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Just in case the local media needed another reason to rip on A-Rod, here are the results of a study done by the WSJ on time around the bases:
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In case New Yorkers needed another way to compare Derek Jeter to Alex Rodriguez, we’ve found something new. When Mr. Jeter hits a home run, it takes him 20.19 seconds to round the bases, the second-fastest time among Yankees starters. Mr. Rodriguez needs 24.94 seconds, the slowest mark on the team….
The average home-run time in the majors is 21.89 seconds, according to Marquette University data coordinator Larry Granillo. As a team, the Yankees are the 12th-fastest, edging the Mets by two-tenths of a second.
Outfielder Curtis Granderson is the fastest Yankee at 18.81 seconds, but that’s partly because many of his home runs barely leave the yard—he runs quickly because he doesn’t know where the ball will end up.
Most of Mr. Rodriguez’s home runs are sure things.