Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn


LF, OF, RF, 1B, DH
Big Donkey
November 9, 1979
6' 6"
285 lbs
Major League Debut:
7-20-2001 with CIN

Adam Troy Dunn (born November 9, 1979, in Houston, Texas), nicknamed "Big Donkey",[1] is an American Major League Baseball first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

He is six feet, six inches (198 cm) in height and weighing 287 pounds[citation needed]. On July 4, 2009, he became the 123rd player to hit 300 career home runs.

Amateur Career
Dunn was a standout quarterback at New Caney High School in Texas. After graduating from high school, the Cincinnati Reds drafted Dunn in the second round (50th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. Dunn had previously committed to play football for the University of Texas. The Reds and Dunn agreed to a deal which allowed him to play minor league baseball during the summer, and return to Austin in August to prepare for football. Dunn redshirted his freshman season and served as a backup to Major Applewhite. When star recruit Chris Simms committed to Texas, Dunn was asked to move to the tight end position. As a result, he left the Longhorns to concentrate on baseball in 1999.

Professional Career
Despite his high strikeout totals, Dunn exhibits remarkable plate discipline. He has been among the major league leaders every season in number of pitches per at bat. His career batting average is slightly under .250, but he has nonetheless compiled a career on-base percentage above .380. He is annually among the league leaders in both bases on balls and strikeouts.

Dunn has the fifth-lowest career at bats per home run average in Major-League history. His 13.96 ratio (about one home run every 14 times he comes to bat) is eclipsed only by Mark McGwire (10.61), Babe Ruth (11.76), Barry Bonds (12.90), and Jim Thome (13.68). Stretching behind Dunn are such Hall-of-Famers as Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Mike Schmidt, respectively.

Cincinnati Reds
Dunn made his Major League debut on July 20, 2001, and set a National League rookie record for the most home runs in a month by hitting 12 in August.

In 2002, Adam Dunn had a career-high 128 walks and a .400 on base percentage. During that same year, he was selected to the 2002 National League All-Star team. In that game, Dunn hit a ball to center field that was a few feet from being a game ending home run (the game famously ended in a tie). He also walked in his only other plate appearance.

Dunn's most productive season came in 2004, when he posted career highs in batting average (.266), home runs (46), runs (105), hits (151),, slugging average (.569), and OPS (.957). On September 30, 2004, Dunn once again got his name in Major League Baseball's record book, albeit not in the manner he wished. That day, Dunn struck out three times against Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Prior, raising his season total to 191 and surpassing Bobby Bonds' single season strikeout record of 189, set in 1970. He finished the season with 195 strikeouts. He held the record until Ryan Howard broke it on September 27, 2007.

Dunn's 46 home runs in 2004 were the fourth most in Cincinnati Reds history. That year, he joined Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan as the only Reds players to score 100 runs, drive in 100 runs, and draw 100 walks in a single season. Dunn repeated the feat the following season making him the only player in Reds history to do it more than once.

On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Dunn was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

In 2004, 2005, and 2006, he struck out 34.3%,[2] 30.9%,[3] and 34.6%[4] of the time, respectively. In each season, his was the highest strikeout percentage in Major League Baseball. In 2008 he struck out 31.7% of the time.[5]

On October 31, 2007, Dunn's $13 million dollar option was picked up by the Reds, making him the highest-paid player on the team.

Adam Dunn 2008 Spring TrainingOn June 29, 2008, Dunn won the Ohio Cup MVP when he went 6-for-20 in the six-game series, with 5 home runs and 10 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks
On August 11, 2008, Dunn was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Dallas Buck and two other players to be named later.[6] The two players were catcher Wilkin Castillo and pitcher Micah Owings.[7]

In 2008 he walked 19.1% of the time, the highest percentage in major league baseball, however struck out 164 times in 651 plate appearances.[8]

Defensively, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all starting major league left fielders, .968, and committed more errors (7) than any other NL left fielder.[9]

Washington Nationals
On February 11, 2009, Dunn agreed to a two-year $20 million contract with the Washington Nationals.[10][11] In his first game as a National, he hit a home run and had four RBIs. On July 4, 2009, he hit his 300th career home run.[12] During the 2009 season, Dunn transitioned into a first baseman,[13] and now in National League parks, he plays almost exclusively at that position.Adam Dunn with the Washington Nationals in 2009

On July 7, 2010, Dunn hit 3 home runs in a single game for the first time in his career as the Nationals beat the Padres 7-6. He hit a 3 run and 2 solo homers to join Alfonso Soriano as the only Nationals players to accomplish the feat.[14]

Chicago White Sox
On December 2, 2010, Dunn agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.[15][16] On April 6, 2011 Dunn underwent an apendectomy which caused him to miss five games. Through August 7, 2011 Dunn has struggled horribly, batting .163 with 142 strikeouts in just 331 at-bats.[17]

International Career
On March 1, 2009, Dunn joined the United States team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic at the late request of coach Davey Johnson.[18] In the March 7, 2009 first round game against Canada in Toronto, he hit a two-run home run and batted in a run on a sacrifice fly play.[19] On March 8, Dunn scored on a three run triple by Chris Iannetta, and had a solo home run against Venezuela.[20]

Position Changes
In December 2005, Reds manager Jerry Narron informed the press that, due to the trade of popular first baseman Sean Casey to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams, Dunn would be moving to first base for the 2006 season. However, with the acquisition of free agent first baseman Scott Hatteberg (who played for the Oakland Athletics in 2005) during spring training and the March 20 trade of outfielder Wily Mo Peña to the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo, the plan to convert Dunn was scrapped. Dunn had mentioned that he would rather not play first base.

After Nick Johnson was traded to the Florida Marlins, Dunn was made the Nationals everyday first baseman.[13]

Dunn is married to Rachel Brown of Kentucky, and the couple have a son Brady.

See also
    * List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters

   1. "Adam Dunn Statistics". Retrieved October 24, 2008.
   2. Baseball Leaderboard 2004 season,
   3. Baseball Leaderboard 2005 season,
   4. Baseball Leaderboard 2006 season,
   5. 2008 season,
   6. By Steve Gilbert / (2008-08-11). "Dunn deal: D-backs acquire slugger". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
   7. "Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
   8. "Adam Dunn Statistics and History". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
   9. "2010 Regular Season MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  10. By Tom Verducci, (2009-02-11). "Dunn, Nationals agree to two-year, $20 million deal". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  11. By Bill Ladson / "Nats sign Dunn to two-year, $20M deal". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  12. Ladson, Bill (July 4, 2009). "Dunn belts 300th career homer". Retrieved July 4, 2009.
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  14. Ladson, Bill (July 8, 2010). "Dunn hammers hat trick of homers to lift Nats". Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  15. van Dyck, Dave (2 December 2010). "Free-spending Sox sign Dunn, Pierzynski, hope to bring back Konerko". Chicago Tribune.,0,3230574.story. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  17. "Adam Dunn Game by Game Stats and Performance".
  18. Post Store (March 2, 2009). "Dunn Has Acta's Approval For WBC". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  19. Team USA tops Canada[dead link]
  20. "World Baseball Classic: United States vs. Venezuela - March 8, 2009". 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2010-08-20.

    * Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN

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