Things didn’t go so well for Adam Dunn out of the gate. But the big lefty has certainly picked it up as of late. After taking Brett Oberholtzer deep on Monday, the 33-year-old has now hit 30 homers in nine different MLB seasons. On top of that, Dunn has a solid .795 OPS and has filled in nicely at first base during Paul Konerko’s dismal 2013 season.
Speaking to MLB.com, Dunn credited White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto with his recent success:
"I don't think I've changed my approach very much. I just think I'm getting pitched a little bit differently than I have. I'm able to get to some balls that for most of my career I wasn't able to get to and I think that's credit to Jeff, getting me all year long in a good hitting position.
"I think it's just having a really good routine and having a really good hitting coach that won't let me get away from what we're trying to do. Sometimes it's frustrating and sometimes I'll yell at him and he's really quick to yell right back and say, 'We're doing it.' So, it's good."
Dunn only has one more year on his deal and the recent surge might make him more attractive to someone this offseason. 2014 does not look like a year that the Pale Hose will challenge anyone for a division crown and freeing up $15 million should be a top priority of GM Rick Hawn’s.
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