Adam Dunn is not in the lineup for the White Sox’ last game today. Nor was he in yesterday’s starting lineup. That — and many other offsdays recently — means that he will not get to
503 502* plate appearances. Which is key, because that’s what you need to qualify for the batting title, and if Dunn qualified for the batting title, he’d set the record for the lowest batting average for a qualifier of all time.
The record holder is Rob Deer, who hit .179 in 1991. Dunn is at .160, so if he had played yesterday and today, he would have stood a good chance at shattering the record. Which would have been something of a shame because Rob Deer is fun to remember and 2011 Adam Dunn basically stinks of failure.
Enjoy the pine today, Big Donkey. It — and the mercy of interim manager Don Cooper — is saving your butt from infamy.
*Sorry. Rounding error/brain lock issues.