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Don Cooper saves Adam Dunn from infamy

Sep 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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Adam Dunn is not in the lineup for the White Sox’ last game today. Nor was he in yesterday’s starting lineup. That — and many other offsdays recently — means that he will not get to 503 502* plate appearances. Which is key, because that’s what you need to qualify for the batting title, and if Dunn qualified for the batting title, he’d set the record for the lowest batting average for a qualifier of all time.

The record holder is Rob Deer, who hit .179 in 1991. Dunn is at .160, so if he had played yesterday and today, he would have stood a good chance at shattering the record.  Which would have been something of a shame because Rob Deer is fun to remember and 2011 Adam Dunn basically stinks of failure.

Enjoy the pine today, Big Donkey. It — and the mercy of interim manager Don Cooper — is saving your butt from infamy.

*Sorry. Rounding error/brain lock issues. 

  1. mattintoledo - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    I’ve heard people say you could swap Will Ferrell for Adam Dunn and nobody would notice. I never thought it would be a sound baseball decision.

    • foreverchipper10 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      He really knows how to push Kenny Powers’ buttons.

  2. sjs1959 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Somewhere the Brennemans are cursing Don Cooper.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Somehow, I have the impression that Dunn finds little solace in not qualifying for worst batting avg in a season ever through the technicality of an arbitrary number of plate appearances.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Let’s hope for extra innings everyone!!! How many PAs does he need?

    • kopy - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      3.1 PAs per games played by team. Dun has 496. He would need 6 to reach the 502. If today’s game was canceled entirely he would still be short since 161*3.1 > 496.

      • Chipmaker - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        If we credit him a hypothetical 0-for-6, like would be done for a contender for the batting or slugging championships, Dunn would have a .131, easily making him the lowest qualifier ever.

        But we’ll be kind, and not do that.

      • celauritz - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

        Actually, we should give him a 6-6 and see where he ends up. If you can win the batting title with less than 502 PA by giving an 0-fer, you should be able to win “worst ever” by giving an “all-fer”.

        6 for 6 would put him at .171

        Thus, he wins.

      • CJ - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        beat me to it, give him the 6-6 and the record. it should go both ways.

  5. mur3761 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Adam Dunn started at 1st base last night.

    • roadee99 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      And had the hat trick (again) last night as a bonus! 0-3 with 3 K’s.

      At least we rid ourselves of that foul-mouthed fool making out the lineup featuring Dunn and Rios hitting somewhere in the 3-6 spots day in and day out.

      You can’t win consistently with 2 automatic outs in the middle of the lineup all year long.

      I only wish I had some hope for 2012 but it’s gonna be a long year next year too, no matter who is at the helm…

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Even though he won’t get the official record for futility this debacle will live on in infamy for quite a while

  7. Reggie's Bush - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Somewhere the people mad at Jose Reyes seem to not care about this… I wonder why

    • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      I had the same thought. Where is the guy calling Reyes a chicken shit at?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Hey! I’m mad! The guy should go for the “No guts No glory” approach!

  8. amhendrick - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    In 1996, Tony Gwynn won the batting title even though he didn’t have enough plate appearances. The rules let you add enough hit-less AB’s to qualify, and even adding an 0-for-whatever, he came out first. They should do the same for Dunn. If we add a 6-for-6, he still ends up at only .171.

    • Joe - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      You sir are brilliant. I say we honor Mr. Dunn with this ‘award’.

  9. xmatt0926x - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    How is it humanly possible for an everyday player to hit just .160?? Just by accident the worst players should hit in the low .200’s.

  10. Second City Savvy - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I was at the game last night and Dunn definitely started at 1st base last night. He then proceeded to strike out 3 times.

  11. crookedstick - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Is the “Mendoza Line” now replaced by the “Dunn Line”?

    • CJ - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      it’s not much of a line if it’s so low it’s virtually impossible to cross. pitcher’s have better BAs for the season

  12. chuckneo - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    If a player was leading the batting title by 50 points but came up 6 AB short – he would still win the batting title. The reason is, you assume the worst, so if he went 0-for-6 – and as long as he’d still be ahead of 2nd, MLB would credit him as the batting title winner.

    There’s no reason the CONVERSE shouldn’t apply to Dunn. Assume the best; a hypothetical 6-for-6. He’d be at .171 – so he still would have that record. Again, there is no reason that wouldn’t be the case.

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