Adam Dunn took Royals reliever Tim Collins deep in the eighth inning Saturday for his 400th career home run.
He also reclaimed the major league lead with his 35th homer of the year after Josh Hamilton caught him at 34 Wednesday.
Dunn became just the eighth player to hit 400 homers in his first 12 seasons in the majors, joining Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. He has the 14th most homers through age 32, and he figures to pass both Juan Gonzalez and Willie Mays on that list before the season ends.
Of course, given his low batting average and his lack of defensive value, Dunn has quite a ways to go before he’ll be worthy of any Hall of Fame consideration. Still, his bounce-back season has at least put him back on the map as far as that is concerned. With so many factors working against him, he’ll probably have to get to 600 homers in his career in order to have a shot.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.