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7/2/1978 (38 y, 7 m, 17 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 29, Overall: 323, Team: Houston Astros
$0.2M / 1 Years (2014)
Dobbs has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse. (7/3/2014)
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Dobbs has made a pretty good living out of being a pinch-hitter and part-time utility man. In fact, some of his player pages officially list him as a pinch-hitter first, and nearly 20 percent of his career knocks have come as a super-sub. Dobbs doesn't do anything particularly well, as his .296 career wOBA and -9.2 fielding runs would attest, but he still managed to hang on as a 25th man who's seen the bulk of his at bats in the National League, a league which would certainly appreciate his talents that much more. Dobbs recently re-upped with the Fish, on a two-year deal no less, and will continue to help off the bench for the near future. He just won't help your fantasy team, most likely. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Unless someone is in one of those bizarro fantasy pinch-hitter leagues -- fantasy umpire leagues exist, after all -- Dobbs carries next to no value. Not only will he be squeezed out of his more prominent role from 2011, but he offers no speed, no pop, and a .264 career batting average isn't worth writing home about, either. Who still writes home, anyway?
The utility man played four different positions last year and might see significant time again given the question marks at several positions in Miami. At 34 years old, Dobbs still has a bit of pop left, but his power has been in decline and he won't really help in any other category. (
Dobbs spent his third-straight season with the Marlins in 2013 primarily as a pinch hitter, as he accrued just 267 plate appearances over 114 games played. In fact, 57 of those plate appearances came as a pinch hitter, and 44 of his plate appearances came out of the nine spot. So basically, a sizable portion of what Dobbs brings to the table is that he hangs around to hit for the pitcher. Unfortunately, Dobbs only hit .208/.298/.250 as a pinch hitter in 2013, well below even the already low .221/.288/.333 league split for NL pinch hitters last year. So it may come as some surprise that the Marlins re-signed Dobbs to a one-year extension late in the season for $1.7 million, more or less assuring him a bench spot or at least nice severance pay for the 2014 season. Say what you will about veteran presence, predictability, and stability, but this one just seems like a head scratcher. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Dobbs a pinch hitter and part-time first and third baseman. And that's pretty much all there is to say.
I was a Phillies fan back in 2007 when Dobbs began to make a name for himself as a pinch hitter. At the time, I would have bet anything that he'd never reach free agency. Not only did Dobbs become a free agent, he survived in the majors through his age-35 season. He's a veteran of 11 major league campaigns. The utility fielder may be done at the top level after spinning a .171/.186/.195 line in 43 plate appearances last season. Still, his longevity in the game is something to applaud. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Dobbs may have seen his last major league action after a brutal 2014. If so, his career spanned 11 major league campaigns. That's surprising longevity for a pinch hitter who only once exceeded showed a line that was better than league average.
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