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Behold: The slowest home run trot you’ll see this year

Sep 29, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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Bobby Abreu hit a long home run last night against the Rockies and he took his sweet time to get around the bases. 31.56 seconds, in fact. According to Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus, it was the longest non-injury home run trot since he began logging them for Tater Trot Tracker in 2010.

David Ortiz had the previous record with a 30.59 second trot while Abreu’s teammate Hanley Ramirez had a 30.3 second trot earlier this year. You can watch the home run here.

It’s worth noting that Will Harris nearly Abreu with a pitch earlier in the at-bat, so that could have the reason for the bat flip and the slow ride around the bases. Of course, it’s also possible that the 38-year-old Abreu realized this could be his last home run in the big leagues, so he decided to savor every last second. Can’t fault him for that, I guess.

  1. greymares - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    bush league absolutely, but i’m guessing it’s his last and he wants everybody to remember it.

    • dcfan4life - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Dunno if you can call it bush league then if his motives were to just remember what its like to run the bases after a home run. He isn’t rubbing it in if thats the case, so how is it bush league?

  2. hojo20 - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Any highlight narrated by Scully is a good highlight.

  3. 4cornersfan - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    There has never been anything bush league about Bobby, one of the savviest hitters in baseball. Whatever it was, there was a reason. Maybe he was giving them time to wake up Vin in the TV booth so he could make the call.

    • seahawks19081 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      The way he played right field in Philadelphia was pure bush league.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I had no idea that Bobby Abreu was even on a major league roster- maybe he was trying to make me aware of that fact?

  5. kiwicricket - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Judging by his current shape…..chaffing might become a serious issue after 60+ feet. No wonder he took his time.

  6. cur68 - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Whatchoo guys groaning about? That there be as fast as Bobby can run. Man was in a flat out sprint.

  7. missthemexpos - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Gotta to love baseball and stats kept on just about everything. My question is do they keep track how long it takes the runner to go to first on a walk?

  8. Bob Timmermann - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Abreu, for his age, isn’t that slow. He’s managed to steal six bases in eight attempts this year. And it was an impressive home run. Just the 21st home run at Dodger Stadium to land in the loge section. It puts him in the same company as Juan Rivera and Hiram Bocachica.

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