Monday October 24th, 2016

Mike Dill


Mike Dill

USSSA Playing History

Major Watch List

What positions do you play and what is your best position?

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Most dominant player at his position: Andy Purcell
Best all around players: Dennis Rulli, Bryson Baker, Brian Wegman
Best hitters: Brett Helmer, Jeff Hall, Greg Connell, Jeff Wallace, Rusty Bumgardner
Fiercest competitor and winner: Jason Kendrick
Best team mate: Steve Whaley

Why do you like the game of softball?
It is an outlet to continue my athletic career, meet great people, see different places in the country, and help market Combat products

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There are a ton of guys who are on the rise: Cory Large, Ryan Parfitt, Nick Santana, Jeremy Yates, Neil Haglund, Steven Lloyd, Dale Brungardt, Travis Clark, Luis Reyna, Brandon Dillion, and the list can go on…

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Dilly…been my nickname since high school

What is your height and weight?
6'2" & 245 lbs.

Where do you call home?
Baltimore, MD

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Watch my kids play sports or hang at the beach

What do you do for a living?
Territory Sales Manager for Combat Sports

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
After college, I was just playing semi-pro baseball, and some guys from my gym were short players for a league game…I went and played, and after that I was hooked and gave up playing baseball later that year

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
How superior the pitching and defense is in the Conference…also, the umpiring in the Conference is the best anywhere!

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Joe Spadafino was from my hometown in Delaware, and he played at the Major level in the 1990's, and he taught me a lot about hitting, mental approach and how to prepare…we spent many days taking BP during our lunch hour

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard on the diamond (fielding and hitting), and also work hard in the weight room, especially in the offseason

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky drop…27 oz. end load

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Lift weights, play basketball and hit indoors starting in January

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I love basketball, and it is a thrill that my oldest daughter is playing on a big time AAU basketball team now

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Too many to list…

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
The game is great right now, and there is so much parity in the conference…every game is usually tightly contested

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smoky Mountain Classic…no other tournament is even close

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Russell Road Softball Complex in Kent, WA…they keep the fields manicured better than anyplace in the country

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
For a quick meal, nothing beats Chic-fil-a!





3 responses to “Mike Dill”

  1. ken tompkins says:

    I can relate to you. I know Dick also and he was a great competitor. Gary Emigh and Freddy Mason were the best when I started in the 70’s and I always aspired to be the best.

  2. Jared says:

    I can say this without reserve that Mike is one of the best men I have ever met. Not only is he a positive, encouraging teammate, his production is accompanied by his hard work. I am very thankful to have played with Mike and have learned a lot from him. Best of luck bud!

  3. Puma says:

    Mike is one of the hardest working players to ever step foot on the field. Everything he has accomplished in softball, he has deservedly earned. He is the best teammate anybody could ever ask for and I’m very proud to say I’ve taken the field with him many, many times on many different levels.

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