Dozier, Suzuki make small ripple in All-Star voting

No Twins player is higher than fourth at his position in the AL.

The Twins’ Brian Dozier is fourth in AL All-Star voting among second baseman.

Brian Dozier has been one of the pleasant surprises in baseball this season, but he’s not enough of a surprise in the eyes of All-Star voters.

The first update for the American League All-Star balloting was released Tuesday, and the Twins had only two players among the top five vote-getters at any position and none higher than fourth. Dozier is the Twins’ leading vote-getter at 194,941, good for fourth among second baseman. Kurt Suzuki is the only other Twin in the top five, with 187,766 votes at catcher, good for fifth place.

“They both have had good starts to the season,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You would expect that they would get recognized by people for going out and getting it done. Dozier has gotten a lot of publicity and Suzuki has been fantastic for us.”

Joe Mauer, the most well-known Twin and a six-time All-Star, is not among the top five first basemen.

The Midsummer Classic is scheduled for July 15 at Target Field.

Dozier entered Tuesday batting .246 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI, 30 walks and 12 stolen bases. He’s on pace for a 30-homers, 30-steals season. Dozier has some things going for him — his on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .796 is fourth among AL second baseman — but his batting average is only seventh best. The Tigers’ Ian Kinsler and the Mariners’ Robinson Cano are 1-2 in the voting and are first and third in OPS. Dozier is just more than 161,000 votes out of first place.

“I really do believe that stuff will take care of itself,” Dozier said. “I just keep playing.”

Suzuki has been a surprise of his own, entering Tuesday batting .299 with 27 RBI. He leads all qualified AL catchers in batting average, on-base percentage and RBI and is second in OPS.

The Orioles’ Matt Wieters leads with 540,258 votes — more than 352,000 ahead of Suzuki — but has been limited to 26 games because of a strained right elbow.

“[Suzuki’s] been a big pickup for us,” Gardenhire said. “He’s had a lot of clutch RBI. There’s some people punching those holes for him.”

Balloting in all stadiums began May 12 and ends June 26. After that, fans can vote online (up to 25 times) until 11:59 p.m. on July 3.

Fans vote for All-Star starting position players. The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through a combination of a player ballot and selections made by AL manager John Farrell and NL manager Mike Matheny. That will be how Phil Hughes, who entered Tuesday’s start 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA, and closer Glen Perkins, who entered Tuesday tied for the AL lead with 14 saves, could land spots on the team.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire already has agreed to be part of Farrell’s coaching staff at the game.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
7:05 PM ET123456789RHE
MinnesotaK. Gibson (11-10)000
BaltimoreC. Tillman (11-5)000
@theBallpark
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Yankees - M. Pineda 12:07 PM
Toronto - D. Hutchison
Detroit - M. Scherzer 12:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Sale
Chicago Cubs - F. Doubront 1:15 PM
St. Louis - J. Masterson
Cincinnati - A. Simon 3:05 PM
Pittsburgh - V. Worley
Minnesota - K. Gibson 6:05 PM
Baltimore - C. Tillman
Philadelphia - J. Williams 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Miami - J. Cosart 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Harang
Boston - A. Webster 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Cleveland - T. Bauer 6:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Shields
Detroit - K. Ryan 6:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Bassitt
Texas - R. Ross Jr. 6:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Colorado - T. Matzek 7:10 PM
Arizona - V. Nuno
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada 7:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Gonzales
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Milwaukee - M. Fiers 8:05 PM
San Francisco - J. Peavy
Oakland - J. Samardzija 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Rasmus
Washington - S. Strasburg 8:10 PM
Seattle - R. Elias
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 26 FINAL
UCF 24
Troy 7 1st Qtr 0:49
UAB 14
(7) UCLA 7 2nd Qtr 13:35
Virginia 0
Western Mich 7 2nd Qtr
Purdue 7
(5) Ohio State 3 2nd Qtr 14:04
Navy 7
Appalachian St 0 2nd Qtr 13:30
Michigan 14
Ga Southern 7 1st Qtr 8:55
NC State 0
Boston College 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Colorado 3:00 PM
Seattle
New England 4:00 PM
Toronto FC
Columbus 6:30 PM
Montreal
FC Dallas 7:30 PM
Chicago
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
San Jose
Portland 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Chicago 6:00 PM
Indiana
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close