- Jonah Keri, Page 2
Adam Dunn is one of the best hitters in the game. A metronome of power and patience, he's averaged more than 40 home runs and 100 walks a season for the past seven years. Going by advanced stats such as weighted on-base average, he's been a more valuable hitter than even perennial MVP candidate Ryan Howard.
So when the Cincinnati Reds shipped Dunn to Arizona on Aug. 11, 2008, the franchise's entire outlook changed for the better.
Although reigning NL MVP Joey Votto earns praise for his hitting, the main reasons the Reds are vying for back-to-back division titles are pitching and defense.