32 Facts About Adam Dunn


Adam Troy Dunn was born on November 9,1979, and nicknamed "Big Donkey", is an American former professional baseball left fielder and first baseman.

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Adam Dunn played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland Athletics.

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Adam Dunn is tied for most opening day home runs at eight with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr.

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Adam Dunn ranked third on the all-time strikeout list at the time of his retirement, with 2,379, and fourth for the most Golden sombreros at 19, tied with Bo Jackson.

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Adam Dunn holds the American League record for most strikeouts in a season with 222, which he set in 2012.

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Adam Dunn had previously committed to play football for the University of Texas at Austin.

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Adam Dunn redshirted his freshman season and served as a backup to Major Applewhite.

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Adam Dunn was annually among the league leaders in both bases on balls and strikeouts.

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Adam Dunn finished his career with an at bats per home run ratio of 14.

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Adam Dunn made his MLB debut on July 20,2001, and set a National League rookie record for the most home runs in a month by hitting 12 in August.

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In that game, Adam Dunn hit a ball to center field that was a few feet from being a game ending home run.

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On September 30,2004, Adam Dunn got his name in Major League Baseball's record book.

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That day, Adam Dunn struck out three times against Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Prior, raising his season total to 191 and surpassing Bobby Bonds' single season strikeout record of 189, set in 1970.

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Adam Dunn held the record until Ryan Howard broke it on September 27,2007.

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Adam Dunn repeated the feat the following season making him the only player in Reds history to do it more than once.

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Also in 2006, Adam Dunn made Cincinnati headlines with one of the biggest home runs of his career, a walk-off grand slam to cap a 9-run rally to beat the Indians June 30.

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On June 29,2008, Adam Dunn won the Ohio Cup MVP when he went 6-for-20 in the six-game series, with 5 home runs and 10 RBI.

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On February 11,2009, Adam Dunn agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

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Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer and two solo homers to join Alfonso Soriano as the only Nationals players to accomplish the feat.

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On December 2,2010, Adam Dunn agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.

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However, after returning, Adam Dunn struggled drastically, leading to reduced playing time as the year proceeded.

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In 2012, Adam Dunn struck out in 36 straight games, a record for a position player until 2017, when Yankees rookie Aaron Judge struck out in 37 straight games.

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Adam Dunn became only the 3rd player to join the 200 strikeout club and his number of strikeouts established a new American League record, falling just one short of the major league record set by Mark Reynolds in 2009.

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Adam Dunn's outing marked his first career pitching appearance and he didn't disappoint as the power hitting DH landed his first pitch, a 78-mph fastball, for a called strike to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

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Hours after the trade was announced, Adam Dunn announced he would "probably" retire after the 2014 season.

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Adam Dunn became the 12th player in Athletics history to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the organization.

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Adam Dunn is one of fourteen players to have played 2,000 games without making the postseason, as Adam Dunn played in 2,001 games, which was the longest for any active player at the time of the end of his career.

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On March 1,2009, Adam Dunn joined the United States team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic at the late request of coach Davey Johnson.

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Adam Dunn came under criticism during his career for what some viewed as a lackadaisical effort in left field.

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In 2009, Adam Dunn was rated the worst fielder in the Major Leagues by Ultimate Zone Rating, at -35.

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Adam Dunn had mentioned that he would rather not play first base.

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Adam Dunn appeared in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club as a bartender; he is an investor in the film.

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