Tough choices for postseason roster

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Sep 292010
Phillies RF Domonic Brown

Phillies RF Domonic Brown

September 29 Camden Courier-Post:

Domonic Brown joined the Phillies in July amid about as much hype as a rookie can engender on a team that had been to consecutive World Series.

Greg Dobbs has twice been designated for assignment, unceremoniously departing Philadelphia, bound for the minors, only to return a few weeks later with renewed optimism.

Neither player has seen much action in the past six weeks as the Phillies have soared up the standings and, as of Monday, locked up the National League’s best record.

But while Monday’s win marked the end of a long battle for the Phillies’ regulars, Tuesday marked the start of a last-ditch effort to keep the season going for guys like Brown and Dobbs.

Both players were in the starting lineup for the Phillies 2-1 loss in Washington, hoping to use these final few games of the regular season as a chance to earn some confidence from their manager and earn a place on the postseason roster.

“They want to carry the best guys, and rightfully so,” Dobbs said. “Whether or not I’m a part of that mix, I don’t know. I’m going to go out there and have fun and do what I’ve always done and play a good game and if that convinces them either way that I should be on that roster then so be it.”

Adam Dunn’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth proved the difference in a game the Phillies used as a proving grounds for some of their underutilized reserves.

Dobbs’ audition wasn’t particularly successful. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the game, lowering his average for the season to a paltry .190.”

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