Milwaukee Brewers: We Need To #BringBackDillard
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers have made their September call ups for 2017, but there’s one name missing from that list. There’s one name that Brewers fans want to see pitching in Miller Park once again. That player is Tim Dillard.
Tim Dillard was drafted by the Brewers in 2001 out of high school, but didn’t sign. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him again in 2002 out of Itawamba Community College in the 34th round. Dillard made his Major League debut in 2008 and pitched in parts of 2009, 2011, and 2012 as well. But 2012 was the last time Dillard was in the Majors and he’s toiled in Triple-A ever since.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to bring him back. Not as the “Social Media Call-Up” but as a real, bona fide September call up for the rest of the month. Let’s do it. Let’s #BringBackDillard.
Why Bring Back Tim Dillard?
There are plenty of reasons to bring him back. First, the fans absolutely love him. He’s Milwaukee Brewers fans’ favorite Minor League player by far. His Twitter account, @DimTillard, is full of funny videos and posts that has given fans a reason to smile all season. Second, it’s been such a long time since Milwaukee Brewers fans have been treated to the sight of a side-arm pitcher. Dillard is a sidewinder and it’s downright cruel that we haven’t seen his throwing motion for so long.
Third, let’s give the man another chance. He has stuck with this organization for 15 years! It’s time he gets rewarded with a chance at the Big Leagues one more time. At 34 years old, we don’t know how much longer he’ll be willing to stay in the Minors. It’s time to give him that reward for his loyalty.
Yes, I know that the Milwaukee Brewers are in the middle of a pennant race and every inning is so important this time of year. However, we’re not asking Dillard to start closing out games. We’re not asking him to pitch in high leverage situations. He just needs to come back up. He can pitch sparingly in low leverage, low pressure games with big leads and provide an extra arm in the bullpen.
Sure, Dillard hasn’t pitched entirely well this year. He’s compiled a 5.43 ERA in 33 games with 45 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. His stats aren’t overwhelming, but it’s hard to pitch in Colorado Springs.
Plus, Dillard is the only player in the organization not named Ryan Braun that was here for the 2008 and 2011 playoff appearances. That’s a lot of good experience that this team could certainly use.
With the clubhouse culture as loose as it currently is, Tim Dillard fits in with it absolutely perfectly. Anyone who has watched his MiLB Network videos on Twitter knows how much of a great clubhouse guy he is. He’s a glue guy that just brings teammates together. Keeping the team loose as September grinds on is much easier with a presence like Dillard.
How can Brewers fans help?
So, let’s get #BringBackDillard trending. Put it everywhere to let the Milwaukee Brewers know how we feel. Put it on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram. Anywhere and everywhere on social media to get the word out that we want Dillard back in Milwaukee.
Social media is how Dillard gets his voice heard and it’s what he’s well known for. Let’s use our voices to help him return to the Milwaukee Brewers.
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It’s September baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers find themselves in the heat of the pennant race in the National League. After making seven additions to the roster a few days ago, the Brewers promised at least one more wave after the Minor League season ends. Tim Dillard should be a part of that wave.