Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is going to the All-Star Game after all.
The news was announced between innings of the Twins game against Detroit at Target Field, and the crowd gave Dozier a rousing standing ovation. One fan recorded Dozier's reaction:
The Star Tribune says Dozier himself was told the news before the game started.
He was chosen to join the American League team at Tuesday's game in Cincinnati after Toronto's Jose Bautista withdrew because of an injury.
Dozier has certainly had a roller coaster of a week. After the news that he wasn't initially named an All Star, fans and teammates went to work trying to get him elected through the Fans Final Vote.
It culminated in a massive Twitter effort throughout the day on Friday, with #votedozier trending No. 1 in the Twin Cities. But the effort came up just short, with Kansas City's Mike Moustakas outvoting Dozier to win the roster spot.
But Dozier proved that he belonged on the All-Star roster, hitting two game-winning walk-off home runs this week - one against the Tigers Friday night and one against the Orioles on Monday night. And he also hit another game-winning homer Wednesday in the seventh inning for another win over Baltimore.
Dozier is the Twins’ home-run leader for the third straight season, the Star Tribune notes.
It’s the first time Dozier has been named an All-Star, and he's the first Twins second baseman to be selected since Chuck Knoblauch in 1997, MLB.com writer Rhett Bollinger notes. It also gives Minnesota two All-Stars, as closer Glen Perkins was named to the AL team for the third straight year on Monday.
Dozier has been Minnesota’s first-half MVP this season, entering Saturday hitting .259/.331/.521 with a team-leading 19 homers and 49 RBIs. He also leads the American League with 48 extra-base hits and 66 runs scored. The 48 extra-base hits before the All-Star break is a franchise record.
The 86th All-Star Game is Tuesday and it will be televised by FOX Sports. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. Central Time.