Re: More kind words from Dunn as he makes his return to Cincy
Another Dunn thread, gotta love it.
To be honest I don't follow Dunn like many on RZ do. He isn't a Red so I have very little rooting interest in him and the Nats are god awful so I really have no interest in watching their games either. In the few games I have seen them play, against the Reds, and the clips I have seen on ESPN I did notice him hitting HR's and playing 1b. Granted I like Votto at 1b and really wouldn't move him for anyone not named Pujols, but Dunn is much less of a defensive liability while playing 1b.
Dunn's last season as a Red he made $15M and put up a line of this .236/.386/.513, throw in the fact that he was one of the worst defensive outfielders in the game he wasn't worth the long term investment he was demanding. Granted the collapse in the financial market reduced his value quite a bit but that was long after the Dunn/Cincy train had taken off.
When watching a game this past weekend I saw Dunn's line flash across the screen and was shocked. He is currently at .285/.417/.580. I was shocked. He hasn't put up a line that good since the first half of his first full season as a Red. He has become a better hitter while keeping his power numbers up. He is becoming everything that I had wanted him to become. He is hitting for a better average, getting on base, and slugging the same. It left me kind of amazed that he is having such a good season, while also pissed that he is finally putting it all together the season after he gets out of Cincy. IMO if Dunn keeps playing the way he is he is worth every penny of his pretty poor contract, and should be in for a big payday in 2011. Note to Donkey, you may want to start looking for a competent agent.