Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC
Maybe hitting a few more that he takes that are in the strike zone.
Absolutely, and I think few would argue that if a guy gets a pitch he can handle he should take a whack at it. How aggressive the guy should be is more likely the fine line were walking here.
Redszone suffers from Dunn-itis here.
You can watch the gears spin in posters heads as these discussions role out. Dunn is the guy they picture in their minds when this is debated. Our biggest problem (as a Redszone group) is that Dunn is such a unique case, a real honest to goodness outlier, that it clouds everything else.
Dunn had enough trouble hitting balls in the zone, much less asking him to expand it, so for him it didn't make much sense to have him expanding his zone. Some view this as a deficiency for the big guy, and IMO it was, second to only his defense. All players have deficiencies. Watching Dunn in a Reds uniform was like dating a hot stripper with a bit of a drinking issue. If you were looking for a night on the town and a possible threesome you were in the right place, if you were looking for Sunday school and brunch with the Family you were setting yourself up for disaster. Dunn was high highs, and low lows. Not everyone can cope with that, or wants to.
The Reds are always trying to make their strippers into Sunday school teachers and trying to convince their Sunday school teachers to wear 5" heals and a mini-skirt to church. It's no wonder they are constantly frustrated at the outcome.