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Dunn's dismal summer could earn a break

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 3:42 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

No baseball fan needs to be told how bad Adam Dunn has been this season for the White Sox. It's been one of the most disappointing individual baseball seasons in memory. His .164/.294/.302 line is almost sickening it's so bad. Fans and media who used to spew venom in his direction have gotten to the point of feeling sorry for him. Dunn's already received a two-game break in playing time to clear his head, but he's going to get another one. And it sounds like it will be longer.

"I’m going to talk to him today or maybe tomorrow about giving him a mental break," Guillen said Sunday (Chicago Tribune). "It’s the second one because I already gave him one. He swung the bat a little better in Chicago, but last couple days he lost it.”

Guillen also seemed to blame Dunn's lack of preparation in the offseason for his poor play this season.

“I think you learn with a cost," Guillen said (Chicago Tribune). "You learn what happens. Before, when you have a good career, you do one thing – nothing. And you come out and resolve your problem, fine. But I think he should learn his lesson. He has to stay in shape now. He’s not 22 years old anymore.

"The league and people get you," Guillen continued (Chicago Tribune). "He has to put himself in shape and come to spring training in shape and stay there. If you don't come to spring training in shape, you get hurt."

There's no telling if it will make a big difference, but it's probably pretty safe to say Dunn's going to work hard in before the start of 2012.

UPDATE: Well, apparently Guillen changed his mind -- which isn't altogether shocking -- because Dunn is starting at first base Monday night (MLB.com via Twitter).

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Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer could earn a break

The White Sox should put Dunn on waviers.  if there are no takers send him down to the low  Minors until  he can prove that he can hit. It should not be hard to find someone in the minors that can hit alot better than .164. You get tired of seeing this guy strike out 3 to 4 times a game.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer could earn a break

I lmao everytime i stil lsee Dunn batting cleaup. I never realized how big an idiot Ozzie Guillen is...he's gonna cost his team a playoff spot. 



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer could earn a break

Nick Swisher really?

 Your blaming the club for this:

.219 BA
.332 OBP
92 OPS +

Then he whinned like a little bit(h and coudln't understand why Ozzie sat him.

The only thing I blame on the team is giving this piece of garbage 588 plate appearances.


As far as Cust and Dunn, last 5 years Dunn averaged 102 RBI, Cust has never had more than 82 in a season.




Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer could earn a break

I agree that Dunn was rushed back from his apendectomy.  He was never a good  hit for average player by any means. He is a power hitter. Power hitters frequently lose their groove with injuries. Granted he might be out of shape, but I have to think the surgery took its toll on him.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer earns him another break

I think one of the most overlooked issues with Dunn is how he should have gone on the DL that first week of the season with the appendectomy.  He, and the White Sox, rushed him back and are paying for it.  Matt Holiday went on the DL and look where he is.  Dunn missed a week and could have then gone to Triple A for a week and worked himself back.

I have to think that his surgery and rushing himself to get back into the lineup is a huge factor in how his season has turned out.  Probably some pain when he took his "normal" swing, so he adjusts and it's not the same.  So now he gets into bad habits and here we are staring at a .150 average.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer earns him another break

Ozzie is right on here... Dunn signed a big contract and was probably celebrating it all winter long.  Baseball is not a 6 month game anymore like in the old days... You have to work during the off season, and it is even more critical as you get older.  Dunn is a nice guy and I feel bad for him during his struggles.  Hoepfully he learned from this and will get ebtter prepared for enxt year.  Ozzie also needs to help him by not playing him against left handers like he did against Boston and New York....Anyone else would of had a better chance at getting a hit... those kind of failures can't help mentally.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Dunn's dismal summer earns him another break

It is not the payer...it's the team. The White Sox is the place where good baseball careers go to die! Case in point...Nick Swisher! Plus the fact that he is a grossly overpaid version of Jack Cust (Can't field, can't run fast, strikes out alot, takes alot of walks and hits alot of homeruns).

 


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