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Fun Cards: 1985 Donruss Highlights Adam Dunn

Dunn Donruss

Congratulations, Big Donkey! The Reds announced yesterday that Adam Dunn would be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2018. Dunn beat out Aaron Boone, John Franco, Danny Graves, Scott Rolen, and Reggie Sanders for the honor. Dunn was a second round draft pick for the Reds in 1998 and debuted for the club in 2001. From 2001-2008, Dunn slammed 270 home runs for Cincinnati, which ranks fourth in franchise history behind Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, and Tony Perez, and just ahead of Joey Votto.

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Who says designated hitters are useless on the field?

He’s certainly not the first non-pitcher to pitch in a big league contest, and most likely will not be the last. But seeing Adam Dunn take the pitcher’s mound on Tuesday night was nothing short of fantastic. I remember watching Doug Dascenzo on WGN pitch for the Cubs when the game was out-of-reach (four different times, actually!), and recall Reds shortstop Davey Concepcion tossing a few pitches in a 1988 game. And who can forget Jose Canseco’s “masterful” performance 60 feet and 6 inches away from where he made a name for himself?

Dunn’s official pitching record is 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER. Not a terrible outing for a designated hitter.

Congratulations, Adam Dunn, and thanks for the entertainment.

Special card, unnumbered, Adam Dunn, “THE PITCHER.”

See more original baseball cards at TWJ cards on tumblr.

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Who is the greatest left fielder of all-time?


Breaking the 300-point barrier is a milestone in this project. Only two infielders eclipsed this mark: Cal Ripken and Mike Schmidt. In left field, two more join that exclusive group, with Stan Musial (341.07) beating out Ted Williams (305.68) for the top spot. Carl Yastrzemski lands in the #3 spot with an equally impressive 291.24.


The rest of the top ten consists of Rickey Henderson (258.67), Al Simmons (237.28), Jim Rice (215.39), Willie Stargell (213.66), Goose Goslin (212.29), Joe Medwick (212.06), and Billy Williams (208.43). Notice anything about that list? All have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Despite the contention of many that Jim Rice does not belong in Cooperstown, he seems to fit right in with his peers in right field.


The first non-Hall of Famer in my list of left fielders is Bob Johnson (192.02) at #12, slightly ahead of the supposed second-best leadoff hitter of all-time, Tim Raines (#13, 191.61). Perhaps we are overrating Raines’ career a bit, giving him too much credit for being second-best when he truly pales in comparison to his contemporary Henderson?


I have long heard that Lou Brock was a big mistake, that the only reason he ever made the Hall of Fame was his 3000 hits (despite being such a prolific base stealer). When all the statistics are plugged into the spreadsheet, Brock ranks #16 behind Johnson, Raines, and George Foster (#14, 190.99). Now, I’m a huge Reds fan, and would love to see Foster get some more recognition for his career, but I don’t think it was a Hall of Fame career.


Adam Dunn, who has an outside shot at 500 career homers (sitting at 406 as he enters his 13th season), falls dead last on my list of twenty-nine left fielders with a very low score of 131.37. Without a major surge, it is doubtful Dunn will ever have a plaque hanging in Cooperstown.

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Opening Day is almost here…

Like, next Thursday! I won’t be attending the first game of the Reds season; in fact, I don’t know when I’ll get over to GABP. We’ve got our targeted dates on the calendar, but it’s buried under stacks of baseball cards right now.

One of those stacks came from The Lost Collector, knocking off 19 cards from my 2011 Topps Opening Day want list, including 3 mascots and 1 President (who I’m not sure is legally allowed to be President).

Among the player cards was former Red Adam Dunn, who should enjoy his first season in the American League with the Chicago White Sox.

AJ, I already have a stack of Yankees set aside for you, and as soon as I get to the post office they will be on their way to you! Thanks again!

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Fun Cards: 1979 Topps Adam Dunn

Four years.

$56 million dollars.

Nice work, slugger.

Adam Dunn has hit at least 38 home runs each year since 2004. Sitting at 354 career dingers in ten seasons, the 31-year old has a real nice shot at 500, maybe even 600 when all is said and done. Sure he strikes out a lot, but when he makes contact he really launches that ball.


My trip to Nationals Park

I’m still working on organizing the 600+ photos taken at Camden Yards last week, so give me a few more days to upload some from the O’s/Marlins game that I attended. But here are a few of the photos from the Nationals/White Sox game on Father’s Day that I attended with my 10-year son.

statue of Josh Gibson

Teddy Roosevelt

Gordon Beckham turning two over Nyjer Morgan

Freddy Garcia can’t beat out the throw to Adam Dunn

starting ChiSox pitcher Freddy Garcia

no game would be complete without Ozzie Guillen arguing with an umpire
(Greg Gibson in this case)

Paul Konerko

Ryan Zimmerman

golden boy Stephen Strasburg

I also made some cards for the 2010 Goose Joak set using these and other photos.

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2009 Topps Adam Dunn

When I started this series of “fun cards,” I focused on retired Cincinnati Reds. That eventually morphed into former Reds. 52 cards total in the set, 3 of them are still playing but no longer on the Reds. Adam Dunn is one of those three.

Dunn was a second-round draft pick in 1998 and was an All-Star his second year in the league (2002). In nine seasons, Dunn has hit 40+ homers five times, and is currently 19th on the active players list for home runs. He is the same age as Albert Pujols and is only 50 dingers behind Big Al. True, Dunn isn’t the complete player that Pujols is. Dunn is a dud on defense, and he was single-handedly responsible for the cool summers in Cincinnati since 2001. You know, because he whiffed so much, creating a breeze, which cooled everyone off. Wow, that was a really lame attempt at humor.

Anyway, Dunn was shipped to Arizona late in the 2008 season because the Reds are a historically penny-pinching team and certainly wouldn’t dream of keeping a guy around just because he was one of the best players on the team.


LOL Reds

I’m not as funny as this guy, but it passes the time… Continue reading “LOL Reds”


Griffey gone?

The ever-wise Ken Rosenthal (said with tongue firmly implanted in cheek) opines that Griffey will be sent packing, possibly back to Seattle, before July 31. The rumors have been floating around Cincinnati for months, some placing Griffey back with his first major league team, others flying him down to the Atlanta Braves where his father also played. I haven’t heard the Yankee rumor in a while, but that’s been volleyed about as well from time to time. Continue reading “Griffey gone?”

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First, 2008 Topps Heritage. I got hooked on these cards. I love the design, the 1959 throwback, they are just great. I have bought two blaster boxes (I think that’s what you call them). The one from Kmart yielded the John Smoltz jersey card. The one from Target finally gave me the Griffey (the base card, not the SP All-Star). I’m done buying them, since I have the Griffey. I know what you’re thinking, “You spent $40 (plus more when you take into account the numerous packs I purchased at Walmart) just to find ONE card…and it’s not even a short print?” Yeah. That’s the fun of collecting to me…the ripping of packs, the joy of seeing that card hiding behind another, of turning it over and examining every line of statistics. I could have gotten the card for a few bucks on eBay, or traded for it, or even bought it at a local card shop for about a dollar. But it’s not as special and fun that way.

But there are some things about Heritage that are eating at me. So many of the cards are off-center. And I don’t mean 55/45…I mean you can see the border of the other card. I’m not at home right now, so I can’t scan any to show you what I’m talking about, but if you’ve bought these cards you know what I’m talking about. The packs cost $3, you get 8 cards, and they can’t even cut the card correctly? Poor quality control, Topps, and very disappointing to this collector. Fortunately, the Griffey did not suffer from this, nor did any of the other players/Reds/Cubs that I collect. But there were enough miscut cards to make it a problem.

Second, the short prints. Why? What’s the purpose? In all of the packs I’ve bought, I only have about 6 or 7 cards above #425. Only two of the All-Stars. (BTW, if anyone wants to trade me a Griffey SP All-Star for either Josh Beckett or Orlando Hudson All-Stars, hit me up). No Adam Dunn (one of the other players that I semi-collect). The whole SP concept is greedy and just plain mean.

One more thing, and I’ll get off Heritage’s back here for a moment, is Beckett. 2008 Topps has been out now for what, 3 months? Heritage for at least 2 months? How long does it take to research the market value of these things? Give us some 2008 prices, and give them to us NOW. I’m sick of waiting around before I post my Heritage “for trade” list on The Bench. I don’t like to get ripped off. A little give-and-take is okay, but I’ve been out of baseball for so long that I would be taken more than given.

Alright, that’s my rant. I’m glad I got it out there. I don’t really feel better, but maybe someone else can relate.