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Twins’ Byron Buxton sets new record for fastest inside-the-park homer

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton slides safely into home plate with an inside-the-park home run as Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta fields a late relay throw during the fourth inning Friday.
(Aaron Lavinsky / Minneapolis Star Tribune via TNS)

The speed of Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was on display again Friday night when he hit an inside-the-park home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks, circling the bases in a record time of 13.85 seconds, according to Statcast, MLB’s data tracking system.

Buxton launched a deep fly ball to right-center field over Arizona’s A.J. Pollack, who could not field the carom off the base of the wall.

By the time Pollack tracked down the ball, Buxton was headed to third base. Two relay throws to home plate were not in time to catch a sliding Buxton.

According to Statcast, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon held the record after he circled the bases in 13.95 seconds during an inside-the-park homer against the San Francisco Giants in 2015. Gordon, while playing for the Dodgers in 2014, recorded the fastest home-to-home time of 13.89 seconds against the Colorado Rockies on a play that involved three errors (it was ruled a triple).

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Buxton was timed circling the bases in 14.05 seconds during the Twins’ final game last season when he led off against the Chicago White Sox with an inside-the-park homer.


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