At this time last year, Adam Dunn was mired in the worst slump of his career, hearing far more boos than he was hitting home runs.
With home run No. 23 of the season last night against Clayton Kershaw, Dunn now leads the majors in home runs. He was tied with Josh Hamilton entering the evening.
Dunn is on pace to hit nearly 60 home runs, although one projection system has him finishing 2012 with 43. If he does that, it would be the second-highest home run total for a season in Dunn's career, only falling short of his 46 dingers in 2004.
Dunn has also hit the most home runs through his team's first 64 games of any season in his career. Here's the year-by-year breakdown, with his final home run total in parentheses:
2001: 19 (19)
2002: 13 (26)
2003: 22 (27)
2004: 18 (46)
2005: 17 (40)
2006: 22 (40)
2007: 15 (40)
2008: 16 (40)
2009: 18 (38)
2010: 14 (38)
2011: 7 (11)
2012: 23 (??)
As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.
The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.
Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.
The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years.
Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.
On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."
Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama.
He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.
Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: