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2011-06-29 11:53:12 AM
Least exciting player in history? He obviously never watched a bunch of the players that the Angels went through in the 80's and 90's. Dickie Thon? Tom Donohue? Jorge Fábregas? Robb Quinlan? [etc. etc.]

Dunn is having a poor year, big deal, it happens.
 
2011-06-29 12:00:05 PM
I can't think of Dunn without thinking of the river homer in Cincinnati and Sean Casey's comment:

McCoy reports that the baseball eventually was retrieved off that driftwood by an electrician named Tom Tuerck. Which is a shame, in retrospect. Think how cool it would have been to just leave that baseball alone and let it float off down the river.

Who knows where it might eventually have ended up? That Ohio River, after all, flows all the way into western Pennsylvania.

"It probably would have wound up in Pittsburgh," said Casey. "And Jason Kendall would have found it on his way to work."


memedepot.com
 
2011-06-29 12:02:32 PM
Yeah, my White Sox aren't playing up to their level of talent as a whole this year. Danny is sad.
 
2011-06-29 12:05:14 PM
How fast was he driving?
 
2011-06-29 12:10:07 PM
You could argue - what the heck, I will argue - that Adam Dunn in 2011 is the single least enjoyable player to watch in baseball history.

This is how I know that Posnanski hasn't watched any A's games this year (of course, why would he?) There are about 20 players on Oakland alone that are less exciting than Dunn.
 
2011-06-29 12:11:27 PM
Perhaps if he didn't swing at every pitch balls out then he may hit something.
 
2011-06-29 12:11:36 PM
I don't even watch Sox games anymore. I stopped watching when I realized I was just watching to see an Ozzie rant and didn't give a rat's ass about the game. Waste of time.
 
2011-06-29 12:12:53 PM
It's not Adam Dunn. It's a space alien that has taken his skin.
 
2011-06-29 12:24:36 PM

Panty Sniffer: I don't even watch Sox games anymore. I stopped watching when I realized I was just watching to see an Ozzie rant and didn't give a rat's ass about the game. Waste of time.


A fair weather fan, eh?
 
2011-06-29 12:25:09 PM
My favorite memory is Adam Dunn figurine night in Cincinnati when he struck out to end the game with the tying run on base.

/Or the time he tried to kill Eliezer Alfonzo

//Or the walk off grand slam against the Indians.

///But let's be clear, I like slashies a lot better than I do Adam Dunn.
 
2011-06-29 12:26:13 PM
As a Reds fan, I totally understand. It was fun to watch him hit baseball 500' but it was very frustrating to watch him strikeout 30% of the damn time. Though, on hot days you could get a nice breeze in the front couple rows as he waved the bat at everything offered to him. Kind of refreshing, actually.
 
2011-06-29 12:26:17 PM

Hyaku-Shiki: It's not Adam Dunn. It's a space alien that has taken his skin.


i don't buy that. there's no way an alien would have the skill and dexterity to make a skin suit out of a dude and still be as lumbering and uncoordinated as dunn has looked this year.
 
2011-06-29 12:36:54 PM

Hyaku-Shiki: It's not Adam Dunn. It's a space alien that has taken his skin.


www.vfxhq.com

He was wearing an Adam suit
 
2011-06-29 12:43:21 PM

R.A.Danny: A fair weather fan, eh?


I guess. If someone gives me tickets I will go, but I am not going to take the time to watch them on TV or listen to them on the radio. And I sure as hell am not going to pay to go see lousy baseball. When they win all I can think is, "So what? They still suck." I've never done this to one of my favorite teams before, just giving up and abandoning them and I like a lot of teams with crappy histories. The Bears, the Blackhawks (rebuilding now, well sort of), the Iowa Hawkeyes, etc.
 
2011-06-29 12:53:49 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: How fast was he driving?


Snert
 
2011-06-29 12:56:02 PM
Unfavorable comparisons to Rob Deer are never good.

Swing as hard as you like, but the ball can't end up in the parking lot if it doesn't hit the bat first.
 
2011-06-29 12:59:02 PM
What do Ryan and Adam Dunn have in common?

Both are bad at driving someone home.
 
2011-06-29 01:09:51 PM
let me get this right, this season Dunn Goofed?
 
2011-06-29 01:13:51 PM
I still think JD Drew is the most boring player to watch. I swear the guy is borderline autistic, no emotions, barely hustles, never argues or throws his bat or does anything to indicate that anything on the ballfield just affected him in the least.
 
2011-06-29 01:17:25 PM

deadsanta: I still think JD Drew is the most boring player to watch. I swear the guy is borderline autistic, no emotions, barely hustles, never argues or throws his bat or does anything to indicate that anything on the ballfield just affected him in the least.


does jd drew occasionally use his bat to put the ball into the field of play? if so then he is infinitely more interesting than this year's adam dunn, who is currently doing nothing but clogging up my fantasy baseball team's bench.
 
2011-06-29 01:21:20 PM
Subby is probably the same person submitting headlines the Red Sox were screwed in April and the Indians were for real in May.

Adam Dunn is not finished. Awful first half, and hell he might have a bad second half. But someone who has basically been good for 40 homeruns for the past 8 years just doesn't lose it.

deadsanta: I still think JD Drew is the most boring player to watch. I swear the guy is borderline autistic, no emotions, barely hustles, never argues or throws his bat or does anything to indicate that anything on the ballfield just affected him in the least.


Uh Oh. A "he doesn't have the fire and the passion" argument.
 
2011-06-29 01:29:44 PM

Orange Rhyming Dictionary: Subby is probably the same person submitting headlines the Red Sox were screwed in April and the Indians were for real in May.

Adam Dunn is not finished. Awful first half, and hell he might have a bad second half. But someone who has basically been good for 40 homeruns for the past 8 years just doesn't lose it.

deadsanta: I still think JD Drew is the most boring player to watch. I swear the guy is borderline autistic, no emotions, barely hustles, never argues or throws his bat or does anything to indicate that anything on the ballfield just affected him in the least.

Uh Oh. A "he doesn't have the fire and the passion" argument.


Well, he is dead last in the league (not just AL, the entire MLB!) in GHORP (grit and hustle over replacement player).
 
2011-06-29 01:33:48 PM

Orange Rhyming Dictionary: But someone who has basically been good for 40 homeruns for the past 8 years just doesn't lose it.


In a world where Rick Ankiel can forget how to pitch overnight...
 
2011-06-29 01:46:29 PM

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RIP RYAN DUNN
 
2011-06-29 01:47:24 PM
You could argue - what the heck, I will argue - that Adam Dunn in 2011 is the single least enjoyable player to watch in baseball history.

Seriously? You never saw JD Drew, Dice-K or Lackey play?
 
2011-06-29 02:05:34 PM

Henry Holland: Least exciting player in history? He obviously never watched a bunch of the players that the Angels went through in the 80's and 90's. Dickie Thon? Tom Donohue? Jorge Fábregas? Robb Quinlan? [etc. etc.]

Dunn is having a poor year, big deal, it happens.


Yeah, but history suggests that when this happens to a player over 30 with the "old man" skillset, he's probably finished. Speaking of Angels from the 80s and 90s, remember when they briefly employed the corpse of Alvin Davis, who had once been a solid power hitter who drew a lot of walks but was slow and played poor defense? Dunn's at about that stage in his career now.

Jason Bay is also going through this, albeit less spectacularly.
 
2011-06-29 02:08:26 PM
Adam Dunn has one hit off of lefties this year.
 
2011-06-29 02:11:49 PM

funk_soul_bubby: That Ohio River, after all, flows all the way into western Pennsylvania.


He has a swing so powerful that it reverses the flow of rivers.
 
2011-06-29 02:29:24 PM
He'll get it goin' eventually...right? Right? Just tell me he'll hit...
 
2011-06-29 03:01:07 PM

R.A.Danny: Yeah, my White Sox aren't playing up to their level of talent as a whole this year. Danny is sad.


What's sadder is that my Cubbies ARE.
 
2011-06-29 03:04:04 PM

Orgasmatron138: R.A.Danny: Yeah, my White Sox aren't playing up to their level of talent as a whole this year. Danny is sad.

What's sadder is that my Cubbies ARE.


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2011-06-29 03:27:46 PM

R.A.Danny: Orgasmatron138: R.A.Danny: Yeah, my White Sox aren't playing up to their level of talent as a whole this year. Danny is sad.

What's sadder is that my Cubbies ARE.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


It's not like I'm a stranger to bad Cubs baseball. I've been watching since 1987. What's disappointing is that it has become very obvious what the 2007-2008 teams really were: overspending to artificially inflate the value of the team for the sale. The Tribune knew they wouldn't be paying the last few years on these contracts, so they were all backloaded, completely handcuffing the team now.

Now we're not even to the rebuilding phase - we're still in the dying phase. In three years or so we can start the rebuilding. This just adds up to a bleak stretch of baseball on the North Side.

The only real upside is getting to watch kids like Castro and Barney play, and knowing there are some top pitching prospects down in AA.

If Tom Ricketts is willing to deal out family money to get rid of the unproductive veterans, the timetable can speed up a little, but the minorleague kids still need time to learn before coming up.
 
2011-06-29 03:30:34 PM

Orgasmatron138: The only real upside is getting to watch kids like Castro and Barney play, and knowing there are some top pitching prospects down in AA.


castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however.
 
2011-06-29 03:37:28 PM

Owangotang: What do Ryan and Adam Dunn have in common?

Both are bad at driving someone home.


You, sir, are a great man.
 
2011-06-29 03:38:39 PM

thomps: Orgasmatron138: The only real upside is getting to watch kids like Castro and Barney play, and knowing there are some top pitching prospects down in AA.

castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however.


They should sign this (new window) kid up.
 
2011-06-29 03:41:09 PM

R.A.Danny: thomps: Orgasmatron138: The only real upside is getting to watch kids like Castro and Barney play, and knowing there are some top pitching prospects down in AA.

castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however.

They should sign this (new window) kid up.


he could be the rookie of the year


/did he just say funky butt-loving?
 
2011-06-29 03:43:02 PM

thomps: castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however


Probably why they traded for a finished product in Garza, who has pitched better than his ERA/record. But man, a middle infield of Lee Hak-Ju at SS (currently .336/.408/.455 in high-A ball for Tampa's affililate) and Castro at 2B could have been dynamite in two or three years.
 
2011-06-29 03:48:36 PM

GQueue: thomps: castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however

Probably why they traded for a finished product in Garza, who has pitched better than his ERA/record. But man, a middle infield of Lee Hak-Ju at SS (currently .336/.408/.455 in high-A ball for Tampa's affililate) and Castro at 2B could have been dynamite in two or three years.


Steve Stone was saying on the radio the other day that he projects Castro to play 3rd in the long term. Makes sense - he makes every tough play, but screws up the routine ones. You have less time to think at the hot corner. I know people are penciling Vitters in at 3rd, but I'm not convinced he'll pan out.
 
2011-06-29 03:58:03 PM

Orange Rhyming Dictionary: Uh Oh. A "he doesn't have the fire and the passion" argument.


Fire and passion may not win games but it makes them more fun to watch.
 
2011-06-29 04:06:43 PM
Dunn's strikeouts never bothered me much. Generally speaking an out is an out except when it's a GIDP, something Dunn hasn't done much as I recall. He's pretty consistently produced a high OPS and that tells you more about run production than strikeouts. But...you could really see his plate discipline shrink last year. His walks went way down and as consequence pitchers know that they don't have to throw him strikes. Maybe he'll come back but this isn't a good sign for a guy this old to develop this sort of a problem.
 
2011-06-29 04:41:14 PM
I loved Rob Deer growing up when he was on the Tigers. Rarely connected, but when he did, he hit BOMBS...

/Probably juiced but was fun to watch
 
2011-06-29 04:43:55 PM

yequalsy: Dunn's strikeouts never bothered me much. Generally speaking an out is an out except when it's a GIDP, something Dunn hasn't done much as I recall. He's pretty consistently produced a high OPS and that tells you more about run production than strikeouts. But...you could really see his plate discipline shrink last year. His walks went way down and as consequence pitchers know that they don't have to throw him strikes. Maybe he'll come back but this isn't a good sign for a guy this old to develop this sort of a problem.


He looks awfully out of shape, too. Is that par for the course for him or did he pack a few on this year?
 
2011-06-29 04:50:39 PM

Orgasmatron138: yequalsy: Dunn's strikeouts never bothered me much. Generally speaking an out is an out except when it's a GIDP, something Dunn hasn't done much as I recall. He's pretty consistently produced a high OPS and that tells you more about run production than strikeouts. But...you could really see his plate discipline shrink last year. His walks went way down and as consequence pitchers know that they don't have to throw him strikes. Maybe he'll come back but this isn't a good sign for a guy this old to develop this sort of a problem.

He looks awfully out of shape, too. Is that par for the course for him or did he pack a few on this year?


So much this, too. His whole body language to me just communicates disinterest. I was never for the Sox getting the tub, but unfortunately the modern trend in baseball is to overpay any free agent who has any kind of track record at all in the hopes they'll produce. You therefore end up with people like Dunn (whose skill set is not something that has much worth over 30) making the same amount of money as better players who can do more.

If Dunn and another formerly decent-hitting stiff, Alex Rios, were producing anything, the Sox would have a decent shot at the division. With players who were expected to do so much, however, tanking it (and making too much money to get benched or sent to the minors), I don't see any way they'll win.
 
2011-06-29 08:10:56 PM
Dunn was hitting when he left washington. What the heck happened?
 
2011-06-29 09:08:33 PM

spacechicken170am: Dunn was hitting when he left washington. What the heck happened?


Greg Walker.

And the AL.
 
2011-06-29 09:21:18 PM

spacechicken170am: Dunn was hitting when he left washington. What the heck happened?


Nothing to base it on, but maybe his performance isn't enhanced this year. Saw Manny turn human after being suspended with the dodgers
 
2011-06-29 10:22:38 PM

SlagginOff: spacechicken170am: Dunn was hitting when he left washington. What the heck happened?

Greg Walker.


And Greg Walker screwed up Paul Konerko, too! He's an awful hitting coach!
 
2011-06-29 11:15:06 PM

thomps: castro has a lot of potential, especially if they can teach the kid to field and throw the damn ball. i have no faith in the cubs' ability to develop pitching prospects, however.


Pro Tip: Don't draft pitchers that play for the 49ers.
 
2011-06-30 08:38:48 AM

yak piva: spacechicken170am: Dunn was hitting when he left washington. What the heck happened?

Nothing to base it on, but maybe his performance isn't enhanced this year. Saw Manny turn human after being suspended with the dodgers


I don't know. It seems his problems are mental. He got really good at seeing pitches and knew how to work a count. Now he looks like a little leaguer swinging at every pitch.
 
2011-06-30 09:08:36 AM

yak piva: Nothing to base it on, but maybe his performance isn't enhanced this year. Saw Manny turn human after being suspended with the dodger


And Adam Dunn was suspended when exactly? He also moved from a pitchers park to a hitters park (at least for homers) this year. The whole thing is just bizarre, makes no sense. Definitely in his head now, he's been missing pitches in the zone that he should just crush.
 
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