At least faster than anyone has during the Tater Trot Tracker Era. And it wasn’t even on a home run.
For those unfamiliar, Larry Granillo keeps track of the time it takes for players to circle the bases following home runs and houses all of that data over at the Tater Trot Tracker. He’s been doing it since 2010, but no one — save Billy Hamilton once in a Double-A game — has circumnavigated the basepaths as quickly as Dee Gordon did last night on the triple + error n the bottom of the third. He did it in 13.89 seconds according to Granillo.
Watch the triple here, in the second highlight:
Granted, one runs harder on an inside-the-parker or a triple + error than one does on a ball that goes over the fence, but this is still pretty damn impressive.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.