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Monday, November 1, 2021

Tim Dell played for fun over six pro seasons and more: Made AA, missed bigs

Tim Dell took the mound in this July 2004 game and showed he could still pitch, The Red Deer Advocate wrote.

The 37-year-old went six innings and gave up just two hits in the victory - a victory for Red Deer in the area senior baseball tournament, The Advocate wrote.

"I play for fun," Dell told The Advocate afterward.

Years earlier, Dell played professionally. He ended up seeing six seasons. He made AA in two of those campaigns, but didn't make it higher.

Dell's career began in 1988, taken by the Phillies in the 28th round of the draft out of Huntington University in Indiana. He went to Indiana out of South Delta High School in British Columbia.

Dell started with the Phillies at short-season Batavia. He went 1-0, with a 1.21 ERA over 22 outings, one start. 

He moved to single-A Spartanburg for 1989. He saw 18 starts and threw a seven-inning no-hitter June, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal wrote

"The innings kept running into each other," Dell told The Herald-Journal afterward. "A seven-inning game just goes so fast. When it was 0-0, I just wanted to win the game. I'm just happy to be pitching better."

Dell made high-A Clearwater for 1990. He moved to the Brewers system for 1991 at high-A Stockton. He went 10-9 there, with a 2.69 ERA over 27 starts.

Dell then made AA El Paso for 1992 and returned there for 1993. He saw 12 outings, 10 starts in 1992, then turned reliever and saw 48 outings, three starts in 1993.

He got one of his three starts in a July game - after the scheduled starter got hurt in a mop-mishap at a local store. The mop had been sticking out of another shopper's cart and hit the starter in the side, The El Paso Times wrote.

"I don't think the trainer has ever dealt with that one before," Dell told The Times after coming through with the win.

Dell went 4-2, with a 5.13 ERA in that second El Paso campaign to end his career

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,768
Made the Majors:1,275-33.8%
Never Made Majors:2,493-66.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:525
10+ Seasons in the Minors:313

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