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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Dunn talks the talk

“I’ve probably taken that a little too lightly in the past. That’s going to be my main focus this spring – not to be a good one, to be a great one. I think I can.” If you guessed that's Adam Dunn talking about playing left field, you ought to try to guess lottery numbers. But Dunn did indeed say that. He reported to spring traning today, looking like he's in good shape. "I ate better," he said. He also ran more. And he worked some hitting coach Brook Jacoby.

Dunn didn't know what he weighed. But he looks fit enough to challenge for the heavyweight title in his beloved Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He seems determined and ready to put last year behind him. "I'm try to forget about that."

Here's a link to the story on our Web site.

Josh Hamilton's press conference is at 2 p.m. That's the other big deal of the day.

Back to Dunn, here's what Jerry Narron had to say about him yesterday: “Everybody gets on him about a lot of different things. I think there’s lot of people who look at him for what he cannot do instead of what he does for us. That’s part of the business we’re in. The baseball business people look at the negative side of things a lot of times.”

Bad press and talk show rips usually roll off Dunn's back. But he was stung by it last year. He created a lot of positive vibe for himself by showing up early, in good shape and saying that he wants to get better.

Of course, he's got to do on the field at Great American for the good vibe to last.


at 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like maturity finally kicked in...let's hope it pays off on the field.

at 12:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Dunn should concentrate on cutting down his K's more than concentrating on his fielding. How many runs has he given up on errors in the field comapred to how many runs has he failed to produce because he strikes out with runners in scoring position. I know power hitters strikeout more than average hitters but this guy's ratio is just absolutely ridiculous. Another thing he needs to work on is actually producing something after the All-Star break. He is pathetic the last half of the season.

at 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that's ludicrous. He may lead the league in strikeouts, but he still hit 40 HRs and drove in 90-plus, and still draws 100 walks per season. His fielding on the other hand - he looks lost out in left. If there's anything that needs his #1 attention, it's his defensive play in left. I'd be willing to bet that he's cost the Reds more runs with his misplays (and that includes the plays where the scorer awards a hit instead of an error, even though Dunn misjudged the play) than he's done by leaving a small village on the basepaths in a game like he did towards the end of last season.

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