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Monday, September 26, 2011

It's official: Dunn named least valuable AL player

Posted By on 09.26.11 at 12:58 PM

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Poor dude.

Yesterday's New York Times deemed Adam Dunn the worst player in baseball, citing his batting average of .162 (now .161) as the lowest ever for any player with more than 450 plate appearances. As our K Watch jefe Steve Bogira pointed out the other day, of the 169 players with 450+ plate appearances this season, Dunn's batting 169th. Tyler Kepner goes further:

Rob Deer hit .179 for Detroit in 1991, but at least Deer hit 25 home runs. Dunn has 11 homers, with on-base and slugging percentages below .300. He still strikes out, though, with 170 whiffs [now 172].

Kepner, like us at K Watch, clearly likes to look at the bright side. Dunn is breaking records, big time—just check out that astonishing BA/K ratio of .161-172. And he's still on track to break the Sox season strikeout record of 175—we don't call him the Big Breeze for nothing.

As Bogira also noted, Alex Rios joins him in the batting-average basement at 164th, with 13 home runs—hey, at least he's tied with sidelined Brent Lillibridge. Rios earned himself a spot on Kepner's short list of dishonorable mentions.

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