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'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:08 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Earlier this week, maligned White Sox (former?) slugger Adam Dunn told the Chicago Sun-Times that everything he'd done previously in his career was "discredited by one stupid year." And what a stupid year it is. Gloriously stupid. 

Dunn hit just .159 with a .292 OPS and 11 home runs. He struck out 177 times in 415 at-bats, an amazingly futile frequency of one strikeout per every 2.3 at-bats. Dunn's always had contact issues, but never this drastic, and he was always productive. We're talking about a player whose average season from 2004-2010 was .253/.381/.533 with 40 home runs, 101 RBI and 94 runs in 158 games. Yes, for seven seasons, Dunn averaged 40 bombs a year while getting on base more than 38 percent of the time. And all of a sudden, from out of nowhere at the age of 31, Dunn just fell apart.

And the White Sox owe him $44 million over the next three seasons.

Fortunately for the White Sox and their fans, there should only be one way to go. Dunn can't possibly be any worse than he was last year, right? Dunn, for his part, appears to be doing a lot this offseason to get things back on track.

The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that Dunn appeared "much leaner around his mid-section" at SoxFest this weekend. He's reportedly worked hard this offseason on strengthening his core.

“I feel good," Dunn said (Tribune). "I don’t know, I don’t weigh myself every morning. But I feel good and still got a month to go (before spring training).”

"Hopefully I’m going in this year feeling as good as I’ve felt in a long time and just ready to get started and quit talking about it every (time). It doesn’t matter where you go, everyone is talking about it. I realize that comes with that, but I really can’t wait for opening day.”

The "it" that everyone is talking about it presumably the aforementioned "stupid season." He's obviously trying to put it behind him.

The offseason was probably the only way Dunn was going to get fixed. A funk like he had last season begins to mentally destroy a player in the batter's box. He just needed a break and obviously has worked harder this offseason than last. Time will tell if it makes a difference as Dunn heads into the 2012 season as one of the most stigmatized players in baseball, but the report that he's much leaner shows he's serious.

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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:38 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Ya Schloncha... sad but true.  My husband played farm ball for the San Diedo Padres and basically said the same thing.  I was shocked about the aderall thing too.  Whether people want to know it or not, alot of our favorite players in major sports are total juice-monkeys!!!  Roger Clemens had so much juice he gave the left-overs to his wife.  But after hearing all that and hanging around athletes in college, I realized that steroids are everywhere.  Sure a few guys get caught every year but that doesnt mean things are under control.  Its just like the NBA refs fixing games.  They caught one or two guys and claimed to have cut the head off the beast.  But anyone that watches sports impartially can see some of the bogus calls or non-calls. Its whatever tho... Athletes use drugs and performance enhancers and theres no way to totally eliminate it!!



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:46 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Ya listen guys.... I dunno if anyone here is actually aware of how prevalent steroid use is at the pro level but if you honestly think that a couple juiced up hitters had an uneven advantage against pitchers that were playing clean it sounds little naieve!!    Just to give everyone an idea of what I'm talking about, I'll give you personal experience to back it up.  I played football and baseball at a mediocre D-3 college.  90% of the starters on the football team were all takings roids and 75% of the baseball team was too.  Our 3 best pitchers were the biggest sauce-heads I ever met.  My best friend played at Iowa State on a football scholarship and basically every guy except the punter was taking something illegal, not just steroids. And out of a few guys we knew that got picked up a pro team they all said it was easy to get past testing and just as many if not more guys were juicing.  But back to the topic, I still like baseball, but Hr's are fun, plain and simple.  All the best pitchers are Juicing and same with the best hitters, and alot of em are taking stuff like aderall and ritalyn. I know people dont like to hear it, but its the truth!! And before someone says that drug testing prevents it, it doesnt.  There are so many ways to get around it and teams make sure there guys pass, and once in a while someone gets caught anyway.  I'm not saying its right.... just the way it is! So I guess if you truly dont like homeruns, thats fine, I was just saying that I do.  To each their own....



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:11 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Maybe Dunn's "stupid season" was in fact a "steriodless season".



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:52 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Comparing Adam Dunn to Steve Balboni, Ken Phelps, etc. is absurd. Dave Kingman hit over 40 HR in just ONE SEASON!  Dunn is nothing like those guys. Dunn hit 40+ HR a year 5 years in a row, then 38 two more years. He is 11th best all time in AB per HR. His lowest BA was ,236, but his lowest OBP was .365. His lifetime OBP is still .374, even with last year. He was in the top 10 in the NL in walks 8 times. So calling Dunn a .220 slugger is grossly unfair.

I don't know what kind of year Dunn will have. Dunn is 32. When Jim Thome was 35 he had a horrible year with the Phillies, hitting 7 home runs for the year. For sure he was hurt, but the next year he bounced back with 42 HR with the Sox. Reggie Jackson had a bad year at 35, then bounced back to hit 39 HR. So it has happened that players have had a bad year and then bounce back.

Perhaps Dunn will suck again, or he may bounce back and have a productive year. I don't think if he is slimmer (and I doubt he really is) that that will make a difference. He's a big man. He just has to let the past year go. He also has to get into the mindframe that he is a DH, like it or not.




Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:24 am
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Ok, I'll bite... Please tell me why "baseball needs a guy to hit 50 hrs" again, even if it means a return to the deceptive practices of the recent "sluggers" who regularly achieved it. Does anyone miss McGwire, Sosa, and Brady freakin Anderson making a mockery of the games records by illicit means?



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:33 am
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

These type hitters come and go all the time. Ken Phelps, Steve Balboni, Rob Deer, Dave Kingman etc. They all go for broke. Still some club will take out their checkbook and sign a .220 Slugger. The club will pay this guy to fail. The fans will be mad and the club will defend the slumping hitter. More of these types of hitters should have a production contract. Not free money. Adam Dunn is an upper tier Slugger out of these types of hitters because he has had a little longer run than the rest.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:36 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Adam Dunn is a career .240s hitter that strikes out nearly 30% of the time. He struggled to get good at bats and lost his confidence.  The White Sox didn't help that confidence by benching him and taking him out in certain situations.  Playing in 122 games and having an abissmal 66 hits in unacceptable though by any player.  Hopefully he comes back to form for the sake of the White Sox but without giving him the proper coaching and at-bats I don't see him improving any time soon.  Sorry White Sox fans this is going to be a long year for you guys again!!!
Adam Dunn is never going be a type pf player that hit for a high average, but in a normal season he would hit over 30 Homeruns and close to hundred RBI's. Most White Sox fans be happy if he could hit over. 250 with more then 30 Homeruns

Adam Dunn remind me of Dave Kingman for they both hit in the .240 range, both of them average 37 Homeruns a season and close to 100 RBI's a season.



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:23 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

It doesn't matter if Dunn loses weight, starts working out, eats healthy, he strikes out 190+ times in a season.  Most every day starters get anywhere from 520 to 600 AB's.  I am not a mathematician by any means but that isn't good.  BTW, that is how you spell that.  I understand that nobody doesn't strike out but are you telling me that in any given situation, in any game, Dunn is "The Guy" you want at the plate for you?  Leading off an inning, just consider it 1 out.  Runner on first, one out, double play coming or if you're LUCKY, strikeout.  Two outs, bases loaded, inning over.  If he produces anything, call yourself lucky.  Tell ya what, Pay me 1/4 what he's making and I can go up 4-5 times a game and set strikeout records...  Just sayin. 



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:14 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Adam Dunn is a career .240s hitter that strikes out nearly 30% of the time. He struggled to get good at bats and lost his confidence.  The White Sox didn't help that confidence by benching him and taking him out in certain situations.  Playing in 122 games and having an abissmal 66 hits in unacceptable though by any player.  Hopefully he comes back to form for the sake of the White Sox but without giving him the proper coaching and at-bats I don't see him improving any time soon.  Sorry White Sox fans this is going to be a long year for you guys again!!!



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:03 pm
 

'Leaner' Dunn looks to get past 'stupid season'

Ohhhh boy..... What a classic situation of the contract curse!!  44 Million dollars and the guy makes Michael Jordan look like the White Sox second worse investment. haha.  But whatever, he changed teams, hes getting old and playing for a team that focuses on small ball.  Of course, thats no excuse for a guy like Dunn.  If you strikeout almost 200 times in a season you better be a pitcher or crank 40 HR's in the process!!  But 31 is not that old for baseball players, and I'm sure he'll find his swing again!! If losing a few pounds is the answer, so be it, but one things for sure.  People are gonna be weary about picking him for their fantasy team.  Although, I'm sure there are plenty of people that'll roll the dice and hope he can get back to his old self.I am longing for the longball era to make a comeback.  Baseball has been good over the years but I miss the days where we were all flipping right to the Baseball leaders page in the newspaper to see who was winning the race and how many HR's a guy hit the previous night.  Everyone complained about the HR's being a result of the rampid steroid use, and maybe it was, but baseball needs someone to hit 50 homeruns in a season, soon!!! Maybe Dunn is the guy???  Glad to see this guy is trying to turn things around this year, cuz the White Sox could really use his bat!!


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