Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 4/12/12
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The rest of Wednesday’s trots will come later in the afternoon. In the meantime, the night’s quickest home run was just too exciting not to share immediately. Angels fans will probably know why.

Home Run of the Day: Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels – 14.26 seconds [video]
There's no denying that's Peter Bourjos is a fast man. Last year, the Angels outfielder made it around the bases in 14.02 seconds, easily the fastest time seen since the start of the Tater Trot Tracker. Sadly, and surprisingly, the official scorer ruled that play an error instead of an inside-the-park home run, giving Bourjos merely the fastest recorded four-base single rather than the fastest recorded home run trot he was entitled to.

Wednesday night, Bourjos proved his tremendous speed once again. On a near home run to left field, Bourjos' fly ball took a sharp bounce off the wall while Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham took a hard thud off the wall. Willingham fell to the warning track while the ball bounced far onto the outfield grass. Meanwhile, Bourjos, who ran hard out of the box, had begun to slow down as he rounded first base. When the ball got away from Willingham, he put on the jets. There were two runners on base already, but thankfully they too were running hard. Vernon Wells touched home at 6.79 seconds, with Chris Iannetta about five seconds behind him. By that time, Bourjos had already rounded third and the cutoff man was only barely receiving the ball. The race between the ball and the speediest Angel was never in doubt. Bourjos' hook slide touched home plate 14.26 seconds after his bat touched the ball.

It's a testament to his great speed that Peter Bourjos was able to make the third fastest trot ever recorded somehow look slow. The only man between the two fastest Bourjos trots is Tony Campana, who sped home on his own inside-the-park home run last August in 14.21 seconds (for his first career home run!). But, not unlike Usain Bolt slowing down in the 100m dash, we’ll never know exactly how fast Bourjos could have made his trot if only he had run as hard as possible for the full 360 feet.

For a full list of inside-the-park home run trot times, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 leaderboards can be found at TaterTrotTracker.com.

Slowest Trot: [coming soon]

Quickest Trot: [coming soon]

All of Today's Trots [coming soon]

Click here for the ongoing 2012 Tater Trot Tracker Leaderboard. You can also follow @TaterTrotTrkr on Twitter for more up-to-the-minute trot times.

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