30 Players in 30 Days: Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn


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Today is Adam Dunn’s birthday. Happy Birthday Adam!!!

 

The Nats were rolling on June 19. The starters were wheeling and dealing with a 3.11 ERA for the month of June and they had just returned from a series victory over the Yankees in the Bronx. Next up: the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park. The game didn’t involve a rain delay but it was a rollercoaster ride of highs, lows and missed opportunities. The two clubs combined to go 2-for-15 (.133 BA) with runners in scoring position. The Jays left 13 men on base while Washington left 16. But in the bottom of the 11th with the game tied 1-1 and the bases loaded, Adam Dunn drove an 0-2 fastball to right field for the game winning hit.

 

It was the Nats first walk-off win and extra inning victory of the season. Dunn got it done all season long. He led the Nationals with 15 game winning RBI and 30 go-ahead RBI. He has a great batting eye and is extremely patient at the plate. He saw an average of 4.32 pitches per plate appearance, good for fourth in the Majors. He wasn’t signed to make spectacular plays with his glove. The Nats didn’t expect stellar defense out of Dunn–a trade off for the tape measure blasts to right–but he was a pleasant surprise in the field after moving to first base when Nick Johnson was traded to the Marlins on July 31. At the plate, he was a tenacious, home run-raking, RBI-producing clean-up hitter–your best bet is to walk him. He was on pace to hit over 40 home runs for the majority of the season but finished just short of the mark with 38 bombs. He wasn’t able to extend his streak to six straight 40 home run seasons, but he didn’t care. He cares more about wins than individual numbers. He finished the season with a .267 average, 105 RBI, 116 walks and an on-base percentage of .398.

 

Last offseason, the Nationals were looking for a power bat. They found one in Dunn. Dunn is entering the final year of his two-year contract and at the young age of 30, he could have a monstrous 2010 season.

 

Adam Dunn Final Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

159

546

81

146

289

29

0

38

105

116

16

177

0

1

.267

.398

.529

.928

 

2 Comments

Happy birthday, Adam!

Happy birthday to the Big Bopper!

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