Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 7/27/12
Starling Marte got the party started on the first pitch he saw last night, so let's keep it going. Right to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates - 18.46 seconds [video] The major league debut for Pittsburgh's heralded prospect. On the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer, Marte powered the ball over the left-centerfield wall in Houston. And it was no cheap "Crawford boxes" home run, either. A thing of beauty, as was the trot. It wasn't quite Bryce Harper's trot, but 18.46 seconds for a player who's been in the big leagues for all of four minutes is pretty impressive. You could say that it was a startling start-e to Starling Marte's career. (You could; I never would.) Slowest Trot: Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians - 24.44 seconds [video] This is the kind of trot you see here on a day where there were only 16 home runs around the league. In fairness, it probably looked much slower when compared to the heat Justin Verlander was throwing ...
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