This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a pair of limited-edition bobbleheads of former professional baseball player turned Milwaukee Brewers television analyst Tim Dillard. The release coincides with the day the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds will retire Dillard’s number 17 in a pregame ceremony that also includes a bobblehead giveaway featuring the fan favorite pitcher in his Nashville uniform. Dillard will become only the third Nashville Sounds player to have his number retired.
These are the first bobbleheads featuring Dillard as an analyst, with the bobbleheads featuring the bearded Dillard sitting at a desk while wearing a blue suit and a headset and gripping a baseball with his right hand. There are two versions, with the first being red and blue with the number 17, which he wore with the Nashville Sounds, while the front of the desk of the second bobblehead is blue and yellow with the number 48, which he wore with the Milwaukee Brewers. The front of both desks includes Dillard’s name, a caricature of Dillard with glasses and a headset, and his Twitter handle @dimtillard. The bobbleheads were produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with Tim Dillard.
Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,021 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads are $25 each or $45 for the pair plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Dillard, the son of former big-league infielder Steve Dillard, wrapped up an 18-year career in professional baseball in 2020. The right-hander made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2008 and pitched in 73 games in relief over four seasons. He spent a good portion of his career with Triple-A Nashville and appeared in 242 games across nine seasons. He set the Sounds’ career records for wins, games pitched, innings pitched and strikeouts. Prior to reach the majors, Dillard was chosen as the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and was selected to the Southern League All-Star Game the following season. After helping the independent Milwaukee Milkmen win the American Association championship in 2020, Dillard announced his retirement from baseball.
Widely known as the funniest player in baseball in large part due to his popular videos on social media, the 38-year-old Dillard was hired to serve as the primary pregame and postgame analyst on Brewers Live telecasts as well as provide color commentary for select games on Bally Sports Wisconsin. He previously appeared on Brewers pregame broadcasts during the team’s postseason run in 2018. Drafted by the Brewers as a catcher out of Saltillo (Miss.) High School in 2001, he opted to play at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. In 2002, he was drafted again by the Brewers, who chose to utilize him as a pitcher. Dillard was inducted into the Itawamba Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
“We are excited to work with Tim again to offer fans these two new bobbleheads featuring the fan favorite as a broadcaster,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “With his switch from the pitcher’s mound to the microphone, we wanted to give fans the opportunity to add to their collection with two unique, new bobbleheads.”