For fans of Jamie Moyer, the retired pitcher for the Seattle Mariners known for his longevity, it probably comes as no surprise that hard work and consistency created the backbone on which he raised his family of eight kids (six biological and two adopted), Dillon Moyer, his eldest son.
“Definitely hard work and giving your all was something he taught all of us. As a pitcher, my dad didn’t have any crazy tools or ways of pitching. His trick was about learning to work smart,” Dillon, age 26, says. “And he figured out how to be consistent on his own.”
Although he eventually followed in his father’s footsteps and played professional baseball, Dillon says he adopted the family philosophy early on and deployed it in a variety of situations growing up.
“He didn’t really push us too hard to play baseball specifically. My brother and I played a bunch of other sports too—soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis, but also academics were really important,” Dillon said. “I was first drafted [by the Minnesota Twins] in high school, but my parents were strict on getting an education.”
Dillon didn’t sign with the Twins at the time, but kept a vigorous training schedule while attending the IMG academy, an elite sports training facility in Florida. After high school, he attended University of California, Irvine, where he played for two years until transferring to University of California, San Diego to play a third year.
“I was determined to get drafted again as soon as possible, so I graduated from college in three years,” he says. “That goes back to the whole work smarter thing.”
After graduating from UCSD with a sociology degree, Dillon fulfilled his goal of getting drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 and played for their minor league team, the Ogden Raptors.
“I was extremely honored. The Dodgers organization has a ton of history and obviously a ton of great players,” Dillon says. “It was also cool because my dad retired from the league in 2012 and I started in 2013. So for awhile we didn’t skip a year without there being a Moyer in professional baseball.”
Dillon played in the minors until 2016, and he says the experience was positive for a variety of reasons. First, it allowed him “to fulfill a childhood dream and make some really great friends.” The other reason Dillon appreciates the opportunity to play professional sports is because it helped him hone a healthy sense of competitiveness, a trait he says carries perfectly into his new profession as a real estate broker for Avenue Properties.
“I always loved real estate. When I was traveling with the team on the bus, my go-to apps were always Zillow and Redfin. I loved traveling to new cities and looking at cool houses, and I’ve always appreciated the details. I felt sports and real estate were pretty similar because there’s a competitive nature, and in the end we’re problem solvers,” Dillon says. “I like hard work and discipline and being your own boss. It’s what’s engrained in me.”
Dillon adds that the Seattle and Eastside areas are the perfect place for him to settle into a career. “The community in Seattle is so unique and you can’t find that everywhere. We moved around a bit when I was younger, but the 10 years we spent here was my foundation. It feels like home here,” he says.
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