Just saw this interesting piece about a bygone era in Reds baseball: the fall of Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn.*

*Any blasphemy about Adam Dunn in the comments will be met with swift justice.

8 Responses

  1. Jason1972

    Kearns should be a case study in the mismanagement of talent *

    I never cared for Junior Kingmam, so I won’t go into his Cincinnati career.

    * Chapman could be the follow up.

  2. Sultan of Swaff

    Ahhh, Rockford, IL, summer of ’99 (I think?). The low A ball team had Dunn, Kearns, Corky, Brandon Larson, DeWayne Wise, and Gookie Dawkins. For me and the other 14 fans every night, it was a helluva fun team to watch. You know you’re getting old when……

  3. John

    I once saw Adam Dunn gun down a runner at the plate with a throw that would make Jay Bruce envious. Jim Brower was on the mound for the Reds. I can’t remember the opponent (Giants?). That was one of the last times I saw Dunn play RF. I never, ever understood why they put him in LF, and then bemoaned his defense.

  4. Jared

    Dunn was a tall, incredibly strong young man when he arrived in 2001, with no foreshadow of the flabby oaf he would one day become.

    Got a chuckle out of that. I wish I was in a position to call Adam Dunn fat.

  5. John

    Dusty, per the Fayblog: “You can’t predict the weather.”

    Sigh.

    • RiverCity Redleg

      Dusty, per the Fayblog: “You can’t predict the weather.”Sigh.

      Dusty’s the new Yogi Bera

  6. Python Curtus

    The article makes no mention of the Reds indecision over Kearns and Wily Pena. I really believe that if Kearns hadn’t had to compete for his job evry spring—-especially with a player who could not hit for average and was not nearly as good a fielder—-he would have had a much better career. Kearns had a good arm in right. Not as good as Bruce or Stubbs, but still quite good.

    I’m not worried about Dunn. He should lose some weight, but I think the change of leagues and the appendicitis at the beginning of the year did him no favors. But I think he’ll bounce back next year