Former All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier introduced on Thursday that he’s retiring after a nine-year profession within the Majors and on the age of 33.
An eighth-round choose by the Twins again in 2009, Dozier was by no means thought-about a premium prospect even inside his personal group, topping out as Baseball America’s No. 10 Twins prospect heading into the 2012 season. That didn’t cease the University of Southern Mississippi product from not solely making it to the massive leagues however to cementing himself as one of many membership’s higher gamers of the previous decade.
After an inauspicious debut in 2012, Dozier claimed the on a regular basis second base job at Target Field in 2013 and steadily improved his output on the plate over the subsequent a number of years. In a quick however wonderful peak from 2013-17, Dozier was one of many recreation’s finest all-around second basemen, hitting at a .252/.333/.465 clip with 145 residence runs, 81 stolen bases and stable protection. Along the best way, he gained a Gold Glove, made an All-Star staff and took residence MVP votes in three totally different seasons. Dozier was value about 22 wins above alternative in that five-year stretch in response to each the Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs variations of the metric.
Unfortunately for each the Twins and for Dozier, he sustained a knee harm early within the 2018 marketing campaign that severely hampered him on the plate. He was traded to the Dodgers that summer season and struggled badly down the stretch — hardly the platform any participant would need for his first journey to free company.
Dozier landed a one-year, $9MM cope with the Nationals that winter and served because the membership’s main second baseman for many of the yr. In some ways, Dozier loved a rebound marketing campaign, posting a .238/.340/.430 output with 20 homers and 20 doubles alike. His enjoying time pale late within the yr, nonetheless, as hot-hitting commerce acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera noticed an increasing number of of the enjoying time at second base. Dozier saved his spot on the Nationals’ postseason roster and was hailed as an important presence within the clubhouse, however he tallied simply seven plate appearances throughout the membership’s World Series run.
Dozier signed a minor league cope with the Padres previous to the 2020 season earlier than requesting his launch and turning up for a quick seven-game stint with the Mets. That proved to be the ultimate act of Dozier’s profession.
All in all, Dozier will head into retirement as a profession .244/.325/.441 hitter with 192 residence runs, 231 doubles, 21 triples, 105 steals, 664 runs scored and 581 runs pushed in. He made an All-Star staff, gained a Gold Glove, and in his remaining full season took residence a World Series ring for his function within the Nationals’ inconceivable Cinderella run. Dozier cleared $30MM in wage throughout a profession that Baseball-Reference pegged at 22.7 WAR and FanGraphs valued at 23.7 WAR. Best needs to Dozier on the subsequent chapter.