Gabriel Baumgaertner: Dozier simply rakes for a second baseman. He's morphed from a good power hitter (18 homers in 2013, 23 in 2014) into one of the American League's most fearsome (42 home runs in 2016, 34 in 2017). He's as reliable as any everyday infielder (he's played at least 147 games since he assumed the full-time second base job in '13) and won the Gold Glove in 2017. There's no more important player to the Twins' astonishing turnaround from one of the worst teams in the big leagues into playing for the AL Wild Card last year. Power-hitting second basemen like Dozier just don't come around too often, and he's a player that probably lacks the exposure he deserves because of Minnesota's small market.
Several Major Leaguers will serve as Players Weekend Ambassadors by taking an active role in promoting the event, including: Yonder Alonso (Mr. 305) of the Mariners, Javier Baez (El Mago) of the Cubs, Jose Bautista (Joey Bats) of the Blue Jays, Nelson Cruz (Boomstick) of the Mariners, Ender Inciarte (Ender) of the Braves, Francisco Lindor (Mr. Smile) of the Indians, Manny Machado (Mr. Miami) of the Orioles, Anthony Rizzo (Tony) of the Cubs, CC Sabathia (Dub) of the Yankees, Christian Yelich (Yeli) of the Marlins and Chris Young (Cy) of the Red Sox.