Rob Neyer, in his recent slate of posting other people’s analysis and commenting on it (not to say there’s something wrong with that, as it is the basis of this post), talked about Nat’s current first baseman Adam Dunn. A few interesting comments from Rob:
Dunn’s defensive numbers these last couple of seasons are off the charts. And not in a good way; this year his minus-35 Ultimate Zone Rating is easily the worst in the majors…Right now, this is the Nationals’ problem. Yes, Dunn is still hitting. He’s got a chance to hit 40 (or more) home runs for the sixth straight season and he’s leading the National League in walks. Unfortunately, he’s making $8 million this season and $12 million next season … and he’s not worth anything like $10 million per season. Not when he has to play the field…
So I wanted to poll the Nats fans, and remember to keep in mind the context. Adam Dunn’s presence may make a difference in the win-loss totals, and you can argue whether they add or subtract wins, but that is not what I’m talking about. We’re talking about a losing team here, and the assumption is that his presence, or his disappearance, doesn’t get you to the playoffs either way. The question is, as a fan, do you want to see him playing every day at this point?
Click the jump to take the poll.
Over in Seattle
Mike Blowers is a genie or something. Out in Seattle he made a little pregame prediction, and well, you just gotta listen to the call. Pretty good stuff.