Adam Dunn hit another grand slam on Monday night. The blast was his 268th career home run, which moves him into a tie for 157th place on the all-time list of the game's greatest sluggers. He is tied with former Reds great Joe Morgan, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and former Brewers powerhouse Gorman Thomas.
Next up on the list is Miguel Tejada with 269 home runs.
Dunn’s homer #268 came against Astros hurler Roy Oswalt. It was the 4th home run Dunn has hit off Oswalt. Oswalt has totally owned the Reds and has a 20-1 career record against us. Adam Dunn however has totally owned Oswalt. Dunn has a career OPS of 1.004 against the Astros ace with a line of .271/.394/.610 in 71 plate appearances, which is the 2nd most PAs Dunn has against any pitcher (72 vs. Zambrano). Given that Dunn has performed so well against Oswalt, the rest of the Reds must have been truly awful against him to allow him a 20-1 record against us.
The home run was Dunn’s 9th career grand slam. It was also the 85th time a Dunn homer has given the Reds the lead in a game. It was the 48th time Dunn has hit the 1st pitch of an at-bat for a home run. In fact, 0-0 is the count that Dunn has hit the most homers on, 3-2 is second with 37, 1-1 is third with 29 all the way down to 3-0 with only 2 homers.
Here are Dunn’s situational stats for the season:
.245 BA .386 OBP .559 SLG .945 OPS w/ Bases Empty
.262 BA .391 OBP .607 SLG .998 OPS w/ RISP
(runners in scoring position)
.424 BA .457 OBP .818 SLG 1.275 OPS w/ RISP and 2 outs
.455 BA .538 OBP 1.000 SLG 1.538 OPS w/ Bases Loaded
Those numbers show that Dunn has been highly clutch this season and has come through for the Reds in the most critical situations.
Dunn swats #268 off Astros ace Roy Oswalt, then rounds the bases for the league leading 30th time.
Here are some bios for the former great players that Dunn caught with the homer
- Played Until Age
: 41 Career HR
: 268 Career AB
: 9277 AB/HR
: 34.6 Top Season
: 27 HRs
Morgan was a second baseman who played 22 seasons with the Colt 45s, Astros, Reds, Giants, Phillies and Athletics. He made the All Star team 10 times and was the MVP of the All Star Game in 1972. Morgan won 5 Gold Glove awards for his stellar defense. He won the NL MVP in both 1975 and 1976 during the height of the Big Red Machine. Morgan also had great speed and stole 689 bases, which is 11th in history. Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Early in his career, Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low. Teammate Nellie Fox suggested to Joe that while at the plate he should flap his back arm like a chicken to keep his elbow up. Morgan followed the advice, and his flapping arm became a familiar sight to baseball fans. After the 1971 season Morgan (along with Cesar Geronimo and Jack Billingham) was traded to the Reds for Lee May, Tommy Helms and others.
Morgan started his career in the spacious Astrodome, and actually spent more years with Houston than with Cincinnati. Morgan's power was shown to better advantage in Riverfront Stadium, helped by coaching from Ted Kluszewski. Morgan doubled his home run output in two seasons. His first year in Cincinnati, he made the All-Star team for only the second time, and was named the game's MVP when he singled in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. He ended up leading the league in walks with 115 and runs scored with 122.
Of course Reds fans will never forget Morgan winning two World Series titles alongside Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Tony Perez and Dave Concepcion. Morgan’s jersey #8 has been retired by the Reds. Morgan is considered by many, including Bill James, to be the best second baseman in major league history.
In 1975 Morgan led the NL in walks for the third time with 132, while hitting .327 BA with 17 HR, 94 RBI, and 67 stolen bases. Morgan's MVP season sparked the team into the 1975 World Series against the Red Sox, one of the most exciting Series ever played. Morgan, as usual, was in the thick of the excitement. In Game Three, Morgan knocked in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning. In Game Four, he made the last out in a 5-4 Boston victory. In Game Five, he drew 16 pickoff throws at first just prior to a single by Bench and a three-run homer by Perez. In the seventh and deciding game, Morgan's RBI single in the top of the ninth gave the Reds the World Championship.
In 1976 Morgan topped his previous power totals with a career-high 27 HR, became only the fifth second baseman to drive in more than 100 runs (111), and led the league in slugging average at .576. He also batted .320, stole 60 bases, had an on-base average of .444 an an OPS+ of 187 to earn his straight second MVP. The Reds then swept the Yankees in the Series.
Morgan was a rare commodity, a speedy second baseman with power. The 5'7" 150-lb Little Joe was also one of the smallest number-three hitters in recent baseball history. Morgan ranks third all-time in walks behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
Morgan ended up on a geriatric Phillies team in 1983 with fellow Reds alumni Pete Rose and Tony Perez, making it as far as the World Series but losing in five games to Baltimore.
- Played Until Age
: 40 Career HR
: 268 Career AB
: 10,654 AB/HR
: 39.8 Top Season
: 28 HRs
Robinson played 23 seasons with the Orioles in his very long career. He is tied with Carl Yastrzemski for the most seasons with one club. Robinson made the All Star team 15 times and was the starting third baseman every time – and his team lost 14 of those games. He was the 1966 All Star MVP for the losing team, which has only happened twice (Yaz in 1970). Robinson is widely considered the best fielding third baseman ever to play the game. He won 16 Gold Gloves, which is tied with Jim Kaat for the second most ever. Brooks won the 1964 AL MVP award. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983.
After the Orioles beat the Reds in the 1970 World Series (in which Robinson was the MVP of the Series), Sparky Anderson said "I'm beginning to see Brooks in my sleep. If I dropped this paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first."
Robinson didn't play high school ball, and was playing second base in a church league when he was discovered – yet somehow he broke into the big leagues at the age of 18. He was worked in slowly as a replacement for Hall of Famer George Kell, who was finishing his career at third base for the Orioles. The Oriole dynasty that developed in the 1960s was built on pitching and defense, but Brooks was head and shoulders above all his smooth-fielding teammates. Wearing his trademark short-billed batting helmet, he was a fair hitter with some power, winning the 1964 MVP award on the strength of his only .300 season (.317), with 28 HR and 118 RBI. He was named MVP of the 1966 All-Star Game after getting three hits and scoring the AL's lone run in a 2-1 loss. But it was his glove that regularly won games. In the 1966 World Series, his presence at third discouraged the heavily favored Dodgers from employing their bunting game. The Orioles won four straight close games.
In the 1970 Series, the Reds nicknamed him "Hoover," expanding upon the "human vacuum cleaner" tag he had been known by. After Robinson won the Series MVP award (which earned him a new Toyota car) with a .429 average, two home runs, and a slew of dazzling defensive plays, Reds catcher Johnny Bench noted that "if he wanted a car that badly, we'd have given him one." On one unbelievable play, Brooks fully extended to backhand a sharp grounder by Lee May behind third and a full body length into foul territory, whirled off-balance, and threw a perfect one-hopper off the Riverfront Stadium Astroturf to Boog Powell at first for the out. He won Game One with a seventh-inning solo homer, and homered again in Game Four.
- Played Until Age
: 36 Career HR
: 268 Career AB
: 4677 AB/HR
: 17.5 Top Season
: 45 HRs
Thomas played 13 seasons mostly with the Brewers, but also had brief stints with the Indians and Mariners. He was a center fielder. He made only one All Star team. Gorman twice led the AL in homers. One of the most popular players in Brewers history, and affectionately known as "Stormin' Gorman", Thomas hit more home runs between 1978 and 1982 than any other player in the American League. However, his frequent strikeouts and low batting average overshadowed some of his career accomplishments (sound familiar?). Thomas was also a premier center fielder, with a wide range and good arm until undergoing rotator cuff surgery in 1984, which limited his duties and led to him being utilized primarily as a designated hitter. Thomas was the first player ever picked by the Seattle Pilots in the June 1969 draft. His first career homer came against Jim Palmer.
- Current Age
: 28 Career HR
: 268 Career AB
: 3682 AB/HR
: 13.74 Top Season
: 46 HRs
Dunn is on a pace for 45 homers, 109 RBIs, 85 Runs, 115 BBs, .386 OBP, .555 SLG and .941 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 13th-best OPS in all of baseball. He is 12th in RBIs in the majors despite having markedly fewer RBI opportunities than most of the people in front of him.
Here are the top 12 in HRs in 2008 in the major leagues.
30 Dunn, Howard
25 Utley, Uggla, Sizemore, A. Gonzalez
24 Hamilton, H. Ramirez, Dye
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season
268 Joe Morgan (HOF), Brooks Robinson (HOF), Gorman Thomas
267 George Hendrick, Scott Rolen
266 Vic Wertz, Garret Anderson
265 George Bell
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 55 players including 9 Hall of Famers this season.