2014 MLB All Star Game: Dozier to Participate in Home Run Derby


Brian Dozier talked of enjoying the week off and getting some rest back home in Mississippi after undoubtedly being somewhat down after being snubbed as a selection for the hometown 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game.  However, thanks to some news from Mike Berardino and a source, it appears he may be bringing the lumber to Target Field after all.

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The 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby field is set to be announced on Tuesday afternoon.  While nothing is confirmed yet, a source has said that Brian Dozier has been invited to participate.

After an extremely hot start to the season, Dozier’s bat has cooled, and he was unable to hold off the likes of Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve in an attempt to break into the 85th All Star Game.  Thanks to a powerful bat that has helped him slug 16 home runs already this year, it looks as though he may be making his contribution in another way.

The Minnesota Twins have had six participants in the Home Run Derby, with Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer being the most recent.

Although Dozier is not a stereotypical power hitter, he was asked about participating in the event and mentioned that it would likely cause him to change his plans from taking the week off, as it would be a “good opportunity.”

The complete field headlined by American League Captain Jose Bautista and National League Captain Troy Tulowitzki is set to be unveiled later Tuesday on ESPN.