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2010 Year in Review: Greg Dobbs

Normally on a team that wins 97 games, there is a solid contribution from every player on the roster.

Greg Dobbs is the exception to the rule. Once a fan favorite, the Phillies faithful turned on the left-handed “infielder” for good reason. It’s tough to call Dobbs an infielder, simply because that would mean he had to field the ball, something that didn’t really ever seem to happen.

In a season riddled by injuries for the Phillies, Dobbs managed just a .196/.251/.331 season with 39 strikeouts in 163 at bats.

Many fans rejoiced when Dobbs was sent down in late June. But like a cat, he landed on his feet as he was recalled just five days later when Chase Utley and Placido Polanco went on the disabled list.

Dobbs defense was pretty laughable though. In 36 games at third base, Dobbs managed to put together an UZR of -5.1. Among the 51 infielders with at least 200 innings at third base, Dobbs came in at 40th. To put in perspective, had Dobbs been called on to play 150 games at third, he would have been 29.5 runs worse than an average fielder.

It’s easy to point out Dobbs’s inadequacies in roles he was never supposed to fill. However, Dobbs’s biggest downfall was in his main job, as a pinch-hitter. In 2008 as a cult hero, Dobbs led the majors in pinch-hitting at .355 (22-62) with 16 RBIs. This year, Dobbs managed to hit just .122 (6-49) with only four RBIs coming off the bench.

It is tough to go off a single season, especially as a pinch-hitter simply because you are going off such small sample sizes. However, when your job as a pinch-hitter is rewarded on mostly a year–to-year basis, those sample sizes can help you earn your next big paycheck, or they can be the reason that you are given your walking papers.

In this case, that is why Greg Dobbs will not be with the 2011 Phillies.

NICK’S GRADE: 0.5/10

Tomorrow: Domonic Brown



  1. Chuck

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Does he even deserve THAT grade?? I’d put him at ZERO (or in the negative if that’s possible)

    Good riddance.

  2. Hugh

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Can we all move on from the Greg Dobbs-hatred now? The guy had a terrible season, which happens to many players each year. He won’t be back and the Phils will get someone who is more reliable.

  3. Bill Baer

    November 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Greg Dobbs. Greg Dobbs is hot. Greg Dobbs.

  4. PizzaBagel

    November 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Spot on Nick. What a waste of space.

  5. Nick Staskin

    November 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

    LOL I thought about going with the 0, but I figured that just being there to fill the roster when the injuries were that high got him a 0.5

  6. Richard

    November 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Dobbs sucked, but for me he gets a half point or so for that 3-run bomb against the Reds, which made that comeback possible. (Ditto Cody Ransom and his subsequent 2-run, game-tying HR.)

  7. Chuck

    November 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Richard, I’ll give you that one. That was an amazing game for sure!


    November 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm


  9. Bacardipr05

    November 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Wish Dobbs well (except if he plays the Phils) he may rebound or may not. I think we treated him very fairl and gave plenty of chances. The guy just never rebounded back maybe he will with another club or another year.

  10. Phan in the outfield

    November 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Not much to say except poor Dobbs. Well at least he has stories about being in the ‘Bigs’.

  11. betasigmadeltashag

    November 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I know this is a Dobbs post place, but I live in VT and news about the phillies is hard to find, but did they not claim some one off waivers today, an outfielder from the Indians?

  12. The Original Chuck P

    November 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I never really liked Dobbs… he had that one good season and since he’s been awful. He is a dead-pull middle-in fastball hitter… throw him anything else and there’s nothing he can do with it. He’s no good in the field and seems like a real donkey… what’s the point? I mean, guys like Stairs and Sweeney have their flaws as hitters but at least they aren’t jack-wagons.

  13. Phan in the outfield

    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    From the Phillies site:

    The Phillies claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

    Rivero spent the 2010 season with Double-A Akron. He hit .232 with six home runs, 43 RBIs, a .278 on-base percentage and a .325 slugging percentage in 110 games.

    The Phillies have 34 players on their 40-man roster.

  14. Phan in the outfield

    November 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    beta: He’s an infielder, and he doesn’t look as though he’s settin’ the world on fire to me. But hey, stranger things have happened.

    Oh yeah, it seems Milt Thompson interviewed to be the Astros hitting coach.

  15. Andrew from waldorf

    November 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    So everyone hates dobbs.
    He did hit a big homer in the Reds series before all star break. Rasmus also had a big homer in that game.

    Sparky Anderson died today

  16. The Original Chuck P

    November 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    The Phillies claimed infielder Carlos Rivero from the Indians… AAA guy. He’s officially on their 40 man roster but he’s more like an inventory guy… somewhere between Bocock and Jason Donald (prob not as much upside as Donald but better than Bocock).

  17. Lefty

    November 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Sparky was great manager and a Phillie his only season in the majors.


  18. bfo_33

    November 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    RIP Sparky. Not just a great baseball book, but a great book is Game 6. It takes a very good writer to keep you on the edge of your seat when you already know how the story ends. For better or worse, Anderson was the creator of modern bullpen utilization, lefty and righty specialists,…..

    All I have to say about Dobbs is thanks for 2008.

  19. Bart Shart

    November 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    We are better off without Dobbs. He made some decent money here and it really was beyond his time to go. RIP Sparky Anderson — Ex Phillie and HOF Manager. Only age 76. Because of his white hair, he looked that age for 30 years or more.

  20. fred

    November 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    So Sweeney hits .231 and gets a 7, yet Dobbs hit .198 and gets a 0.5 ? Yes i know Sweeney is a good clubhouse presence, but I’ve never read anything about the players hating Dobbs ? Pretty harsh if you ask me. Guys not much as a ballplayer but he was awesome when we won it all in 08. Give him SOME respect.

  21. Mac Aoidh

    November 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I happened to be at an Iron Pigs game in August with Mr. Dobbs occupying space in right field. Top of the first, he and the center fielder COLLIDED on a routine fly, allowing two unearned runs to skip home. Then, down three runs in the 8th, with bases loaded and two out, Dobbsy pooted a weak grounder right to the second baseman to end the ‘Pigs only scoring chance of the evening.

    I got a giveaway hat, though, so it was cool in the end.

  22. Chuck

    November 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    That’s 2008. The grade is for what he did THIS year…

    …and this year he didn’t do sh*t.

    How’s that for respect?

  23. Kate

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    There’ll always be a place in my heart for Greg Dobbs, no matter how much I dogged him (and rightfully so) this year.

    I hope he does better somewhere else. Just not against the Phillies.

  24. MikeB.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Maybe Dobbs will be able to hook on again with Seattle where he originally came from.

  25. fred

    November 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Chuck, fair enough he was bad this year i said that myself. But explain why the 6.5 grade less than Sweeney who hit barely better ?

  26. MikeB.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    fred is right. Dobbs was woeful at bat and on the field this past season but in all fairness, have to give Dobbs at least a rating of 5 for effort and respect for what he has done for the Phils in the past. Sweeney’s performance is a smaller sampling as he did not get to bat as often as Dobbs did this past season.

  27. Greg

    November 5, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Sweeney was a positive influence on the clubhouse and was very well seen amping them up, etc. All Dobbs seems to have influenced is Brown’s “Gottauppacutthatshit” swing.

  28. Chuck

    November 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Dobbs is an a$$. I saw it first-hand at Spring Training last year. Total jerk. …..

    …..totally different cat than Sweeney.

    And….we’re not grading on “what he has done for the Phils in the past, MikeB.”

  29. pheeling it

    November 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Sweeney is the man, Dobbs has a funny swing but when he catches it he hits it.

    In the 100 abs he had this year, the only one where he did ANYTHING, was the reds 9th inning comeback. what a game!

  30. MikeB.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Sorry Chuck, I do and I did. Post what you want to post and just bypass and ignore other peoples’ posts if you do not like them. You do not run Phillies Nation.

  31. MikeB.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    and Chuck…you are just duplicating yourself. You got that point across in your previous post.

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