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Adam Dunn

Twice an All Star, Adam Dunn showcased a lot of power over his Major League career as he went deep 462 times and had an OPS of .854, which puts him in line with many Hall of Famers, however there is a lot of relevant stats that will keep him out.  Dunn struck out 2,379 Times, considerably more than his 1,631 Hits.  He has a Defensive bWAR near -30 and his overall bWAR is 16.9, which is more than enough to keep him out.

The Cincinnati Reds HOF announce their Modern Era Finalists

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly putting together the best 50 players of all time for each team from the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

Once that is complete, our next task is to tackle how each of those teams honor their former players/executives in terms of franchise halls of fames, retired numbers etc.

One of the teams that we are in the preliminary stages of selecting our top 50 is the Cincinnati Reds, who announced six former players on their modern era ballot.

The nominees are as follows:

Aaron Boone, Third Base: 1997-2003.   The son of Bob Boone and brother of Bret Boone, Aaron went to his only All Star Game in 2003 prior to being traded to the New York Yankees. He had 646 Hits, 86 Home Runs with a .271 Batting Average over his Reds career.

Adam Dunn, Outfield: 2001-2008. An All Star in 2002, Dunn went on a power tear hitting 40 dingers five years in a row from 2004 to 2008. As a Red, the power hitter tallied 270 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .247/.380/.520.

John Franco, Relief Pitcher: 1984-89. Three times an All Star as a Cincinnati Red, John Franco secured 148 Saves including 39, which led the NL in 1988.

Danny Graves, Relief Pitcher: 1997-2005. Graves would go to two All Star Games and had four seasons where he eclipsed 30, including a 41 save season in 2004. He would save 182 Games in total for Cincinnati.

Scott Rolen, Third Base: 2009-2012.   Rolen was only a Red for his last three and a half seasons of his career, though was still named an All Star twice. He had 304 Hits as a Red.

Reggie Sanders, Outfield: 1991-98. Sanders was an All Star in 1995 and finished 6th in MVP voting. As a Red he would tally 781 Hits, 125 Home Runs and 158 Stolen Bases.

To be eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame a player must have played for Cincinnati for three seasons, played in the majors in the last thirteen years and have been retired for at least three years.

In addition to the Modern Player inductee, a Veterans Player inductee will also be selected.

You can vote at Cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.

The announcement of the winner will be made in late September.

Adam Dunn to the Cincinnati Reds HOF

In our methodical process to present the top 50 players of all of the franchises of the big four, our next goal is to take a look at how each one of them honor their past players and/or executives. As such it is significant news to us that the Cincinnati Reds, one of the longest tenured teams in Major League Baseball has announced that Adam Dunn will become the latest member of their team’s Hall of Fame.

A second round draft pick in 1998, Dunn would make the main roster in 2001 and would become quickly known for his tape measure Home Runs. A Red for eight seasons (2001 & 2008) Dunn had five consecutive 40 Home Run years (though the last was split with Arizona) and he would go yard 270 times with Cincinnati.

While Dunn would have some detractors for his low Batting Average, high Strikeout ratio and poor defense, he did have an excellent On Base Percentage (.380) and Slugging Percentage (.520) as a Red. The Reds never had a winning season while Dunn played there but his power displays certainly gave a lot of fans to cheer for.

Dunn beat out Aaron Boone, Danny Graves, Reggie Sanders, John Franco and Scott Rolen who were also nominated. It is possible that the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee will announce other inductees to join Dunn.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Adam Dunn for achieving this prestigious honor.
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