But then, in yesterday's chat, in the middle of his latest completely over-the-top, hagiographic Dunn-inspired orgy, we get this:
Also, on defense, Dunn has slightly above-average career range factor numbers at both LF and 1st base (128 MLB games) per 9 innings.Let's be clear. No two ways about it. Adam Dunn is a total and complete hack in the field. If Clint's charisma could be rendered as fielding performance, it would be Dunn. If you had to pick a fielder who was as bad at defense as Mike Brown was as FEMA administrator, Dunn is your man. He's terrible.
Here are his UZR/150 numbers as a LF for the last 4 seasons (this tells you the number of runs allowed above or below average the fielder is over 150 games, roughly a full defensive season since no one plays all 9 innings of 162 games):
2005: -14.7Last year, counting the time the D'Backs foolishly stuck him in RF, his overall OF UZR/150 was -22.6. That's not a typo. That means he cost his teams more than two full games with his glove over the season while playing at the far left (easy) end of the defensive spectrum.
I could dig up the Rate2s and the PMRs and Dewan plus-minus ratings, but what's the point. They all say the same thing. Dunn is a hack in the field, and significant portion of the value of his bat is given right back in the field. He should be a DH. And Boz should retire.