Saturday, April 28, 2007

Adam Dunn, racist

Dunn hit his fifth home run of the season last night and should be cited for mistreatment of Latin Americans. All five home runs he has hit this season have come off of Latin American born players. Carlos Zambrano and Tony Armas are Venezuelan born. Edgar Gonzalez is Mexican and last night's victim, Salomon Torres, hails from the Dominican Republic.

Forty of Dunn's career home runs have been off of Latin American pitchers:
Dominican Republic 16
Venezuela 14
Mexico 6
Cuba 2
Nicaragua 1
Puerto Rico 1

The home run tied Dunn with Eric Davis for sixth all-time on the Cincinnati Reds. George Foster is next at 244. Definitely passable this season.

Victor Santos was on the mound for the Reds when Dunn hit his homer. Santos is the third pitcher whom Dunn has hit a home run in support of after victimizing them earlier in his career (David Weathers and Kent Mercker are the others). Santos is Dominican so maybe this whole racist thing is being blown out of proportion by the blogosphere.

Dunn's home run led off the ninth inning, the 49th time he has led off an inning with a home run. The second inning (or secondo among those pitchers Dunn chooses to rough up) is Dunn's favorite for leadoff home runs. He has led off the second inning with a home run a dozen times.

Dunn passes Jose Cruz (who is the first player in a long time to catch Dunn after Dunn had passed them previously), Carl Everett, Bill Dickey, Sid Gordon, Todd Hundley, and Bill White (202).


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