Saturday, July 28, 2012
Adam Dunn feels Josh Hamilton's pain
By Bryan Dolgin
Can you imagine if Josh Hamilton had a season-long slump? Adam Dunn has a pretty good idea what Hamilton is going through at the plate based on a terrible 2011 season, his first with the Chicago White Sox. The Sox's designated hitter planned to seek out Hamilton -- his teammate with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 -- before Saturday's game and share some tips about how to break out of the slump.
White Sox slugger Adam Dunn talks about Josh Hamilton's struggles, playing for Robin Ventura and more.
"You need to take a step back and kind of realize 'I don't stink. I'm not done.' He's so talented that sometimes you forget how talented you are," Dunn shared in an interview for Rangers Baseball Tonight, the Rangers' radio network pregame show.
"This is a feel game. He might come in tomorrow and just go on one of his unbelievable runs. It wouldn't surprise me a bit," Dunn said. "Hitting is a lot about confidence and it's feel, and he doesn't have either one of those right now or he wouldn't be doing what he's doing. He's just way too talented."
In 122 games played last season, which was Dunn's first with the White Sox, he batted just .159 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. His on-base percentage (.292) and slugging percentage (.277) were well below his career averages. This season, Dunn has 30 home runs and already has more walks than all of last season (77 to 75).
As for Hamilton, He is batting .206 in his last 55 games. He is enduring a career-worst stretch with runners in scoring position at 0-for-19. Furthermore, Hamilton is leading the majors with a 36.2 percent swing-and-miss percentage.
Dunn talked at length about Hamilton, his brief time as a quarterback at the University of Texas, his impression of Yu Darvish, his running game, playing for Robin Ventura and more.