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Colin Dixon believed if he had a uniform, he had a chance; Saw seven pro seasons, briefly made AAA

Released by the Red Sox, Colin Dixon found himself without a team to start 1994. After many calls and tryouts, he managed to sign on with independent San Bernardino, The San Bernardino County Sun wrote that June.

Dixon then went on to hit .281 on the year and maker the league All-Star team, and he held out hope for going higher, The Sun wrote.

"As long as you've got a uniform on, you've got a chance," Dixon told The Sun.

Dixon ended up having his uniform on over seven pro seasons. He returned to affiliated ball for 1995, for what turned out to be his last year as a pro.

Dixon's career began in 1989, taken by the Red Sox in the 17th round of the draft out of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Dixon started with the Red Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at short-season Elmira. He saw 61 games total and hit .288.

He moved to high-A Winter Haven for 1990. He hit .246 over 117 games. He moved to AA New Britain for 1991 and, after a slow start, ended with a .270 average, with four home runs.

Dixon hit two of those 1991 home runs in a July game, after retuning from a bout of food poisoning, The Hartford Courant wrote.

"I stayed here during the road trip and took a lot of extra batting practice and worked in the weight room," Dixon told The Courant about his return. "I got my strength up and my swing down."

Dixon returned to New Britain full-time for 1992. He even got a game at AAA Pawtucket. He then saw 66 games at New Britain in 1993 to end his Red Sox career.

He played 1994 at San Bernardino, then signed on with the Rockies. He saw 14 games at AA New Haven and 57 at high-A Salem. He hit .273 overall, with five home runs to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,908
Made the Majors:1,301-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,607-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:326

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