Weekend Roundup

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Florida Marlins’ Gregg Dobbs knows his role: hit in a pinch, by Clark Spencer (Miami Herald):

They're hoping he is the Dobbs of 2008, and not the Dobbs of '09 and '10 when his average dropped off a cliff, sliding from .301 to .247 to .196 in that three-year freefall.

"Those are the ups and downs of baseball, and every player has a down year," Dobbs said. "I don't care how long you play. Don't care who you are. Obviously, my last year was not up to my standards and indicative of what I'm capable of doing."
Sanchez hopes to be recognized for more than brawl, by Juan C. Rodriguez (Sun-Sentinel):
"Every day," Sanchez said. "It was unbelievable. Every single time someone asked me a question it was always about that. No 'good season.' No nothing. It was, 'Hey man, you did great. Nice hit on Morgan.' [ed. note: It was pretty awesome, though]

"I was like, 'Come on, you've got to be kidding me.' I don't even think about it. It happened. I was protecting my teammate. He was doing what he had to do. We were doing what we had to do and that's it, but fans always get carried away with it."
Commentary: Florida Marlins will regret trading Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves, by Dave George (Palm Beach Post):
Infielder Omar Infante and reliever Michael Dunn, who came to Florida in the trade, are good players, but they won't improve the Marlins the way Uggla helps the Braves. [ed. note: False dichotomy, thy name is Dave George.]
Bonus coach profile! Perry Hill's unique drills give Marlins defensive edge, by Paul White (USA Today):
Perry Hill has a Gold Glove in his home near Dallas though he never played a game of major league baseball.

"I wouldn't have won it without him," says Luis Castillo, a second baseman who spent six seasons in the majors before he met Hill with the Florida Marlins in 2002, the year before Castillo's first of three consecutive awards for defensive excellence.

Gold Gloves have helped keep Hill, an innovative and effervescent 58-year-old guru of defense for the Marlins, in the major leagues. His drills are like no others, his love of glove unmatched in a game enamored with power.


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