Tater Trot Tracker: July 23

July 23, 2010 - Arlington, TEXAS, UNITED STATES - epa02259193 Texas Rangers player Michael Young rounds second base after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas USA, 23 July 2010.

Home Run of the Day: Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks (Trot Time: 20.72 seconds) [video]

So it’s not exactly as shocking as Bengie Molina‘s cycle from earlier this month, but a cycle from the Arizona second-baseman seems worth celebrating. The home run part of the cycle was completed first, as he took the first pitch of the game he saw from Jonathan Sanchez over the rightfield wall. He finished the cycle up with a single in the eighth. It was the fourth cycle in Arizona’s short history.


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Slowest Trot: Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants #2 – 26.29 seconds [video]

Aubrey Huff hit two home runs off of the Diamondbacks last night. His first trot came in at an uncharacteristically quick speed of 22.21 seconds. He made up for it on the second drive, taking 26.29 seconds to round the bases. Part of that, though, was due to the borderline nature of the blast. He definitely stayed at the plate for a moment watching it, trying to determine if it would stay fair or go foul. The next slowest trot belonged to Washington’s Mike Morse, during his first home run trot, when he took 24.7 seconds to reach the plate. That also had weird circumstances, though, as he seemed to think the ball was in play, and ran back towards first for a moment. He did keep running, though, so I’m going to keep the time.


Quickest Trot: Michael Young, Texas Rangers – 17.83 seconds [video]

Mike Young‘s been on a roll lately, with no trots over 19 seconds since his 19.11 second trot on June 9. In that time, he’s had five 18-second trots and three 17-second trots. That’s a pretty good run. Cleveland’s Trevor Crowe came in with the second quickest trot of the night, clocking in at 18.59 second trots.

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.