In the same vein as Jim’s post, John Erardi had a must-read article recently in the Northern Kentucky edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Just great stuff:

Dunn has a career .380 on-base percentage. That’s good for 20th among active big-league players with 3,000 or more plate appearances.

Dunn is one of only 14 players to drive in 90 or more runs in each of the last four seasons.

Dunn is one of only 10 players to score 90 or more runs in each of the last four seasons. The only other players on the RBI/runs scored lists are Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz. Miggy Cabrera and Bobby Abreu.

In career walk-off home runs, Dunn is tied with Albert Pujols, A-Rod and Chipper Jones with seven. Among active players, only Vladimir Guerrerro, David Ortiz and Jim Thome have more walk-off home runs than Dunn. Every hitter ahead of Dunn has at least 700 more plate appearances – and in most cases, 1,000 more.

Of Dunn’s 270 career home runs, 54 (or 20.0 percent) have come in what is known as “high leverage” situations. That’s a better rate than David Ortiz (18.1 percent), Manny Ramirez (19.5 percent), Lance Berkman (17.0 percent), and Griffey (17.8 percent) … and anybody else except Pujols (20.9%).

About 43 percent of Dunn’s homers have either tied the game or given the Reds the lead. That’s a better rate than A-Rod or Ramirez.

I apologize for all the numbers. But the numbers are who Dunn was here … and who he will be elsewhere. If you are not into numbers, you are probably not into Dunn.

The point: When it comes down to numbers, Dunn wasn’t the one to blame for the last eight years.

The blame belongs to the owners. They didn’t provide him with the supporting cast that would have driven his numbers even higher

Read the whole thing. It’s worth your time.