Adam Dunn used to be a good baseball player. He was one of those guys that you penciled in for 35-40 homers every year. Sure, eh struck out a few times, and sure, you'd never mistake his batting average for Ichiro's, but he was a guy who did one thing (hit homers) and he did it well.
But this season has been very different for the Chicago White Sox DH. His move to the American League had a horrific effect on his game. Maybe he was a guy who needed to play the field to keep his head in the game. Whatever the case, Adam Dunn had not only his worst season in the majors, but he has had one of the worst season's in major league history.
To put a cherry on it, and to tell you everything you need to know about Dunn's season, he is going to finish with a higher number of strikeouts than his batting average.
There are still two games to go, but Dunn currently has 174 Ks on the season, and is batting a whopping .160. Yes, one hundred and sixty. To put it in perspective, Dunn's career batting average (when you take this horrible season into account) is .244. He's fallen off .80 points. And he's playing in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the majors.
Dunn, who's currently wallowing in a 0-20 slump wuld need to go an epic 4-4 in the last two games to push his batting average higher than 174.
And that's not going to happen. With news that Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox just parted ways, I wonder if Dunn is feeling some of the blame for that break-up. I doubt the Marlins will make a bid for Dunn's services anytime soon.