Tater Trot Tracker: September 11

Atlanta Braves batter Jason Heyward is congratulated in the dugout after a home run off St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, September 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Yorvit Torrealba, San Diego Padres (Trot Time: 24.68 seconds) [video]

Jim Thome hit a twelfth-inning bomb to break a scoreless tie and give the Twins another victory and to move past Frank Robinson into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list. Joey Votto hit a tenth-inning walkoff homer to extend the Reds lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. I’m giving Home Run of the Day honors, though, to San Diego’s Yorvit Torrealba, whose third-inning solo shot was the lone run in the Padres 1-0 victory over the Giants. It broke a tie between the two clubs atop the NL West. The Padres will try to defend that 1-game lead this afternoon, while the Giants hope to end the four game series in San Diego back atop the division.


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Slowest Trot: Yorvit Torrealba, San Diego Padres – 24.68 seconds [video]

Hideki Matsui homered for the Angels yesterday, but the camera didn’t give us a good view of his trot. The only time I could manage was 25.8 seconds, but that was well after he had stepped on home plate and ran toward the dugout. I already mentioned Torrealba up top. The second slowest trot belonged to Thome, who clocked in at 24.26 seconds, while the third slowest trot belonged to, surprisingly, Ichiro Suzuki with a 24.03 second trot.


Quickest Trot: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves – 19.6 seconds [video]

The only trot, out of sixteen, to come in under twenty seconds yesterday. Joey Votto‘s walkoff came in at 21.07 seconds, which is pretty remarkable, considering how much he admired the home run from home plate and considering how much he had to slow down while approaching his teammates at the plate. They didn’t show him on the basepaths, but that’s obviously some quick trotting (see video).

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.