Former All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier introduced on Thursday that he’s retiring after a 9-12 months profession within the Majors and on the age of 33.
An eighth-spherical 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 College of Southern Mississippi product from not solely making it to the large 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 Goal Area in 2013 and steadily improved his output on the plate over the subsequent a number of years. In a quick however glorious peak from 2013-17, Dozier was one of many sport’s greatest all-round second basemen, hitting at a .252/.333/.465 clip with 145 dwelling runs, 81 stolen bases and stable protection. Alongside the best way, he gained a Gold Glove, made an All-Star crew and took dwelling MVP votes in three totally different seasons. Dozier was price about 22 wins above alternative in that 5-12 months stretch in accordance with each the Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs variations of the metric.
Sadly 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-12 months, $9MM take care of the Nationals that winter and served because the membership’s major second baseman for a lot of the 12 months. 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 12 months, nevertheless, as scorching-hitting commerce acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera noticed increasingly more of the enjoying time at second base. Dozier stored his spot on the Nationals’ postseason roster and was hailed as a significant presence within the clubhouse, however he tallied simply seven plate appearances through the membership’s World Sequence run.
Dozier signed a minor league take care of the Padres previous to the 2020 season earlier than requesting his launch and turning up for a quick seven-sport 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 dwelling runs, 231 doubles, 21 triples, 105 steals, 664 runs scored and 581 runs pushed in. He made an All-Star crew, gained a Gold Glove, and in his remaining full season took dwelling a World Sequence ring for his function within the Nationals’ unbelievable 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. Greatest needs to Dozier on the subsequent chapter.