WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals rounds third base after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on August 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
One of the more unique things about Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is the way he sprints around the bases following a home run. Most players tend to admire their work and take their time to get back to home plate. Not Harper. Kid flys out of the batter's box like a bat out of hell.
Thanks to Deadspin, I have come to find out that there is a website -- Tater Trot Tracker (clever) -- that, as the moniker explains, tracks the amount of time it takes a player to circle the bases. According to said website, Harper's home run trot of 16.2 seconds after smashing his 15th of the season (and third in 24 hours) during Thursday's 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals was the fastest in baseball this season.
Harper's home run trot Thursday supplants the previous high, which also belonged to him; he rounded the bases in 16.35 seconds May 26. He now owns three of the top 10 fastest trots this season.
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