, though, belonged to Donnie Murphy, who hit the ninth inning walkoff blast in Florida. As with most walkoffs, Murphy was greeted at home plate by his teammates, hovering over the plate itself. But even with that mob to get through, Murphy still touched plate only 18.57 seconds after making contact [video]. That number might be a tiny bit off because it’s generally pretty hard to tell when a foot lands in a mob, but the plate was mostly clear in this case, so it should be pretty close.

Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.

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