Brian Dozier named an American League All-Star
MINNEAPOLIS — After week that saw him crush two-walk homers while being an Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidate, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is headed to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, after all.
Dozier, who finished second to Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas in the Final Vote, was added to the American League roster to replace Toronto’s Jose Bautista. It’s the first All-Star selection for Dozier, who is the first Twins second baseman to be named an All-Star since Chuck Knoblauch in 1997. It also gives Minnesota two All-Stars, as closer Glen Perkins was named to the AL team for the third straight year on Monday.
Dozier had a big week after finding out he wasn’t initially named an All-Star, as he hit walk-off homers against the Orioles on Monday and against the Tigers on Friday, and a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning vs. Baltimore on Wednesday. He became the first Twins player with two walk-off homers in one week since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961.
Dozier has been Minnesota’s first-half MVP this season, entering Saturday hitting .259/.331/.521 with a team-leading 19 homers and 49 RBIs. He also leads the American League with 48 extra-base hits and 66 runs scored. The 48 extra-base hits before the All-Star break is a franchise record.
Dozier was initially left off the roster with Houston’s Jose Altuve voted in as a starter and Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis being named a backup. But Dozier has been the best second baseman in the Majors dating back to last year, according to Wins Above Replacement. Dozier has an 8.1 WAR to lead Altuve’s 7.1 WAR over that span, per Fangraphs.com.
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