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Minnesota’s Brian Dozier leaps high, high, high in the air to snare Brett Lawrie’s line drive

David Brown
Big League Stew

Some plays, you could just watch over and over again. Like the leaping grab Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins made Sunday to steal a base hit from Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays. Listed at 5-foot-11, Dozier needed every centimeter of height to reach Lawrie's pea, which appeared ticketed for right-center field. If he doesn't catch it, the Blue Jays score at least one run, if not more.

The Twins didn't put any runs on the board, falling 2-0 and surrendering to the Jays in a sweep, so Dozier's grab doesn't take on a greater significance. But what a jump.

Though he attended Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss. in the northeast part of the state, it's unlikely Dozer was learning how high to make the corn grow. But he sure looks like he could clear a stalk in his spikes.

Dozier actually studied accounting and sports management in college at Southern Miss, and is the first person from his hometown to reach the majors. The way he's hitting (.243/.311/.428 with 17 homers and 30 doubles for 101 adjusted OPS) and playing defense (solid overall with spectacular moments) he's putting himself in a great position to stay.

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