Dayton, Ohio-The Dayton Dragons today announced the next of their "20 Greatest Dragons" as part of the organization's 20th Season Celebration. Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order leading up to the Dragons 20th Opening Night game on Thursday, April 4 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
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Cozart first joined the Dragons for the second half of the 2007 season after being drafted by the Reds out of the University of Mississippi. He returned for the entire 2008 season and was selected as the shortstop on the Midwest League's Full-Season All-Star Team. Cozart was selected as the MWL's "Best Defensive Infielder" and was also a strong hitter, batting .280 with 14 home runs.
Cozart reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2011 and spent seven years as the club's starting shortstop before moving on to the Angels in 2018. Cozart's enjoyed a huge season with the Reds in 2017 when he was a starter in the Major League All-Star Game and finished the season batting .297 with 24 home runs. He ranked in the top-10 in the National League in both slugging percentage (.548) and OPS (.933). Cozart has been a finalist multiple times for the Gold Glove Award, given to the top fielder at each position.
Austin Kearns was the first of the 20 Greatest Dragons announced earlier this week. The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters. Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.
The Dragons will host their "20th Season Celebration Game" on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. The game will match the 2019 Dragons ("Team 20") against a team of Dragons alumni who are still playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.
Ticket information for the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game: Dragons season ticket holders have received information via email. All fans can go to www.DaytonDragons.com/CelebrationGame for more ticket information and to add their name to the ticket waitlist. Single-game ticket sales will begin in mid-February.
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