Did ja Know?
Adam Dunn is the only Red in the history of the franchise to have 100 walks, 100 RBI’s, 100 Runs, 80 EBH in a season.
YEAR OPS EBH R RBI BB AGE Adam Dunn 2004 .956 80 105 102 108 24
Drop the walks below 100 and three more Reds join him
PS YEAR OPS EBH R RBI BB AGE 1 Ted Kluszewski 1954 1.049 80 104 141 78 29 2 Frank Robinson 1962 1.045 92 134 136 76 26 3 George Foster 1977 1.013 85 124 149 61 28 4 Adam Dunn 2004 .956 80 105 102 108 24
Now the 1954 Reds were 7 runs below league average. The 1962 Reds 35 runs better, and the 1977 Reds 55 runs better than the league. last years Reds were in the whole 41 runs vs the league average… despite the impressive season Dunn turned in.
Also Dunn clocks in at the youngest Red to achieve that feat by 2 years… the next guy is a legend in the history of the franchise and the league.
How can you not like that kind of production on your team?
It’s a once a generation type of output, and output that fits exactly into how the game is played today.
Meanwhile Albert Pujols has been cranking out 1962 Robinson seasons since he entered the league. It’s like a Roy Hobbs nightmare for opponents.
Brian first met the greatest game in Detroit in 1968, that team played in a league called the “American League”…. but I digress.
Later after a family move he started a dalliance with the Cincinnati Reds, who perchance were in the midst of their greatest era. It was a romance that was greater than many could hope to be.
After barely stomaching the strike of 1981 Brian headed West but never forgot the Reds, and even despite being surrounded by Giants and A’s fans who tried to entice him with things both Green and Orange he found himself wondering what was up with Kal Daniels and was that kid from Moeller ever going to make us forget Davey.
A long time member of SABR and a baseball history junkie he currently lives in Portland and can be followed at @baseballminutia