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Adam Dunn

Washington Nationals — No. 44
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: November 9, 1979 (1979-11-09) (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 20, 2001 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .249
Home runs     316
Runs batted in     777
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Dunn during 2008 spring training.

Adam Troy Dunn (born November 9, 1979, in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Washington Nationals. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

At six feet, six inches (198 cm) in height and weighing 275 pounds, Dunn was given the nickname "Big Donkey"[1] and is one of the National League's most feared sluggers. On July 4, 2009, he became the 123rd player to hit 300 career home runs.

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Amateur career

Dunn was a standout quarterback at New Caney High School in Texas. After graduating from high school, Dunn attended the University of Texas and focused on football as a quarterback. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Dunn in the second round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.

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 under .250, but he has nonetheless compiled a career on-base percentage above .380. He is annually among the league leaders in both base 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.

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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 longballs 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, 2006, and 2008 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.

On June 19, 2008, Toronto Blue Jays General Manager J. P. Ricciardi cited Dunn's lack of passion for baseball as a deterrent for acquiring the outfielder during a Toronto call-in radio show, Fan 590. Ricciardi later publicly apologized for his statements, but has yet to speak to Dunn personally about his comments.

On 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

Dunn batting for the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 27, 2008.

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]

Team USA - 2009 World Baseball Classic

On March 1, 2009, Dunn joined the United States team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic at the late request of coach Davey Johnson.[13] 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.[14] On March 8, Dunn scored on a three run triple by Chris Iannetta, and had a solo home run against Venezuela.[15]

Playing Style

Dunn has come under criticism for what some view as a lackadaisical effort in left field. When Dunn was a free agent in 2009, Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi commented in response to a question about acquiring Dunn: "Do you know the guy doesn't really like baseball that much? Do you know the guy doesn't have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player? There's a reason why you're attracted to some players and there's a reason why you're not attracted to some players. I don't think you'd be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here." Ricciardi later apologized for his comments.[16] Reds announcer Marty Brennaman has criticized Dunn's lack of clutch hitting as well noting, "He homers; he doesn't drive in runs."[17] However, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had this to say about Dunn: "Dunn was the most misunderstood player I have heard about in recent memory," Rizzo said. "The way he was misconstrued [in Cincinnati] was almost unbelievable. He plays banged up. He'd go out there 162 games if you'd let him. [Except Pujols] he's the most consistent player in the game the last six years."[18] In 2009, Dunn had was rated the worst fielder in the Major Leagues. He was rated -35 in Ultimate Zone Rating. The next closest being Yuniesky Betancourt with -21. [19]

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 1B also) and, to date, he has only played 108 games there. After First Baseman Nick Johnson was traded to the Florida Marlins, Adam Dunn was made the Nationals everyday first baseman.

Personal

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

His batter walkup music while playing for the Nationals is "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins and "Turn the Page" by Metallica (which is a cover of a Bob Seger song).

See also

References

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Preceded by
Andruw Jones
National League Player of the Month
July, 2005
Succeeded by
Andruw Jones

Simple English

Adam Dunn (born November 9, 1979, in Houston, Texas) is an American Major League baseball player. He is an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

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