Going, Going… The 6 Slowest Home Run Trots in MLB History

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Pitchers don’t like being shown up at home plate. Over the course of Major League Baseball history, batters would often find a pitch buzzing past their heads if a pitcher thought he took his time watching a home run leave the park. In other instances, a confrontation might erupt before the batter even makes it around the bases. The game’s best hitters fail about 70 percent of the time, so pitchers certainly have a point.

Baseball’s unwritten rules have been revised in recent years. Because of the high value of contracts and stern directives from MLB headquarters, players risk long suspensions and public chastising for risking their safety while making tens of millions of dollars. Hot-dogging has also become more commonplace in general in this “gentleman’s game.”

Take the home run trot, for example. The sort of slow jog around the bases that used to clear benches barely gets a few bats of the eye in today’s game. Judging by the Wezen-Ball Tater Trot Tracker — a brilliant service that times home run (or “tater”) trot times —  it’s getting worse. Here are the six slowest home run trots in recorded history, or what metric creator Larry Granillo describes as the “Tater Trot Tracker era.”

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