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Southern Miss’ Brian Dozier recognized as Gold Glove second baseman

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was awarded his first Gold Glove on Tuesday.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was awarded his first Gold Glove on Tuesday. Associated Press

For four years at Southern Miss, fans grew to appreciate Brian Dozier's diving stops and off-balance throws from shortstop.

On Tuesday, he was recognized as a Gold Glove second baseman for the Minnesota Twins.

Dozier has become a household name among Major League fans for his pop out of his leadoff spot, but he's also been a regular on defensive highlight reels. The native of Fulton finished the 2017 season with a fielding percentage of .993.

Dozier set an American League record for home runs by a second baseman with 42 in 2016. He didn't let up at the plate this season, batting .271 with 34 homers and 93 RBIs.

Dozier, a 2015 All-Star, helped lead the Twins to a Wild Card bid this season, hitting a home run to lead off the game in an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees.

Southern Miss product Jim Davenport also won a Gold Glove for the San Francisco Giants in 1962.

Dozier was a standout shortstop at Southern Miss from 2006-09.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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