It’s often said baseball will surprise you with things you never saw before. Unfortunately for Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, that proved to be true when the padding on the center field wall robbed him of a home run.
— Matt Johnson (@MattJ_Sports) May 23, 2018
Dozier drilled a liner to deep center field, and it seemed Detroit Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin stood no chance of stopping a home run. Instead, the center field padding at Target Field made the play for him.
The ball wedged itself in between the padding, just an inch short of hitting the grass and clearing the wall. It would have been Dozier’s eighth home run of the season.
Instead, Dozier found himself stunned and left standing on second base after the automatic double was called.
For the 31-year-old impending free agent, the poor fortune sums up his season to date with a career-worst .236/303/4.212 slash line entering the day.