Friday, July 28, 2006

Adam Dunn, stolen base king

Dunn homered last night off of Taylor Buchholz. This was Dunn's 31st homer of the season, his second off Buchholz this year. It was Dunn's first home run in Houston since 2002, ending the second longest drought Dunn had at any stadium. Dodger Stadium is the only non-Washington D.C. National League stadium that Dunn has not homered in during the last three years.

Two nights before that, though, Dunn swiped a base off of Roger Clemens. Only twenty men in major league history have been 6'6" or taller and stolen a base. Dunn now has 45 of them. This puts him 5th all-time behind Dave Winfield, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Kingman and Deacon Nicholson. I'm pretty certain Dunn is the leader in steals for anyone who weighs as much as he does. The problem is that weight fluctuates. Dunn is listed as 275 this season but the official listing for him is 240 which is likely his rookie weight. Regardless, his ability to steal bases given his size is as impressive as his home run power.

In the rearview mirror: Surhoff and Porter. I was in error last time. Dunn's previous homer put him ahead of Bobby Higginson and Mike Stanley.


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