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Adam Dunn will be riding the pine for a while

Aug 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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The other day Brett Ballantini of reported that Ozzie Guillen was going to sit down with Adam Dunn sometime soon and discuss a reduced role for the big guy down the stretch.  It seems now that the conversation has been had. Here’s Ozzie Guillen via the Associated Press:

“I don’t know yet. I talked to him we had a little chat. It went nice. He understood my point, I understood his point. Obviously I’m going to (play) the guys that swing the bat good but are you’re going to see him? I can’t say no because he will play some day.”

Dunn has sat for two straight games and there is likely a lot more bench in his immediate future. As Ballantini reported, Dunn pretty much knows the score. He’s hitting .163/.290/.289 in perhaps the worst fall-off-a-cliff season for an elite hitter in living memory.  He’s never complained about much in his career, so he’s not likely to start now.

And hey, there are only three more years and $44 million left on that deal, so there’s that.

  1. Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    They would probably be leading their division right now had the kept Thome. Dumbest move by the WS in the last decade? Probably….

    • icanspeel - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Before the year started who would have guessed Dunn would have such a horrible season? He was consistently hitting with power and it is more of a fluke this off year than all his home run hitting years.

      btw Thome isn’t having THAT much of a better year this year

      • jeffbbf - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Yup – most analysts saw 40-50 homers from Dunn this year as he moved into a hitter-friendly ballpark. Nobody focused on the fact that his walks dropped 35% and his strikeouts increased last year. Not a single warning sign about a failing eye. We all fell for it.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM

        EVERYONE is having a better year than Dunn is having, and Thome is having a much better year than Dunn is. Sure, Thome isn’t having a great year, but it’s wayyy better than Dunn.

        I don’t care about projections of Dunn, in hindsight he’s been just terrible, and Thome in the DH spot at about .250 higher OPS at DH will probably be worth some more wins for sure. Maybe the 5 they need right now?

      • JBerardi - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        “EVERYONE is having a better year than Dunn is having”

        Alex Rios isn’t.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      At this rate, signing Dunn will be the dumbest move in the past 100 years! They actually may have been better off with a platoon DH (last year style) over Dunn…unbelievable really. Thome beats both options clearly.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Dunn had a great shot at 200 K’s this year too until this happened

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      I’d be really pissed off if they benched me before I could reach 200 strikeouts. That means my medicare won’t vest until next season.

  3. Jack Marshall - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Red Sox first baseman George Scott, 24 years old and coming off a season in which he hit .303 with power, finished 1968 with totals of .171, .236, .237, OPS 473—even worse than Dunn. No injury or other explanation was ever established, and Scott went on to have a terrific career. There is hope for Dunn, though Scott had the age advantage.

    But Dick Williams made Scott a part-time player by late June. Why in the world it took Ozzie so long, I do not know.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      Probably that the White Sox offense was so inept he had no choice but to hope Dunn pulled an Uggla.

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