Tater Trot Tracker: September 10

Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run to beat the New York Yankees in the thirteenth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers #2 (Trot Time: 24.48 seconds) [video]

Bobby Abreu also hit a walkoff home run in super-late innings for the Angels yesterday (the fourteenth inning, to be exact), but Cruz gets the big head-nod as Home Run of the Day because his was his second home run of the day. Talk about a good day.


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Slowest Trot: Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels – 28.13 seconds [video]

Besides, we get to mention Bobby here. Abreu is a slow trotter to begin with. When you add a walkoff celebration into a mob of Angels, it’s just going to get that much slower. This was actually the second-slowest walkoff trot of the year (Orlando Cabrera‘s 28.9 second trot from May still stands at number one).

St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter hit a home run, too – the second of his career. It was a nice little trot, though, timing out at 26.39 seconds.


Quickest Trot: B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays – 19.5 seconds [video]

Upton was only one of two players to come in under twenty seconds yesterday, and the other just happened to be his teammate, Ben Zobrist.

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.