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Dobbs approaching pinch-hit milestone

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MIAMI -- Greg Dobbs is close to joining some exclusive company.

The Marlins veteran already holds the distinction of being the Major League's active leader with 96 career pinch-hits. With four more, he would be just the 12th player in the history of the game with at least 100.

"It means I've been able to persevere," Dobbs said. "It means I've never taken anything for granted. It means hard work and diligence pays off, and persevering through adversity."

Dobbs currently is tied with Dave Clark, Greg Norton and Gerald Perry for 12th all-time.

Reaching 100 will be a proud moment, but it will have added meaning if it helps the team win.

"It means a lot if I get it and we are able to win the game," Dobbs said. "If it is in a loss, it is going to be somewhat hollow."

In his third season with the Marlins, Dobbs delivered a single in his first pinch-hit chance of the season. It came in Monday's Opening Day victory over the Rockies.

Dobbs isn't the only standout pinch-hitter on the Marlins. His longtime friend, Reed Johnson, has 62, which is the second most among active players.

Johnson on Tuesday delivered a pinch-hit double in his first at-bat as a Marlin.

"I've always had a great amount of respect for Reed," Dobbs said. "We played on the same travel ball team growing up. We played against each other in high school. we've known each other for years. I have a great amount of respect for him, and the type of player he is."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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