- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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Signing a four-year, $56 million contract seemed just the right fit for Dunn and the White Sox, who were desperate for left-handed power.
Three years down the line, the result of his time on the South Side is up for debate.
Dunn has come close to or surpassed his career power statistics and walk totals (with the exception of his out-of-character disaster of 2011 -- .156/11/44).
Dunn characterized his three seasons with Chicago.
“The first thing that comes to mind is disappointing,” he said. “The way that I have done personally and more importantly the way we have finished last three years now. Most of that is on me.”
Dunn may be right about his 2011 season. However, the past two years he has enjoyed his usual power totals.
“I take a lot of pride in getting things done,” Dunn said. “The last three years have been frustrating and very tough. I am capable of doing more and I have had opportunities to do more. I feel I personally have not been able to get over the hump.
“Even when I have done well offensively, something weird has happened and set me back a couple of weeks.”
The endless losing of 2013 has replaced the nosedive of 2012 -- when the White Sox blew a three-game lead with three weeks left in the season -- as a focal point for frustration.
“When you are in a situation like we are in, all you can do is forget what happened the night before, good or bad, and move on,” Dunn said. “The good news is that baseball doesn’t define me as a person.
“I would rather have someone refer to me as a good person, good teammate, than a good baseball player. If you are able to do both then you can say you have had a pretty successful run.”
Dunn does not know how much longer he will play after his White Sox contract expires following the 2014 season. He is, however, tired of stories that insist he is going to quit baseball.
“I have honestly not thought about it, but I do know what I will do when baseball stops being fun. I have said that before, but somehow that gets turned around into I am retiring. As long as the competitive juices are still flowing, I will play as long as I can.”
Individual statistics do not drive Dunn, who is 63 home runs shy of 500 career homers.
“Bottom line is that numbers do matter; the ones that count are wins,” he said. “Those totals are what we concentrate on.”