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Adam Dunn plans to change offseason routine “to not let this happen again”

Aug 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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Adam Dunn famously doesn’t swing a bat during the offseason and that approach has certainly worked for a long time, as he came into this season with an OPS above .800 in each of his first 10 years.

However, with Dunn going through an epic collapse that includes a .165 batting average and league-leading 143 strikeouts in 97 games this season the struggling slugger told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he plans to change his offseason approach “to not let this happen again.”

It seems unlikely that not hitting during the offseason has finally caught up to Dunn a decade into his big-league career, but given how horrible he’s been and how much money the White Sox still owe him through 2014 it’s good to see a willingness to do whatever the team asks. Basically, when you hit during the season you can get away with not hitting at all during the offseason, but when that’s no longer the case it can’t hurt to pick up a bat in December.

What’s amazing about Dunn’s collapse is that at no point has he gotten hot for even a few weeks at a time, with month-by-month batting averages of .160, .204, .136, .145, and .167. May is the only time he topped a .600 OPS and his overall mark versus left-handed pitchers is a ridiculous 3-for-78 (.038) with zero homers and 35 strikeouts.

  1. a125125125 - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Given Dunn’s new belt size, a better plan might be to go the entire offseason without picking up a fork.

    • banksatdixie - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Right, because he was so svelte before this year.

    • hystoracle - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      The Little Chocolate Donuts breakfast plan didn’t work as expected. How was John Belushi able use it become a champion?

  2. 12strikes - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Dear Adam,
    Thanks for taking some of the heat off my sucky year.

  3. thefalcon123 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Dunn is hitting .333 with a .500 since OBP since….well….August 8th.
    Sadly, that’s the longest hot streak he’s had.


    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      That’s cold.

      • professor59 - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        Not as cold as Adam Dunn’s bat…

  4. thefalcon123 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    What truly amazing is that Adam Dunn’s 64 OPS+ isn’t the worst on the White Sox. It’s not even the 2nd worst! Of White Sox with at least 250 PAs, Dunn’s OPS+ is the 3rd worse behind Alex Rios (57) and Brent Morel (58). This lineup also includes mad hitting skills of Gordan Beckam (79 OPS+) and Juan Pierre (82) with a bench that includes Omar Vizquel (60 OPS+ in 154 PAs) and Mike Tehan (59 OPS+ in 130 PAs).

    …How the hell are the White Sox almost a .500 team?!?!?

    • Bryz - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      It’s Mark Teahen (not Mike Tehan), and he’s no longer with the team. He was traded to the Blue Jays at the July 31st deadline.

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      The only reason the White Sox are almost a .500 team is because of the irrefutable baseball genius of Ozzie Guillen. I hope the team realizes how lucky they are to have him. If not for Ozzie, they’d be worse than the Astros. There’s no reason for not giving him a five or even a ten year extension right now. Whatever it takes to keep him in Chicago.

      • cur68 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Well played, Gator.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        To quote Richard Crenna in Body heat, you have to be willing to do whatever is necessary, you know?

  5. karaterobot - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    How has there not been a “ADAM DUNN GOOFED” headline yet?

  6. aceshigh11 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Those are epically bad numbers.

    I know it’s almost impossible to quantify based strictly on numbers, but is Dunn in the running for one of the Top 10 worst offensive seasons ever?

    • lessick - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      They’re pretty bad but there have been some pretty bad seasons racked up by players who still somehow managed to get 500+ plate appearances. For an example, look up Bill Ripken, 1988. Dunn’s not that far down.

  7. cur68 - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    What kills me is that Dunn is in the Majors and no one says he should be sent down to get his swing back. WTF is with keeping him up when he could clearly be replaced by a guy with way better numbers for cheap?

    For instance Wily Mo Pena isn’t in the majors (last I heard) and no one seems to want him IN the Majors. I mean, look at this:
    WMP: in 46 AB: 7 runs off of 9 hits with 5 homers = 0.196 BA 0.717 OPS. SO 19 = ~ 40% SO rate (SO/AB) with a HR/AB = 11%.

    AD: 334 AB, 31 runs off of 55 hits with 11 homers = .165 BA & .598 OPS. SO 142. SO rate: ~43% and the HR rate/AB is 3%!

    I realize that lifetime numbers favor Dunn (by, like, a lot) but speaking of right here and right now, I say give Dunn a chance to get worked out in AAA NOW, while his resurgence could help, improve the offence with a cheap and better bat (doesn’t HAVE to be WMP, there’s lots of guys could out hit Dunn right now) and get Dunn back up if/when he starts hitting.

    He’s holding that team back like a lead anchor of suckitude right now. Shed him and the whole team speeds up.

  8. hystoracle - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Do more “push aways”! As in “push away” from the table.

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