You want old-school? Here’s old school. A month into his big-league career, Bryce Harper has established himself as Major League Baseball’s fastest home run trotter.
Because there’s a stat for everything, there’s a stat for home-run trot time, and Harper is dominating. His 16.35-second round trip on Saturday afternoon is the fastest time in baseball this season. In fact, it was the fastest non-inside-the-park home run trot in MLB since July 4 of 2010.
Harper also has the third-fastest time (17.07 seconds) and the ninth-fastest time (17.79 seconds) this season. No other player appears on the top 10 list even twice.
“Harper sprinted out of the batter’s box,” Adam Kilgore wrote after Harper’s first home-run trot, the 17.07-second effort. “Once the ball cleared the fence he never slowed his gait. Harper ran around the bases in about 18 seconds and kept sprinting all the way into the dugout.”
Harper’s slowest career big-league trot time was Sunday night’s 19.02-second effort after homering off Livan Hernandez; that was still the second-fastest trot of the day. And even with that time, Harper’s average round-trip time of 17.56 seconds would rank as the seventh-fastest individual trot of the season.
“Bryce Harper’s home run trot/sprint is becoming a ‘thing,’ ” Chris from Nats Enquirer wrote over the weekend.
Indeed. This will not be the last time you hear about Harper’s home-run trot time, I promise.
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Maryland loses the men’s lacrosse national championship to Loyola, which wins its first-ever Division I title in anything.
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TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Well, it’s not sports-related, but Marion Barry wins.
Made some good BBQ on the old webber, gave thanks to those who died for our country, now enjoying the warm breeze as the stars shine over DC— Marion S. Barry, Jr. (@marionbarryjr) May 29, 2012
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Video of Karl Alzner’s dogs escaping their crate. Via NBC Washington. This is insane.
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WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in Miami at 7 on MASN2. The Orioles are at Toronto at 7 on MASN. And the Thunder play the Spurs in Game 2 at 9 on TNT. All TV/Radio listings are here.
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An ESPN Sports Poll determines that the NFC East is the NFL’s most popular division, but the Redskins’ are the division’s least popular team.
Washingtonian on the vendors inside Union Market, which is scheduled to open in June: a boozy soda shop, a Carolyn Stromberg cheese shop, a butchery, Rappahannock Oyster Co., Peregrine Espresso, Oh Pickles!, DC Empanadas, Takorean, and Lyon Bakery. Very awesome.