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Twitter poll: Should Nats give Dunn a contract extension?

I asked for a response from my Twitter followers Wednesday: Should the Nats give first baseman Adam Dunn a contract extension? Why?

Of the 19 people who responded, nine felt Dunn deserved one, while nine others felt Dunn should be dealt before the trade deadline. One other person wasn’t sure what the Nats should do with Dunn.  

Here’s what some of the followers had to say:

@Kennygartner:  Sure, the defensive liabilities are there, but anyone who can hit 40 home runs and drive in 100 runs should be kept around, especially with his leadership. 

@nyrnyrnyr8: Keep Dunn because it’s the first time Ryan Zimmerman has had any protection in the lineup; and look what Zimmerman can do with it.

@DCBigTrain: The Nats don’t have a replacement for Dunn’s bat. And if Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman can learn to play a passable first base, so can Dunn.

@my92gsr: Re-sign Dunn because his bobble head is sitting on my TV.

@Khillock: No. Someone will need him at the trade deadline, and an extension all but erases that opportunity.

@yuda:  No extension for Dunn. Suspect d and players like him tend not to play well as they age.

@Donnysamson: Yes. Dunn makes the lineup better

@DroppingTheBall: I’d give him a two-year contract extension just because A) I enjoy watching him bat and B) Who would replace him at 1st base?

Dunn trying to get out of slump

Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman said on Friday that he doesn’t plan on having Adam Dunn sit out the remaining three games of the season, because the skipper wants Dunn to reach the 40-home run plateau for the  sixth year in a row.

However, entering Friday’s action against the Braves, Dunn finds himself in an 0-for-26 slump, while his batting average dipped to .266. Part of the problem, according to hitting coach Rick Eckstein, is he is not in the right position in the batter’s box and missing good pitches to hit. 

“When he got his pitch to hit, he has missed it,” Eckstein said before Friday’s game. “That’s the biggest difference. It’s just getting back to the pitches in the zone he knows he could handle. He has to keep his swing short and through the ball.

“We are trying to get him back in a good direction. Right now he is coming off the ball too quick. The last couple  of days he said that he felt much better.”

Dunn showed that he felt much better in the first inning Friday. With two outs, he doubled to left field in his first at-bat off right-hander Derek Lowe.

Dunn puts everything in perspective regarding Strasburg

While the Nationals are trying to sign Stephen Strasburg to a record contract, first baseman Adam Dunn put it all in perspective regarding the right-hander recently. 

“I’m on the fence about it, because the organization is doing everything it possibly can, from what I hear, to sign him and not embarrass him or the organization,” first baseman Adam Dunn said. “I heard that they already offered him a record contract. How much more does he need?

“It’s very frustrating for me, and I can imagine it’s frustrating for everybody in here. I can understand how frustrating it is for ownership. I wish they would hurry up and get it done.”

Though Dunn believes that Strasburg could make a difference, he also believes there is a risk in signing him. In 1999, for example, the Reds drafted a left-hander named Ty Howington. Dunn went so far as to call Howington the best pitcher he’d ever seen and thought that Howington would play in the Majors, but he never advanced past Double-A because of shoulder problems.

“He was a [six-foot-five] lefty who threw 95 miles per hour,” Dunn said. “Personally, he was the best I’ve ever seen. I knew he would be in the big leagues the next year, at 20 years old, pitch for 20 years and be the best player ever. I really thought that. But there are a lot of things that could happen.”

Dunn trying to get better in left field

Outfielder Adam Dunn is not afraid to critique himself when it comes to his defense. He will be the first to say that he needs work out there.

The fact is, he is working hard to get better. He is often practicing with outfield/first-base coach Marquis Grissom before games. Dunn said he is feeling comfortable in left field these days because he is concentrating on one position out there. During the first half, Dunn was also playing right field.

“I’m feeling comfortable out there, but [I make] a bunch of stupid errors and [I know I have to work at getting better],” he said. 

Dunn doesn’t have a problem hitting the baseball. Entering Saturday’s action, Dunn is hitting .272 with a team-leading 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.  

Willingham, Dunn drawing interest

The Rangers have been in Washington scouting the Nationals, according to a baseball source. Texas is looking for a right-handed hitter, and it is believed that it has interest in Josh Willingham, who has been one of the Nationals’ most consistent hitters this season.

Entering Friday’s action, Willingham was hitting .294 with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs. He is arguably the most sought after player on the Nationals because of his consistency with the bat.

The Tigers are another team that is interested in Willingham as well as Adam Dunn. They see both players as designated hitters. According to an industry source, the Nationals have been scouting players from Double-A Erie, a Tigers affiliate.   

In any deal, the Nationals want young pitching prospects in return.  

Dunn has wrist injury; Bernadina getting better

Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn did not start Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox because of a sore right wrist. Dunn had an MRI taken earlier in the day and the results were negative.

Dunn said he has had problems with the wrist for a while, but the pain grew worse against the Red Sox after fouling off a pitch in the fourth inning on Tuesday.  

“It’s a precautionary thing. … It’s no big deal,” Dunn said. “I don’t want to get days off. I don’t feel like I do. You just call it a good solid benching.”

With Dunn on the bench, manager Manny Acta put Josh Willingham in left field and inserted first baseman Nick Johnson as the cleanup hitter. Outside of Dunn, according to Acta, Johnson is the one guy who can protect Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup.

Roger Bernadina, on the disabled list because of a fractured right ankle, played catch with head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and didn’t have any problems moving his legs.

Bernadina acknowledged that the ankle is still sore and will have X-Rays on the ankle in a couple of weeks. He hopes to return in the big leagues sometime in September.

Left-hander Matt Chico, on the  DL because of  elbow reconstruction, had a bullpen session on Wednesday. He didn’t have any problems throwing all of his pitches.

Chico is scheduled to pitch three innings for Double A Harrisburg on Saturday.

Majestic Athletic apologizes to Nationals

This past Friday against the Marlins, Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman were seen wearing their home uniforms with the name, Nationals, misspelled. The O was missing on the uniform. They changed jerseys with the right spelling during the middle of the game.

When the Nationals opened the boxes from Majestic Athletic earlier in the day, the team just looked at the back of the jerseys to make sure the spellings of the player’s last names were correct. The club assumed its name was correct in the front of the jerseys.

On Tuesday, Majestic Athletic apologized for the mistakes they made on the uniforms.

“All of us at Majestic Athletic want to apologize to both the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for accidentally omitting the ‘O’ in two Nationals jerseys last week,” said Jim Pisani, president of Majestic Athletic. “We take 100 percent responsibility for this event and we regret any embarrassment for the Nationals organization, players and fans. 

“Outfitting all 30 teams and 750 players is a duty we take very seriously. Majestic has been trusted on-field for over 25 years.  Based on our history, clubhouse managers expect that every new uniform from Majestic is perfect.  For the Nationals, this time we did not meet this standard.” 

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