Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier didn’t make the American League All-Star team in what many are calling one of the biggest snubs of the season.
Shortly after the teams were announced on Monday evening, Dozier responded to the snub by hitting a two-run walk-off home run to beat the Orioles 4-2.
With the game tied 2-2 in the 10th inning, Dozier ended it:
Dozier leads all second basemen in home runs (17), RBIs (42), and is tied for second in wins above replacement (3.1). While some believe he is the best second baseman in MLB, he wasn’t even close to being voted in by fans as a starter. Jose Altuve led the way with more than 9.6 million votes, Dozier didn’t even receive enough votes to crack the top five.
Dozier was then snubbed by his fellow peers as he failed to be named as one of the 16 reserves voted in by players around the league. And Ned Yost elected not to choose him as one of his eight manager-selections.
Dozier’s All-Star hopes aren’t necessarily dead just yet. Yost did name him as one of the five “final vote players” fans can vote for to decide who receives the last remaining roster spot. But, while Dozier certainly helped his case with his recent walk-off home run, the chances fans will vote him in are slim.
The other four candidates are Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. During the initial fan voting round, Moustakas received more than 12 million votes, Cespedes received nearly 9 million, Bogaerts received 2.4 million, and Gardner received nearly 2 million.
Since Dozier’s numbers aren’t posted because he failed to finish within the top-five at his position, it’s not clear how many votes he exactly received. But, he couldn’t have had more than 3.4 million because that’s how many votes Blue Jays Devon Travis received, and he finished fifth in AL second basemen voting.
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