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Adam Dunn on his “one stupid year”

Jan 25, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

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There’s a good story about Adam Dunn by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times today. Van Schouwen caught up with Dunn at home in Houston and talked about the train wreck that was Dunn’s 2011 season and how he feels he’s going to get back on track for 2012. Note: there is some flirting with Best Shape of His Life territory, but Dunn sadly downplays it.

The bigger takeaway from it all is the reminder that Dunn is a pretty cool and grounded dude. I always felt that way when he played in Cincinnati and Washington, but it was sort of lost last year as everyone seemed to talk more about Dunn than to him.

For his part, he’s straight-up about how badly he stunk last season. He’s a little miffed that “one stupid year” has made everyone forget how good he was for the previous decade, but he’s making no excuses. He’s working on his hitting. He’s just getting back up on the horse again.

Anyway, a good article about a guy who has always interested me.

  1. cur68 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I may have to be kinder to Adam Dunn after this. He seems like too nice a person not to root for. Oh well. There’s always Luke Scott to mock.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      And Carl Everett. He gets lifetime jests from me.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Agreed about Dunn. Glad as I am that Dunn didn’t have his worst season for the Nats, and that the Nats got two high draft picks for him, It was sad to see how much he struggled last season. Hope he turns it around before he gets too old to turn it around.

  2. qcubed3 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    It may have been one stupid year, but it was Forest Gump level stupid . . . then again, Forest could hit a (ping pong) ball . . . so there goes that metaphor.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      OK, I am not usually the grammar/spelling police, but when you are calling someone else “Forest[sic] Gump level stupid” the LEAST you can do is spell Forrest Gump correctly :)

  3. thefalcon123 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    How bad were Adam Dunn and Alex Rio last year?

    They were both out-OPS’d by Juan Pierre…and Juan had the 2nd lowest OPS of his career.

  4. hushbrother - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    He still had a higher on-base percentage than Carl Crawford

    • professor59 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      True, barely. But that might be the only stat in which Dunn didn’t finish last in the majors.

      .569 OPS? Getting PAID for it? If this guy gets 5 hits against lefties in 2012, he’ll be Comeback Player of the Year.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        So glad I drafted Dunn and Crawford in fantasy last year……*sigh*

  5. Matt Adams - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    He dealt with a lot of boos at US Cellular in 2011 and he managed it fairly gracefully, I’ve got to say.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    2012 fantasy gold

  7. patsandsox - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    No where to go but up this year. I am hoping it was just this curse of the big contract and he will bonce back, he seems like a good guy.

  8. brewcitybummer - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    It seems to me that Dunn’s regression began in 2010 when his SO% jumped to 30.7% up from 26.5% the year before. Hes always struckout a ton but Kenny Williams was chasing this guy for so long, two or three years from what I understand, that he was too close to the trees to see the forest. His numbers last year were so bad he should improve some, but it looks like Kenny Williams gave up a lot of money for some who began his decline the year before he signed him, not the year after.

  9. vincentbojackson - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I watched almost every game of Dunn’s career in Cincy. The whole time he made 5-tool player money but only possessed one tool.

    Horrible defensive player that can’t hit a sack fly to save his life.

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