Eaton Happy With ‘Dirtbag’ Nickname

(WSCR) When asked to describe newly-acquired center fielder Adam Eaton, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn used the word “dirtbag.”

It should be noted Hahn didn’t say this in a derogatory way, he was merely describing Eaton’s ability to get on base at all costs and “grind out” at-bats.

Speaking with The Mully and Hanley Show on Thursday, Eaton said he’s happy to be considered a “dirtbag” on the baseball diamond.

“The ‘dirtbag’ name is kind of the highest compliment I can hear,” said Eaton, who was traded to the White Sox from the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal on Tuesday. “You come to the ballpark every day, just trying to get on base twice, two or three times. I’m just trying to scratch that out. Like I said before the 3-4 hitters we have on the Chicago team, I’m in scoring position when I’m on first base. You’re always in scoring position. … I’m just going to grind out at-bats in that ‘dirtbag’ mentality.”

The 26-year-old Eaton is known for his ability to get on base at the leadoff position. He amassed an OBP of .450 over 345 minor league games.

“The leadoff hitter is a very difficult job to do,” Eaton said. “Not many people want to do it just because there’s a lot of pressure to get on. There’s a lot of pressure to see pitches for the guys behind you. I really enjoy that pressure.”


  • Meet The New “Dirtbag” On The South Side | SportsDivas Inc.

    […] So who is Adam Eaton and what does he bring to the South Siders? Eaton is a left-handed top of the order guy with the ability to hit, run and play a strong defensive center field.  In the minors he hit .348 and had an OBP of 450; in his short major league career his average is .254 with an OBP of 332.  The Sox envision him getting on base and putting pressure on pitchers and defense.  He is a definitely a grinder, which is always a hit in Chicago. The “dirtbag” reference is an endearing one, used by Sox GM Rick Hahn when describing Eaton’s ability to get in the dirt and get on base. […]

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