Sporting News tabs Dunn as AL Comeback Player of Year

Sporting News tabs Dunn as AL Comeback Player of Year

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:50
White Sox designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn has been named The Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year. Dunn, 32, batted .204 with 41 home runs, 96 RBI, 105 walks and 87 runs scored in 151 games with the White Sox this season. Last year, Dunn hit .159 with 11 homers, 42 RBI, 36 runs scored and 75 walks in 122 games. Dunn did lead the major leagues with 222 strikeouts this season, one shy of the record Arizona’s Mark Reynolds established in 2009. But he also led the majors in walks and ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (1st, 4.43), home run ratio (3rd, 13.15), home runs (5th) and RBI ratio (7th, 5.61). Dunn’s 41 home runs tied for sixth in White Sox history and were the second-highest total by a Sox left-hander behind Jim Thome's 42 in 1996. “We had a number of guys mentioned throughout the season as candidates for this award, which is gratifying for us as a coaching staff," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said in a statement. "Adam is one of the best clubhouse guys I have been around, and it's nice to see that his hard work paid off. He is deserving of the honor." Dunn is going to be on a conference call at 2 p.m., so check back later for more details.
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