Joseph William Dillon (born August 2, 1975, in Modesto, California) is an American Major League Baseball coach for the Washington Nationals and former Major League Baseball player. He was a utility fielder; in 2007 he played first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field.
Dillon with the Washington Nationals in 2019
|Washington Nationals – No. 25|
|Utility player/ Coach|
|Born: August 2, 1975|
|May 18, 2005, for the Florida Marlins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 4, 2009, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Runs batted in||19|
After graduating from Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, California in 1993, Dillon entered college at Santa Rosa Junior College and then Texas Tech University. Dillon's career with the Texas Tech Red Raiders included a 33 home run season in 1997, a record which still stands today.
Professional baseball playerEdit
Kansas City Royals organization (1997–2001)Edit
On June 3, 1997, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 7th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. He played the 1997 season with the Low-A Spokane Indians, the 1998 season with the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts, and the 1999 season with the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. He split the 2000 season with the Double-A Wichita Wranglers and the Triple-A Omaha Royals. During his time with Omaha, he suffered a herniated disc in his back. He was sent down to Omaha for the 2001 season.
Minnesota Twins organization (2001–2003)Edit
Following the 2001 season, on December 31, Dillon was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2001 Rule 5 Draft. He was assigned to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, where he spent nearly the entire season before being promoted to the Triple-A Edmonton Trappers.
Brief retirement (2003–2004)Edit
Continued problems with his back, including increasing stiffness, prompted him to retire during spring training 2003. On March 24, 2003, he was released from the Twins. During the year, he underwent back surgery to repair the herniated disc. Following that, he returned to his alma mater, Texas Tech University, to coach its 2003 baseball team. His back felt better, and he decided to return to playing professional baseball.
Florida Marlins organization; major league debut (2004–2005)Edit
On March 17, 2004, Dillon was signed as a free agent by the Florida Marlins. He began the 2004 season with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats, before being promoted to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He started the 2005 season with Florida, before returning to Albuquerque, only later to be recalled by the Marlins on the same day he made his Major League debut on May 18, 2005; due to a lucky coincidence Marlins starting third-baseman Mike Lowell left the game when a foul pop-up hit by Milton Bradley of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit him in the face when he lost it in the sun; in four at bats, he had one hit and one strikeout. Over the rest of the season, in 36 at bats with the team, he achieved a batting average of .167 and one home run. After the season, he was granted free agency.
Venados de Mazatlán (2005)Edit
Dillon joined the Mazatlán Deer of the Pacific Mexican Winter League late in the 2004-2005 season, helping the team win the championship.
Yomiuri Giants (2006)Edit
Florida Marlins organization (2006–2007)Edit
Upon returning to American professional baseball, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins on December 20, 2006. The following spring, he asked for, and received, his release from the contract.
Milwaukee Brewers organization (2007–2008)Edit
He then signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 1, 2007, and was assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. On August 1, 2007, he was called up to the Brewers along with Elmer Dessens when pitcher Scott Linebrink left on bereavement leave and second baseman Rickie Weeks was sent down to Nashville.
Oakland Athletics organization (2008–2009)Edit
Tampa Bay Rays organization (2009-2010)Edit
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Dillon was named as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the 2018 season.
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- Kilgore, Adam (2013-12-20). "Nats make minor league coaching changes". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) or Retrosheet, or Pelota Binaria (Venezuelan Winter League)
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