View Full Version : Dunn tries his hand on right side of plate (4/19)

04-19-2006, 02:49 PM
Not so far fetched to me... he is, after all, right handed.

Call him Mr. Right

Adam Dunn took extra batting practice before Tuesday’s game and tried a few swings right-handed. After two feeble swings and misses, Dunn began spraying line drives hither and yon.

“I was just getting loose the first two swings,” said Dunn. “I’m getting ready for next season. I’m going to shock the world and become a switch-hitter.”

The laughter around the batting cage revealed how serious Dunn was, or wasn’t.


04-19-2006, 02:55 PM
I would be happier if he tried doing the same with his glove.

04-19-2006, 03:06 PM
Hmm very interesting. So far this season he is hitting .250 vs Righties and .368 vs. Lefties.

04-19-2006, 03:47 PM
How many good switch hitting power guys have there been? The only list I could find was off of Baseball-reference looking at all time home run leaders.

Of guys with at least 309 HR (that's where the list ended), the follow switch hit:

Mickey Mantle (536)
Eddie Murray (504)
Chili Davis (350)
Chipper Jones (331)
Reggie Smith (314)

Some others of note: Howard Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Bobby Bonilla, Lance Berkman.

Interestingly, most of these guys were good average hitters as well -- perhaps because of their ability to get favorable matchups. I would love to see Dunn just randomly do that against some lefty who gave him trouble.

04-19-2006, 03:58 PM
Switch hitters are in demand.

The Baumer
04-19-2006, 05:27 PM
Never forget the Chili. May his legend grow larger by the spoonful.

04-19-2006, 05:36 PM
Never forget the Chili. May his legend grow larger by the spoonful.

04-19-2006, 06:47 PM
I used to mess around batting left handed in practice, when I realized I had a much better swing from the left side of the plate I started batting "left handed" even though I throw righty.

The way I always looked at it was that when I bat left handed my right arm is what is doing most of the work with the bat. Maybe I'm dumb, but it just made more sense to me. You see alot of hitters that are right handed but bat left. You don't ever really see it the other way around.

I think Dunn should be working on his swing, and other areas of weakness, not thinking about hitting right handed. If sounds as though this was just some fooling around before he took his normal reps, so I wouldn't read too much into it.

04-19-2006, 07:44 PM
Doesn't Dunn throw right handed anyway?

04-19-2006, 08:06 PM
It might could work, you never know. But why teach an old dog new tricks?

04-19-2006, 08:10 PM
I'm sure he's just messing around. I play high school baseball and bat left-handed, but it's fun to switch around and see how you hit the other way. I do it occasionally when I'm in the cage.

04-19-2006, 09:47 PM
Doesn't Dunn throw right handed anyway?

yes, he's right handed.