Tater Trot Tracker: September 5

Houston Astros batter Hunter Pence (R) is greeted at home plate by Michael Bourn (C) and Jeff Keppinger (L) after hitting at three run home run during the first inning at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ, September 5,2010. UPI/Art Foxall Photo via Newscom

Home Run of the Day: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (Trot Time: 22.95 seconds) [video]

This Cardinals/Reds rivalry should really be a bigger deal than it is since the big brawl and all of that, but the Cards have done their best to make it unimportant. This three-run, sixth-inning blast was Holliday’s attempt at changing the tide a bit, giving the Cards a series win. They still have a long way to go, though.


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Slowest Trot: Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox – 28.2 seconds [video]

I watched this one live with the Terrific Girlfriend and, as soon as I saw Martinez hit the bomb, I said something about how slow the trot was going to be because of a) just how slow Martinez is and b) how big the shot was. Timing the trot this morning, I’m glad to see just how right I was. V-Mart is a slow guy. Hanley Ramirez had the second slowest trot, at 26.75 seconds.


Quickest Trot: Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks – 19.13 seconds [video]

There were a handful of 19-second trots (Vernon Wells – 19.16 seconds; Ben Zobrist – 19.5 seconds; Casper Wells – 19.53 seconds) but it was Arizona’s Kelly Johnson who came out on top.

The Mets’ Ruben Tejada hit his first career home run yesterday and probably had a good chance at a top trot time. The players on the field, though, weren’t sure if it was a home run and played it like it wasn’t. Tejada ended up on third for about 10 seconds before the umpires made a clear “home run” signal. As always, when a trot is interrupted like that, I don’t count the time.

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.