The file on Adam Dunn
After graduating high school, Dunn was drafted in the second round (50th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
University of Texas at Austin
Dunn was the star quarterback at New Caney High School in Texas. Before the 1998 draft, Dunn committed to the University of Texas at Austin to play football. However, the Reds made a deal to allow Dunn to play minor league summer ball and return to Austin in August to prepare for football. The following season, when star recruit Chris Simms committed to Texas, Dunn was moved to tight end, pushing him to leave the Longhorns and pursue a future to baseball.
MLB debut, sets record
Two years later on July 20, 2001, Dunn made his major league debut for the Reds. The next month, Dunn set record for most home runs in a month by hitting 12 in August.
In 2002, Dunn made his first All-Star appearance. He finished the season with 128 walks and a .400 on-base percentage.
Productive 2004 season
Dunn had his most productive season in 2004 when he recorded career highs in batting average (.266), home runs (46), hits (151), slugging percentage (.569), and OBP (.957). Dunn also landed his name in the record book again on Sept. 30 when he struck out three times against Chicago Cubs' Mike Prior bringing his single season strikeout total to 191, passing Bobby Bonds 1970 record of 189.
Strike outs, errors leader
In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Dunn struck out 34.3, 30.9, and 34.6 percent of the time, respectively, leading the MLB in strikeout percentage all three years. In 2006, Dunn also led major league outfielders with 12 errors and had the lowest fielding percentage among left fielders at .968.
Traded to Arizona
On Aug. 11, 2008 Dunn was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Dallas Buck and Micah Owings, and catcher Wilkin Castillo. He had the highest walk percentage in the MLB at 19.1 and posted the lowest fielding percentage among left fielders at .968.
Two-year, $20 million deal
On Feb. 11, 2009, the Washington Nationals acquired Dunn with a two-year, $20 million dollar contract. On July 4, 2009 he hit his 300th career home run in a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Four-year deal with Chicago
On Dec. 2, 2010, Dunn agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. In Dunn's 2011 season he underwent an appendectomy causing him to miss five games. Following the operation, Dunn posted his least productive season, ending with a .159 batting average, .292 OBP, .277 slugging percentage, 177 strikeouts, and just 11 home runs and 42 RBIs.
Record 2012 season
Following a disappointing 2011 season, Dunn bounced back for his second All-Star selection. On Aug. 13, he recorded his 1,000 career RBI and five days later he hit his 400th career home run, becoming the 50th member of the 400-HR club. Dunn also led the majors that season with walks (105) and strikeouts (222).
Life in Oakland
A 14-year veteran, Dunn had never reached the MLB playoffs. But he has a chance this season after the A's put him in Green and Gold on Aug. 31, 2014, acquiring him in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. With the trade to Oakland, Dunn also announced his plans for retirement at the end of the 2014 season. The slugger then hit a home run in his first at-bat with the A's.