Dobbs welcomes high expectations

JUPITER, Fla. — The Phillies have won five straight National League East titles, but that doesn’t automatically make them the favorites to capture the division.

With all the upgrades the Marlins have made, veteran Greg Dobbs believes Miami belongs in the conversation.

“On any given day, any team is the team to beat,” Dobbs said. “I’m not going to say the Phillies are the team to beat. I’m not going to say the Braves are the team to beat. It’s a whole new slate. A lot of things can happen over the course of 162 games, we’ve seen that.”

Dobbs arrived at Marlins camp on Saturday morning, the day before full-squad workouts begin at Roger Dean Stadium.

A year ago, the veteran made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee as a left-handed bat off the bench. Injuries occurred, and he saw considerable time at third base.

Dobbs was a free agent in the offseason, but he opted to return, signing a two-year, $3 million contract.

In 2008, Dobbs was on the Phillies’ World Series title team.

Based on the moves the Marlins made this offseason, he is raising the expectation level in Miami.

“I think we’re the team to beat,” Dobbs said. “I want us to be the team to beat, quite honestly. There isn’t any reason we can’t be that team. With the talent and the character and the personality in this clubhouse, I don’t see why not.”

Joe Frisaro

 

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