Adam Dunn hit his 257th career homer on Saturday and his 258th on Sunday. He is now all alone in 170th place on the all-time career list of the greatest home run hitters the game has ever seen. Not bad for a 28 year old, eh?
Unfortunately neither of Adam’s weekend homers allowed him to catch anybody on the list. He had been tied at 256 homers with Vada Pinson, Bob Allison, Larry Parrish and Alfonso Soriano, but since nobody had 257 or 258 homers he was not able to move beyond 170th place.
Next up on the list is Magglio Ordonez with 259 home runs. Ordonez of course is an active player with the Tigers so it is possible he could hit another homer before Dunn to keep his lead. Ordonez already has 12 homers this season and is one of the best hitters in baseball. Update: Ordonez was placed on the DL today, so Dunn should be able to pass him while he is on the shelf. Dunn just passed Alfonso Soriano while he was on the DL too. Maybe the active guys just ahead of Dunn on the list should be a little extra careful to avoid the "Here comes Dunn" curse.
Dunn’s homer #257 on Saturday came off Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd. It was his first career homer vs. Byrd in 16 plate appearances. Byrd is the 182nd different pitcher that Dunn has homered against.
Adam Bomb #257, Dunn rounds the bases after taking Byrd deep:
Dunn’s homer #258 on Sunday came off Cleveland Indians pitcher Rick Bauer. It was his first career homer vs. Bauer in 1 plate appearance. Bauer is the 183rd different pitcher Dunn has homered against.
Adam Bomb #258, Dunn gets his revenge for the two beanings earlier in the game:
Adam has now hit 10 career home runs against the Indians, including four at Jacob’s field. Dunn has hit 5 homers against the Indians just this season in only 6 games!
Dunn is now tied with Ryan Braun for 5th place in the majors with 20 home runs this season.
Adam leads the Reds in HRs, RBIs, BBs, OBP, SLG, OPS and is 3rd in Runs scored despite being only 5th in ABs.
Dunn is currently on a pace for the following stats this season:
40 Home Runs
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season:
256 Vada Pinson, Bob Allison, Larry Parrish, Alfonso Soriano
255 Kirk Gibson, John Mayberry, John Olerud
253 Larry Doby (HOF), Joe Gordon, Andre Thornton, Todd Zeile
252 Joe Torre, Brett Boone, Bobby Murcer
251 Robin Yount (HOF), Cy Williams, Tony Armas
249 Jose Valentin
248 Goose Goslin (HOF), Ted Simmons, Derrek Lee
247 Vern Stephens, Matt Stairs
246 Ken Singleton
245 Mickey Tettleton, Deron Johnson
244 Hack Wilson (HOF), Lou Whitaker, Tony Clark
242 Dusty Baker, Roy Campanella (HOF), Wally Berger, Sal Bando
241 Jesse Barfield, Cecil Cooper, Rick Monday
240 Roberto Clemente (HOF), Jeff Burroughs
239 Ken Caminiti, Dolph Camilli
238 Ray Lankford, Earl Averill (HOF)
(HOF) = Hall of Fame
Adam Dunn has passed 42 players including 7 Hall of Famers this season.
Bonus Dunn image:
Dunn smashes the catcher in the second inning of Sunday’s game. Was it an accident that Dunn got hit by pitches twice later in the game? I think not. Dunn got his revenge by crushing a three-run blast later in the game.
Since I didn't have any biographies of past players to include in this update, I will post Dunn's career ranks in all the major stats in another post. Not only is Dunn passing people with nearly every homer, he is also blowing past some great players in the other categories too.