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Former Nats 2B Brian Dozier announces retirement from MLB

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Veteran second baseman Brian Dozier has decided to call it a career after nine years in the majors that included stints with the Minnesota Twins (2012-18), Los Angeles Dodgers (2018), Washington Nationals (2019) and New York Mets (2020). The Twins, who drafted Dozier in the eighth round out of the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009, released a tribute video Thursday.

Dozier, 33, spent almost his entire Minnesota tenure as the Twins’ everyday second baseman. He participated in the 2014 Home Run Derby hosted by the Twins, made the 2015 All-Star Game as a reserve and won a Gold Glove in 2017. His best season came in 2016, when he slugged a career-high 42 home runs and finished with an OPS of .886 in 155 games.

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The Nationals signed Dozier during the 2018-19 offseason to a one-year deal in hopes of replacing the departed Daniel Murphy at second base. Dozier struggled with consistency but ultimately finished with 20 home runs to extend his streak of six straight seasons with at least 20 long balls. He’s credited with being an important member of the Nationals’ clubhouse as they made their World Series run that fall.

Nationals fans will remember Dozier for his rendition of Pedro Capó’s song “Calma” and his propensity for taking his shirt off to celebrate each playoff series win.

Dozier originally signed with the San Diego Padres in 2020 but was released before the season began. The Mets scooped him up and he appeared in seven games, including two against Washington.