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 (??)
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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