Re: Dunn traded to DBacks
Originally Posted by Kc61
I've read thousands of posts about Adam Dunn over the last years and I admire him as a good power hitter with OBP skills. I have always credited Dunn for his "football" mentality, he plays every inning. I've even complimented his effort in the field.
But let's not go crazy. The guy was hitting .233.
I know the arguments about BA, and I usually wouldn't emphasize it. But .233.
So, yes, it is a big step for the Reds, unclear how it will pan out. Yes the team could get worse, although it's hard to imagine.
But when a player is a free agent, wants to test the free agent market, will insist on big dollars to re-sign, the team needs new direction, and he's hitting .233, I think we can understand the move and go on to the next.
I wish Dunn good luck. Hope he gets on a top offensive team that will set the table better than the Reds did. I also hope he is appreciated for his talents in free agency. I've enjoyed his effort. But bigger trades have been made, the world will not end, and let's hope Jocketty brings a winning formula to the Reds soon.
If we agree a double is better than a single, and a triple is better than a double and a HR is better than a triple why give credence to a stat that treats all these things equally?
Dunn's OBP was .374, good for 18th in the NL. His OPS was 14th. Offensively he was likely about the 4th or 5th best LF in the NL. As far as OPS was concerned he was 7th in all MLB LF's.
BA, even a .233 BA is such a weak stat, especially when viewed in it's proper context. We aren't talking about Corey Patterson here. We are talking about the player with the most HR's and most BB's in baseball since 2004.
Think about THAT in regards to the return.
“I’ll just take my walk,” he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. “If he does, that’s great. Isn’t that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?”