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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.

Joe Dillon
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Dillon with the Washington Nationals in 2019
Washington Nationals – No. 25
Utility player/ Coach
Born: (1975-08-02) August 2, 1975 (age 43)
Modesto, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 2005, for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
August 4, 2009, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs3
Runs batted in19

As Coach



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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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

Dillon was signed by the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2006 season. He spent the entire season in Japan.

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

Dillon with the Tampa Bay Rays during spring training in 2010

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.

Dillon was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville on May 1, 2008. In a corresponding move, the Brewers designated relief pitcher Derrick Turnbow for assignment. [3][4]

Oakland Athletics organization (2008–2009)Edit

Following the 2008 season, Dillon was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[5]

On January 7, 2009, Dillon was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Jason Giambi and was sent outright to the minors.

Tampa Bay Rays organization (2009-2010)Edit

On May 10, 2009, Dillon was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays for Adam Kennedy.

On December 18, 2009, Dillon re-signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Dillon is attempting to add catcher to his list of positions in spring training for the 2010 season.[6]


2005 29 FLA NL 27 36 6 6 1 0 1 1 10 1 0 8 1 0 1 3 0 0 .167 .211 .278 .489
2007 31 MIL NL 39 76 12 26 8 2 0 10 38 5 0 14 0 0 1 2 0 0 .342 .390 .500 .890
2008 32 MIL NL 56 75 13 16 3 0 1 6 22 13 0 21 1 0 1 1 1 0 .213 .337 .293 .630
Totals: 122 187 31 48 12 2 2 17 70 19 0 43 2 0 3 6 1 0 .257 .335 .374 .709
Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions. Italics: led league. Bold italics: led MLB.

Coaching careerEdit

On December 20, 2013, Dillon was announced as the hitting coach for the National's AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs.[7]

Dillon was named as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the 2018 season.


  1. ^ "Cardinal Newman High School Trinity" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  2. ^ a b Ang, Kelvin. "Dillon gets the big call." 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2007-09-12
  3. ^ "Topic Galleries". Retrieved 2014-05-05.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Chicago Sports News, Schedules & Scores -". Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  5. ^ "A's decline to exercise option on Embree; claim Dillon on waivers". Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  6. ^ "Dillon adding catching to repertoire | News". 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  7. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2013-12-20). "Nats make minor league coaching changes". Retrieved 2014-05-05.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Troy Gingrich
Syracuse Chiefs hitting coach
Succeeded by
Brian Daubach
Preceded by
Jacque Jones
Washington Nationals assistant hitting coach
Succeeded by