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Adam Dunn should visit Baseball-Reference.com some time

Mar 7, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

Adam Dunn

Jon Heyman has an article about Adam Dunn “embracing” the designated hitter role with the White Sox after initially wanting to remain in the National League.

Most of the piece revolves around his $56 million contract and his plans for being comfortable at DH, but there’s also this section about Dunn and his new hitter-friendly home ballpark in Chicago:

Chicago, he said, is his “favorite city.” And U.S. Cellular Field, though he’s never played there oddly enough, is built for him. Though Dunn said you never know how a hitter will do in a particular park. “See, everyone says Colorado and I can’t buy a hit there,” he said.

For some reason Heyman just leaves that comment out there as something resembling fact without following up with Dunn’s actual numbers at Coors Field, which are about as far from “can’t buy a hit there” as possible. Dunn has a .272 batting average and .977 OPS in 29 career games at Coors Field, compared to a .249 batting average and .901 OPS in 1,419 career games everywhere. And all that was available with just a few clicks on Baseball-Reference.com.

UPDATE: Heyman edited the original article to add in a note about Dunn “being too hard on himself, as his .592 slugging percentage at Coors Field would attest.” You can see the original version here. Better late than never, I suppose.

  1. AK47 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Maybe he meant Yankee Stadium, he doesn’t have a hit there, easy to confuse the two.

  2. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    C’mon, Heyman would never let a little thing like the truth get in the way of a good quote.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      This, plus the next time Heyman visits bref.com will also be the first time.

  3. Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    If the facts don’t support what you want to say, ignore them.

  4. bigtrav425 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe he was referring to getting laid in colorado?

  5. scottp9 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Not to interrupt the general ridicule with facts, but this is what immediately follows the block quote in the linked article:

    Dunn is being too hard on himself, as his .592 slugging percentage at Coors Field would attest. He even nearly kept up his astoundingly consistent 40-homer trend while playing in Nationals Park, which trended toward being an actual National League park in terms of its expanse, though lately has played pretty close to straight up (partly due to Dunn making his home there, no doubt).

    Was the article changed, or was the reference to SLG not good enough somehow?

  6. Detroit Michael - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    If Eddie Cicotte was pitching for the Rockies, then Dunn could buy a hit in Colorado.

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