Tater Trot Tracker: September 6

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann reacts after giving up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox's Adrian Beltre during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 6, 2010.  REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins (Trot Time: 19.48 seconds) [video]

A good crop of choices for Home Run of the Day yesterday. Jim Thome hit a ball so hard it bounced off the top of the flag pole. Washington Danny Espinosa hit his second and third home runs of his career, the second of which was a grand slam that bounced off the facade of the second deck in right field. But I’m going with Mike Stanton‘s ridiculous blast to the second deck at Citizens Bank Park in the second game of the double-header. He had already hit a shot in the first game. I still don’t what to say about him other than “The kid is damn good.”


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Slowest Trot: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – 28.34 seconds [video]

For the second day in a row, Hanley Ramirez takes advantage of a glacially slow trot from a Boston slugger to squeak by the Slowest Trot of the Day mantle. Yesterday, it was Victor Martinez; today, it’s Papi. Hanley’s trot came in at 26.81 seconds. Yadier Molina was third, with a 25.73 second grand slam trot.


Quickest Trot: Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals #1 – 17.76 seconds [video]

I mentioned him up top, but it really was nice to see Espinosa have his multi-homer day to give him his second and third home runs ever. The first was a shot off the opposite field foul pole that fooled the cameraman so much he initially followed the ball down the wrong line. His second trot may have been just as quick, but it was a grand slam and he was greeted by teammates at the plate, forcing him to put on the brakes at the end. Still, a pretty sweet day for the rookie.

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.