Tim Dillard is a relief pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He has spent most of his 15-year baseball career in the minor leagues, though he's accumulated 84 big-league innings over four seasons with Milwaukee, going 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA.
Tim Dillard is also (finally) getting his own bobblehead.
Surprised? You shouldn't be. The honor, bestowed on him by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame – which is located in Milwaukee – isn't for Dillard's baseball success. It's for his zany, creative and delightfully entertaining off-field (and social media) persona.
The charismatic Dillard, who was interviewed by OnMilwaukee during Brewers Spring Training in March, and offered us his many outstanding impressions, is perhaps the funniest man in baseball.
The sidesplitting side-armer – who calls himself a Four-A pitcher and is not only fully self-aware, but also openly grateful for the opportunities he's had in his career – is well-known in the minors and beloved by fans for his off-field ventures, from his playful broadcast stints to his epic Dubsmash videos, his famous impressions to his incomparable Twitter account.
In September of 2016, the Brewers, referring to him as a relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian, called up Dillard to become a temporary member of their social media team. At the end of the 2017 season, Dillard helped create this amazing compilation video for the MiLB Network, chronicling the Colorado Springs Sky Sox's campaign – particularly their off-field hijinks and hilarity.
And now, thankfully, Dillard is being properly commemorated with his own bobblehead, in which he sports his trademark huge beard and sunglasses and is throwing a cell phone instead of a baseball.
According to the Hall of Fame, the bobbleheads are individually numbered, high-quality and produced exclusively for Dillard and expected to ship in December. The doll is currently on pre-sale for $25, and, according to Dillard, part of the proceeds will go to charity.
Said Dillard, in a statement published on the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame website, "Tim Dillard is easily the most popular professional baseball player you've never heard of! And after 15 years, the side-arm pitcher is undeservedly getting his very own one-of-a-kind bobblehead! This self-proclaimed all-star is absolutely adored by almost everyone who's never met him! And has single-handily found a way to become, what no one is calling... a social media sensation!
"Be the first of dozens of people to get this limited edition masterpiece from the Bobblehead Hall of Fame! Complete with lightsaber, beanie, phone, sunglasses, selfie and popcorn... you've never seen a polyresin shelf loiterer like this before! You're welcome world!"
They said it shouldn't be done...
BUT HERE IT IS! And with part
of proceeds going to charity, do
yourshelf a favor and pre-order:https://t.co/YLmydMPUIW pic.twitter.com/3LHCfXx9JO — Tim Dillard (@DimTillard) October 13, 2017
For more information on the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame or to pre-order a Tim Dillard doll, click here.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
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