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    Article: Twins Need Dozier To Snap Out Of Funk


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    I've really seen the HR derby as a mixed blessing. Dozier seems like he needs a few solid days off and a trip home to Mississippi may have rejuvenated him.

    Now I guess we'll see. There are so many dangers in the "swing for the fences" approach of the Derby and there have to be reasons why a lot of players decline to participate.

    Hopefully the fun of being around the best in the game will offset this for Dozier and he'll be able to get back to what he was doing well.

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    Its rediculous that Dozier is in hr contest rather than Abreau from White Sox. Love Dozier but this is wrong.

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    Curious that Cruz, Martinez, Abreu aren't among All Star HR participants!

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    Abreu turned down the HR derby: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/28552...run-derby.html

    Cruz also turned it down: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/201...home-run-derby

    As did Cabrera, Trout and others.

    Can't force them to participate.

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    May sound silly but I always thought the home run derby and the all star game was part of the reason for Morneau's decline in 2008 especially given the fact that he played 163 games that year. He was just worn out by September which cost us a playoff spot and an MVP trophy for Justin.

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    Could his decline in performance be a result of not getting days off? It seems like who is in the lineup every day. I can't recall who is the backup 2nd basemen. It must be Escobar.

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    I think it might be he is just settling back to his norm. The homeruns have kind of come out of nowhere the last two years. Nine was the most he ever had in the Minors. While his OBP has improved the ave. has stayed fairly constant.

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    It seems to me Dozier takes a lot of belt high fastballs, and let's it loose on the one's up in the zone, some way up. Hopefully he's not up there trying to jack it out, but just get on base. Hit singles, take the doubles when they come and build on that. He needs to be a lot better than hitting in the .230's.

    And now the joke of the homerun contest? No way should he participate in that. He's messed up enough now anyway, and I do agree that the time off and heading home might help. I don't know how sticking around and trying to jack can possibly help him straighten out his mess in the box.

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    If Dozier's participation ruins that already menacing .230 average, I will be really disappointed. Hard to understand him even being invited, and more hard to understand Dozier accepting.

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    Dozier has hit a decent number of HRs and plays for the host team...and a lot of other players already turned Bautista down. I don't get where the disbelief over his being invited comes from. And can we please stop perpetuating the "HR derby screws up your swing" myth? It's conventional wisdom that is not supported by evidence, except evidence of a guy like Abreu going on a ridiculous tear before the ASG, then returning to normal after.

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    We are fortunate the Twins didn't extend him while he was so hot.

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    Dozier topped out at about .260 BA and well into the .800s for OPS IIRC. Certainly a drop of 25 BA points is substantial, but I guess I never thought he was "so hot". The power has diminished and the walks have slowed down the past week to ten days. I thought the four days off would be helpful (still do), but he might never hit for a high average with his current offensive approach.

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    I think it's awesome he's in hr derby and we'll deserving. As far as contracts go and not extending him. That's crazy! Who would u rather have at 2b? Leading league in runs, solid on base, on pace for 30-30 all while playing great D. Sure he's slowed a little but 162 game season has peaks and valleys for every player. I for one am glad we have him and hope he's stays in a twins uniform his whole career

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernMiss twins fan View Post
    I think it's awesome he's in hr derby and we'll deserving. As far as contracts go and not extending him. That's crazy! Who would u rather have at 2b? Leading league in runs, solid on base, on pace for 30-30 all while playing great D. Sure he's slowed a little but 162 game season has peaks and valleys for every player. I for one am glad we have him and hope he's stays in a twins uniform his whole career
    Related or just from his college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
    Related or just from his college?
    From same college as Doz but I'm older. We played golf together when he was in school here . He such a like able guy I've been following him and rooting for him ever since. So now I'm a huge twins fan. Love the fan base . First my boy Farve was a Viking now doz a twin. You see a lot of people down here rocking Minnesota stuff. Anyways I probably sound like a homer but I truly feel Doz is going to be a star and twins are building into a contender next cpl years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernMiss twins fan View Post
    From same college as Doz but I'm older. We played golf together when he was in school here . He such a like able guy I've been following him and rooting for him ever since. So now I'm a huge twins fan. Love the fan base . First my boy Farve was a Viking now doz a twin. You see a lot of people down here rocking Minnesota stuff. Anyways I probably sound like a homer but I truly feel Doz is going to be a star and twins are building into a contender next cpl years.
    Love it, SouthernMiss! Stick around with us. I hope Doz is with us a long time!

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    Thanks longdistance! Me too and as much as I love my boy Doz, no matter what happens I'm a twins fan 4 life.

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