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Royals Announce Extension With Hunter Dozier

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (March 1, 2021) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to a four-year contract extension with third baseman Hunter Dozier that begins with the 2021 season and has a team option for 2025. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dozier, 29, was limited to just 44 games last season after beginning the year on the Injured List. During the 2019 season, he hit a career-best 26 home runs and 29 doubles with 84 RBI and batted .279 with an .870 OPS, while tying for the Major League lead with 10 triples. In doing so, he became the first Royal to record at least 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 10 triples in a single season, and just the fifth player in the Majors since 1990, joining Nicholas Castellanos (2017), Curtis Granderson (2011), Grady Sizemore (2006) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997, 2003).

Dozier has played at both corner infield and corner outfield spots in his career and did not commit an error on defense in 191 total chances last season.

Dozier was the Royals’ first-round pick (8th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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