The Brian Dozier train just won’t slow down.
Since June 1st, the Minnesota Twins second baseman has 33 homers after hitting just five prior to that date. Three of those came today in his first career three homer game in Minnesota’s 11-5 loss to the Royals on Monday.
Dozier is now second in the Majors in home runs (38) only to Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles who has 41 dingers this season.
Perhaps the most incredible thing about Brian Dozier‘s season is the fact that when he plays the field, he’s playing second base, a position where power is not expected, but contact is. Dozier just so happens to bring both to the table at the end of the day.
Among Major League second baseman, Dozier has tied Aaron Hill (2009) for the most homers by a second baseman since 2009. While Dozier has 38 on the season, 36 of them have came while playing at second base. The other two occurred when he was severing as the designated hitter.
If we look at the all-time ranks, Dozier is four homers off Rogers Hornsby’s 42 homers (1922), which still remains the most by any major league second baseman. Hornsby’s Major League debut will be 101 years ago on Saturday. Alfonso Soriano is the American League leader with 39 homers in 2002.
Dozier was giving a standing ovation by the fans in Minnesota despite the Twins trailing by six runs.
“It sinks in that, ‘Hey, even if you’re on the losing side of it, we’ve got loyal fans that pay good money to come watch us play,’ “ he said. “It showed them respect with that curtain call.”
Dozier is now batting .279/.350/.476 with the 38 homers and 91 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases. He is projected to finish with 45 homers and 107 RBIs.
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