Tuesday, September 30, 2008

One and Dunn

As of the end of the 2008 regular season, there are exactly two hitters in the history of Major League Baseball who hit 40 home runs and drew 100 walks in five consecutive seasons.

Barry Bonds is one.

Adam Dunn is the other.

That the Reds decided it was Dunn who was the problem with the team tells you all you need to know about the intelligence of the people running that team.

Of course, this is the same team that gives 300 at-bats to Corey Patterson and thinks Brandon Phillips is a cleanup hitter.

1 comment:

HMSScott said...

Ridiculous. That's like saying, there are exactly four men alive who have been president of the United States, and asking us to conclude they are all of equal intelligence and capability.

Wrong. Putting Bonds and Dunn in the same category is ludicrous. Dunn is in no way a clutch hitter, and in no way has the same impact on a lineup that Bonds does. You neglected to mention how often Dunn strikes out - about as much as he walks.

Further, to call his defensive skills liabilities doesn't begin to explain the negative impact he has in the field.

Finally, the decision to let Dunn go also has to be examined in the context of where the Reds are, who they have coming up and what they need. As a long suffering Reds fan I won't try to defend a lot of the decisions the team has made but this is Walk Jockitty, not Jim Bowden. Dunn had to go to make room for more versatile, younger and frankly more productive players. Dunn's stats are incredibly misleading; better to take a chance on more well rounded players who care more about their team.