Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I agree. Home runs are much more common now than yesteryear. The players are bigger due to improved nutrition as kids, advanced strength training, protein supplements and some would say steroids (although I think roids are very small part of it). What with smaller ballfields, smaller strikezones and a new philosophical emphasis of slugging over defense we see a greatly increased frequency of home runs.
Even taking that into consideration, Adam Dunn's power is still very impressive. There is only one player ahead of Dunn on the list that is younger than he is ----> Albert Pujols. Pujols is two months younger than Dunn. Obviously, Pujols is a once per generation type of talent and barring injury is a lock to make the Hall of Fame. Dunn is hitting home runs at a rate that will put him near the top of the list with 500+ homers by the time he calls it quits. That is impressive in any era, including this one.
Right now Dunn is passing some very good hitters with almost every homer he hits. But it won't be long before he clears a large pack and reaches some rare territory. 280 players have hit 200 homers. Only 177 players have hit 250. Only 114 have hit 300. Only 42 have hit 400. Only 21 have hit 500 (A-Rod will get there next week).
Here are some other active sluggers that Dunn is catching up with:
227 Eric Chavez age 29
234 Matt Stairs age 39
234 Maglio Ordonez age 33
240 Carlos Lee age 31
240 Lance Berkman age 31
245 Garret Anderson age 35
247 Miguel Tejada age 31
247 David Ortiz age 31
249 Jose Valentin age 38
252 Jermaine Dye age 33
Jeff Conine is #245 with 213 homers but he is 41 years old.
The next youngest player on the list besides Dunn is Mark Teixeira who is 6 months younger but has only 153 homers (#402).
Adam Dunn has made many Reds fans take the home run for granted. It is still a very difficult accomplishment to hit a small round curving ball going 90+ MPH with a thin round bat over the fence 330-410 feet away.
Of course Ken Griffey Jr. is another story. LOL But we are all more familiar with his impressive career. Dunn's all-around game is not nearly as great as Griffey's, nor will Dunn likely have a shot at the Hall of Fame. But he is a huge asset to the team never the less. It makes me kind of embarrassed that so many Reds fans can't see past the strikeouts to see the 100+ runs that Dunn drives in and the 100+ runs he scores every year. The object of the game is to put runs on the scoreboard -- not make contact or get hits. Dunn puts runs on the scoreboard better than any other Red every year (including Griffey) and yet so many fans want to run him out of town. I think its shameful.
Great post. Barring any significant setback or injury, there is no reason why Adam Dunn shouldn't hit 500 homers for his career. It would be great to see him do that in a Reds uniform, unfortunately, he might be elsewhere.