I read about this on firejoemorgan.com. It is proof that Dusty Baker is a moron and pretty much my nightmare of what Dave Trembley will turn the Orioles into.
Dusty Baker, fresh off his successful manufacturing of Edwin Encarnacion's game-winning home run earlier this season by making him try to bunt the tying run to third (or something like that), tried it again with the same results. With ADAM DUNN!
The Reds had guys on first and second with one out in the ninth inning of their Saturday game against the Indians and Adam Dunn at the plate. Dusty decided that was a great time to bunt them over so Paul Bako could hit one the other way and bring them in. To either his credit or discredit (you decide) Dunn gave it a shot and tried to lay down a couple of bunts, neither of which were successful. He then decided maybe hitting the pitch like a grown man was in order and launched one into the seats for a home run.
Now despite my extreme reservations, I am willing to believe (especially in the National League), there are times when a bunt, perhaps even a sacrifice bunt, is in order. I don't think that was one of those times. I've heard that the Cincinnati announcers and reporters really have it in for Dunn, so I can imagine him being given truckloads of shit for not being able to lay one down. Perhaps that's even continued after his home run. Also, apparently Dusty has been batting Dunn in the sixth or seventh spot. I know batting orders aren't supposed to have a huge effect, but what the fuck? I'll bet dollars for donuts that Dusty thinks Dunn is a lousy player and wishes he could trade him in for another Corey Patterson or some other player who does the little things and plays the game right the right way.
As some of you may recall, I am a bit in love with the idea of having Adam Dunn on the Orioles. A year or so ago we discussed about how awesome it would be to have both Adam Dunn and Mark Teixeira on the O's. I would love both, but I'm in the minority on having a bigger crush on Dunn because I think he's a better cleanup hitter and because because he's so disliked by the Joe Morgans and Tim McCarvers (and probably Dusty Bakers) of the world.