The future was looking gloomy for Dallimore, who was then traded to Arizona in 2000, but in 2001, he finally broke out in Double-A, hitting .327, which earned him a selection to the Double-A All-Star squad. However, his great performance in 2001 and 2002 weren't enough, as by this time, Dallimore was already 28. Arizona released him, and in 2003, Dallimore joined the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate.
Most players are given a chance to grow in the majors, but Dallimore was patient, and grew in the minors. At age 29, he became more patient at the plate, decreasing his strikeouts and increasing his walks. He also became a smarter player, not just swinging for the fences, but he also started dumping hits all over the field, which gave him a .352 average at the end of 2003 that won him the Triple-A batting title.
This still wasn't enough to give the journeyman a spot on the roster, and in the Spring of 2004, he was given another chance to impress while Edgardo Alfonzo was sidelined due to an injury, and impressed he did. Dallimore hit .279 with a jack and ten RBIs in twenty-one games. Again, it wasn't enough to give Dallimore a roster spot in San Francisco.
Many Giant fans won't forget what this long travelled "kid" has done when he was with the ballclub. Recall a devastating 9-2 Marlins' lead with Dontrelle Willis, who had an ERA of less than 1 coming into the game, on the mound. Recall Neifi Perez getting on board with a walk, Yorvit Torrealba getting a double, and Dustan Mohr getting hit by a pitch. Recall Jeffrey Hammonds singling in a run.
Now, do you remember who was at the plate at this point? You probably wouldn't recognize him, a player who was just called up, you probably thought. Wearing number fourteen and not having a big impression at all in the batter's box or on-deck circle. Who is this guy? Is our rally officially over? The first pitch he saw in that at-bat, he sent into the bleachers, and the entire stadium exploded. His name is Brian Dallimore, and we're keeping him here for a long time.
Dallimore went on to go 3-3 that night, helping boost the Giants to a 12-9 win. However, Dallimore stayed with the club for only a brief moment after that, and was eventually sent back down to the minors. Dallimore was called back up for a very short stint, where he had one opportunity to bat, and got a single, but was sent back down the day after.
Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV
Position: Third Base
Dallimore has established himself as a patient hitter, and learned that during his long stay in the minors. He has also developed a good eye for recognizing pitches, and isn't afraid to swing at balls over the strike zone. Dallimore does have power, but is more of a base hit guy, who knows how to dump balls into holes for singles and doubles.
While Dallimore isn't a horrible defender, his age has definitely taken a toll on him. His speed has decreased, although he is still capable of a steal here and there. Dallimore is able to play many positions, including the corner infield positions and second base, He has also had experience at the corner outfield positions, and at shortstop. However, his main position is at third and second base.
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