Golden Glove Award winner Brian Dozier is a second baseman who has distinguished himself in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a force to be reckoned with in the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his MLB debut in 2012 at the Minnesota Twins. Since then, he has remained an important player in the league, with a career that is becoming more and more distinguished from season to season.
Brian Dozier Biography
The Dodgers’ second baseman was born James Brian Dozier on May 15, 1987, in Fulton, Mississippi. He grew up in a small Christian family with his siblings Leigh Anne Stockton and Clay Dozier, whose parents were Mike Dozier and Jan Dozier.
Since he played baseball since childhood, he continued to play for the baseball team at Itawamba Agricultural High School while attending school. He was a popular player there, made it in 2 all-state teams, and was named North Mississippi Player of the Year. From there he went to the University of Southern Mississippi where he played college football. During his time on the team, Brian Dozier made it to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was also named All-American Freshman.
Brian Dozier’s MLB Career
After a great college career, Brian Dozier became the favorite of the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He then began his career as a minor league player before becoming the Sherry Robertson Award Winner of the Year 2011 after being named a minor league player for the Twins.
In 2012, when Justin Morneau was placed on the disabled list, Dozier moved up to the Major League to replace him. From there he managed to establish himself in the team and set a record of 25 runs in April 2014. Interestingly, this record broke the previous record of the team’s former baseball Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor, whose club record was 18.
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Since 2014 was a great year for him, he didn’t make it to the All-Star Game, but to the 2014 Home Run Derby after being selected by American League captain Jose Bautista. That same year he would score more than 20 home runs and more than 20 stolen bases (20/20 season), making him the 13th-second baseman in MLB history to do so and the first in the history of the Twins. He was also the second baseball player in the history of the Twins to accomplish such a feat.
With many other successes in the MLB, Brian Dozier finished second to Mike Moustakas in the All-Star Final Vote but replaced José Bautista, and in 2017 he won the Gold Glove Award. In July 2018, Dozier was transferred to the Los Angeles Dodgers. With no surprises, Brian hit a home run in his first game for his new team, which impressed the team and put the curtain on him.
Wife and Kids
In 2014 Brian Dozier married Renee Hrapmann Dozier. Both are devout Christians who went to Nicaragua to celebrate their first year together and help people.
Just like her husband, Renee Dozier, who is a cyclist, is also a sportswoman. She is said to have played soccer for southern Mississippi in the mid-2000s. Since not much is known about Renee, we know that she is from New Orleans.
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She attended Fontainebleau High School and from there she transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi, where, as you can easily guess, she met the man who would later become her husband. At the moment the couple has no children.
Brian Dozier has come a long way in the league. In 2015 he signed a contract to stay with the Minnesota Twins for the next 4 years before joining the Dodgers in 2018. Based on the contract, his salary in 2018 will be $6 million.
In 2017, he also took home $6 million, while the previous year he received $3 million in salary. His first salary, which reached the million-dollar level, was $2 million in 2015.
Height and Weight
Dozier may not necessarily be the tallest man you would see in the MLB, but he still has a decent height and athletic build. He stands at a height of 1.8 m (5 feet 11 inches) and has a bodyweight of 86 kg.