Twins enlist bulldozer to help support Dozier
Final Vote candidate gets help from teammates before Tuesday's game
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins ramped up their efforts for Brian Dozier's Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on Tuesday with a campaign utilizing a bulldozer.
A #VoteDozier bulldozer was parked outside Target Field, while Dozier's teammates all wore white T-shirts that read, 'No Bull. #VoteDozier,' during batting practice. Several teammates also posed for photos with the bulldozer before the game, including Trevor May, Casey Fien, J.R. Graham and Miguel Sano.
"I think it's really nice and cool of the Twins to do all the advertising and go above and beyond with the bulldozer and stuff," said Dozier, who drove in a run in Tuesday's 8-3 victory. "You play for the fans and they pay the ticket to come to see you play, so for them to do what they do and get the fans involved is pretty cool."
Dozier joins Boston's Xander Bogaerts, Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes, Kansas City's Mike Moustakas and New York's Brett Gardner as the five American League candidates for the Final Vote, as announced on Monday. Balloting is open through 3 p.m. CT on Friday, and the Twins created a #VoteDozier hashtag on Twitter.
Dozier said he's been humbled by all the support of his teammates, many of whom have taken to Twitter to encourage fans to vote with the #VoteDozier hashtag.
"Your teammates have your back and all that stuff," Dozier said. "You come to the field every day wanting to win a ballgame, but there's this stuff going on now and they're having fun with it."
The Twins also partnered with the Mets for a cross-promotion encouraging fans to vote for Dozier and closer Jeurys Familia. The two clubs worked to create a #Metropolitwins hashtag.
Dozier made his case on Monday with a two-run walk-off blast, and entered Tuesday leading the American League in extra-base hits with 46 and tied with Toronto's Josh Donaldson for the AL lead with 63 runs scored.
Dozier has been Minnesota's best hitter this season, batting .260/.332/.517 with 17 homers, 26 doubles, three triples, seven stolen bases and 42 RBIs in 82 games entering Tuesday. He wasn't selected for the All-Star Game last year at Target Field, but he participated in the Home Run Derby.
May has been among his top supporters, and filmed a video to encourage fans to vote for Dozier during the initial balloting process. Dozier didn't finish among the Top 5 among his position during the balloting, but the Twins are hopeful for better results this time in the Final Vote.
"I'm having fun with it, that's for sure," May said. "I think it's opportunity to get his name out there. He deserves to go. We've had success this year and he's been one of the biggest keys to it. I think that alone is enough for him to be one of our representatives."
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