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White Sox agree to terms with Adam Dunn

White Sox agree to terms with Adam Dunn

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
11:48 AM

Official White Sox Press Release

CHICAGO The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year, 56-million contract with free agent first baseman Adam Dunn.

Dunn, 31, hit .260 (145-558) with 38 home runs, 103 RBI, 85 runs scored and 77 walks in 158 games with the Washington Nationals in 2010. He added a career-high 36 doubles with a .381 on-base and .536 slugging percentage while playing in 150-plus games for the seventh straight season.

Adam Dunn has been one of the premier left-handed power hitters in baseball for the last decade, said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. Coupled with his patience at the plate, we think he is a great fit in our lineup and in our ballpark. Its no secret that we have coveted Adams services for quite some time, so it goes without saying how excited we are to bring him into the fold.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn ranked among the National League leaders in home runs (2nd), home run ratio (2nd, 14.68), extra-base hits (3rd, 76), slugging percentage (5th), RBI (T7th), total bases (T8th, 299) and OPS (9th, .892). He made 151 of his 153 starts at first base (two at designated hitter).

Dunn is a career .250 (1,246-4,975) hitter with 354 home runs and 880 RBI in 1,448 games with Cincinnati (2001-08), Arizona (2008) and the Nationals (2009-10). He owns a .902 OPS, including a .381 on-base and .521 slugging percentage, with 990 walks and 865 runs scored.

Dunn has recorded 40 or more home runs in a season five times (career-best 46 in 2004), 100-plus RBI six times, 100-plus walks seven times and 100-plus runs scored three times. In each of the last seven seasons from 2004-10, he hit between 38 and 46 home runs and drove in between 92 and 106 runs. He is the only player in baseball to hit at least 38 home runs each season during that span.

In 2009, Dunn became the eighth player in major-league history to record five straight 40-home run seasons, joining Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Ralph Kiner, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Duke Snider and Sammy Sosa.

Since the start of the 2004 season, Dunn leads the major leagues with four seasons of at least 40 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 walks (no one else has more than two). During that span, he ranks among the major-league leaders in walks (1st, 750), home runs (2nd, 282), home run ratio (4th, 13.43), RBI (9th, 709) and total bases (10th, 2,033).

A 2002 National League All-Star with Cincinnati, Dunn has played 1,097 career games in the outfield (1,011 at left field and 104 in right) and 347 at first base.

The Celtics tied MJ's and the '96 Bulls' record for consecutive home playoff wins

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The Celtics tied MJ's and the '96 Bulls' record for consecutive home playoff wins

The Boston Celtics have been the surprise of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, and after last night's Game 5 win against LeBron James and the Cavs are one game away from a trip to the NBA Finals.

They've done it with some of the most interesting splits in league history for a team that's advanced this far: they're 10-0 at home and  1-6 on the road.

The six road losses are something else, but with the convincing 96-83 victory over Cleveland, the Celtics tied a record held by the 1996 Bulls for the most consecutive postseason home wins in a season.

Boston earned home wins against the Bucks in Round 1 in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. They crushed the heavily favored Sixers in five games, earning home wins in Games 1, 2 and 5 (and their only road win in Game 3). They took the first two games of the series from the Cavaliers at home and then again in Game 5. If they can't close the series in Cleveland they'll have a chance to break the record Sunday in a potential Game 7. If they do close the series in Cleveland their next chance will be in Game 3 of the NBA Finals; Boston will be on the road regardless of whether Houston or Golden State comes out of the West.

Jordan's Bulls won 10 consecutive games during their historic 72-10 season. They swept the Heat in Round 1, winning at home by 17 and 31 points. In the second round they knocked off the Knicks in Games 1 and 2 at the United Center, winning by 7 and 11 points. After the Knicks earned a Game 3 win at Madison Square Garden the Bulls won the final two games of that series, including a 13-point win at home to clinch the series and a fifth straight home win.

The conference finals were no problem for the Bulls at home or on the road. They began their eventual sweep of Orlando with a 38-point shellacking in Game 1 at home. A five-point win in Game 2 gave them their seventh consecutive home win and they wouldn't be back at the United Center until Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

They smoked the Sonics by 17 in Game a 1 and held on for a four-point win in Game 2. Seattle took Games 4 and 5 at their place to avoid being swept, but when the series returned to Chicago the Bulls were back to their winning ways, earning a 12-point win - their 10th consecutive in the postseason - and their fourth NBA title.

And if you're wondering, Steph Curry and the Warriors have simply been too good to get to 10 wins. Last year they swept all three rounds of the West playoffs, giving them six straight home wins. Then they only needed five games to beat the Cavaliers in the Finals, with three of those coming at home. So they went 9-0 at Oracle Arena before winning it all. They recently had their streak of 16 consecutive postseason home wins, regardless of year, snapped when the Rockets earned a Game 4 win on Tuesday.

Trubisky believes Bears will stand for national anthem

Trubisky believes Bears will stand for national anthem

Mitch Trubisky met with reporters after OTAs on Wednesday and addressed the NFL owners' unanimous approval of a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field while it's performed. If they don't want to stand, they can remain in the locker room or teams will be subject to fines.

The Bears avoided the media firestorm around the national anthem last season. No one on the roster kneeled. Instead, teammates locked arms and Trubisky believes it will be more of the same in 2018.

"I’m just proud of how our team handled last year. It's in the past and I believe we’ll all stand on the field together this year," Trubisky told reporters at Halas Hall. "It is what it is. I think it’s all about eliminating distractions for the team and for the audience. Just represent yourself and the organization in the right manner.”

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Trubisky is the unquestioned leader of the Bears, only one year removed from Mike Glennon's proclamation that this was his team. Now, with a new coach and elevated expectations, Trubisky must weather the off-field issues that naturally come with a leadership role.

No off-field issue is bigger than a comment by the President of the United States, which happened Thursday in response to the national anthem policy during in an interview on "Fox and Friends".

“Well, I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still, I think it’s good," Trump said. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” 

This is an issue that isn't going away anytime soon. Fortunately, Trubisky appears ready to shoulder the heavy burden and potential strain a social issue like this can bring to a locker room.