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Dion James

Professional Baseball

High School:  C.K. McClatchy

* MLB Career:  11 Years (Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cleveland, New York Yankees)

* .288 Career Batting Average
* 32 Career Home Runs
* 266 Career RBI’s​


Dion was a standout at C.K. McClatchy before being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (the 25th overall pick) in the 1980 MLB Draft.  He played outfield for his entire 11-year career starting in 1983.  He was named the Brewer’s Rookie of the Year when he won the center field job and batted .295.  For most of his career, Dion batted .300 or higher: ending with a .288 career batting average. 

 

Over his 11 years, Dion played for the Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees; where he saw the post season for the first time.  However, he may be most remembered for a unbelievable incident in 1987 against the New York Mets, when he hit a fly ball that hit a bird in flight: killing the bird.  He earned a double for the at bat.  Dion was another one of the outstanding ball players in the long history of Sacramento athletes.