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:

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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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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12 Responses

  1. Chad Dotson

    And yes, I’m very disappointed that Reggie Sanders wasn’t elected.

    Dunn is clearly deserving, and I’m really happy for him. But Sanders continues to be the biggest sub in Reds HOF history.

    And yes, I care about the Reds Hall of Fame WAY too much.

  2. Scott Carter

    Good for Dunner. He was always a favorite of mine while he was here. Knew the importance of getting on base and could he ever hit the ball a long way. Amazingly he would have rather played football, but when he was told he wouldn’t play QB at Texas, he opted for baseball. Football’s loss was baseball’s gain.

  3. Sliotar

    After his Reds days, Dunn had a memorable, bounce back 2012 season with the White Sox

    He was “3 Outcome Guy” that year, before it became a thing to talk about in baseball:

    41 HRs, 16% BB rate, 34% K rate

    A truly unique player.

  4. cfd3000

    Congratulations to the Big Donkey. He was so much fun when the team really wasn’t, and the only player, Reds or otherwise, who I rooted for to hit a home run every time he came up. Well deserved Mr. Dunn.

  5. Still a Red

    I would have to consider myself a Dunn fan and supporter. I was very excited when he came to the Nationals, but doggone-it, he could disappoint as much as excite. Happy nonetheless that he’s part of the Reds Hall of Fame.

  6. JREIS

    Adam Dunn is the number one reason I have no faith in WAR/METRICS/ANALYTICS.
    With Votto being a close second.

  7. cupofcoffee1955

    Chad, thanks for sharing the classic video of Dunn hitting the walk off Grand Slam off Bob Wickman of the Indians. I remember watching that game with my son. We could not believe it!

  8. Preach

    And on his way to the podium, he struck out….and then dropped the plaque

  9. TR

    Adam Dunn was a happy trooper with a sense of humor. Congratulations.

  10. Old-school

    Congrats to Dunner.
    He came up at a time when Reds fans needed hope and he was a reason to watch the Reds when their wasn’t much reason.
    He is one of the most impossible players ever. Terrible strikeout numbers and defense and slow….but incredible power and obp/ plate discipline. Good sense of humor and a character. Let’s not forget him pranking Marty on the banana phone during a rain delay.

  11. Brian Rutherford

    Congratulations to Adam Dunn. He is a deserving member of the HOF. I remember the excitement that he generated when he first made it to the big leagues and along with Austin Kearns, provided some exciting moments and brought with them a tremendous amount of hope. I remember thinking that the Reds would have a dynasty type team with an outfield of Dunn, Griffey Jr., and Kearns. Shades of the days of Daniels, Davis, Jones and O’Neill.