This is from the ORG, thanks to mbgrayson
This ought to be a fun one to discuss.Reading the latest article by Bill James on clutch hitting (subscription required). Here is what he had to say about our good friend Adam Dunn:
Another guy who had a really good year in the clutch is a player who had a similar winter, Adam Dunn. Dunn had just 59 clutch at bats and hit just .288 in clutch situations—but 14 of 17 clutch hits were for extra bases, including a major-league leading 9 bombs. Think about it this way: The Atlanta Braves didn’t have anyone on their team with more than one clutch homer, and the team total was 5. Adam Dunn had 9. That’s a bunch.
The winner of the Bill James clutch hitting award for 2008 was Manny Ramirez...
A few quick, interesting observations.
1) I think most posters who don't think clutch hitting exists, are also big Dunn supporters and most who think it does, are not. I am a rare Saber fan who thinks that clutch exists, and who is a big fan of Dunn, so no problem for me. Can't wait to see people from both sides try to balance this out.
2) IIRC, James last year said that Dunn was not very clutch in 07. Again, adds to the debate.