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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Brian Dozier, an All-Star for the Twins, retires at 33

The Zoom version of that occurred on Thursday when Brian Dozier, 33, announced his retirement after nine seasons, including seven with the Twins. Dozier wore a perpetual grin on his face as Ron Gardenhire, Paul Molitor, Eduardo Escobar, Terry Ryan, Josh Willingham and even clubhouse major-domo Rod McCormick appeared on screen to wish No. 2 a happy retirement.

“You know how much I respect you, man,” said Escobar, who got out of a Diamondbacks team meeting to congratulate Dozier. “You [taught] me [how to] play the right way this game, man. That’s why I’m still here.”

Escobar was the teammate who went through good and bad times with Dozier. Gardenhire was the manager who told Dozier to stop taking ground balls at short after his rookie season. Molitor was the manager who benefited when Dozier unlocked his power, blasting 42 home runs in 2016 to become the only Twin other than Harmon Killebrew to reach 40 in a season.

“In addition to that performance, it was just how you took care of your teammates and made everybody better.” Molitor said. “You were never selfish about anything that you do.”

Of the 192 home runs Dozier hit his career, 167 came as a second baseman for the Twins, a club record. He hit 127 home runs from 2014-17, sixth most in the American League.

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