When the Chicago White Sox first signed Adam Dunn in December of 2010, most, if not all, Sox fans were excited for the 6-6, 285-pound slugger to play on Chicago’s south side. However, that excitement and joy quickly turned to disappointment and frustration.
In his first year with the Sox, Dunn had a dismal triple-slash line of .159/.292/.277. What was even more shocking was the lack of power and run production from the DH. Hitting 11 HR and driving in 42 runs during his first season in Chicago, many Sox fans gave up all hope on Dunn ever producing in a White Sox uniform.
Dunn’s first year struggles weren’t just tough on Sox fans. Former South Siders manager Ozzie Guillen felt the weight of Dunn’s low production as well, as he tried just about everything to jump-start Dunn. Guillen moved him down in the order, played him at first base and even sat the lefty out for a few games, but nothing seemed to fix Dunn’s luck.
With Guillen out as the Pale Hose skipper after the 2011 season, former Sox third baseman Robin Ventura took over as manager and was left with the mess of Adam Dunn. Fortunately for Ventura, Dunn rebounded nicely in 2012 and hit 41 HR while driving in 96 runs. His triple-slash line (.204/.333/.468) also saw a significant increase.
Heading into this season, most people, including me, figured Dunn would build off of his bounce back year. Sadly, it seems as if we were all fooled.
The slumping Dunn has reared his ugly head once again, however, this time it’s Ventura who must deal with it.
So, what will Ventura decided to do with his struggling DH?
For now, my guess is not much.
Ventura has really no other options but to wait it out with Dunn, and hope some home cooking will do the trick for the left-hander. On the Sox recent ten-game road trip, Dunn went 1 for 33. Now back in Chicago for an extended home stand, Ventura will most likely continue to plug Dunn in the middle of his lineup, and hope for the best.
If Dunn still isn’t hitting come mid-May, Ventura will than have to make some type of move. Whether that is moving him down in the lineup or benching him is still left to be decided. Hopefully, for Ventura and all Sox fans, Dunn will find his form and make the skipper’s decision much easier.