Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Young Superstars II #18 - Shawon Dunston

Our first Cub.

Looks like Shawon has swung and missed in this picture. Striking out is something he was pretty good at. He liked it so much in fact that he did it one thousand times in 5927 at bats. He didn't like to walk, only doing that 203 times in 18 seasons. His distaste for the walk led him to one of the worst career on base percentages around, .296, despite a batting average of .269.

He was still a lot of fun to watch and never seemed to grow up as a player. He made the same mistakes at 33 that he did at 23.

He did manage to make two All Star teams, and always seemed like he was having a lot of fun playing the game. It's hard not to like Shawon Dunston.

Shawon Dunston's career statistics


MMayes said...

At first I didn't like Shawon, but he grew on me and by the end of his career, I really appreciated him. When you looked at him, the way he carried himself, the way he wore his hat, he just looked like a ballplayer. I also think he threw harder than any pitcher the Cubs had in the late 80's.

Shawon is also on my favorite card, the 1991 Fleer Ultra where he's flying over some Expo (Casey Candele, perhaps?)