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Wrigley Field is 'friendly' to Adam Dunn

For Washington Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, the Friendly Confines has indeed been a welcoming environment. Over the years, Dunn has crushed the ball at Wrigley Field.

On Monday, Dunn went 3 for 5, with a double, in a 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs; it was his first three-hit game since Sept. 4, 2009. The performance to open the three-game series in Chicago underscored Dunn's success at Wrigley Field over his 10-year career.

Dunn has hit 24 home runs at Wrigley Field, which is more than any other place except for Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he hit 125 home runs. Dunn played eight seasons with the Reds, and Great American Ball Park was opened in 2003.

Dunn has 233 at-bats at Chicago, with 45 RBI and 12 doubles with a .288 batting average. He has 1,478 at-bats in games at Cincinnati, where he has 275 RBI and 69 doubles and a .256 batting average.

(Dunn hit 21 home runs in 364 at-bats at Cinergy Field, formerly Riverfront Stadium, where the Reds played until 2002.)

By comparison, Dunn has hit 21 home runs in Nationals Park, which is two years old; he has played with the Nationals since 2009. In his current home park in Southeast Washington, Dunn has 330 at-bats with 63 RBI and 13 doubles. He is batting .239.

This week's trip to play the Cubs comes at a time when Dunn is heating up. He has recorded multi-hit games in four of his last six outings, dating to a win over the Colorado Rockies on April 21. In that stretch, Dunn is batting .375 (9 for 24) with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI.

And Dunn's history in the Friendly Confines could mean that his recent hot hitting will continue this week in Chicago.

By Mark Viera  |  April 27, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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Q - If Ryan Howard is worth $25 Million a year, what is Dunn worth?
A - More than the Lerners are willing to pony up.

Seriously, this Ryan Howard signing has got me convinced that there's no way we're re-signing Dunn. Trade him at the deadline or lose him to free agency and get one or two draft picks.

I hope we keep him. I like him, his glove is improving every day. He seems like a good guy in every regard.

But Philly made a mistake, and now has reset the bar for every other team.

Posted by: Sunderland | April 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

yea if howard got 25 per year, imagine how much pujols should get.

Posted by: nami322 | April 27, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Howard's contract raises the bar for Dunn, but he doesn't get anywhere near Howard money. Dunn = Generally lower batting average. Slightly fewer home runs. No World Series. Fewer (if any?) All-Star appearances. Not home grown. While popular, not anywhere near the fan favorite Howard is. And never even sniffed an MVP. Plus, Dunn does not seem like the kind of guy who is going to make a team pay top top dollar if he wants to be somewhere.

Depending on his season and the Nats' season, I think 3 or 4 years in the $50 to 65 million range keeps him. Somewhere in the $15 to 17 mill/yr range. Which I think is certainly within the realm of what the Nats would pay him if they think they are on track to really contend next year.

Posted by: chekhov1 | April 27, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Hope the team bounces back tonight. Hard to battle back from 3-0 then watch a guy show up and walk the game away. At least have the stones to make them beat you by hitting the ball - you lose 4-3 by a walk or 7-3 by a grand slam and it still counts as one loss.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | April 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Howard's contract will actually set the bar for other 1Bs. Salaries aren't rising much generally, and Howard seems more like an outlier than a trend. But we'll see.

The Cubs announcers said Dunn's 24 were the most homers by an active visiting player at Wrigley.

Posted by: utec | April 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Section3, you made my day with your Spartacus joke last thread.

Posted by: Section506 | April 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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