Josh Katzowitz is asking that question in the Cincinnati Post.

My personal preference is that Dunn hit third (or even cleanup), but there is a better chance of me getting called out of the stands on opening day to use my knuckleball for a couple of innings. Dunn will hit 2nd, 5th, 6th, or 7th, mainly because I don’t think Dave Miley (who I like very much) realizes that Dunn is his best hitter.

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  1. I agree, he needs to hit 3rd, gives him two decent OBP guys in front of him to knock in, and two serious power guys behind him to knock him in, since he is likely to lead the team on OBP. I still prefer the following batting order:

    Jimenez
    Casey
    Dunn
    Kearns
    Griffey
    Randa
    Lopez
    Larue

    Later,
    Tom

  2. Hey, what the hell…bat dunn first. he gets on base and he’s got good wheels for a big guy. he would get more at bats throughout the year as well.

    lineup:
    dunn
    jimenez or kearns
    casey
    griffey
    and then whomever you want

  3. My lineup

    Jimenez
    Dunn
    Griffey
    Kearns
    Casey
    Randa
    Lopez
    LaRue

    The only thing is Miley said he will split up Randa and Casey. Which is maybe why we will see one of those in the 2 hole.

  4. The problem with batting Casey second is his penchant for grounding into double plays. That’s the problem with batting him anywhere after Jiminez or Dunn. Casey can be a run producer, but I’d actually like to see him after Kearns or Jr – guys who tend to hit more doubles than the others.

  5. my lineup (only a dream…) to start the season:

    Kearns rf
    Jimenez 2b
    Dunn LF
    Griffey CF
    Casey 1B
    Randa 3B
    LaRue C
    Lopez SS

    As season progresses and (hoping) that Lopez hits likes he’s always been expected to…

    Lopez SS
    Jimenez 2B
    Dunn LF
    Griffey CF
    Kearns RF
    Casey 1B
    Randa 3B
    LaRue C

  6. Steve, this is a dream…’cause the management of this team, at some level who knows which level, has decided this team is better with Aurilla playing SS.

    I have no idea why…

  7. To me the question should be “Where is the rest of the lineup going to hit around Dunn?” He’s without a doubt, the best hitter on the team, and should hit 3rd or 4th, regardless of other’s salaries or past glory. I got to say, though, that I really don’t mind seeing him hit 1st. It’s not the end of the world wherever he ends up as lineup construction has a smaller affect on team offense than most would think.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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