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Brian Dozier is still in the majors? Really?

Jun 27, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

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There’s something to be said for letting a kid play through some growing pains, but this has gotten absurd.

Twins shortstop Brian Dozier just committed his 11th error of the season, letting a routine grounder roll right between his legs to give the White Sox a run in the first inning. Even though he wasn’t even called up until May 6, he now has three more errors than any American League shortstop.

To put it nicely, his hitting has been no great shakes either. He entered the day with a .225/.249/.306 though 173 at-bats. Of the 210 players with at least 180 plate appearances this season, he ranks 206th with his .555 OPS. He’s struck out 33 times versus just six walks, and he’s even been thrown out on two of his four steal attempts.

So, if Dozier hasn’t been baseball’s worst player since his callup seven weeks ago, he’s almost certainly in the bottom five. It’s past time for the Twins to send him down for more seasoning. It’s not only in their best interests, but it’s probably in his as well, given that he can’t have much confidence left after struggling for so long.

  1. ndnut - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Offer me a solution, don’t only be a complainer. Who else are you going to play at SS if you’re the Twins.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      If they don’t want to go back to Carroll, then they might as well play Florimon there. He’ll be terrible offensively, but at least he’ll be an asset defensively.

    • Bill - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      They went with Casilla 2B / Carroll SS last night, and it was glorious. Comparatively.

    • fetch - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      “any human being”

  2. ndnut - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    *?

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    What are the Twins going to do this season? Answer: not much. Let the kid play. Might pay off down the road. Unless, of course, you think 38 year old Jamey Carroll is the future.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      The season isn’t even half over. They can send him down for a month and bring him back if he performs. How is being in the majors doing him any good when he’s playing like this?

    • kopy - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Exactly. Too many people wanted to give up on Trevor Plouffe too, and that would have been a mistake. Dozier may not be an answer for the Twins, but he’s not going to stop them from making the playoffs this year.

      • kopy - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Doesn’t change the article, but kinda funny that Dozier’s home run no more than 5 minutes ago scored the Twins’ only run so far this game.

  4. ndnut - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I forgot about Carrol, but moving him to SS and playing Plouffe at 3rd who will play 2nd? Plus Dozier just hit one out. He puts a little pop in a lineup that can use it.

  5. plmathfoto - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    LOL right after you guys wrote this, Dozier went deep

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Off Sale no less.

  6. spudatx - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Unless Valencia picks it up and they shift Carroll back, options are scarce. The Twins stuck with Butera’s bat (or lack there of) as a replacement to Mauer all last year, so little reason to suspect this being treated all that differently given what they have to work with.

  7. kopy - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Please start writing similar articles about other Twins hitters. They’re gonna need more runs to complete the comeback.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Has Justin Morneau even had a hit since April? It’s time the Twins designate him assignment and get a real first baseman.

      • rooney24 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Gee, Matthew, did someone pee in your Cheerios this morning? Why all the hate on the Twins?

        As to Dozier, if he ranks 176 out of 210, how is that bottom 5? That would seem to leave 34 worse hitter with enough plate appearance, and many that are worse, but don’t qualify. The math doesn’t seem to add up. I’m sure you were asking for Plouffe to be designated for assignment a month or so ago as well. If the kid can hit .225, that is better than most of the callups did for the Twins last year. Tosoni and Butera hit well under .200 last year. I think there were one or two more that were under or barely above .200. With his number of at bats, one or two good games could jump him up 15-20 points, and then it wouldn’t look as bad.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Whoops… that was 206th out of 210. I guess I counted backwards from 180 instead.

        I’m sure you were asking for Plouffe to be designated for assignment a month or so ago as well.

        Why throw that in there? You have a perfectly valid critique there, but then you go and write that? You have no idea how I feel about Plouffe, and I certainly wouldn’t have argued any such thing. (Though that’s a topic worth writing about. The Twins have handled Plouffe well this year when they certainly could have buried him).

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually more to baseball than just hitting.

  8. crashkobra - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Whats that Nishioka turd doing nowadays?

  9. hoopmatch - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I want to know if this dude’s nickname is Bull.

    • Bryz - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      No, but some Twitter friends and me have been fully content with calling him the BullDozier.

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