Article from John Fay on Adam Dunn:
Dunn was one of two regulars who played in the game (Sunday, despite being told he’d get the day off). You can question a lot of things about Dunn Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and fans do so constantly Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t question his durability or his willingness to play hurt.
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the possibility that SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s season finale could have been DunnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last game as a Red.
If general manager Wayne Krivsky wants to continue to remake the club — and indications are he does — Dunn is the biggest chip to trade.
Krivsky has traded three players like Dunn — big swingers with a tendency to strike out — for pitching.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about it,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said it every time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard my name mentioned about a trade. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to lose any sleep over it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I freely admit to being a big Adam Dunn fan, and agree that Dunn is the Reds biggest chip the Reds have to offer…but trading him would be a serious blow to an offense that’s much worse than it was a year ago at this time.
Dunn, 26, had his worst year since 2003. He hit .234 with 40 home runs and 92 RBI and struck out 194 times. In 2005, he hit .247 with 40 home runs and 101 RBI and struck out 166 times.
DunnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s season was ruined by an awful September. He hit .157 for the month. He had 87 RBI through 126 games. He had five in the last 36 games.
Narron was asked if there was anything Dunn could do different to avoid such a bad September.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think I can help,Ã¢â‚¬Â Narron said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think I can give him some time off during the year better than I have. I think if plays maybe 145 or 150 games instead of 160, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a possibility that his September will be better.
After 2 or 3 bad Septembers in a row, you would think that someone in the Reds management might have figured out that this might be a problem and tried to do something about it. But with the other outfielders either brittle (Griffey, Freel) or traded (Kearns, Pena)…you have to play who you have available…and Dunn is always available.
Dunn never makes excuses for himself. He is as self-deprecating as they come.
When the scoreboard picture at Dolphins Stadium showed him with a handlebar mustache, Dunn threatened to grow one.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you play like an ass, you might as well look like an ass,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ken Griffey Jr. overheard the remark and said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say that. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hurting my feelings.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Griffey thinks Dunn should ease up on Dunn a bit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too hard on himself only because he wants to do well,Ã¢â‚¬Â Griffey said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that hard on himself, it would mean he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care. That is the furthest thing from the truth. Adam cares about the way he hits, the way he fields, the way he runs the bases. He cares.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But Dunn is the guy fans love to hate.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He takes a lot of abuse out in the outfield,Ã¢â‚¬Â Griffey said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He goes out there and gives it a solid effort. No one can say heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not out there trying.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dunn will occasionally fire back at critics, but mostly he just takes it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You always want to fire back,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play for them. They expect a lot of me. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fine.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But Dunn bristles at the notion that he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give it his best effort or doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work hard.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play 160 games if I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t trying,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You have work hard to play 160 games and do it every year youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be doing something to keep your body right. I work to keep my body in shape to keep me in there for 160 games. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty good.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Narron says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been satisfied with DunnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s effort.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People want him to run out on the field like Ryan Freel,Ã¢â‚¬Â Narron said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to do that. Even if he does that, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to look like Ryan Freel. The guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 6-6, 270 pounds.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This was DunnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first foray into meaningful September baseball. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s learned something from it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think a lot of it had to do with me trying to do much, maybe trying to hard,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Other than that, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. Physically, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m fine. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got no excuse there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
There he goes again.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is so hard on himself, harder than anyone else,Ã¢â‚¬Â Griffey said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way you have to be to play this game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I think this pretty much says it all. He makes no excuses, he’s been terrible in September, and I’d bet no one feels worse about it than he does.