Dion James
Dion James.jpg
Born: (1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: September 16, 1983, for the Milwaukee Brewers
NPB: April 9, 1994, for the Chunichi Dragons
Last appearance
NPB: October 8, 1994, for the Chunichi Dragons
MLB: April 21, 1996, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.288
Home runs32
Runs batted in266
NPB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs8
Runs batted in40

Dion James (born November 9, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball player who played as a left and center fielder for an eleven-year career from 1983 to 1985, 1987–1990, 1992–1993, 1995-1996. James starred at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California, before being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (25th overall) in the 1980 Amateur Entry Draft. He played for the Brewers, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees all of the American League and the Atlanta Braves of the National League.

James was the Brewers' Rookie of the Year in 1984, when he won the center field job and batted .295. In 1987, James was traded to the Braves for Brad Komminsk. With the Braves, the slap-hitter switched from a straight-up stance to an open crouch, giving him new power; he hit .312 with 37 doubles and 10 homers in 1987. James was a major disappointment in Atlanta's dismal 1988 season and was criticized for erratic fielding. He was traded to the Indians in mid-1989 for Oddibe McDowell, the Rangers' number-one pick in 1984. James lasted less than two seasons with the Indians, but found a part-time job with the Yankees in 1992, hitting .332 as the club's everyday left fielder in 1993. James left for Japan after the season; when he returned to the club in '95, he found little playing time in the Yankees outfield (by that time well-stocked with burgeoning talent) but did see post-season action for the first time in his career.[1]

Career statistics

In 917 games over 11 seasons, James compiled a .288 batting average (781-for-2708) with 362 runs, 142 doubles, 21 triples, 32 home runs, 266 RBI, 318 base on balls, a .364 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage. He recorded a .987 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions and first base.


  1. ^ "Dion James Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 29, 2014.