I have been away from Redszone for a few days due to a family emergency. While I was away Adam Dunn hit 4 home runs, so I have some catching up to do in keeping this thread up to date. I will cover all four homers in this post.
Adam Dunn has now hit 264 career home runs. He is tied with Bobby Thomson for 165th place in major league history. Dunn also passed Danny Tartabull this week.
Next up on the list are Garret Anderson and George Bell with 265 home runs.
Dunn’s homer #261 came against Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. That was the 7th home run Dunn has hit against Zambrano, which is the most he has hit against any pitcher. He has hit 6 against both Kevin Millwood and Glendon Rusch.
Homer #262 came against the Cubs’ Jon Lieber and was the 4th homer Dunn has hit off Lieber in his career. The blast traveled out of Wrigley Field and bounced off a building on the other side of Sheffield Avenue, took a huge bounce (off a padded bicycle seat) and almost came back into the stadium. It was one of the hardest hit balls I have ever seen. The shot was officially measured at 485 feet and is the longest home run hit in the major leagues this season.
Adam Bomb #263 came against the Brewer’s Seth McClung and was a 3-run blast in the first inning. It was his first homer off McClung, who became the 186th pitcher that Dunn has homered against. Later in that same game Eric Gagne became Dunn’s 187th victim when Adam hit #264 in the top of the 9th inning to put the Reds ahead 5-2. It was the 21st time Adam has hit 2 home runs in one game. Dunn has now hit 31 homers against the Brewers, which is the second most against any team. He has 38 against the Cubs.
Here is Adam Bomb #264 against Gagne:
Here are some bios for the former great players that Dunn caught with the four dingers
- Played Until Age
: 34 Career HR
: 262 Career AB
: 5011 AB/HR
: 19.1 Top Season
: 34 HRs
Tartabull was a right fielder who played 14 seasons with the Mariners, Royals, Yankees, Athletics, White Sox and Phillies. He made the All Star team 1 time. Tartabull was an all-or-nothing type of hitter with great power and poor contact rate. He hit 34 homers in 1987, the second highest total in Royals history. After signing a free agent deal with the Yankees he was one of the five highest-paid players in baseball. Tartabull’s injury-plagued tenure in New York came to an end when he was replaced by Bernie Williams and was traded to the A’s for Ruben Sierra. His father Jose played in the majors for nine years in the 1960’s. During Danny’s time with the Yankees he appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld.
- Played Until Age
: 36 Career HR
: 264 Career AB
: 6305 AB/HR
: 23.9 Top Season
: 32 HRs
Thomson played 15 seasons mostly with the New York Giants but also a few years with the Milwaukee Braves, Cubs, Red Sox and Orioles. He made the All Star team 3 times. He was an outfielder. Thomson became a celebrity for hitting a game-winning home run in a playoff game, off of Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the 1951 National League pennant. The home run (nicknamed the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and seen in the picture above) is perhaps the most famous in baseball history.
Rumors that the 1951 Giants stole signs en route to the pennant were confirmed in 2001, when several players told the Wall Street Journal that beginning on July 20, 1951, the team used a telescope and buzzer wire to steal the finger signals of opposing catchers careless enough to not protect their signs. Joshua Prager detailed the revelations in a book titled The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and The Shot Heard Round the World. Giant catcher Sal Yvars told Prager that he relayed to Thomson the stolen sign for Branca's fastball. But Thomson denied that he had foreknowledge of the pitch he hit off Branca for the pennant-winning home run.
This event was even more dramatic than it may seem to the modern sports observer, as league pennants were not routinely decided by playoff until 1969 and only occurred in years in which teams finished the regular season in a tie, as had happened in 1951. The home run was an exclamation point on a dramatic season for the Giants. Although some had considered them a pre-season favorite to win the pennant, they faltered badly in the early going. By mid-August, they were 13 1/2 games behind the league-leading Dodgers. But the Giants went on a late-season tear, winning 37 of their final 44 games to tie the Brooklyn team on the final day of the season and force the three-game playoff. The teams split the first two games, forcing the decisive contest on October 3rd at the Polo Grounds. The Dodgers took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Giants' cause appeared lost. But Thomson's homer turned what looked like a certain defeat into a 5-4 victory. The moment was immortalized by the famous call of Giants play-by-play announcer Russ Hodges who cried, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" Waiting to hit behind Thomson in the on deck circle was a young man who would hit a few home runs of his own: rookie Willie Mays. A key to the 1951 pennant was Thomson's switch to third base, allowing Willie Mays to take over centerfield.
Thomson remained with the Giants through the 1953 season. That winter, he was sent to the Milwaukee Braves in a multi-player deal. His career intersected with another of the game's all-time greats in 1954. During his first spring training with the Braves, he suffered a broken ankle. The injury allowed rookie Hank Aaron, the future home run king, to earn a place in the Milwaukee lineup.
The Braves traded Thomson back to the Giants during the 1957 season, and he was in the lineup for the club's final game at the Polo Grounds. The Giants moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season, but Thomson was gone, traded to the Cubs.
Thomson was born in Scotland and his family migrated to the United States when he was two years old. He served during WWII in the Army Air Force.
- Current Age
: 28 Career HR
: 264 Career AB
: 3644 AB/HR
: 13.80 Top Season
: 46 HRs
Dunn is on a pace for 44 homers, 100 RBIs, 81 Runs, 116 BBs, .380 OBP, .538 SLG and .918 OPS for the season. Dunn leads the Reds in HRs, RBIs, BBs, OBP, SLG and OPS and is second behind Phillips in runs scored despite being only 5th in at-bats and 3rd in plate appearances.
Dunn has the 18th-best OPS in all of baseball and is 20th in RBIs.
Here are the top 10 in HRs in 2008 in the major leagues.
23 Braun, Sizemore, Uggla, Burrell, H. Ramirez
22 Berkman, Quentin, A. Gonzalez
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season
264 Bobby Thomson
262 Danny Tartabull
260 Javy Lopez, Tim Wallach
259 Magglio Ordonez
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 47 players including 7 Hall of Famers this season.