Adam Dunn
Major League Baseball player
Adam Dunn
Adam Troy Dunn, nicknamed "Big Donkey"and sometimes "Biggin" by White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson, is an American Major League Baseball first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) in height and weighs 285 pounds (129 kg). On August 18, 2012, he became the 50th MLB player to hit 400 career home runs.
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Adam Dunn burger back at III Forks
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
White Sox-inspired burger: In anticipation of opening day for the White Sox in Kansas City on Monday, III Forks has reintroduced the Dunn Burger, a sandwich crafted in tribute to the team's former first baseman, left fielder and longtime restaurant patron Adam Dunn.
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Race is on as teams head for second half
Yahoo News - over 2 years
With the All-Star Game done and dusted, Major League Baseball zeroes in on the race for the postseason, with five of the six divisions looming as fights to the finish. The Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels, who own the two best records in the major leagues, are battling for division honors in the American League West, while all three National League division races remain up for grabs. Prominent players rumored as possible trade targets included pitcher David Price of Tampa Bay (9 1/2 games out of first), pitcher Cliff Lee of Philadelphia (10 games out) and slugger Adam Dunn of the White Sox (10 1/2 games out) Oakland showed their determination to reign by dealing one of baseball's brightest prospects in minor league shortstop Addison Russell in a package to the rebuilding Cubs for a pair of strong starting pitchers in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The pitchers joined an Oakland team that carried an MLB-best 59-36 record into the All-Star break.
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Cubs pitchers report so they can get traded
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Steve Rosenbloom: Pitchers and catcher report. Those are the four greatest words in baseball, besides “We’ve traded Adam Dunn,’’ I mean.     
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Still trying to get Sox to trade Adam Dunn
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Steve Rosenbloom: Adam Dunn says the White Sox’s acquisition of Cuban slugger Jose Abreu and re-signing of Paul Konerko doesn’t change anything about his primary goal, which is making the playoffs.     
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Dunn adamant about helping White Sox win
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Slumping slugger says likely loss of playing time no deterrence for him in doing what he can to get club to playoffs Adam Dunn insisted Saturday that the lineup triangle that developed this offseason won't be awkward.     
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White Sox Slip Past Royals 6-5, Fire Hitting Coach Jeff Manto And Avoid A 100-Loss Season
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO — Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox earned a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. After the game, the Chicago White Sox announced they had fired hitting coach Jeff Manto. Marcus Semien and Jordan Danks added solo homers for the White Sox, while Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez went deep for the Royals. All 11 runs in the game came via the home run. The White Sox (63-98) avoided a 100-loss season with one game remaining. "Nobody wants that, the 100 losses," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before the game. "But it's not gonna make me feel any better to have 99 instead of 100 going into next year." It was an unseasonably warm night and the ball was flying out as if it was the middle of summer. The White Sox opened the scoring with back-to-back homers from Semien and Danks in the bottom of the second inning for a 2-0 lead. It's the fourth time this season the White Sox have hit back-to-back ...
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White Sox-Indians: Chicago Loses On Giambi's Walk-Off
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CLEVELAND -- CLEVELAND (AP) — The White Sox needed just one out: a lazy fly ball, three strikes, a line drive into someone's glove to end a long losing streak to the Indians. The win was close enough to touch. Jason Giambi put it out of reach. The 42-year-old connected for a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Addison Reed (5-4) with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland its 13th straight win over Chicago, a stunning 5-4 victory that allowed the Indians to keep hold of the second AL wild-card playoff spot for another day. The White Sox had lost 94 previous times this season before Giambi connected. This one seemed to sting a little more. "I'm tired of saying this," said manager Robin Ventura after his team played in its 58th one-run game. "It's kind of indicative of our season. We just lost." Reed hung a 1-1 slider to Giambi, who belted it deep into the seats in right field for his 10th career walk-off homer and his second as a pinch-hitter this season. "It stinks," Reed s ...
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Sox's Dunn not going anywhere
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Contract means slugger will be back in '14, and GM Hahn says talk of platooning him is premature Adam Dunn called out to Robin Ventura as the White Sox manager strolled past his locker Monday afternoon, then pulled out a golf club and showed off his putting.     
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White Sox's Dunn not going anywhere
BND.com - over 3 years
CHICAGO - Adam Dunn called out to Robin Ventura as the White Sox manager strolled past his locker Monday afternoon, then pulled out a golf club and showed off his… Click to Continue »
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Dunn: Another wasted season
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Slugger again fails to reach his goal of making postseason for 1st time in his career Adam Dunn never has been to the playoffs in his 13 seasons in the major leagues, so getting there has become a barometer for success for the 33-year-old White Sox designated hitter and first baseman.     
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White Sox-Tigers: Chicago Wastes Sharp Outing By Quintana With Loss To Detroit
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana matched Anibal Sanchez zero for zero during an impressive pitchers' duel. Leury Garcia showed off his skills in leadoff spot. It was another loss for the Chicago White Sox, but Quintana and Garcia managed to provide some hope for the future. Quintana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and Garcia had three hits in a 1-0 loss to Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. "I've waited for this moment," Garcia said through a translator. "I want to show what I've got, and today was the day that I showed flashes of what I can do." Quintana struck out six and walked two in his major league-high 17th no-decision this season. He remained winless over his last five starts despite a 3.03 ERA over that stretch. "That doesn't affect me at all. It was a close game. We faced a very good pitcher," Quintana said through a translator. "I don't control the results, I control what I go out and do. That doesn't affect me." The 24-year-old Quintana has re ...
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Dunn, White Sox down O's to avoid sweep
Fox News - over 3 years
Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run as the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
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Dunn may be done after sour season
Fox News - over 3 years
Adam Dunn says that he will considering retiring this...
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Yankees Pound White Sox 9-1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura figured it was best to look forward after a particularly disheartening loss. Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the New York Yankees battered the sloppy Chicago White Sox 9-1 on Monday in a game interrupted nearly two hours by rain. "We have to play better than that if we're going to start winning games," the White Sox manager said. "The rest of the way out we've got guys who you're kind of evaluating jobs for next year, so it just has to get better." The White Sox committed two errors in allowing their biggest inning of the season and made three miscues overall in their fourth straight loss. The only highlight worth discussing was Paul Konerko's 432nd career homer. The six-time All-Star passed Cal Ripken to take sole possession of 44th place on the home run list with his drive off David Huff (2-0) in the seventh inning. "Any time you get menti ...
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Boston Sweeps White Sox
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BOSTON -- Outhitting Boston wasn't quite enough for the Chicago White Sox to avoid a three-game sweep against the Red Sox. Chicago finished with 11 hits, but the White Sox also walked eight, matching Boston's hit total as the Red Sox held off the White Sox 7-6 on Sunday. "You put guys on with these guys and you're just asking for trouble. They can hit. They can work at-bats," manager Robin Ventura said. "When you're just putting them on base, it becomes a long haul and they make you pay for it." Ventura had to watch the end from the clubhouse after getting ejected in the fourth for arguing a call at third base that led to a run for Boston. With Jacoby Ellsbury on third and one out, Dustin Pedroia hit a line drive that third baseman Conor Gillaspie made what looked like a diving grab on, but the ball dropped out of his glove as he stretched trying to double-up Ellsbury. Gillaspie then got up and fired to first, bouncing one wild as the run scored and Pedroia ...
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Danks Struggles As White Sox Lose 7-2 To Boston
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON -- Jake Peavy's known for studying hitters. It certainly gave him an edge against his former teammates. Peavy pitched seven strong innings, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games. Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal July 30 that sent infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy spent four seasons with the White Sox. The 32-year old right-hander went 36-29 after being picked up in a trade from San Diego on July 31, 2009. "I certainly knew that team in and out," he said. "I did know pretty much for the most part what they were going to do. I think that worked pretty much to my advantage." Peavy (11-5) allowed two runs and five singles in his sixth start for the Red Sox. He struck out four and walked one while throwing 109 pitches. Even White Sox manager Robin Ventura could see him working his hitters a certain way. "He's good at seeing some weak ...
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Santiago Struggles As Red Sox Top White Sox 4-3
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BOSTON — John Danks expected a good outing from former teammate Jake Peavy. He got a weak effort from himself. Peavy pitched seven strong innings against his former team, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games. "I knew I had to be good and simply wasn't," Danks said. "Jake did what he has to do with a lead." Coming off a pair of strong starts, Danks gave up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits over five innings. He had won his previous two starts, allowing only two runs in 14 innings. "Just command within the strikezone," he said. "The problem wasn't throwing strikes. When I would get ahead, I wasn't able to put guys away. Whenever they got a pitch to hit, they hit it. That's what good teams do. There's not really much let up in this lineup." Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East leaders. David Ortiz, who snapped an 0-for-23 stretch wit ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Dunn
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 34
    Hours after the trade was announced, Dunn announced he would "probably" retire after the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details On September 1, Dunn made his first plate appearance with Oakland and hit a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners. He became the 12th player in Athletics history to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the organization. After a few productive games early with the A's, Dunn's performance became more on par with his play with Chicago, failing to reach base as often as he had in the past. He played 25 games with Oakland, batting .212 with a .316 on-base percentage and two home runs with 10 RBIs in 25 games. After playing in 2,001 regular season games without a postseason appearance, the longest stretch of any active player at the time, Dunn reached the postseason after the Athletics clinched the second AL Wild Card spot on the last day of the regular season. However, he did not play in the AL Wild Card Game, which the A's lost 9–8 to the Kansas City Royals. Dunn confirmed his retirement after the game.
    The White Sox traded Dunn to the Oakland Athletics on August 31, 2014, in exchange for Nolan Sanburn.
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    With Dunn taking the mound and Leury Garcia pitching earlier in the season on April 16, 2014, it marked the first time position players in two games have pitched for the White Sox in the same season since 1979.
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    On August 5, 2014 much to the delight of the remaining fans at U.S. Cellular Field and members of the White Sox dugout, Dunn pitched the top of the ninth inning during a demoralizing blowout loss of 16-0 to the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Dunn's outing marked his first career pitching appearance and he didn't disappoint as the power hitting DH landed his first pitch for a 78-mph fastball for a called strike to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    Dunn finished the 2012 season with a .204 batting average, 41 home runs, and 96 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the majors with walks (105) and strikeouts (222). He became only the 3rd player to join the 200 strikeout club and his number of strikeouts established a new American League record, falling just one short of the major league record set by Mark Reynolds in 2009.
    Dunn recorded three hits in a July 24, 2012 game, his second three-hit game on the season and first since April 20.
    More Details Hide Details One of his hits was a home run, giving him 30 to that point in the season, and in so doing became the fourth left-handed White Sox player to hit 30 home runs in a season, joining Oscar Gamble, Robin Ventura and Jim Thome. He recorded his 1,000th RBI on August 13. In a game against the Kansas City Royals on August 18, Dunn hit his 35th home run of the season and 400th in his career when he connected on a two-run shot in the eighth inning, becoming the 50th MLB player to hit 400 career home runs.
    In 2012, Dunn struck out in 36 straight games, a record for a position player, as only pitcher Bill Stoneman struck out in more consecutive games, at 37.
    More Details Hide Details On July 1, Dunn was elected by his peers to the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City, his second career All-Star selection and one of four White Sox selections on the season.
    By the end of May 2012, Dunn surpassed his entire home run total from the year before and was leading the American League in walks.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    Frustrated by his poor performance in 2011, Dunn pledged to change his offseason preparation so as to "not let this happen again."
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    Through 2011, he led all active left fielders in career errors, totaling 60 errors.
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    Dunn's 2011 campaign was by far the worst of any player in the majors, and had Dunn qualified for the batting title (A player must have 3.1 plate appearances for every team game played, for a total of 502, in order to qualify; Dunn only had 496 for the year), his .159 average would have been the lowest batting average by a qualified player since Bill Bergen hit .139 as a starter for the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas.
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    On April 6, 2011 Dunn underwent an apendectomy which caused him to miss five games.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the appendectomy, Dunn was hitting .286 with a home run and 5 RBIs. However, after returning, Dunn struggled drastically, leading to reduced playing time as the year proceeded. He ended the season with a .159 average, .292 on-base percentage, .277 slugging percentage, .569 OPS, and 177 strikeouts, hitting only 11 home runs and recording 42 RBI, putting together by far the worst season of his career. The 177 strikeouts set a new White Sox team record for most strikeouts in a season by a batter, beating the previous record of 175 held by Dave Nicholson.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    On December 2, 2010, Dunn agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.
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    On July 7, 2010, Dunn hit 3 home runs in a single game for the first time in his career as the Nationals beat the Padres 7–6.
    More Details Hide Details He hit a 3 run and 2 solo homers to join Alfonso Soriano as the only Nationals players to accomplish the feat. On May 6, 2015, Bryce Harper hit three home runs in a game, becoming the third Washington National to do so.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    During the 2009 season, Dunn transitioned into a first baseman, and now in National League parks, he plays almost exclusively at that position.
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    On July 4, 2009, he hit his 300th career home run.
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    On February 11, 2009, Dunn agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the Washington Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details In his first game as a National, he hit a home run and had four RBIs.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    In 2008 he walked 19.1% of the time, the highest percentage in major league baseball; however, he also struck out 164 times in 651 plate appearances.
    More Details Hide Details Defensively, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all starting major league left fielders, .968, and committed more errors (7) than any other NL left fielder.
    On August 11, 2008, Dunn was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Dallas Buck and two other players to be named later.
    More Details Hide Details The two players were catcher Wilkin Castillo and pitcher Micah Owings.
    On June 29, 2008, Dunn won the Ohio Cup MVP when he went 6-for-20 in the six-game series, with 5 home runs and 10 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details Both during his career with the Reds and since he has been close friends with Austin Kearns.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    On October 31, 2007, Dunn's $13 million option was picked up by the Reds, making him the highest-paid player on the team.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    During a lengthy rain delay on July 21, 2006, Dunn made a prank phone call from the clubhouse to Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman.
    More Details Hide Details Brennaman was filling air time by taking calls from listeners, a segment he dubbed "The Banana Phone." Dunn, who identified himself as "Adam from Milwaukee" and spoke in a goofy voice, asked Brennaman if he thought Reds' first baseman Scott Hatteberg was a good player, then asked the announcer was wearing a shirt. The clip went viral, and is frequently replayed on Cincnnati radio. In a 2012 poll, Reds fans voted the segment their all-time favorite "off beat Marty" call.
    Also in 2006, Dunn made Cincinnati headlines with one of the biggest home runs of his career, a walk-off grand slam to cap a 9-run rally to beat the Indians June 30.
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    In 2006, he led all major league outfielders in errors, with 12, and had the lowest fielding percentage among left fielders, at .960.
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  • 2004
    Age 24
    In 2004, 2005, and 2006, he struck out 34.3%, 30.9%, and 34.6% of the time, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details In each season, his was the highest strikeout percentage in Major League Baseball. In 2008 he struck out 31.7% of the time.
    In 2004, he tied for the lead among all major league left fielders in errors, with 8.
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    Dunn's 46 home runs in 2004 were the fourth most in Cincinnati Reds history.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he joined Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan as the only Reds players to score 100 runs, drive in 100 runs, and draw 100 walks in a single season. Dunn repeated the feat the following season making him the only player in Reds history to do it more than once. In 2003, he led all major league outfielders in errors, with 10.
    On August 10, 2004, Dunn hit the longest home run in the history of Great American Ball Park, a 535-foot blast to straightaway center that went over the batter's eye and bounced off Mehring Way into the Ohio River.
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    On September 30, 2004, Dunn once again got his name in Major League Baseball's record book.
    More Details Hide Details That day, Dunn struck out three times against Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Prior, raising his season total to 191 and surpassing Bobby Bonds' single season strikeout record of 189, set in 1970. He finished the season with 195 strikeouts. He held the record until Ryan Howard broke it on September 27, 2007.
    Dunn's most productive season came in 2004, when he posted career highs in batting average (.266), home runs (46), runs (105), hits (151), slugging average (.569), and OPS (.957).
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  • 2002
    Age 22
    During that same year, he was selected to the 2002 National League All-Star team.
    More Details Hide Details In that game, Dunn hit a ball to center field that was a few feet from being a game ending home run (the game famously ended in a tie). He also walked in his only other plate appearance.
    In 2002, Dunn had a career-high 128 walks and a .400 on-base percentage.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    Dunn made his MLB debut on July 20, 2001, and set a National League rookie record for the most home runs in a month by hitting 12 in August.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    As a result, he left the Longhorns to concentrate on baseball in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his high strikeout totals, Dunn exhibits good plate discipline. He has been among the major league leaders every season in number of pitches per at bat. His career batting average is slightly under .240, but he has nonetheless compiled a career on-base percentage above .360. He is annually among the league leaders in both bases on balls and strikeouts. Dunn has the fifth-lowest career at bats per home run average in Major-League history. His 13.96 ratio (about one home run every 14 times he comes to bat) is eclipsed only by Mark McGwire (10.61), Babe Ruth (11.76), Barry Bonds (12.90), and Jim Thome (13.68). Stretching behind Dunn are such Hall-of-Famers as Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Mike Schmidt, respectively.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    Dunn was a standout quarterback at New Caney High School in Texas. After graduating from high school, the Cincinnati Reds drafted Dunn in the second round (50th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details Dunn had previously committed to play football for the University of Texas at Austin. The Reds and Dunn agreed to a deal which allowed him to play minor league baseball during the summer, and return to Austin in August to prepare for football. Dunn redshirted his freshman season and served as a backup to Major Applewhite. When star recruit Chris Simms committed to Texas, Dunn was asked to move to the tight end position.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on November 9, 1979.
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