Posted by Neil Paine on May 5, 2010
Thanks to a piece in USA Today, we were clued in to an awesome feature at Wezen-Ball: the "Tater Trot Tracker", in which Larry Granillo has taken the time (literally) to clock every trip around the bases after a home run this season.
The fastest non-inside-the-park trot? Adam Rosales, who actually sprinted around the basepaths after a normal HR faster than Aubrey Huff took to circle them in an inside-the-park job -- and not just once, but twice! (April 11 & April 28.) According to Larry's spreadsheet, Rosales' average HR trot in April was nearly 2 seconds faster than the next-fastest player, Orlando Hudson. Among the MLB leaders in HR, Jason Heyward was the quickest to complete his trots, clocking in at an average of 18.88 seconds in April.
At the other end of the spectrum, you have Alex Gonzalez, who leisurely circled the bases in 29.28 seconds after an April 21 home run, the slowest trot of 2010 so far. Behind that effort was David Ortiz's 28.95-second saunter after his 2nd HR on May 1; perhaps Big Papi was tired after his first home run trot of that day, which took 27.29 seconds, a positively Usain Bolt-ian mark compared to his second one. And when it comes to players among the MLB leaders in HR, nobody did it slower in April than Jose Guillen, whose average trot took 26.23 seconds (including a 28.36-second stroll on April 11 that ranks as the 3rd-slowest of the season).