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.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.