Originally Posted by oneupper
Dunn had a bad year. It happens.
Bench had several bad years (1971, 1976).
Perez and Concepcion, also.
Even Ted Williams had bad years (although I'd take one of those anyday)
He gets a pass from me till April.
Dunn's "bad" year wasn't all that bad compared to last year. He was at least in the ballpark in most offensive categories relative to 2005. Look at Bench's '71 season compared to his 2 MVP seasons surrounding it. Now that would be considered a bad year, though with JB his defense more than compensated for it.
I think the issue is that he isn't improving and, in some respects, he is regressing.
2004: .266/.388/.569 with 46 HR, 102 RBI, 105 R
2005: .247/.388/.540 with 40 HR, 101 RBI, 107 R
2006: .234/.365/.490 with 40 HR, 92 RBI, 99 R
Dunn is still young so most people (including myself) would have thought that his 2004 season would be the tip of the iceberg at age 24. But he hasn't built on that season at all.