JJ recalls watching Dobbs at Oklahoma
CLEVELAND — Greg Dobbs played a big part in helping Josh Johnson collect his 50th career victory.
In the Marlins’ 5-3 win over the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field, Dobbs had three-hits, including two doubles. He drove in a run and scored a run.
Johnson had an impressive outing, too. The right-hander gave up one run in seven innings. Now, 50-26 in his career, Johnson is the third Marlins pitcher to reach the 50-victory plateau.
The others are Ricky Nolasco and Dontrelle Willis, who are tied with 68.
Johnson has long known what Dobbs can do on a baseball field. In fact, when JJ was in high school, he remembers watching Dobbs in college.
Dobbs was a teammate of Johnson’s older brother, Tyler, at the University of Oklahoma. The team also included Jason Bartlett, who is on the Padres.
“I saw him play in a couple of scrimmages,” Johnson recalled after Sunday’s game. “I never got to see him play in a game, because I was always playing. But I remember him, for sure. I remember saying, ‘Why is this kid from California coming to Oklahoma to play baseball for?’ He didn’t know he was my brother until maybe two years ago.”
Actually, Dobbs didn’t find out that Josh and Tyler were brothers until the end of the 2011 season.
“No idea,” said Dobbs, who joined the Marlins in 2011. “Then at the end of last year, I found out. I had no idea through the year, and at the end of the year, I found out. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding? Small world.’ It never came up in conversation. He never brought it up. I didn’t know to bring it up. I didn’t know they were related.”
Tyler, an outfielder, was listed at 6-foot-3, 230-pounds in college.
“He’s brother is a great guy,” Dobbs said of Tyler. “He was big, strong. Swung from the left side. Could run. Looked like he should have been on the football field at Oklahoma. That’s the kind of stature that he had.”
Had Johnson not signed as a fourth-round pick with the Marlins in 2002, he planned on going to Oklahoma, and being a teammate of his older brother.
— Joe Frisaro