Adam Dunn hit two more homers on Wednesday night. The blasts gave him 270 for his career, which moves him past Miguel Tejada and into 156th place on the all-time list of the gameís greatest sluggers.
Next up on the list are Tom Brunansky, Raul Mondesi and George Scott with 271 home runs.
Dunnís homers #269 and #270 came against Astros hurler Wandy Rodriguez. This was the first time Dunn has homered against Rodriguez, who becomes the 191st pitcher Dunn has taken deep. It was the 22nd time Dunn has hit two homers in a game. Dunn now leads the league with 32 homers, which is two more than Ryan Howard. Dunn has hit 12 homers this month. The last time any Red hit more than 12 homers in a single month was way back in 2001 when Adam hit 13 in a month.
Dunn watches Adam Bomb #269 fly into the upper deck of Minute Maid Park:
Here are some bios for the former great players that Dunn caught with the homer:
- Current Age
: 34 Career HR
: 269 Career AB
: 6465 AB/HR
: 24.0 Top Season
: 34 HRs
Tejada has played 12 seasons with the Athletics, Orioles and Astros. He is a shortstop. He has made the All Star team 5 times and even won the All Star Game MVP once and the Home Run Derby once. Tejada was the 2002 American League MVP when posted a line of .308 BA, 34 HRs, 131 RBIs and 108 Runs.
His nickname is "La Gua Gua" for "The Bus" in Spanish as Tejada is known to drive in runs and drive his team to victory. Tejada owns the 5th-longest consecutive games played streak of 1151 games, which ended when he broke his wrist in 2006. He has been implicated as a former steroids user by Rafael Palmiero, Jose Canseco and Jason Grimsley but Tejada denies the claims. In April of this year it was revealed that he was born in 1974 rather than 1976 as had previously been believed. It was also revealed that his real name is Miguel Tejeda rather than Tejada. Most of the Latin American players had their ages corrected soon after 9-11 when the federal government tightened scrutiny of the work visas foreign players must get to play baseball in the USA. Somehow Tejada slipped through the cracks at that time.
- Current Age
: 28 Career HR
: 270 Career AB
: 3691 AB/HR
: 13.67 Top Season
: 46 HRs
Dunn is on a pace for 47 homers, 110 RBIs, 86 Runs, 113 BBs, .385 OBP, .567 SLG and .952 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 8th-best OPS in all of baseball. He is 13th in RBIs in the majors despite having markedly fewer RBI opportunities than most of the people in front of him.
Here are the top 10 in HRs in 2008 in the major leagues.
26 Burrell, Uggla
25 Sizemore, A. Gonzalez, Hamilton
Dunn is very close to passing Jim Thome and moving into 4th place on the AB/HR ratio list behind only Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds! Dunn is currently 5th after passing Ralph Kiner earlier this season.
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season
269 Miguel Tejada
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 56 players including 9 Hall of Famers this season.