Fulton’s Dozier breaking MLB records as Twins struggle

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Since his breakout season in Major League Baseball in 2014,

AP Photo/Duane Burleson Minnesota Twins' second baseman Brian Dozier, right, is congratulated by Jorge Polanco after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Detroit.

AP Photo/Duane Burleson
Minnesota Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier, right, is congratulated by Jorge Polanco after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Detroit.

Fulton native Brian Dozier has continued to ascend his career.

In 2014, Dozier flashed a bit of power hitting and was rewarded with a spot to represent the American League team in the annual Home Run Derby at All-Star Weekend in Cincinnati.

In 2015, he started the season hot and earned a roster spot on the American League All-Star team during All-Star Weekend at his home Target Field in Minneapolis.

This season, despite a somewhat slow start and playing for the team that currently has the worst record in all of baseball, Dozier has been on a tear since the All-Star break.

The slow start kept him from his third consecutive appearance at All-Star weekend, but the 29-year-old slugger has crushed 41 home runs – an American League record for second basemen – and is batting a career-best .280.

The Major League record for most home runs in a single season was set in 1922 by the Cardinals’ Rogers Hornsby, with 42, and was matched in 1973 by the Braves’ Davey Johnson.

Dozier currently has 41 home runs, just one shy of the record, and the Twins have 12 games remaining on their schedule.

It’s almost a question of when, not if, Dozier will break the record.

Dozier’s 41 home runs currently ranks him second in the majors, trailing just behind the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo, who has 43.

Dozier has also driven in 98 runs this season, which is an impressive feat considering he often hits in the lead-off spot. This means that, roughly, one-third of his 574 at-bats have come with no one on base to drive in.

Dozier also ranks third in the major leagues with a .573 slugging percentage, just behind David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals, and he will almost certainly finish the season with at least 100 runs scored for the third straight year.

Dozier is flourishing while the Twins struggle, and there have been recent rumors that he could be the subject of an off-season trade.

The Twins are in desperate need of high-caliber pitching and, with Dozier’s stock skyrocketing this season, he could be a piece to deal in acquiring those needs.

Potential landing spots could be Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Philadelphia and the New York Mets, among others.

 

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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