Dunn's 30 HR increase ranks fourth all-time, tops Sox history

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Dunn's 30 HR increase ranks fourth all-time, tops Sox history

Adam Dunn was tabbed by The Sporting News as the AL Comeback Player of the Year after hitting 11 home runs in 2011 to 41 in 2012. That 30-homer increase is tied for the third-highest in baseball history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:

PlayerYear 1 HRYear 2 HR
HR increase
Brady Anderson
16 (1995)
50 (1996)
34Lou Gehrig
16 (1926)
47 (1927)
31Sammy Sosa
36 (1997)
66 (1998)
30Adam Dunn
11 (2011)
41 (2012)
30
That 30 total for Dunn is also the highest in White Sox history. The top five:

PlayerYear 1 HR
Year 2 HR
HR increase
Adam Dunn
11 (2011)
41 (2012)
30Frank Thomas
15 (1999)
43 (2000)
28Paul Konerko
18 (2003)
41 (2004)
23Albert Belle
30 (1997)
49 (1998)
19A.J. Pierzynski
8 (2011)
27 (2012)
19

Joe Maddon's custom Cubs Jeep is being raffled off for charity

Joe Maddon's custom Cubs Jeep is being raffled off for charity

Joe Maddon currently has a custom Cubs-themed Jeep 4x4 that has a number of baseball and Cubs themed alterations. One lucky Cubs fan will be able to win the car in a raffle to support charities.

The blue Jeep features a red grille, Rawlings branded seats, a bat for a gear shifter and a Sistine Chapel-style Cubs ceiling. Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Glenview donated the vehicle

To enter the raffle tickets can be purchased at Binny's Chicago stores, the Edgebrook Ace Hardware, the Misericordia Home and the Cubs offices on 3721 N. Clark St. during normal business hours. Each ticket will cost $100 and a maximum of 3,000 will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn within 30 days of the Cubs' final postseason game. 

All the money goes to charity and Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will choose the charities to support.

Podcast: Previewing Notre Dame-Syracuse and Greg Hudson's defense

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Podcast: Previewing Notre Dame-Syracuse and Greg Hudson's defense

The first game of Notre Dame's post-Brian VanGorder era kicks off Saturday at MetLife Stadium, but switching coordinators may not guarantee an Irish defensive turnaround.

In the latest edition of the Still Independent Podcast, Mike Monaco and I broke down what to expect when Notre Dame faces Eric Dungey, Amba Etta-Tawo and the Orange's up-tempo offense Saturday in New Jersey. Plus, we look at what Notre Dame's defense could look like with Brian Kelly taking an increased role in it and Greg Hudson taking over as defensive coordinator.

Listen to the episode below: