After swiping second base in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cleveland Indians, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins became the first second baseman in franchise history to reach 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season, per MLB Stat of the Day.
Prior to the 2014 campaign, Dozier had not eclipsed 20 in either category in a single year but came relatively close in 2013, when he recorded 18 four-baggers and 14 stolen bases over 147 games. Wednesday's swipe marked the 43rd of his career, while the 27-year-old also owns 44 long balls spread across two-plus seasons.
Per Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (via GammonsDaily.com), Dozier is just the sixth player in Senators/Twins history to have logged a 20-20 season. The most recent player to accomplish the feat was outfielder Torii Hunter, who did so in both the 2002 and 2004 seasons.
Dozier is also the seventh different second baseman in American League history with a 20-20 year, recording the 12th such season since 1997. Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox most recently met the criteria in 2011, while Ian Kinsler (2007, 2009 and 2011) and Alfonso Soriano (2002, 2003 and 2005) have each accomplished it on three occasions.
Following Thursday's action, Dozier leads the Twins in homers, steals and total hits (110). His 68 walks also pace the squad, helping him post a .332 on-base percentage despite a meager .231 batting average.
Looking ahead to 2015, Dozier will attempt to join Alfonso Soriano as the only second baseman in AL history to record back-to-back 20-20 seasons.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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