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Adam Dunn's return to Cincinnati

When Adam Dunn walked into the Nationals' clubhouse today, a strange sight greeted him. A decal of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, his former teammate, had been ironed on to the back of his batting practice jersey, underneath the number. (Picture a miniature version of one of those FatHead posters.) Dunn could only laugh at the prank.

Dunn returned to where he played the first 7 1/2 years of his career, where he still has many friends from both inside and outside of baseball. Even here, he couldn't dodge the questions about trade talks he tries to avoid. When he walked into the stadium, he said, the parking attendant asked him, "So, are you going to get traded?"

Dunn's answer remained the same -- he doesn't know, and he doesn't care. Trade rumors with his name are flying, but it's nothing new for Employee No. 44. He can remember being a prospect in the Reds minor league system and hearing he might be traded to the Mariners as part of a deal for Ken Griffey Jr.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 19, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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I just wish he was a little better clutch hitter.

Posted by: Badwisky | July 20, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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