Adam Dunn: Playoffs more important than 500 home runs

Adam Dunn: Playoffs more important than 500 home runs
March 6, 2014, 11:30 am
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CSN Staff

Adam Dunn only needs 60 home runs to reach 500 for his career, but he'd rather make the playoffs than reach that milestone.

In Dunn's 13-year MLB career, he's never played in the postseason. Not with Cincinnati, not with Arizona, not with Washington and not with the White Sox. He came close in 2008 and 2012, finishing two games out with Arizona and three out with the Sox, respectively. But he wants more -- to play more than 162 meaningful games in a season.

"I don't care about the homers," Dunn told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. "What does it matter if you hit 700 home runs if you're only playing 162 games?"

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The 34-year-old Dunn has a good chance of reaching the 500 home run mark after slamming 74 homers in the last two seasons. If he hits another 30 in 2014, 20 in 2015 and 10 in 2016 he'll get there, though his contract with the White Sox is up after this season and that leaves some uncertainty as to where he'll play in 2015.

Perhaps, though, Dunn takes a limited role with a contender as opposed to seeking out full-time DH work for a non-contender in 2015. No active player has played more games without a playoff appearance than Dunn (1,870), though he's still about 700 games -- or about four seasons -- short of Ernie Banks' all-time mark of 2,528 games played without a trip to the postseason.