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Brian Dozier Announces Retirement After 9-Year Career with Twins, Dodgers, More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2021

Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier participates in a baseball workout, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Washington, in advance of the team's appearance in the World Series. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Brian Dozier has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after nine seasons with four different teams. 

Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Dozier officially retired on Thursday:

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

Brian Dozier has announced his retirement: https://t.co/h3jYRTyGHz

Dozier has been a free agent since being released by the New York Mets last August. He only appeared in seven games for the team, hitting .133/.188/.133 in 15 at-bats. 

Originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft, Dozier spent the first seven years of his big-league career with the organization. He made his MLB debut in May 2012 and immediately became Minnesota's starting second baseman. 

Dozier's greatest success came during a three-year stretch from 2015-17. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 2015 and had back-to-back top-15 MVP finishes in 2016 and 2017. 

In 2016, Dozier set the AL record for second basemen with 42 homers. The Southern Mississippi alumnus followed that up by hitting 34 home runs the following year. 

Dozier spent the last few years of his career bouncing around the league, starting when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2018. He won a World Series as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2019. 

In 1,144 career games, Dozier posted a .244/.325/.441 slash line with 192 homers and 561 RBI. 

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