Twins' Dozier has been first-rate at second base this season

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 12:26 AM

The Twins got what they wanted out of Brian Dozier, at the plate and in the field.

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hjlazniSep. 8, 13 8:44 AM

Dozier turned his season around when he was hitting about .220 and concerned he would be replaced by Rosario next year and decided to become insubordinate to "the Twins Way" and started hitting the ball early to his pull side instead of waiting for the pitch to get deep and try to hit the ball past the opposite side middle infielder. This is what Ortiz called "hitting like a girl". Another sign that the Twins Way and its teachers, Kelly, Gardy and his coaches need to go.

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rickradio11Sep. 8, 13 9:24 AM

Babe Dozier vs. $23 Million Man: PA-- D: 534, M 508; HR-- D: 17, M: 11: RBI: D: 60, M: 47; XBH--D: 51. M: 46; R: D: 65, M: 62. Also, since the All-Star break Dozier has a SLG of .500, while Mauer has a slugging average of .489. The model for Mauer's future should be Mike Napoli of the Bosox. Napoli has gradually moved from a full-time catcher (2006-2010), to a C-1B-DH (2011-2012), to a full-time 1B (2013). Over and out. P.S. In a similar number of PA (Dozier-538, Morneau-543) Dozier has the same number of HR (17) as Morneau, 2 more XBH (51-49, and 9 more R (65-56); The Babe vs. the M & M Boys? Babe by a decision.

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h091364Sep. 8, 13 9:26 AM

Ryan will trade him for a slap hitting utility infielder, or another 4th outfielder, who has a nice average and can do things the "Twins Way".

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stlynnSep. 8, 13 9:30 AM

Gardenhire says that Dozier needs to hit for better average....I am wondering what his BA has been since the All-Star break. I would be much more concerned about the BA of the rest of the Twins' squad. Gardy is interesting....he seems so ready to always find something wrong with Dozier.

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johnnygringoSep. 8, 1310:01 AM

stlynn ..since the allstar break .260avg. 318obp .500slg 818 ops I think If brian will incorperate bunting into his routine he can raise his average, 1 base hit bunt every 2 weeks will raise his average .025 points and he would be at .270 now

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FireballR22Sep. 8, 1312:52 PM

More proof that Gardy needs to go, as provided by the comments in this article. I agree with hjlazni, stlynn and johnnygringo, well said. Rickradio needs to get off Mauer. But regarding Dozier, I like him in the field and starting to like him at the plate, now he needs to keep that edge and not let the bible-thumping make him soft. See: Gary Gaetti.

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lcr1955Sep. 8, 13 1:00 PM

Yes, Dozier has been one of those few bright spots for the Twins this year. For a second baseman he has shown decent power numbers and good defense. Only thing to improve upon is his below .250 batting average, but as he gains experience and confidence, I believe that will improve. Thanks for a great season Brian!

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boneyardSep. 8, 13 2:27 PM

@h091364: I think you're wrong. The Twins will trade Dozier for a really bad reliever (hooey, if you will) and bring in the next speedy AL batting champ from overseas to supplant him here. Hey, it worked before.

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boneyardSep. 8, 13 2:32 PM

I'm kidding, of course. I think even the Twins will realize they have 7 question marks in the everyday lineup and are set at only 2 positions, 2B being one of them.

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p123q123Sep. 8, 13 2:45 PM

The Twins could use 3 minor improvements: - Fire Gardy - Fire Terry Ryan - Sell the team

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