Adam Dunn struck out twice in last night’s win over the Indians, bringing his season total to 220. The major league record is 223, set by Mark Reynolds in 2009. Dunn could fall out of bed and strike out three times in two games, so the record is his, right?
Well, maybe. Depends on what drives his sense of personal pride. Now that the White Sox have been eliminated it wouldn’t be shocking for Robin Ventura to sit Dunn — er, I mean for Dunn to have a “sore shoulder” or something — and have him miss the last two games, thus avoiding the dubious record.
I kinda hope not, though. There’s something glorious about Adam Dunn’s strikeouts. He should hold that record. And he should play on for 569 more, breaking Reggie Jackson’s record. Which, at his rate, is only gonna take three more seasons or so.
Go Adam, go!
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.