Congratulations to Reds slugger Adam Dunn, who has been elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Dunn was named as the latest inductee after he was selected as the top vote-getter on the modern player ballot by media members along with Reds alumni and fans.
“First off, I know what kind of honor it is to be selected,” Dunn said. “There are so many great players, not only for the Reds, but some of the greatest players of all time have played for the Reds. To be in with them, it’s obviously humbling. It’s a great honor.”
If you have spent any time here at Redleg Nation, and especially if you were around during the early days, you will know that we have always been Adam Dunn partisans in these parts. Seriously, when Dunn was getting criticized in all corners for his shortcomings, we here at RN were always celebrating all the amazing things that he did to help the Reds.
I freely admit that I was one of Dunn’s biggest cheerleaders, and I have remained so to this day. (As proof, I give you this post.) I mean, we have an entire category entitled, “Defending Adam Dunn.” And here’s a retrospective I wrote on Dunn’s career a few years ago.
We even dedicated a chapter to Dunn in our upcoming book on Reds history, because we felt like Reds fans need to remember just how special this guy was, despite playing with some lousy teams. The chapter is focused on Dunn’s career, but this game is the centerpiece of that discussion
And let us not forget the best moment of Dunn’s career, the time he called in to talk to Marty Brennaman on the banana phone. I present to you: Adam in Milwaukee.
Dunn is one of the most under-appreciated Reds in history. Until today, I guess.
And when we talk about the things he accomplished while in Cincinnati, it’s pretty impressive:
During a 14-year career, Dunn spent his first eight seasons with the Reds from 2001-08 after he was their second-round pick in the 1998 Draft. In 1,087 games for Cincinnati, he batted .247/.380/.520 with 270 home runs, 646 RBIs, 920 hits and 678 runs scored. His slugging percentage ranks third in franchise history behind Frank Robinson and Joey Votto, and he is fourth all-time in club home runs behind Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Robinson.
A National League All-Star in 2002, Dunn led or tied for the lead in homers on the club for seven consecutive seasons, and had four consecutive seasons of 40 or more home runs for the Reds from 2004-07.
It should also be noted that Dunn ranks eighth on the Reds all-time franchise list for on-base percentage (.380). Pete Rose is ninth (.379).
Dunn will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame during ceremonies that will take place on the weekend of July 21-22, 2018. I will be there.
Given my longtime status as Dunn’s #1 fan, I’m still waiting to hear whether I’ll be there in any official capacity: