Article: For Better Or Worse: Brian Dozier
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:01 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:13 AM
This team did EVERYTHING wrong with Dozier in 2012. He did NOT deserve to be called up when he hadn't done squat in AAA. He needed to see more pitching and learn as a hitter how to adjust to AAA/AAAA level pitching. Then he was kept up much too long instead of being demoted. THEN he finally was sent down and they did not see him at 2B in Rochester. THEN they didn't call him up in September which is somehow even more bizarre than anything else. Good god. Clearly, Florimon-Dozier in the MI should have been an option in September. Escobar is far from ready and Carroll is going to be here anyway in 2013 and everyone knows what he will bring. Dozier will be better in 2013 and should be the starting second baseman. But there is nothing to indicate that this will happen given the ridiculous thinking going on about him last year.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:37 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:31 AM
He will be 26 years old in May. I expect he will get a chance to show he deserves the position, but he will be on a short leash. His time is running out.[/h]
Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:37 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:06 AM
Shane -- I am sure there is room to criticize the Twins handling of Dozier -- obviously his 2012 results couldn't have been much worse -- but this level of "handling" probably only affects a guy's performance at the margins. The guy was 25 years old and posted a 67 OPS+ at the plate, and was about as "valuable" in the field and at AAA. What would "better handling" have likely achieved? A 75 OPS+ in a full season at AAA? A 67 OPS+ while struggling at second base as well as shortstop? Do either of those outcomes really improve Dozier's outlook?
I would have to guess he will be marginally better in 2013 than 2012, mainly because he couldn't get much worse. I'll also venture a guess and say that Dozier never approaches his 2011 numbers either at AAA or in the majors.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:11 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:35 AM
I don't necessarily agree that all the blame for his poor showing in 2012 should be laid at the feet of Twins management, though. At some point, you have to put the responsibility for performing or not performing on the shoulders of the player and I think it's time for that to happen with Dozier. Let's be honest... if he can't impress enough to earn a job against the paltry competition the Twins have lined up in the middle infield this spring, his future in the game is probably pretty limited.
I'm marginally optimistic that he's going to step up this season.
~You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant~
Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:35 AM
Remember, Dozier dominated AA in 2011 and was about to turn 25 with a month at AAA under his belt when promoted to the majors in May. I don't think that's rushing a guy -- I wouldn't expect him or anyone to hit their full potential right away in that scenario, but they shouldn't absolutely fall of the table either like Dozier did.
It's not 'rushing' but he was a 4-year college senior when he was drafted. Drafted at 22 and in the big leagues while still 24, less than three years later is pretty quick.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:40 AM
For 2013, definitely better.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:48 AM
He will be 26 years old in May.
I think you have Dozier's age wrong in the article. 2012 was his age-25 season (not 26), and in 2013 he will turn 26 (not 27).
Thank you, vigilant readers! Yes, I saw that on my first pass through after publishing but there is something amiss on the back-end that is not allowing me to update any corrections. Just know that you have been heard and subtract one year off of the stated ages above.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:19 PM
First, you have to know the situation, which includes the score, the pitcher, how many outs, who's on base, where, etc.
Second, you have to know how to read physical cues from the pitcher, the fielders, etc.
Third, you have to understand how the first two things alter the likelihood of seeing particular pitches in particular locations.
Fourth, you have to learn to actively bluff the pitcher with false cues, like acting frustrated, muttering to yourself, waving the bat, or not, etc. Knowing all these things is how a batter applies pressure to the pitcher, which is facet of applying pressure in general to the opposition.
Fifth, you have to believe you can control the game. Very few players are able to internalize that attitude. The ones that do...control the game.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:35 PM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:53 PM