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One intrepid baseball blogger has decided to chart the duration of this season’s home-run trots from the time the player’s bat connects to the time his foot touches home plate. (“Taking time to admire the flight of the ball, or slowing down to walk or leap into home plate, absolutely counts against the player,” the rules note.) The shortest path around the bases so far came on Opening Day, although that record (sigh) has an asterisk attached; the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew’s 15.84-second trip was on an inside-the-park home run that came after a ball caromed off a wall in right-center field, so being quick was in his best interest. The No. 2 trot was only .02 seconds shorter, though! [Via]