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Redhook
06-03-2006, 10:10 AM
http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/content/sports/reds/daily/0603redsnotesweb.html

Really good news or great news?

dougdirt
06-03-2006, 11:50 AM
It would be great if he could do it consistantly. He has enough power that he doesnt have to pull home runs, he can hit bombs anywhere he wants.

jfleur87
06-03-2006, 11:54 AM
i'm gonna go out on a limb and say great news...as long as its his decision and no one is messing with his head

KoryMac5
06-03-2006, 12:07 PM
I think it just got frustrating for him to go up there everytime and see that shift. It's almost like the opposing manager is doubting your ability to hit the ball to all fields. Plus Griffey has dealt with the shift both he and Dunn talk alot during the season so I am sure he gave him some advice on the subject.

Matt700wlw
06-03-2006, 12:11 PM
If Adam Dunn can hit to all fields, and begin to NOT be feast or famine at the plate.....watch out!

TOBTTReds
06-03-2006, 12:18 PM
I think if he played for the cubs, he would bat .300. He just makes hitting in Wrigley look sooo easy. He uses LF there more than anywhere else combined.

flyer85
06-03-2006, 12:52 PM
If Adam Dunn can hit to all fields, and begin to NOT be feast or famine at the plate.....watch out!the change in approach seemed to start in the Tiger series and ytou could see it. He still is a little off but when he gets it down, look out. People forget he was hitting .320 with good power at the all-star break in 2002.

Redhook
06-03-2006, 01:00 PM
the change in approach seemed to start in the Tiger series and ytou could see it. He still is a little off but when he gets it down, look out. People forget he was hitting .320 with good power at the all-star break in 2002.

I think it's great that Dunn is trying to improve and go back to what made him a great hitter when he first turned pro. He'll still hit for plenty of power, and I think he realizes that. A few weeks ago he seemed determined to beat the shift by hitting through it and over it. He was frustrated and appeared to be very stubborn about his approach. For whatever reason, probably because it wasn't working, he seems to have realized that he will struggle if he continues to pull ever ball. If he continues to go with what the pitcher gives him, he'll start to dominate.....very soon!

flyer85
06-03-2006, 01:05 PM
I don't think the approach will help a lot against the shift as when he hits it to the left side it is almost always in the air. What he is doing is maximizing his contact rate. Once the BABIP normalizes the average will really start to climb.

flyer85
06-03-2006, 01:10 PM
Dunns BPIs over the last 7 days

BB 19% CT 82% H% 23 xBA .325 BB/K 1.33

Traditionally his contact rate(CT%) is ~67%. With an 82% contact rate a 300 average becomes a real possibility

saboforthird
06-03-2006, 01:37 PM
This is great news. Still, I wonder why a professional hitter (haven't read the article yet) would have to be told to hit to where the fielders aren't. If that thought never occured to him, then we know what was on his mind. ;)

jimbo
06-03-2006, 02:16 PM
This is great news. Still, I wonder why a professional hitter (haven't read the article yet) would have to be told to hit to where the fielders aren't. If that thought never occured to him, then we know what was on his mind. ;)

I remember reading somewhere that Dunn was encouraged to pull the ball when he first came up during the Bowden years. Too many different hitting coaches with different philosophies kind of messed him up in my opinion.

PickOff
06-03-2006, 03:10 PM
Finally a good, informative article from Hal McCoy. They've been few and far between this year. I hope Dunn keeps working on using all parts of the field. IMHO that is when he is at his best.

What I would like to see is a picture of his batting stance from his Rookie year and maybe second year versus today. It seems that with the way he wraps his bat behind his neck his swing is maybe to long to be anthing but a slinghot pull power hitter. I wonder if this is part of his adjustment.

Click on this for his most upright:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/sphs04/images/Adam%2520Dunn.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/sphs04/photos.htm&h=504&w=399&sz=44&tbnid=6OST9habeZMXGM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=101&hl=en&start=22&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dadam%2Bdunn%26start%3D20%26svnum%3D10 %26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

http://www.photofile.com/Photos/Albums/Standees/Images/DunnAdam.jpg

http://photostore.mlb.com/source/Detail.aspx?L1=Reds&L2=12343&imageId=51037269&action=&ss=

http://media.theinsiders.com/Media/Other/151554_Adam-Dunn-Allsport.JPG


http://www.wizards.com/global/images/showdown/mlb2002/adam_dunn.jpg

Here he is with the lookouts, different angle, however:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/article_images/article_33308.jpg

I don't know the date on these pictures, but there is a difference. There was another picture that showed an even more upright bat, but I can't post it here.

It is hard to tell whether he is in motion or not, also would be interesting to know if he changes his bat position depending on the count or situation.

Having technical difficulties, lost the first picture, stay tuned.

James B.
06-03-2006, 05:57 PM
This is great news in my opinion. I think we are going to see huge things this year from him. He has so much power that he does'nt have to try to swing for the fences and try to pull the ball eveytime. If he hits to all fields and makes solid contact he will be great.

sixfigure
06-04-2006, 06:46 PM
This is great news in my opinion. I think we are going to see huge things this year from him. He has so much power that he does'nt have to try to swing for the fences and try to pull the ball eveytime. If he hits to all fields and makes solid contact he will be great.
If IF and BUT'S were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Xmas. It seems like the field he's hitting too most of the time is the catchers mit after he either swings and misses or stares at another strike 3. IMHO he doesn't seem to be improving at all. Count me as another Dunn non beleiver...lol!!

Maldez
06-04-2006, 07:37 PM
After going 0-5 today with 4 Ks, I'd like to see Dunn hit to any field.

Jr's Boy
06-04-2006, 11:50 PM
After going 0-5 today with 4 Ks, I'd like to see Dunn hit to any field.
You beat me to it.