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April 2, 2011

Adam Dunn would like base-runners stay put when he’s batting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2011 8:25 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

The White Sox slugger can’t stop his penchant for shutting down when a baserunner attempts a steal.”One hundred percent of the time I won’t swing because my eyes go straight to the runner,” Dunn said Saturday. “It’s just a bad habit I got into.”

If Dunn knows the runner is going, he said he’s not affected. Gordon Beckham was running when Dunn homered on a 3-2 pitch on Opening Day. Dunn knew he was going, so he wasn’t distracted. Juan Pierre, who stole 68 bases last season, has a green light to go on his own.

“I’ve played with some pretty good base stealers and all I asked them was just don’t run with two strikes – please – because I probably won’t swing,” said Dunn, who has hit 355 career home runs. …

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