Originally Posted by dougdirt
If Adam Dunn were to strike out 180 times and do what Ryan Howard did last year, no one would complain because he put up 'numbers'.
Howard is striking out a higher rate than Dunn, if Howard had not spent time on the DL he would be on pace for 220+ Ks this season(yet Howard is still a productive hitter). The reason Dunn(and Howard as well) gets to put up those K numbers is simply because they still remain productive hitters while doing it. Other high K guys lose their productivity and their playing time as their Ks reach those levels, Dunn and Howard do not.
BTW, Kearns has cut his K rate down by 30-40% this year, not doing him a lot of good at the moment.