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Chicago White Sox 2014 Team Preview

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Of the 30 active teams in Major League baseball, the Chicago White Sox are one of 12 teams to have a franchise record above .500 (8,855-8,672). But, considering recent history, the South Side pale-hosers have been back and forth between an above .500 and a losing team since the won the World Series in 2005. Culminating in a crap-tastic 63-99 record last season. They may have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Chris Sale, but when you only manage to outscore the Miami Marlins, you can’t expect to win many baseball games.

So, how do you address a putrid offense? You add pieces to that offense. The White Sox traded Hector Santiago over the offseason in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Angels, netting them the scrappy Adam Eaton. They signed Cuban defector, Jose Abreu, and handed him the keys to the job at first base. They limited the aging Paul Konerko (and his off-the-charts will-to-win stat) to the DH role and, for the love of God, you platoon Adam Dunn. Continue reading

I Somehow missed Adam Dunn in The Dallas Buyers Club

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I saw The Dallas Buyer’s Club over the weekend – excellent movie by the way – and I was so busy paying attention to the storyline that I completely forgot that our boy Adam Dunn had a cameo in the film as a bartender.

The film was so strong it will win many Oscars, and Adam Dunn will be present at those awards most likely.

The slugger has an invite, a ride and a reason to attend the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, but he wouldn’t go if the team has an issue. Dunn said Monday that manager Robin Ventura has spoken with him about the trip, but Dunn hasn’t made up his mind.

Dunn is part of the production company Truth Entertainment that helped to create “Dallas Buyers Club,” which is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. Matthew McConaughey is up for Best Actor, and Jared Leto is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Dunn has two scenes but no lines in the movie that also is up for Best Original Screenplay as well as achievements in hair and makeup and editing.

To my knowledge, Dunn didn’t hold a speaking part in the film and there was no straight on shot of him that makes you say ‘my gosh, that’s one of baseball’s best sluggers’. But it’s pretty cool to know that Adam Dunn made an appearance in one of the best films of 2013.

Let’s hope Dunn’s follow up performance in the 2014 season ends with similar rave reviews. We want Dunn to go out strong!

Fourth of July Recap

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I’m absolutely exhausted upon my return from Las Vegas, so there will be no 4th of July fireworks for me tonight. I’m just settled in watching the Dodgers against the Rockies at Coors Field, and Vin Scully has the night off! It must be vacation week for Vin like so many others this time of year because I think I hear Steve “Psycho” Lyons doing the game.

Here’s a brief recap of the holiday baseball action, with still a very full weekend of ball to follow:

  • In Wilson Ramos’ first game back from the disabled list, the Nationals got a HUGE game out of their catcher. Ramos collected three hits and drove in five runs, including a three run home run that stood up to be the difference and give them a 8-5 win over the Brewers. They earn the home split with Milwaukee after Drew Storen again hiccuped the lead away again. Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Adam Dunn hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the White Sox in Chicago today. It was his 23rd of the season.
  • The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants were rained out in Cincinnati, bummer.
  • All-Star Game voting ends in like two hours. I finally cast a few ballots just to be a good sport about it. This is the first year ever I really didn’t care to do it much.
  • Yasiel Puig batting average update: .434 after singling up the middle to drive in a run. Yasiel Puig bat-flip coverage: here.
  • Tomorrow’s slate: Pirates/Cubs at Wrigley at 4:00 to kick off the weekend (gotta love that, you think people are partying in Chicago this weekend or what?), Padres at Nationals, Mariners at Reds, maybe a little Orioles at Yankees all at 7:00, Dodgers at Giants at 10:15. Good slate of baseball tomorrow.
  • Everth Cabrera returns tomorrow.
  • Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record today, 69 hot dogs.

That’s pretty much a wrap for the holiday in baseball, at least with what we care to talk about.

Oh yeah, and I bought this shirt for myself in Vegas. I had to have it.

For you non-Spanish speaking readers, it’s a spin off “Bo Knows”. And this kid is the closest thing we’ve seen to Bo Jackson in a number of years.

Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten Memorial Player of the Week

Cows come, and cows go. But the Big Donkey lives on forever.

Cows come, and cows go. But the Big Donkey lives on forever.

You would never figure a guy hitting in the .180′s would be the Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten Memorial Player of the Week. But I need you to consider that in the past week this man raised his average from .165 to the staggering .183 it sits at today.

Dunn went 8 for 25 for the week with four home runs with 8 RBI. The last time we wrote about him, we were sticking a fork in him. But this past week, Adam Dunn went and danced with the girl who brought him to the dance. The long ball. It’s his one redeeming quality. It’s what has kept his career afloat through all the late nights, and the broads, and the booze, and the booing fans. The son of a gun knows how to hit it where a play can’t be made on it.

His career home run log is a lot of fun to read through. He’s up to 424 career blasts now. If there are such a thing as baseball gods, he’ll reach 500 so we have something to talk about forever with Dunn. And we always predicted he would get to 500 on his career.

We love the guy. It would be nice to see him really break out the rest of the way and hit .220. My goodness, read that last sentence and then someone slap me.

And look what I found because I have no life, and I am addicted to watching baseball’s past. If you’ve got two hours to waste, here is our award’s namesake hitting those four homers at Old Riverfront.

Goodbye, Adam Dunn

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If you look back through the archives of this blog, you’ll read a lot of good times for us provided by The Big Donkey Adam Dunn. He was the original Godfather of Diamond Hoggers. He was a key cog on our fantasy teams from about 2002 until 2008. He probably gave us anywhere from 250 to 300 fantasy home runs, and was the reason we won the home run title every year.

This season, we took an unexpected late round flier on Dunn to provide some power. And at this time of year with guys dropping like flies and pitchers that need to be streamed, tough decisions needed to be made. Dunn went 0 for 3 with a measly hit-by-pitch tonight in Toronto, dropping his season average down to .128 with just two home runs.

We added Brandon Moss. It’s kind of like that scene in Goodfellas when Pauly hands Henry $300 after all they’ve been through together. Three Ben Franklins for a lifetime of service. For all Adam Dunn has done for us, the guy we drop him for for the final time is Brandon Moss.

We’ll never own Adam Dunn again in fantasy baseball. It’s over. It’s the end of an era. It looks like twilight is settling in on an incredible power hitter’s career. It’s become painful to watch him swing and we’re moving on.

And if the ride ends soon, what a ride it’s been. We’re not sure there’s been a bigger Adam Dunn fan on the planet than us – this is just business. Like a cowboy riding off into the sunset for the last time; we tip our cap to you, big Texan. Hit those 92 more dingers and hang them up.

Adam Dunn stole a base on Friday Night

You see, I remember when Adam Dunn was still a kid and actually had some speed. I’ve been at a game when he’s accomplished the feat. Back in 2002 he actually stole 19. It’s true, look it up.

But in Las Vegas, the over/under for ’2013 Adam Dunn stolen bases’ would probably be set at one. Dunn needs just one more in the remainder of the season for you believers in his wheels to cash in.

The Sox announcers actually compliment done on his decent speed. They’re clearly full of shit at this juncture. He isn’t fast anymore. We still admire him for being a wiley cuss that will rob you when you aren’t looking.

2013 Chicago White Sox Team Preview

The White Sox are always a peculiar team to me.  They rarely come into a season with fanfare, but seem to ride a mix of veterans and mildly known young guys to a good enough record to not be horrible, but also not make the playoffs.  the last time they made the playoffs was 2008 and since they’ve finished either 2nd or 3rd in the AL Central.  How long can the White Sox continue to flounder in the middle.  Probably for a while if they want to.  The White Sox are in a hard spot that many teams find themselves in.  They have enough talent to maybe go for it, but they might be better off to start over and get some prospects to rebuild.  Their attendance has been slowly declining since 2006 and settled in at just over 24k last year.  Unlike that other Chicago team, the White Sox don’t enjoy sellouts every game just because drunk people like to drink.  Could they flip Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn for some mid-level prospects?  Maybe, but I don’t know how many teams are knocking down the door to get these guys.

What the the Sox do this off season and does it tell us which direction they are leaning.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Signed Jeff Keppinger to a 3 yr/$12M deal

It looks like the White Sox don’t even know what they wanted to do.  They didn’t really play in the free agent market except to replace the departed Kevin Youkilis at 3rd base.  Keppinger has bounced around a bit, but is a versatile player with a decent bat and is stats should improve simply from playing 81 games in US Cellular Field.  I don’t think this is a “going for it” move – just a needed replacement.  Later we’ll see some moves that suggest they want to move on to younger players.

Let’s take a look at more after the jump.

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Adam Dunn is a Hollywood Movie Star

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Adam Dunn has long been one of our favorite athletes of all-time. Nothing can ever change that, not time nor space or argument from opposing fan about him being wortless defensively or a beer league softball player. He is spoken of as icon status on this blog, do you understand?

We always knew Dunner was capable of big things, and now he’s about to delve into a new realm and unleash his talents on the silver screen. Adam Dunn is going to be in a movie directed by Matthew McConaughey this summer.

Matthew McConaughey has a new movie coming out this summer called “Dallas Buyer’s Club” that, according to IMDB, tells “the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.”

Dallas Buyer’s Club sounds like an unbelievable movie in the mold of Boogie Nights or something close. I would want to see it even if Dunn’s part was played by Casey Affleck or someone else who can’t act. To get Dunn is just a bonus. Hopefully he’s one of Ron Woodroof’s skirt-chasing, hard drinking sidekicks. This would be a natural role for Dunn that he played well in his years in Cincinnati before he settled down (it happens to us all around age 30).

This is the highlight of my very sad, boring day.

UPDATE: Dunn is cast as a bartender in the movie. This is perfect.

Weekend Wrap Up

-Congrats to Adam Dunn on his 400th career home run. An opposite field shot that landed in the Kauffman Stadium fountain; I find it fitting that this milestone blast came on a Saturday night. Adam Dunn is a Saturday night type of guy. I remember so many of the 400 Dunner. Right down to your first.

-The Pittsburgh Pirates survived 19 innings of baseball on getaway day in St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 6-3 today. As the game wore on, I had a thought. I decided that these two teams were playing for much more than just a single ‘W’ in the standings. The loser of this game could not possibly recover, and the winner would survive to fight another day. I think this is the nail in the Cardinals coffin, truly.

-The Cincinnati Reds pulled a little more magic from their hat on Sunday, winning in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds took 3 of 4 over the weekend. It’s just one of those rare years for the Cincinnati Reds. Everything is turning to gold. Xavier Paul? Ryan Ludwick? Todd Frazier? It’s all flowing for the Redlegs right now, and it’s not about to stop anytime soon.

-The only Grady Sizemore mention on any baseball blog today. Sizemore’s status? Yup, still hurt.

-Bryce Harper homered today, his 12th. Your Harper home run post coming momentarily.

2012 MLB All-Star Game

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-It wasn’t a banner All Star debut for Bryce Harper. Still, the gold cleats and a couple mighty hacks off Jered Weaver and company was good to see. VIDEO

-Chipper Jones walked off into the sunset with his single and his win. His pre-game speech was a memorable one, the NL clearly dominated for Chipper.

-Mike Trout singled, walked, stole a couple of bags in his AS Game debut. He’s unbelievable. Good read from the OC Register if you have time. Great read from Baseball Prospectus about Trout v. Harper debate that you might as well give a whirl to. Video of the pre-game presser available too.

-Quiet night for all Cincinnati Reds involved in the game.

-Even quieter night for Adam Dunn, the only regular not to appear in the game. When I read this, I realized possible reasons why.

Baseball is doing something right:

It’s Midsummer Classic Time

In my entire life, even as a kid; I’ve never looked forward to an MLB All-Star Game like the 2012 version that takes place tonight.

It’s a ‘who’s-who’, a ‘gang’s all here’ shot of some of my favorite figures of the past and present in the game of baseball. One of my childhood favorites Chipper Jones to Adam Dunn, into Josh Hamilton and Jay Bruce. Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Trout and the cherry on top was Bryce Harper. There’s never been so many of my favorite players involved in this game before. The closest I can remember was around the time in my life that I was still cutting the league batting leaders out of the Sunday paper and pinning them to a wall in my room. My mother hated that. It was tacky.

Baseball has a way of quietly bridging time and eras perhaps more than any other sport. Maybe tonight when there’s some down time in the dugout, Larry Wayne Jones will find some time to talk to Bryce (Aron) Max Harper. They could talk about Chipper’s first All-Star Game in 1996. He was the game’s young buck then, as opposed to being the game’s artifact that he is now. With all the big names that were involved in that game (and its virtually every slugger you can remember from the era) the game’s artifact that night might have been Ozzie Smith. He was 41 years old and playing in his final season. Ozzie played back in the late 70′s.

Baseball is amazing in that; I imagine if these guys sat around as a group and shot the shit long enough they would know someone who knew someone who played against Babe Ruth.

Take Adam Dunn for instance. Dating back to my high school years when I was still worried about proms and such (scary to think about that a ballplayer could bridge the gap from that era to fatherhood) I thought Dunn would pile up the All-Star selections. That’s what I read in a few different magazines when scouts talked about Dunn. He made his first All Star Game in 2002 in Milwaukee because he hit .300 on the nose the first half of that season. I don’t know how he did it, but I remember back then that Adam Dunn was a complete hitter. People thought he would hit .300 for the next decade and end up a Hall of Fame player. Dunn flew out to the track that night, barely missing a home run that would have saved Bud Selig from a lifetime gaffe. Dunn couldn’t leave the hero that night, but no matter. He would have a run of All Star appearances and MVP trophies awaiting him.

Fast forward to now. Tonight’s game is just the second of The Big Donkey’s career. We’re both on the wrong side of our prime now, Adam. But I’m still thrilled to see that he made it back. Maybe Jay Bruce ends up being that Reds outfielder who piles up the All Star selections. If you had told me when Joey Votto broke into the big leagues that he would end up the perennial MVP and guy who lead the league in votes and not Dunner, I would have laughed. Dunn, Bruce, and Votto all appeared in the same lineup in a different space and time. Oh and they shared time being a teammate of Ken Griffey Jr., tell me those guys don’t already have some great stories to tell.

It really all goes back to the youth infusion involved in this game. That’s what excites me. I love greatness, particularly at a young age. For Trout and Harper to each be part of this storied ballgame, it’s just really special. While interleague play has taken away from some of the mystique, you can’t tell me that the possibility of Harper going toe to toe with Chris Sale or Felix Hernandez for one AB doesn’t sound exciting. How about Mike Trout against Aroldis Chapman?

People who want to pretend this is a meaningless exhibition game need to know that it’s the finest All-Star game of any of the professional leagues. It’s a time honored tradition. One that takes you back to those summers in your yard with the neighborhood crew when you spent an entire day playing backyard ball and arguing about how Junior or Jay Buhner would fare against Hideo Nomo or Greg Maddux. The characters of the story are different now and we can’t have those old memorable times back.

The bottom line is we’re likely to learn which side of the league the World Series Winner comes from (21 of the last 28 World Champions have had home-field advantage in October) and we’re likely to see something memorable.

Plus you may want to someday tell your unborn son that you were watching the night that Chipper and Harper sat in the same dugout together. He won’t believe you.

UPDATE: Adam Dunn still loves Cinco De Mayo

I apologize that it took a few days to get this up, but it was a holiday. And Adam Dunn delivered. Anyone out there catch this tweet?

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He might be in a new city and a few years removed from when we knew him best, but we still know our Big Donkey.

If you missed it, below is video of Dunner ruining Jose Valverde’s heritage holiday this past Saturday. Yeah, he hit it where balls don’t belong in right field at Comerica Park.

I have illusions of grandeur–Dunn celebrating late into the night with a sombrero on and taking body shots of cheap tequila while disregarding the offered lime or lemon. Even if it didn’t happen, you know it probably should have happened.

How I miss Adam Dunn being in my big league city.

Game 25, 2012: Sister Christian Oh the Time Has Come

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The Reds got a little bit of everything you want to see in a 6-1 Friday night win at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Zach Cozart all homered. The rest of the guys added five additional extra-base hits. Johnny Cueto went the distance to improve to 4-0 on the season, striking out four and walking no one.

The Cardinals lost to the Astros last night 5-4 in Houston. Now the Reds have a chance to get a couple games above the .500 mark and begin a winning-streak on Cinco De Mayo Saturday. What more could you ask for? They must win at all costs today whether that win come ugly or pretty like last evening. The Reds just have to keep rolling.

Highlights:

Bruce homers to right field (8)

Cozart & Stubbs go back-to-back

Brandon Phillips RBI single

Cueto’s sparkling outing

Ryan Hanigan RBI double

Potpourri:

It’s Cinco De Mayo. It’s a great holiday. In honor of the day that Adam Dunn always seemed to hit bombs on, we present to you the only batter walk-up song that Dunn used during his time in Cincinnati: a little Night Ranger. And maybe, just maybe; Dunn will go deep today in Detroit.

Game 24, 2012: Cubs fail to play for 27 outs

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Frustrate you as they may, and they were frustrating for eight long innings with Ryan Dempster on the hill; there’s one thing you can say about the Reds. This group will force you to play for 27 outs, and if you don’t they’ll send you home losers.

The Reds entered the ninth inning trailing by a score of 3-0. They had just three hits on the day until that point. And then Carlos Marmol gave them the air supply they desperately needed.

He walked Willie Harris to lead off the ninth, which was a bad idea since Harris hasn’t collected a base-hit all season thus far. Joey Votto followed with a walk of his own. Brandon Phillips hit a ground ball to Ian Stewart, and the usually sound defense of the Cubs imploded. Stewart booted the ball and Harris scored. Jay Bruce followed with a sharp single. Ryan Ludwick walked to make it 3-2. Devin Mesoraco hit into a double play but the game was tied at 3-3.

The Reds found a way to win it in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Scott Rolen that scored Zach Cozart. What should have been a 4-4 homestand became a 5-3 homestand. The Reds were back to .500 and the Cardinals which gave them renewed life.

The Reds knack for the comeback just might be their best quality. They had absolutely nothing yesterday and they still found a way to beat the opposition.

Highlights:

Homer Bailey’s 4th quality start in five outings

Starlin Castro’s first dinger of the year

Zach Cozart’s great diving stop

Rolen’s sac-fly to win it

Potpourri:

  • This was the first time in MLB history that two starting pitchers shared a birthday on the day of the game started. Bailey is now 26, while Dempter is 35.
  • I’m now getting old enough that I can remember games a full decade ago. Ten years ago to the day the Reds lost a game 6-1 in San Francisco. Their lineup went Larkin, Juan Encarnacion, Sean Casey, Dunn, Aaron Boone, Todd Walker, Austin Kearns, Corky Miller, and Jose Rijo started on the mound.
  • A decade ago to the day, Adam Dunn had 25 career home runs. Dunn now has 372 as of last evening, including this monster home run last night off Cleveland’s Dan Wheeler.