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Adam Dunn will rethink retiring after the season

Sep 3, 2014, 8:10 PM EST

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On Sunday, new Athletics slugger Adam Dunn told reporters that the 2014 season “was probably going to be it“. He had yet to play in a game with his new team. Dunn homered in his first at-bat as an Athletic, finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored on Monday. On Tuesday, he singled in a run as a pinch-hitter.

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dunn has apparently had a change of heart:

Dunn homered again in a losing effort against Mariners ace and AL Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez this afternoon. He is now 38 home runs shy of 500 for his career, a milestone only 26 players in baseball history have achieved. If he can hit another 4-5 home runs, he can make it achievable in 2015 with a strong season, or chip enough of it away that he can play in 2016 and achieve it. But who knows how important that is to him.

This season, the 34-year-old has 21 home runs, 57 RBI, and a .226/.345/.444 slash line. Though a veteran of 14 seasons, Dunn has never played in a post-season game.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Maybe he’s worried about the A’s not making the playoffs, and continuing his horsecollar? What say you, A’s fans? Bob Melvin?

    • scatterbrian - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Perhaps.

    • clydeserra - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      You ain’t kidding.

      I was already wondering if he wold count the wild card play in game loss. I mean, its technically the playoffs, but…

  2. edwardemanuelson - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    461 and counting. Keep it goin’ Big Donkey!

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    If he stays and gets to 500 home runs, he can make another kind of history. He can become the first non-steriods tainted player to hit 500 home runs and NOT get in the hall of fame.

    • clydeserra - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      he would need 2 years, or maybe a year in a very friendly ball park.

  4. campcouch - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    yeah, having a sniff at post-season play probably helps sway the mind.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Whatever you want to do Adam. Regardless if people see you as a HOF, I love seeing you rip balls out of the park,

  6. jonathan032 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    I bet he stays. Hopefully with oakland. I know it’s not a hitters park, but he has hit 2 home runs already in just 8 at bats. Probably won’t continue that trend but he seems pretty comfortable here. He has meshed very well with the guys in the clubhouse and has seemed to fill that hole that cespedes once filled in the clubhouse. It seems billy have found a damn good replacement for cespedes if he can continue his hot hitting. It’s also a very good sign that he can hit Felix cause we may come to face him in a wild card game, hopefully we avoid that though and steal the division back. Just gotta stay in striking distance

  7. jlovenotjlo - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Its funny how leaving a garbage team to play some meaningful September baseball can change one’s mindset. He must feel reinvigorated, I don’t blame him.

    – White Sox fan

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