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Adam Dunn nearing the single season strikeout record

Oct 2, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn struck out twice in last night’s win over the Indians, bringing his season total to 220. The major league record is 223, set by Mark Reynolds in 2009. Dunn could fall out of bed and strike out three times in two games, so the record is his, right?

Well, maybe. Depends on what drives his sense of personal pride.  Now that the White Sox have been eliminated it wouldn’t be shocking for Robin Ventura to sit Dunn — er, I mean for Dunn to have a “sore shoulder” or something — and have him miss the last two games, thus avoiding the dubious record.

I kinda hope not, though. There’s something glorious about Adam Dunn’s strikeouts. He should hold that record. And he should play on for 569 more, breaking Reggie Jackson’s record. Which, at his rate, is only gonna take three more seasons or so.

Go Adam, go!

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Go for it big fella!

  2. danandcasey - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I, for one, hope he does not break the record. These days, whenever a player puts up big numbers like this and shatters a record, there’s always some writer who will speculate about the player taking PEDs. I just don’t want to hear about that right now.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Wouldn’t they be KEDs in his case?

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Dan, perhaps my irony/sarcasm meter is malfunctioning but I detect only sincerity in your laudable sentiment against cheating to break a record. So, with that said, um, that record in question? Its for striking out. You know? FAILING to hit the ball when you swing?

      Now if you WERE being ironic here, kudos sir, kudos. Also, may I interest you in a nifty font that I developed? Its the All Beaver Tested “Irony Font™”. For the low, low price of $69.69 I will send you this font for your EXCLUSIVE use here on HBT. Never again will you be corrected with smarmy comment, snarky remark, or barbed wit for your perceived lack of reading/baseball comprehension. You can engage in sarcasm/irony/tomfoolery to your hearts contentment without fear of being misunderstood or taken literally. Don’t let those beavers have suffered in vain! Get yours now.

      • danandcasey - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Will you take a personal check?

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Only if your signature is as neat and tidy as Mike Schmidt’s.

    • nbjays - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      Yes, because steroids make you strike out with more power.

  3. kiwicricket - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Striking out or hitting bombs. The way nature intended him to.
    I am going to back-track. This is an achievement worth celebrating.
    He will always be remembered for being elite at this particular discipline, may as well hold the record. Chicks love the strike out?

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    He would fit in great with the jays, they love to strikeout and they love players who do. Dunn would be like a god to all their overrate prospects on that team

    • kiwicricket - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Did ‘Ace’ the Blue Jays mascot sleep with your Mother or something?

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        Actually it was BJ Birdy, the original mascott. BJ Birdy was a dirty bird.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        jays actually have a mascot? lol why am i not surprised by that. Actually i just hate “any” teams from canada and to be quite honest i dont like their country either.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Who knew dirtyharry was a xenophobe?

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        He still mad about The War of 1812. We pummeled his momma’s family or something. Truth to tell we didn’t know it was his momma’s family. The zoo was kinda new to us Canuckistanians and they were amazingly human looking and all. If they hadn’t flung their stools about we’d have left them alone. Alas. We had to burn the place down. Poor ole thing.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Damn, Seisenta…didja really hafta insult the primates like that? Not cool, man…

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Why did he put “any” in quotations?

      • nbjays - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        Dirtyharry had a mother? Who knew? I always figured he just crawled out from under a rock somewhere.

  5. nategearhart - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Maybe he could just tell Bud he doesn’t want to lead the league in strikeouts, like Melky did with BA.

  6. delawarephilliesfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Two years in a row, Ryan Howard was a “lock” to be the first Phillie to strikout 200 times, and both years the K’s fell off at the end, and he stopped at 199. Balls can suddenly start flaring into play, you never can say if a trend like strikeouts will continue or not

    • nategearhart - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Just playing devil’s advocate, but i think most years if he played closer to 162 games he’d manage to break 200 Ks.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Not disputing that, and heck, 199 vs. 200 hardly even matters other then appearances. I just mean that he would be at 195 with 6 games left, and it seemed a lock, ala 220 with 2 games to go. My point is that in a small sample size, you put the ball in play 4 times a game, and no K’s happen.

        P.S. the 2nd of those two times, he did play 162 games

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Just playing devil’s advocate, but i think most years if he played closer to 162 games he’d manage to break 200 Ks.

        You ARE aware he played one 162 game season and did not break 200Ks right?

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Yeah…he did it once. I think that was his point.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Every time he is at bat it is either a strikeout, a walk, or a home run.

    Has there ever been a baseball player who hated having to run more? He’s like a grizzled 80s movie cop.

  8. thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I was shocked to realize how god-awful Dunn was in the back half of the season. Through June 16th, he was boasting a .953 OPS. In his next 85 games? .188/.306/.399

  9. gunpowderjones - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Yeah let’s “boycott” “Canada”!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Get idea!! Hey 1 more loss and the jays clinch a nice 90 loss season baby!! OHHH YEAHHHH!!!!! Snap into a slimjim!!! Yeahhhhhh

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM


  10. tmohr - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Unfortunately, Dunn will need a big finish to eclipse the Three True Outcomes mark of 58.2% set by Jack Cust in 2007, as he’s currently at 56.8%.

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    And just 4 RBI from 100/100/200 club (RBI/BB/K).

    Because of the post on here about him and his OBP* I checked his K total. It was 213. I thought ’10 K’s in 5 games? He’ll fall just short.’ 3 games and 7 K’s later (at his rate of K/PA, higher than Mark Reynolds’ historical season) he can definitely tie it.

    *.335 OBP would be the lowest ever for someone leading the league in walks. Quite the season, Mr. Dunn.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      “*.335 OBP would be the lowest ever for someone leading the league in walks. Quite the season, Mr. Dunn.”

      Having a .200 AVG will do that to a fella. He is has .129 ISOBP (OBP-AVG), which is awfully good. A few more singles mixed in there and his season would look pretty snappy.

  12. kkolchak - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hey, setting the record for Ks beats setting the record for GIDPs. :)

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