Jon Heyman has an article about Adam Dunn “embracing” the designated hitter role with the White Sox after initially wanting to remain in the National League.
Most of the piece revolves around his $56 million contract and his plans for being comfortable at DH, but there’s also this section about Dunn and his new hitter-friendly home ballpark in Chicago:
Chicago, he said, is his “favorite city.” And U.S. Cellular Field, though he’s never played there oddly enough, is built for him. Though Dunn said you never know how a hitter will do in a particular park. “See, everyone says Colorado and I can’t buy a hit there,” he said.
For some reason Heyman just leaves that comment out there as something resembling fact without following up with Dunn’s actual numbers at Coors Field, which are about as far from “can’t buy a hit there” as possible. Dunn has a .272 batting average and .977 OPS in 29 career games at Coors Field, compared to a .249 batting average and .901 OPS in 1,419 career games everywhere. And all that was available with just a few clicks on Baseball-Reference.com.
UPDATE: Heyman edited the original article to add in a note about Dunn “being too hard on himself, as his .592 slugging percentage at Coors Field would attest.” You can see the original version here. Better late than never, I suppose.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.