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Tim Dillard, Brewers relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian.

As Brewers spring training begins, a reminder to follow and treasure Tim Dillard

Brewers pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Wednesday, the official-yet-anticlimactic start to the 2018 season. Position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 19, and the first full-team workout will be Feb. 20.

Until then, spring training coverage is likely to be pretty dull, with the usual focus on the Arizona weather, the state of Maryvale Baseball Park and, of course, how hope springs eternal – especially for a team that made aggressive moves last month to position itself as a contender in 2018. So while baseball is indeed back (!), there won't be much substantive news coming out for the next several days.

But there is one Brewers correspondent who's a must-follow throughout spring training. Relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian Tim Dillard is a social-media superstar and annually one of the brightest bright spots of the preseason. Last year, OnMilwaukee interviewed Dillard, both as himself, and as several of his funniest impressions, and he was phenomenal.

The 34-year-old Dillard last pitched the in the major leagues in 2012 and he probably won't be on the Brewers' Opening Day roster when this season begins. But he's delighted both fans and teammates with his jaunty enthusiasm and hilarious creativity, doing Dub Smash videos, fake interviews, goofy Twitter posts and polls and general, genuine entertainment. He even has his own bobblehead.

We're taking the opportunity of pitchers and catchers reporting to remind everyone to follow Tim Dillard on social media (@DimTillard on Twitter and Instagram) and truly treasure him. While we're at it, here are a few other great Brewers tweeters: Jimmy Nelson (@Jimmy_J_Nelson), Travis Shaw (@travis_shaw21), Keon Broxton (@KeonDDBroxton) and the inimitable Brett Phillips (@Brett_Phillips8).

Here are just a few of the most recent wonderful reasons to follow Dillard going into spring training:


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