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For Eaton, it's easier to hit HRs than savor them


PEORIA, Ariz. -- When D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton homered Monday, he nearly passed pitcher Trevor Cahill, who was on base at the time.

It doesn't even seem right to call it a home run "trot" for Eaton, it's more like a sprint.

"The game takes long enough as it is and no one wants to watch me just trot around the bases," Eaton said. "They don't want to see that. Just hit your home run, get around the bases and let the next guy hit. It's nice to enjoy it, but at the same time, just act like you've done it and get around the bases."

Power is not a big part of Eaton's game. He has hit 24 home runs in 1,210 Minor League at-bats and he had two in 85 big league at-bats last year.

Eaton has sprinted around the bases throughout his pro career and has heard from teammates as well as his wife, Katie, that he should slow down and enjoy the moment.

"I'm sure if I hit it in the World Series I may slow down," he said with a laugh.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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