Brian Dozier never played a regular season game for the Padres, but the experienced second baseman still has a grudge against the franchise.
Dozier expected to crack the club’s opening day after signing with San Diego in the off-season. He was instead cut at summer camp and signed to a minor league contract by the Mets.
It seems that he will not soon forget his short time with the Padres, because he thinks the organization has fooled him.
“I’m a big transparency guy,” said Dozier (per Fox Sports and the San Diego Union Stand). “I like people to be honest with me. That was not the case there. I had to get out of there. I’ll leave it at that. “
Brian Dozier, the newest Met, called his short experience with the Padres a ‘debacle’. When asked to work this out, he said: ‘I am a big transparency man. I like people to be honest with me. That was not the case there. I had to get out of there. I leave it at that. ‘
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2020
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Padres manager Jayce Tingler told reporters he doesn’t know why Dozier feels this way.
“We pride ourselves on being transparent, being honest. We wish him the best of luck there. Stand.
Dozier, 33, is eight home runs away from 200 in his career, an important point for a midfielder. He also has over 100 stolen bases.
However, as his speed and on-base skills have declined, his ability to make a difference with an MLB team has declined. He spent the second half of last season with the World Series champion Nationals in a reserve role and plays a leading role.
Still, Dozier hopes to be an MLB regular and apparently believes San Diego misrepresented his chance to make his selection.
Dozier got his first start of the year with the Mets on Thursday.