Brian Dozier

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Brian Dozier
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Dozier with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins – No. 2
Second baseman
Born: (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 29)
Tupelo, Mississippi
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 2012, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through July 24, 2016)
Batting average .241
Home runs 92
Runs batted in 298
Stolen bases 63
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Brian Dozier (/ˈdʒər/;born May 15, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

High school career[edit]

Dozier played baseball for Itawamba Agricultural High School located in Fulton, Mississippi. There he became a local star, it being a town of 4,000.[1] In baseball, he was selected All-State for two years and named "Player of the Year" in north Mississippi. He also received varsity letters in football, golf, and basketball.[2]

College career[edit]

Dozier played baseball for the University of Southern Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, from 2006-2009. As a freshman, he was named a Freshman All-American and selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.[2] In 224 career games at Southern Miss, he hit .355 with 55 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs and 152 runs batted in. He was a member of the Southern Miss team that went to the College World Series in 2009.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Minnesota Twins selected Dozier in the eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. While playing in the Minor Leagues, he was chosen as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year in 2011.[3] The Twins invited Dozier to spring training in 2012. Dozier was called up in May 2012 to replace Justin Morneau.[3] On May 13, 2012, Dozier hit his first career Major League home run off Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]

On April 30, 2014, Dozier surpassed Hall of Famer Paul Molitor's Twins franchise record of 25 Runs Scored in the month of April, a club record that had stood for 18 years.[5]

Dozier was not in the 2014 All-Star Game,[6] however he was selected by American League captain Jose Bautista to participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby.[7]

On August 20, 2014 Dozier became the first second basemen in Twins history and 13th in MLB history to record a "20/20 season" (20+ homeruns and 20+ stolen bases).[8] Additionally, Dozier was the first Twins player since Torii Hunter did so in 2004.[9] At season's end, Dozier scored the second most runs in a season (112) in Minnesota's history since Chuck Knoblauch tallied 117 runs in 1997.

On July 11, 2015, he was selected as a roster replacement for Jose Bautista in the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, a day after coming in second to Mike Moustakas in the All-Star Final Vote. Entering the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, Dozier cracked a solo home run off the Pittsburgh Pirates' Mark Melancon to become the 16th player to homer in his first All-Star Game at-bat. On October 29, 2015, Brian Dozier was named a finalist for the 2015 American League Second Baseman (2B) Rawlings Gold Glove Award, alongside fellow second baseman: Astros Jose Altuve and Tigers Ian Kinsler.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dozier is married to Renee Dozier.[11]

Dozier is a Christian. Dozier has spoken about his faith saying, "I tell all the time, I'm a Christian just playing baseball on the side. That's what I stand for...".[12] In November 2013, Dozier went with the mission group Amigos for Christ to Nicaragua for a week. While on the trip, Dozier helped dig a new clean water system for a small community and helped deliver a cow and a pig to the community for food.[13]

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