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No Dozier? Really?

Usually, I try not to feign outrage over All-Star voting, in any sport. It's too easy.

In the case of Brian Dozier being left off the American League All-Star team, at least pending the final five voting for the last spot on the roster, I think puzzlement, if not outrage, is appropriate.

A friend Tweeted that it was ridiculous that Dozier was left off the team because he had a good first half and because the Twins are winning.

That's the wrong way to look at it. If you pick players who are hot in June, you can wind up with flash-in-the-pan players who will embarrass you with future performances. True All-Stars prove themselves over time. At least for a year, and hopefully longer. And if you give weight to winning teams, you wind up with four Royals instead of the best individual players, which is what the All-Star game is for.

Dozier should be on the team not for those reasons, but because he fits my criteria for a true All-Star. He has played exceptionally well for at least a calendar year - in Dozier's case, for longer. His numbers offer substance (in the form of extra-base hits, slugging percentage, and runs scored) that outweigh shorthand staistics like batting average. He ranks first in slugging percentage, home runs and runs, and second in OPS. And he's excellent in the field, which matters to me because the baseball All-Star game separates itself from all the others because of defensive intensity and excellence.

Jose Altuve and Jason Kipnis are also excellent second basemen. But if the American League can fit Brock Holt onto the roster, the system erred. Dozier belongs on the team. He's one of the better players in the league.


Latest podcast at is with Strib hockey guru Michael Russo. Next up will be the latest edition of MalePatternPurple with Viking Update owner Tim Yotter. The three SouhanUncensored podcasts have been interviews with Byron Buxton, Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter, who sang a little Prince.

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Souhan: Sano staying at third base?

St. Louis

When Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that Miguel Sano might be close to a promotion, what stood out to me was how he answered my follow-up question.

Have the Twins thought about moving Sano around so he can play other positions once he arrives in the majors?

Paraphrased, Molitor's answer was, no.

So here's a team struggling to score runs. its cleanup hitter is having a productive season. That cleanup hitter, Trevor Plouffe, plays third base, and has dramatically improved his fielding this season. And Sano isn't moving around.

That says, to me, that the Twins' answer to the logjam at third base will be trading Plouffe, now or later. Maybe they could find enough at-bats for Sano by moving him around to first base, DH, left field and third, but if that was the plan he would probably be playing other positions now at Class AA.

Personally, I'd rather see this team with Plouffe and Sano in the same lineup. With Kennys Vargas struggling, Sano could become a full-time DH as a rookie. That goes against the Twins' ways, and would be unconventional, but the Orioles did it with Eddie Murray when Lee May was in his final year as a first baseman, and Murray developed into not only a Hall of Famer but a Gold Glover.


The first SouhanUncensored podcast is up at, featuring Byron Buxton and myself trying to do an interview in the dugout while Eddie Guardado blows cigar smoke at us.

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