In 2017, Rich Hill was the first pitcher in the MLB to throw at least 9 innings in the last 100 seasons, score one or fewer goals without walking and end up losing. Even though he is on the wrong side of history, the baseball player who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB also has his good times in the league behind him. He made his debut in 2005 and has played for almost 10 teams since then.
Rich Hill Biography
The Dodgers’ pitcher was born Richard Joseph Hill on March 11, 1980, in Milton Massachusetts as the son of Lloyd Hill Sr., who was a former principal of Quincy High School and Peggy Hill. In Milton, Hill grew up in an athletic family with a father who played college football.
Rich began playing baseball as a child thanks to his father and brother Lloyd Hill Jr. who also played college baseball in Colby. Since he was 20 years older than Rich, Hill Jr. was more of a coach and mentor to him. He has another brother, Larry Hill, who also played baseball at Boston College.
When he attended Milton High School, he got the opportunity to play for the school’s varsity baseball team. Although he was to be drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1999 MLB draft, he decided to play college baseball first, choosing the Michigan Wolverines.
The next time he would be drafted again was in 2001 by the Anaheim Angels, but this time he would refuse it as well. In 2002, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round, and this time he signed a contract that allowed him to start his professional career in the Minor League with the Boise Hawks, and he continued it with various teams in the Minor League until he got the big call in the MLB in 2005.
He made his debut for the Chicago Cubs in a game against the Florida Marlins. Hill played for the team until 2009, when he was transferred to the Baltimore Orioles, only to return to the Minor League with the St. Louis Cardinals after an injury he suffered.
He continued to play in the Minor League in 2010, signing with the Boston Red Sox in 2010, the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and then with other teams until 2015 when he finally signed a one-year contract with Oakland Athletics.
In 2016 he was transferred to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In December of the same year, he was awarded a 4-year contract that still keeps him on the team.
Rich Hill has come a very long way in the MLB and there is no denying that he has a good place in the league. According to the contract he has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is worth $48 million and is intended to keep him on the team until 2019, his total salary for 2018 is over $16.66 million. In 2017 he received a salary of over $12.66 million, while in 2019 he is expected to take home a salary of $18.66 million.
In terms of his total income for his career that began in 2002, he has earned nearly $59.5 million.
Wife and Sons
In 2007 Rich Hill married Caitlin Hill (née McClellan). The interesting thing about the couple is that their love story began when they met as students at Milton High School. At that time Caitlin was a freshman, while the man she was to marry later was a sophomore.
Rich Hill and his wife have a lot in common because, aside from attending the same high school, they both grew up in Massachusetts, and Caitlin Hill was also an athlete. When she was in high school, she played softball, which is why she helps her husband train and play catch.
Since she doesn’t talk too much about her private life, it was confirmed that she is a nurse, apart from being a mother. The couple’s marriage was blessed with two sons – Brice and Brooks Stephen Hill. Unfortunately, Brooks, who was born in December 2013 with multiple health problems, died in February 2014.
Brice Hill, on the other hand, was born in November 2011 and goes there from time to time to watch his father play.
Height and Weight
The Dodgers’ pitcher is not only a good-looking man but also athletically built. He has a very good height of 6 feet 4 inches and a bodyweight of 99 kg (218 lb).