James Brian Dozier (pronounced DOE-zher)...wife, Renee (Hrapmann)...2005 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural (MS) High School, where he also earned three letters in football, two in golf and one in basketball...was four-year starter while there...was two-time All-State selection and four-time All-Area and All-Division selection in baseball as well as "Player of the Year" in north Mississippi...attended the University of Southern Mississippi from 2006-09, hitting .355 (307-for-864) with 55 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs, 152 RBI and 185 runs scored in 224 career games...named Second-Team All-C-USA as junior, NCAA All-Oxford Regional Team as sophomore and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and C-USA All Freshman Team...participates annually in Twins Winter Caravan...also travels annually to Central America with his wife, Renee, for mission trips involving such efforts as building a school, digging ditches to houses for clean water systems, etc. for an organization called Amigos for Christ...created Dozier's Heroes which purchases tickets for and visits with recently returning military members and their families... hosts the annual Celebrity Waiter Event which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.
Was Twins Opening Day second baseman and number two hitter, his third straight season as club's Opening Day second baseman....Set career-high with four hits May 3 vs. Chicago-AL. ATied career-high with four RBI, three times: April 30 vs. Chicago-AL, May 24 at Chicago-AL and July 10 vs. Detroit...had second career two-homer game May 24 at Chicago-AL....Hit .287 (31-for-108) with 10 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 15 RBI and 24 runs scored in 27 May games; the 20 extra-base hits tied the Twins record for the most extra-base hits in May (Zoilo Versalles - 1965, Kirby Puckett - 1990)...10 doubles were tied for third most in the AL and tied for fourth most in baseball....Hit eighth career leadoff home run May 10 at Cleveland off Danny Salazar, passing Shannon Stewart and moving into sole possession of fourth on Twins all-time list....Hit ninth career leadoff home run May 24 at Chicago-AL off Jose Quintana...hit 10th career leadoff home run June 14 at Texas off Nick Martinez....Stole 50th career base June 22 vs. Chicago-AL; along with his 61 career home runs at the time, he became the 16th Twin to ever reach 50 career steals and 50 career home runs....Hit 11th career leadoff home run June 26 at Milwaukee off Kyle Lohse.... Hit first career walk-off home run July 6 vs. Baltimore, a two-run shot off Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Twins the 4-2 win....Hit second career walk-off home run July 10 vs. Detroit, a three run shot off Joakim Soria in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Twins the win, capping a six-run comeback and seven-run ninth...he became the second player in Twins/Senators franchise history to record multiple walk-off homers in a single homestand...Roy Sievers achieved that feat for the Washington Senators in 1958, having hit game-ending homers against the Indians on July 16 and the White Sox on July 20....Hit 12th career leadoff home run July 17 at Oakland off Sonny Gray, tying Dan Gladden for third on Twins all-time leadoff homers list....Finished pre-All-Star break with 48 extra-base hits, the most in Twins/Senators franchise history....Was on AL's final vote ballot but was not elected...eventually named to AL All-Star team as a reserve, replacing Toronto's Jose Bautista...entered the game as pinch hitter in the eighth inning and homered off Pittsburgh's Mark Melancon...became 16th player to ever homer in his first All-Star Game at-bat and third Twin to ever homer in an All-Star Game, joining Kirby Puckett (1993) and Harmon Killebrew (1961, '65, '71)....Was named Twins winner of the Heart and Hustle Award near end of July, for the second straight season....Hit fifth leadoff home run of the season, and 13th career leadoff home run, July 30 vs. Seattle off J.A. Happ, passing Gladden and moving into sole possession of third on Twins all-time leadoff homer list....Hit 23rd home run August 2 vs. Seattle, tying his single-season career-high, done in 2014; set new season-high with 24th August 7 at Cleveland....Hit 30th double August 12 vs. Texas, marking his third straight season with 30-plus doubles.... Recorded 63rd extra-base hit with a triple August 30 vs. Houston, setting a Twins single-season record for extra-base hits by a second baseman, passing Chuck Knoblauch's 1996 total of 62....Set new single-season career-high with 34th double September 1 vs. Chicago-AL....Scored 100th run September 26 at Detroit, becoming the third Twin to score 100 runs in consecutive seasons (Knoblauch, 1995-97 and Tony Oliva, 1964-65)...also recorded 73rd RBI, setting Twins record for most RBI by second baseman in single season (Knoblauch, 72 in 1996)....Led the club in home runs (28), doubles (39) and runs scored (101) and ranked second in hits (148) and walks (61)....Finished tied for fifth in the AL in runs scored (101) and tied for ninth most in baseball. ...Played 1,383.0 innings at second base, the second most in club history, trailing Bernie Allen's 1962 total of 1,410.1....Ranked fourth among AL second basemen with a .990 fielding percentage (minimum 1,000.0 innings played) and led all of baseball in innings played at the position (1383.0)....Represented the Twins as a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award....Given Carl R. Pohlad Award for Twins Outstanding Community Service.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second straight season and was Opening Day second baseman and leadoff hitter March 31 at Chicago-AL...Hit fourth career leadoff home run April 5 at Cleveland off Carlos Carrasco...Hit second leadoff homer of season, fifth of career, April 12 vs. Kansas City off James Shields, tying Cesar Tovar, Denard Span and Shane Mack for sixth most in club history...Hit third leadoff homer of season, sixth of career, April 17 vs. Toronto off Dustin McGowan, tying Zoilo Versalles for fifth most in club history...Hit safely in 12 straight home games April 30-May 18, hitting .367 (18-for-49) during the streak; third highest hit-streak for a Twin at Target Field in 2014...Led baseball in April in runs scored (25), fourth in AL in walks (19) and tied for fourth in AL in home runs (7)...25 runs in April set a club record for the month, passing Paul Molitor's 1996 total of 24...Hit safely in 10 straight games May 9-20, hitting .385 (15-for-39) during the streak...Hit 15th home run June 14 at Detroit and stole 15th base two days later on June 16 at Boston, marking the 15th time in club history and 12th different player to hit 15 homers and steal 15 bases in one season...did it in his 67th game which is the fastest ever by a Twin and fastest in baseball since the Dodgers Matt Kemp did it in his 68th game in 2011...according to Elias Sports Bureau, since 1914, Dozier and Larry Hisle (21 homers and 15 steals in 1977) are the only Twins in franchise history to hit 15 home runs and steal 15 bases in a first half of a season...Hit fourth leadoff homer of season, seventh of career, July 4 vs. New York-AL off Chase Whitley, tying Shannon Stewart for fourth most in club history...Had first career two-homer game July 13 at Colorado, one of two for the Twins in 2014 (Arcia the other)...Led AL and ranked second in baseball in runs scored pre-All-Star break (69)...Hit 18 home runs pre-All-Star break and was selected by AL Captain, Toronto's Jose Bautista, to participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field; hit two home runs in the first round and did not advance...had brother Clay pitch to him...became the sixth different Twin to participate in the Home Run Derby (Tom Brunansky - 1985, Gary Gaetti - 1989, Torii Hunter - 2002, Justin Morneau - 2007 & '08, and Joe Mauer - 2009)...Became 17th player from host team to participate and second in club history, joining Brunansky...one of six players ever to not be named to an All-Star team to participate (Rafael Palmeiro - 2004, Hee-Seop Choi - 2005, Ryan Howard - 2007, Yoenis Cespedes-2013, Justin Morneau - 2014)...Hit 19th home run July 22 vs. Cleveland, setting a single-season career-high and new all-time high for Twins second basemen...Recorded 20th stolen base August 20 vs. Cleveland, becoming the sixth different player (7th time) in club history to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases, the first since Torii Hunter in 2004...Scored 100th run September 3 vs. Chicago-AL (Game 2), becoming the 13th different Twin (20th time) to reach 100 runs and first since Michael Cuddyer scored 102 times in 2006...Hit safely in career-high 11 straight games August 22-September 1, hitting .390 (16-for-41) during the streak...Finished with 112 runs scored, the most for a Twin since Chuck Knoblauch scored 117 in 1997 and seventh most for Twin all-time...Led Twins in hits (145), home runs (23), walks (89), runs (112), stolen bases (21), games (156), at-bats (598) and ranked second in RBI (71)...Ranked second in the AL and third in baseball in runs scored (112), ranked third in the AL in walks, tied for eighth in times on base (243)...Among all second basemen in baseball, he ranked first in runs and walks, tied for first in home runs, third in times on base (243), fourth in total bases (249), and tied for seventh in doubles (33)...Ranked fifth among second basemen in baseball in double plays (98)...Was only player in baseball with over 100 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 80 walks and 20 stolen bases; only player in Twins history also...Was given the Twins Heart and Hustle Award, voted on by the MLB Players Alumni Association...Given the Jim Kaat Award for Twins Defensive Player of the Year voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Made first career Opening Day roster and started Opening Day at second base April 1 vs. Detroit... Hit first home run of the season May 6 at Boston, a game-tying solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Joel Hanrahan; Twins lost 6-5 in 11 innings... Reached base safely in 12 straight games May 27-June 9, posting a .318 batting average and a .400 on-base percentage in that span... Homered in three straight games June 19-21... Committed just two errors in first 80 games April 1-July 13, posting a .995 fielding percentage in that span... Hit safely in a career-high 10 games July 21-August 3... Hit game tying RBI-single in ninth inning August 2 vs. Houston, then later hit game-winning RBI-single in the 13th inning; according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he entered that game with 70 career RBI, but only one had either tied the game or put his team ahead in the seventh inning-or-later (game-tying home run on May 6, 2013)... Hit eight home runs with 20 RBI in 28 games August 6-September 3, posting a .576 slugging percentage in that span... Hit 30th double September 1 at Texas, becoming the fourth second baseman in club history to reach 30 doubles, and first since 1999 when Todd Walker hit 37... Hit 14th home run August 29 vs. Kansas City, tying Tim Teufel's 1984 total for most ever by a Twins second baseman...passed Teufel with his 15th August 31 at Texas... Played 146 games (141 starts) at second base, sixth most in baseball at the position; committed just six errors, tied for third fewest among AL second basemen...led all MLB second basemen in assists (461) and was involved in 110 double plays, second most among MLB second basemen... Led the Twins in home runs (18); was second in doubles (33), hits (136) and RBI (66), and third in walks (51)... Ranked second in home runs among AL second basemen; third in extra-base hits (55) and fifth in doubles... Finished as the Twins all-time leader in home runs by a second baseman, also finished second in RBI, fifth in slugging percentage (.414), tied for fifth in total bases (231), and sixth in doubles... Committed six errors, tying him with three others for fewest ever by a Twins second baseman: Luis Castillo (2006), Chuck Knoblauch (1992) and Steve Lombardozzi (1986)... Was given the Charles O. Johnson Award as Twins Most Improved Player and the Mike Augustin "Media Good Guy" Award, both voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.