It’s been quite a day for Adam Dunn news. Just hours after he was acquired by the Oakland A’s, the slugger says he’ll retire at season end.
At one time, Adam Dunn was one of the most feared power bats in the game. No, he wasn’t ever much of a contact hitter but that doesn’t tell the entire story with Dunn. It wasn’t often that you could find a player who had the power of Dunn but also the eye of a leadoff hitter. Yet, Dunn seemed to capitalize off such as he routinely had a very solid on base percentage despite having a rather dreadful batting average.
Much of that can be attributed to his massive frame and upper cut hitting stroke that was the result of many holes in his swing. However, when Dunn and his lumberjack arms did make contact, the bombs he connected on were no doubt moon shots.
That type of power is somewhat far and between now in Major League Baseball, which makes his pending retirement that much more sad for those who witnessed his unique skill.
Adam Dunn says he will retire after this season !
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 31, 2014
It’s not known what type of role Adam Dunn will have with the Oakland A’s, if he’ll be in the lineup often or if he’ll be used as more of a power bat off the bench. Regardless, he’ll be eligible to participate in the postseason with Oakland and has the chance to go out on top.
As things currently stand, Dunn currently has 460 career home runs, 1156 RBI and a woeful .237 batting average. His OBP is much more respectable however at .365.
Dunn will finish his career with five 40+ home run seasons.