Since 2010, the Minnesota Twins have finished in last place or second-to-last every year. The only thing since 2010, the year in which they finished in first with 94 wins, that has been laudable for loyal Twins fans is their new stadium, Target Field, an absolute gem of a ballpark. But there is one person that has been on the Twins roster since 2012 that fully exhibits hope for the future, and no it’s not Manager Paul Molitor.
It’s the second baseman, Brian Dozier.
Outside of Minnesota, casual baseball fans have probably only heard his name on TV as they talk about the AL Final Vote candidates, the 2014 Home Run Derby or hearing your home team’s Public Address Announcer say “Now batting for the Minnesota Twins, the second basemen, Brian Dozier”.
That’s the unfortunate aspect of playing on a small market team that struggles for years in a row — getting noticed and becoming well known for your achievements becomes difficult.
Last year, Dozier had his best year, yet he was still snubbed when the All-Star rosters were revealed. The worst part? The All-Star game was in Minnesota, at his home field.
Dozier ultimately came in second in the AL Final Vote race that saw the Kansas City Royals faithful showing the rest of baseball why fans shouldn’t vote for anything to do with the game anymore. At least Dozier found himself getting some recognition by coming in second.
But still not good enough to make the roster.
Unless you’re a diehard baseball fan, you wouldn’t know that Dozier leads the MLB’s 14th ranked offense in home runs (18), and is second on his team in hits (86) and RBIs (45). His average could use some work (.256), but it gets the job done.
Best of all, though — he’s also led his team from worst to putting up a legitimate fight with the mighty Royals for first place in the AL Central.
His numbers have steadily gone up in his career as well. In hits, home runs, and RBIs, his numbers have all gone up from 2013 to 2014, and then 2014 to 2015. He’s on pace for 30+ home runs, 70+ RBIs and 180+ hits in just his third full year in the Majors.
If he continues to improve, Dozier will become a serious force not just on the Twins, but in baseball as a whole. The future of the Twins will ultimately revolve around him and be left in his hands. With people like Torii Hunter and Molitor to help mentor him, he’s sure to be successful.
The Twins are going to have some great days, and years, ahead of them and it seems as though Twins fans can finally rejoice.
And if he wants, Dozier will start to get some attention.
And never be snubbed from an All-Star roster again.