Obscure Athletes

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Obscure Spotlight: Shawon Dunston

Shawon Dunston could never decide in which uniform he felt he looked better. Try and follow me here: He was drafted by the Cubs first overall in 1982, and seemed pretty content for ten major league seasons there, before heading to San Fransisco to play for the Giants in 1996. He then headed back to Chicago for part of the 1997 season, and then once again ended up with the Giants again for a portion of 1998. He’d spend a year split between the Mets and Cardinals, and after one more season in St. Louis, decided to take a third go-around with the Giants for two more years before hanging it up. Oh, and he played for the Pirates at one point too….I think. 

I would VASTLY overpay for a Shawon Dunston jersey.

Being a solid base stealer with lead-off speed seemed seldom utilized, and hiscareer .296 on base percentage will tell you why. He walked slightly more than Stephen Hawking over his 18-year career, highlighted by his first all-star season in which he struck out 108 times, drawing just 16 walks. That season, keep in mind, an all-star season, he put up a cringeworthy .271 OBP to accompany his .249 average.Dunston would put another all-star selection on his resume in 1990, with his stunningly average .262/.283/.709. Granted he was a shortstop, but is it so wrong to ask for something, even slightly above average offensive production in order to be an all-star? Must have been a couple down-years for shortstops.

Remember when everybody wore those badass half-team colored high socks?

Dunston finished his 18-year major league career with a .269/.296/.712 line, with 150 career home runs. Oddly enough, in his only year of eligibility before being exiled from the Hall of Fame ballot (Why the fuck was Shawon Dunston on the Hall of Fame ballot? I dunno), he actually received one vote from a member of the Writers’ Association, who felt as though Greenberg, Wagner, and Banks just wasn’t quite complete without ‘Dunston.’ No one ever even bothered to tell him that his first name is spelled wrong.


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