Fulton native Brian Dozier won the World Series with the Washington Nationals, last week. With each win, he added to the amount of money raised for two places important to him.
In May, the Nationals were 19-31 and with the third-worst record in the league. Most of the baseball world had written them off. From May 24 until the end of the season, they’ve been the best team in the majors. Unable to catch the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, the team earned a Wild Card berth. The Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card playoff game, ousted the Los Angeles Dodgers next in five games after falling behind 2-1, eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship game, and then beat the Houston Astros in Houston in seven games to win the Fall Classic. Washington is the only team in major league history to win every road game in a World Series; they’re also the first to win five elimination games in the same post-season.
The win gives the Nationals their first championship in team history, and Washington their first Major League World Series Championship since the Washington Senators won in 1924. The Homestead Grays of the Negro League won their World Series in 1948.
Dozier only had one plate appearance in the series: a pinch-hit walk in the Nationals Game 4 loss to Houston. His batting average in 2019 was .238 with a .340 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging rate. He hit 20 home runs and drove in 50 runs in 135 games.
A local organization benefited from the Nationals long run in the post-season. Dozier joined the “All Win” campaign of Big League Impact. Dozier, and other playoff-bound players, donated to causes important to them with each win. Dozier committed $5,000 per win and selected Fulton’s Crossroads Ranch, a nonprofit community for disabled adults, and Ferrier Village Secondary School in Haiti. With the Nationals 12 wins in October, that means Dozier will donate $60,000 to the causes. Others have also pledged to add to his donations.
Dozier spent the early part of his career earning individual honors on teams that weren’t playoff contenders. His teams have made the playoffs each of the last three seasons, and now, he’s a world champion.