Minnesota's Brian Dozier remembers Southern Miss days

Minnesota's Brian Dozier remembers Southern Miss days
Southern Miss alum Brian Dozier is the leadoff hitter in his sixth season with the Minnesota Twins. Courtesy: WDAM

Minneapolis, MN - Brian Dozier had hit 137 home runs in his MLB career but until Tuesday night, he had never hit a grand slam.

Dozier's fourth homer in less than a week came with the bases loaded on Tuesday, giving the Minnesota Twins the lead in an eventualy 11-4 win.

Another home run on Wednesday put the Southern Miss alum at 22 bombs on the season. Dozier set the American League record for home runs hit by a second baseman with 42 last year. The difference in 2017 is that these base-clearing hits matter more as the Twins fight for a playoff spot at 58-56 through Friday.

In his sixth season with Minnesota, Dozier is batting .253 with 63 runs-batted-in. Ranking second in Golden Eagle history with 307 hits, Dozier doesn't forget the pivotal leg of his baseball journey in Hattiesburg.

"I had amazing coaches," Dozier said. "And I can vividly remember many times when it was eye-opening. And I thought, 'Are we talking baseball here or are we talking more about life here?" As a college kid, you get caught up in baseball and having fun. But looking back at it, you realize the investment they were making in you as a person and as a man."