Tater Trot Tracker: September 23

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits his 50th home run of the season in his first at bat in their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Toronto September 23, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Juan Uribe, San Francisco Giants #2 (Trot Time: 20.67 seconds) [video]

The Giants are always in sore need of offense. Just last week, I gave Buster Posey the Home Run of the Day because his solo shot was the deciding factor in a 1-0 victory for San Francisco that kept them in first place.

Yesterday, things were a little different. With the help of a 9-run second inning, the Giants shut out the Cubs 13-0. They were greatly helped by Juan Uribe, who hit two home runs in the second inning alone. His second was a two-out grand slam that gave the Giants a 10-run lead and gave Uribe six RBIs in the inning alone. For anyone, that would probably be enough for Home Run of the Day. For the Giants, who are still hanging onto first place by half-a-game, it’s a no doubter.

Jose Bautista also hit his 50th home run of the year off of Felix Hernandez, and Albert Pujols slugged two out to get his league-leading total to 41.


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Slowest Trot: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies – 25.34 seconds [video]

After that blistering start to the month, the Rockies have cooled a little bit, and now look to be on the verge of virtual playoff elimination. A 10-9 loss to the Diamondbacks did not help any, though it was no fault of Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez hit his opposite field grand slam in the seventh inning last night to bring the Rockies to within two runs at 8-6. It obviously wasn’t enough.

I don’t know if Gonzalez watched the ball all that long or if maybe the runners were moving on the pitch, but, by the time Gonzalez reached the shortstop position, all three baserunners were already waiting at home. His trot was a bit slow, but not *that* slow…


Quickest Trot: Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals – 19.31 seconds [video]

The only sub-20-second trot of the day…

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.