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VIDEO: Adam Dunn homers in first at-bat with Athletics

Sep 1, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

The Athletics acquired veteran slugger Adam Dunn from the White Sox yesterday in exchange for minor league right-hander Nolan Sanburn. As you’ll see below, he made an instant impact in his first at-bat with his new club:

Looks like somebody is hungry for his first career playoff appearance. That was the 461st home run of Dunn’s career, tying him with Boston’s David Ortiz for 35th on baseball’s all-time list. He went 2-for-3 in his debut as the A’s snapped their four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Mariners. Oakland is 4 1/2 games behind the idle Angels in the American League West and currently hold one of the American League Wild Card spots.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Au Husard Adam to the rescue. If Bresson had known anything about designatedhitterball, he would have made a sequel.

  2. watchfullhose - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Now if they could just get him to try for more than one day…..

  3. tfbuckfutter - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    It’s so weird that he’s only had one season where it can definitively been said that he was really terrible, and every other season he was remarkably good comparatively so.

    Kind of sad that such a consistently productive player will end up a footnote.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      While only being 34 and in only his 14th season, he’s currently 42nd on the list for most walks in a career.

      EACH of the 41 men above him played longer (one only played 15 seasons, the rest are at 16 and higher).

      Ricky Henderson is 2nd on the all time walks list with 2190, but he played 25 seasons and averaged 86.7 walks a season. Dunn is at 93.6 and will walk more and end up over 94 walks a season for his career average.

      Dunn is currently in 10th place all time for hitting an HR in the fewest at bats at one HR per 14.82 at bats.

      When only 9 men in the entire history of the game have averaged hitting an HR in fewer at bats than you, you’ve done alright.

      His on base percentage is WAY above the league average. So he hit for power (only 9 hit HR’s more frequently) and walked a LOT.

      Again, he walked a lot more on average than most above him on the all time walks list. His career number is “low” because he’s only played 14 seasons to more for the others.

      Out of the 41 players with more career walks, Dunn actually has the 5th HIGHEST average amount of walks per season, just a tick behind Babe Ruth.

      A great combination of power and on base percentage.

      35th currently on all time HR list (with Papi but Papi is in his 18th season to 14 seasons for Dunn)

      42 currently on all time walks list (again, in only 14 seasons – truly impressive)

  4. slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Correct.Can you imagine if we had him from 2003 to present,with Manny and Ortiz?I would imagine 2011 and this year never happen.2003 we get by the Yankees and who knows.2005 40/100 from Dunn,who knows?2006 40/100 who knows? I say 645 Hr’s, less SO’s and a slightly higher BA(not to mention the Runs and RBI’s)and maybe HE would retire with at least 3 rings.

    First ballot for me.

  5. dadynational - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    HOF. U know what that means!

  6. romoscollarbone - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Sports fan I like the analysis

    Dunn has always been a guy I admired and thought the Yanks should’ve pursued when his time in Cincy was up. To give a giambi like presence back to the lineup.

    As you’ve stated he did a lot of nice things across the board offensively.

    Good work.

  7. omarbow - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:18 AM

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  8. jdillydawg - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    With all due respect to Dunn, didn’t Chris Young let in 6 earned runs that first inning before being pulled?

    Yeah, I’m a Mariners fan, so the cynic in me says that wasn’t Adam showing he’s hungry, that was the M’s welcoming him to Oakland and slowly killing their playoff hopes in the process.

    Or maybe it was Young trying to outdo Kasmir’s outing from the day before.


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