Brian Dozier Becomes Second USM Baseball Player to Play in the MLB All-Star Game

Former Southern Mississippi baseball player Brian Dozier made history last night at the MLB All-Star Game.
News 25’s Laurene Callander has the story.
For the first time since 1962, a former Southern Miss baseball player appeared in the All-Star Game and Brian Dozier made South Mississippi proud with his homerun in the eighth inning.
Scott Berry, the USM baseball head coach, said, “Last night, when that happened, he’s now one of 16 players to ever hit a home run in their first at-bat of their first All-Star game.”
Before he watched the ball fly over the wall, Dozier used to look at a sea of golden chairs at Southern Mississippi. He played shortstop for the Golden Eagles from 2006 to 2009. His former coach says the home run did not come as a shock. “Nothing surprises me anymore with Brian Dozier,” said Berry.
Dozier is from Fulton, Mississippi. He maintains strong ties with USM in Hattiesburg. Even though he’s in the big leagues now, he comes back to practice with the team. “When we take batting practice and we get through the end of the round and you have to pick up the baseballs, he’s right there picking them up with them, so where I would say 99.9 percent of any big-leaguer wouldn’t dare try to pick up a baseball, somebody else has always done it for them, but not Brian,” said Berry.
Dozier is the second Southern Miss player to appear in the All-Star Game, the first was Giants third baseman Jim Davenport, 53 years ago.
Dozier earned a spot on the All Star team by leading the Minnesota Twins with 19 homeruns this season.
Dozier also made an appearance at last season’s home run derby at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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