In a radio interview on Friday, former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that problems with Adam Dunn's mechanics were evident from the start of spring training. Former hitting coach Greg Walker alerted Guillen to the issue in the first couple days of spring training in 2011.
"[Former hitting coach Greg Walker] says 'We have a problem,' " Guillen said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I say 'What? Spring training is only a couple of days [old].' He says 'You've got to come out and see Adam Dunn's swing.' I said 'Don't worry about it. We've got a month and a half to get ready, go through spring training. Don't worry about it.' "
Guillen eventually went to watch Dunn himself and agreed with Walker's assessment. He added that Dunn tried "everything in his power to get better."
Dunn hit just 11 home runs in 496 plate appearances for Chicago in 2011. He'd hit at least 38 home runs in each of the seven seasons prior to that one.