It takes a good bit of consistency and longevity to reach 1,000 hits in a major league career. Fulton native Brian Dozier has done just that.

Dozier’s played better-than-good defense since entering the league in 2012 with the Minnesota Twins, and his consistency even earned him a prestigious Gold Glove. While his batting average isn’t eye-popping, Dozier has a way of making things happen when he’s in the batter’s box. He’s also never spent a day in his career on the disabled list.

On Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego, the Washington Nationals played the Padres. In the fourth inning, with the Nationals ahead 1-0, Dozier sent a pitch into the second deck to reach his thousandth hit. The milestone came just days after getting hit on the forearm by a high-speed pitch that forced him to leave the game.

In a career that started with many believing he would be a single machine, Dozier emerged early as a power threat in the majors. Of his 1,000 hits, 422, or 42%, have been of the extra base variety. If he keeps swinging a hot bat like he has over the last month, Dozier could reach another milestone or two this season. Twitter: @abbyloden

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