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Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park homer that wasn’t an inside-the-park homer

May 21, 2014, 9:01 AM EST

Kurt Suzuki Twins AP

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run last night against the Padres, except here’s the thing: It wasn’t.

The ball actually cleared the fence just past the out-stretched glove of left fielder Seth Smith for what should have been a regular, old fashioned home run, but the umpire incorrectly believed that the ball had not cleared the wall. So no home run call was made, but Smith didn’t bother chasing after the ball because he thought it was a home run. And then Suzuki just kept running.

Here’s the MLB.com video:

No instant replay required because it would have been a home run either way, and this way we at least got to see Suzuki’s huge smile and hear Minnesota announcer Bert Blyleven’s laughter.

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  1. Francisco (FC) - May 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    That was a really fast Home Run Trot.

    • raysfan1 - May 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Larry Granillo’s tater trot tracker refers to it as a “pseudo-inside the park home run.” It’s actually only the third fastest trot this year (16.61sec)–behind Wil Myers’ inside the park HR (16.58 sec) and behind Carlos Gomez’ standard HR on April 1 (16.18 sec).

  2. maxt75 - May 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Carlos Gomez would have been out at first.

    • dluxxx - May 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Unless he did his occasional home run sprint, in which case he would have scored about 10 seconds before Suzuki.

      • entitymn - May 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Speaking of Go-Go-Gomez…
        Last inside the park homer for the Twins before last night was from Joe Mauer of all people. I swear I remember later in the broadcast they did a split screen of that one, and of Gomez casually trotting after one of his homers, and they were the EXACT SAME SPEED. I’d love to see that again, but am not finding the right search terms to find anything.

      • kopy - May 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        FSN showed a split screen of a Morneau triple and a Gomez home run. They reached 3rd at the same time, meaning Morneau’s all-out speed is the same as a Gomez trot.

      • Cris E - May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        After the game the radio team pointed out that of the Twins’ last four inside the park HR, three have been hit by the catcher! (I think Torii Hunter was the outlier.)

    • raysfan1 - May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      See my comment above. Gomez actually has the fastest home run trot of the season so far, and it wasn’t even an inside the park home run.

  3. rbj1 - May 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    No bat flip?

  4. tedwmoore - May 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    What a great moment! Would have missed it otherwise…thanks.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    How many inside-the-parkers are hit by a catcher in any given year? Are stats kept separately for out-of vs. inside the park HR?

    • dowhatifeellike - May 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      I don’t think they are separated in the official stats, but I’m sure someone has it somewhere.

  6. nclrbrt - May 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Kurt really hauled it around the bases. Pretty good wheels for a catcher.

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