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Adam Dunn launches 400th career home run

Aug 18, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn took Royals reliever Tim Collins deep in the eighth inning Saturday for his 400th career home run.

He also reclaimed the major league lead with his 35th homer of the year after Josh Hamilton caught him at 34 Wednesday.

Dunn became just the eighth player to hit 400 homers in his first 12 seasons in the majors, joining Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. He has the 14th most homers through age 32, and he figures to pass both Juan Gonzalez and Willie Mays on that list before the season ends.

Of course, given his low batting average and his lack of defensive value, Dunn has quite a ways to go before he’ll be worthy of any Hall of Fame consideration. Still, his bounce-back season has at least put him back on the map as far as that is concerned. With so many factors working against him, he’ll probably have to get to 600 homers in his career in order to have a shot.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Is it me or does he have the quietest 400 homeruns ever? I’m not trying to be a jerk It just does’t seem like he has that many already.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      I know I felt the Same way about Thome’s 600th. I can’t believe how under the radar he’s been considering he’ll likely end his career 6th on the all time list.

      • ugemeistro - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        you don’t he can hit 50 more and pass “Say Hey” Willy?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        I don’t know he’ll get the playing time. He’s already 41 and hasn’t played more than 100 games in 2 years.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Congrats to Adam Dunn

    • florida727 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Matthew, really? You have to take a cheap shot at the guy regarding the HOF instead of just acknowledge and appreciate what he has accomplished? Just a guess, but isn’t he about 400 home runs ahead of YOU?

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        I don’t see a cheap shot, just facts. His OBP is decent because he walks a lot, but most HOF voters still undervalue OBP and WAY WAY WAY over value BA….and he has always been a butcher in the field. It isn’t far fetched to say that some years he gave away as many runs as he helped create. Horrible OF. Horrible 1B. Just clueless with a glove. And HOF voters that do value walks/OBP also value defense… no matter which type of voter you are talking about, they will knock him for something.

      • rooney24 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        I don’t see it as a cheap shot either. When I first saw the headline that he had 400, my first thought was that he could easily get at least 500, and whether or not I really saw Dunn as a Hall of Fame player. It is a legit question.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        Me neither. I love Adam Dunn, but he’ll be viewed as the rich man’s Dave Kingman and Kingman didn’t get 1% on the HOF vote.

  3. badintent - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Hit 550 HRs,HOF ! Dunn deal.

  4. crisisjunky - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    12 years already. Seems like yesterday that He and Austin Kearns were both tearing up the minors,
    and were that year’s “next Mike Trout”
    lessee, 12seasons ought to be @2500 K’s. defensively mobile as a pocelain bus.
    popular, engaging, and a very large man, probably not HOF’er, though.
    Ted Kluszewski with sleeves?

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    batting average, schmatting average. Dude has a career OBP of .371 and a career ISO of .261. Singles are for the weak.

    Dont talk to Dunn about fielding. He doesn’t believe in fielding. On either side of the ball. He should be the career leader in Three True Outcomes, and possibly negative UZR had it not been for that DH gig he landed

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Thanks to Dunn, Tiny Tim is now the answer to a minor sports trivia question.

  7. southofheaven81 - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Cue the “He’s takin’ stuuuuuroids!!!” jackasses in 3…2…1…

  8. 78mu - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Dunn gets on base better than a lot of lead off hitters.

    With his defense, how did he remain in the NL for so long?

  9. bbil2012 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Stop projecting and live in the moment for cryin out loud.

  10. minosoman - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I don’t know if most fans will be as optimistic about Adam Dunn’s chances for the Hall Of Fame as the article’s author was. Along with his 400 home runs, Dunn has just 1,000 RBI, which is a relatively low RBI total for that many HRs and indicates that a lot of his home runs came with the bases empty. Also at this point in his career Dunn already has 1981 strikeouts. He’s sixth on the all-time list and should pass the retired Andres Galaeeaga (2003Ks) and the injured A-Rod (2000Ks) to gain fourth place before this season’s end. He is a strong threat to break record holder, Reggie Jackson’s career total of 2,597 some day to become the all-time strikeout king (an unwanted crown) a in the not-too-distant future. The only question is will he break Jackson’s record or JimThome’s because Thome, #2 on the list, was starting to close in on Jackson’s record before getting injured and could break Reggie’s record if he should return for a final season in 2013. Whether Jackson or Thome is the record holder a few years from now, Dunn figures to break their record by a wide margin.

  11. hushbrother - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Dunn is not a Hall of Famer. Even if he gets to 600 homers! His game is too deficient in too many key areas.

    If we can use advanced metrics to show that certain players are Hall-worthy, then we can also use them to show that certain players aren’t. Dunn might get 600 home runs and still end up with a career WAR below Cecil Cooper and Bob Watson.

  12. aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM


    I dunno, hushbrother…600 home runs is one HELL of a milestone. I understand your point about his metrics in just about every other area being deficient, but man…

    …I don’t see how you could keep a guy who hits 600 home runs cleanly (as far as we know) out of the Hall.

  13. jimranes - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Adam Dunn is a big strong man who swings for the fences every time he batts. No pussy singles or doubles and he’s way too slow to hit a triple in most ball parks. If he hit 500 HRs, he belongs in the HOF because anyway you cut it, HRs are hard….even MJ couldn’t hit HRs and he has to be the greatest athlete ever. Go Adam and Go Sox! (Red Sox…that is!)

  14. hornbuckle - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    It’s to bad he can’t play defense.

  15. dutchman45 - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    He hits 600 he is in unless they can prove he is using steroids. All other clean players with 600 are in. He may not get in on right away but he will. Time will tell.

  16. TheNaturalMevs - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    If he hits 500 home runs he’ll be in the Hall of Fame.

    600 would be a first ballot lock. Come on now people.

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