Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh said it perfectly: Rookie Kristopher Negron "wasted no time at all" in getting around the bases after clearing the fence for his second career home run Monday night. Negron's solo shot at Miller Park was a line drive to right against Milwaukee's Will Smith, and Negron was a line drive in making the circuit in 16.12 seconds in the eighth inning for the quickest home-run trot of 2014, as recorded by Tater Trot Tracker. It's also the fifth-quickest trot overall since TTT started keeping track in 2010.
Negron beat Carlos Gomez's pace of 16.18, which also happened at Miller Park, on April 1.
The Milwaukee Brewers still beat the Reds 5-2, but Cincinnati is the quicker franchise when it comes to home-run trots. Speedy homers are becoming a recurring franchise tradition there. As Reds fans remember, Adam Rosales came into the league hustling around the bases on home runs starting in 2009:
Rosales helped to inspire Larry Granillo to create Tater Trot Tracker, and Rosales's name is all over the top 10 quickest trots since '10.
A B H — Always Be Hustling.
As for Negron, he's 28 years old and a career .246 hitter with a .683 on-base plus slugging in 3,710 minor league at-bats. So it's hard to say that we'll see him sprinting around the bases on home runs for years to come. But it is nice to see another Rosales-like figure out there, putting his own stamp on the home-run trot. Hopefully he savors his home runs longer than it takes him to finish them.
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