Originally Posted by Chip R
Big deal. I see Reds fans saying dumb things about him all the time.
Agreed. There are probably a million or more fans out there who don't appreciate Dunn because they're stuck in baseball's eternal stat trap - batting average and Ks and rbi. That's why announcers and writers don't "get it" - most fans wouldn't understand. I think a lot of media really don't get the new standards like OPS and Super Linear Created Runs formulas, but I think a lot of them do but feel it's too complicated to fly for the average fan. Baseball is such an emotional experience for the spectator, and strikeouts wring those emotions. If Dunn hit just .20 points higher, and struck out 50 times less, yet walked 40 times less and hit 10 fewer homers making those changes to his swing - believe me, there are fans who would suddenly call him the new Reggie Jackson and laud his greatness. The fact that he would be a less productive player than he is now would forever escape them.