Tuesday June 6th, 2023

2017 Free Agent Mike Dill


Mike Dill

USSSA Playing History

Major Watch List

Interview 5/15/2017

Who are you playing with in 2017?
Free Agent – mike@adstarr.com

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, Scott Brown
Fiercest competitor and winner: Jason Kendrick
Best team mates: Jeff Graus, Steve Whaley, Curt Stewart and Faron Miller

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 Demarini and AD Starr 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, Nic Santana, Jeremy Yates, Neil Haglund, Steven Lloyd, Dale Brungardt, Travis Clark, Luis Reyna, Brandon Dillion, and the list can go on and 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" & 250 lbs.

Where do you call home?
Baltimore, MD

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

What do you do for a living?
National Sales Manager for AD Starr (we manufacture the Tattoo softball)

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and football in high school

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
The 8 year stretch of our ABS team where we captured a world title in all four of the major associations during that time with minimal turnover from year to year

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…in addition, he took me to my very first Smoky Mountain Classic years ago

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard, be humble, play the game the right way and the teams will find you

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 year round, and start hitting at an indoor facility in January

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Baltimore Orioles and a life long baseball fan

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

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

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?
Chic-fil-a or Wawa

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I am a big lacrosse fan





6 responses to “2017 Free Agent 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.

  4. Chad Loudon says:

    STR8 BALLER!!!! One of the best to play the game!!! Cant go wrong with his leadership skills either!

  5. Cory Hines says:

    One of the greatest teammates I’ve had the pleasure of taking the field with!

  6. Charles Kashner says:

    I’ve known Mike since his very first softball game he played and believe me he has come a long way. This man works hard at his craft and it becomes evident when he steps on the diamond. You deserve everything you get my friend because you have put in the time and effort. Stone Cold Crusher!

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