Dozier slugs his way into MLB Home Run Derby


Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will participate in the Home Run Derby Monday night at Target Field.

The event is part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Minneapolis.

Dozier, who wasn't selected to play in next week's All-Star Game, leads the Twins with 16 home runs on the season. He becomes the first Twins player to participate in the home run derby since Joe Mauer in 2009. The last Twins player to win it was Justin Morneau in 2008.

American League Competitors

  • Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics
  • Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
  • Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

National League Competitors

  • Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
  • Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
  • Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

An additional fifth member will be named to each team on Thursday.

That last spot could go to Morneau, who is now with Colorado, if he is selected to the final National League All-Star spot in this week's fan vote.

There is a new format in the home run derby this year. Each player will get seven outs per round, instead of 10. The home run leader in each league after the first round will receive a bye to the third round, while the players from each league will face off in a head-to-head matchup in the second round.

The event now will last four rounds.

Dozier wasn't selected to participate in the All-Star Game and was going to return home to see his family, during the break. However, he has had to change his plans.

According to the Star Tribune, Dozier ranks third all-time with 21 career home runs at Target Field. His 16 home runs rank him 12th in the American League this season, prior to Tuesday's games.

Last week Dozier said he thinks someone could hit a ball out of the ballpark over the third deck during the derby.

"We keep talking, will there be a ball go out of the stadium or not? I think that would probably be the most impressive thing," Dozier told FOX Sports Net. "It's pretty much a consensus that I think it will happen to left field, over everything. We're talking about over the third deck."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-07-30 at 10.55.37 AM

Bespoke office space for changing times, courtesy of Redbrick Commercial Real Estate

Redbrick Commercial Real Estate specializes in innovative and sustainable office spaces.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

MN up to 45 counties with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission

Delta is leading to more cases – and more severe cases – involving children in other states.

Screen Shot 2021-05-23 at 9.08.48 AM

University of St. Thomas latest to require vaccines for students, staff

The college had previously offered incentives to get vaccinated, but is now mandating them.

Pixabay - crowd park outdoors CROP

New forecast predicts more than 4 million Twin Cities residents by 2050

The Met Council believes job opportunities will also steadily grow.

Mike Zimmer

Zimmer on unvaccinated players: 'Some of the things they've read are just, woof, out there'

The coach says he's doesn't understand why some players won't get vaccinated.

Ramsey County - Karina Her booking photo crop 2

Charges: St. Paul woman killed ex-husband, buried him in her back yard

A woman is accused of fatally shooting her ex-husband and burying him in the yard.

Screen Shot 2021-08-02 at 8.02.46 AM

Riverview Cafe in south Minneapolis closes, plans to 'reassess' its future

The cafe and wine bar was open in the Longfellow neighborhood for 23 years.

Pixabay - camp food fire

Bear sightings prompt food storage mandate up north

Visitors to the forest and BWCAW will be required to 'properly' store their food.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 2

The delta variant has been leading to higher case counts and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

Bloomington Walmart

Customers reportedly flee after scare inside Bloomington Walmart

People ran believing it was gunshots, but police say it was actually fireworks.

Racket website screengrab aug 2

New alt news site from former City Pages editors launches this month

Racket will be supported through a reader subscription model.