In 2017, Rich Hill became the first pitcher in the MLB to throw at least 9 innings, let one or fewer hits with no walks, and end up with a loss in the last 100 seasons. While he may be at the wrong side of history on that one, the baseball player who plays in the MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has also had his good times in the league. He made his debut in 2005 and has since then, played for close to 10 teams.
Rich Hill Biography
The Dodgers’ pitcher was born Richard Joseph Hill on March 11, 1980, in Milton Massachusetts to Lloyd Hill Sr. who was a former Quincy High School principal and Peggy Hill. It was in Milton that Hill was raised in an athletic family with a father who played college football.
Rich began playing baseball since he was a child thanks to his father and his brother, Lloyd Hill Jr. who also played college baseball at Colby. Being 20 years older than Rich, Hill Jr. was more of a coach and mentor to him. He also has another Brother, Larry Hill who also played baseball for Boston College.
While attending Milton High School, he got the opportunity to play for the School’s Varsity baseball team. Although he would be drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft of 1999, he decided to play college baseball first, thereby going for the Michigan Wolverines.
The next time that he would be drafted again was in 2001 by the Anaheim Angels, but again, he would turn it down. In 2002, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round and this time around, he signed a deal which saw him start his professional career in the minor league with Boise Hawks, and he continued with different teams in the minor league until 2005 when he got the big call to the MLB.
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 traded to the Baltimore Orioles only to again find himself back in the Minor league with the St. Louis Cardinals following an injury he suffered.
He continued in the Minor league signing for Boston Red Sox in 2010, then Cleveland Indians in 2013, and then he continued with other teams until 2015 when he finally got a year deal with Oakland Athletics.
He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016. By December of that year, he was given a contract of 4 years that still keeps him with the team.
Rich Hill has come a very long way in the MLB and there is no denying the fact that he has a good place in the league. That said, following the contract he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers which is valued at $48 million and expected to keep him with the team till 2019, his total salary for 2018 is over $16.66 million. As at 2017, he was paid a salary of over $12.66 million while in 2019, he will be expected to take home a salary of $18.66 million.
As regards his overall career earnings which began since 2002, he has made close to $59.5 million.
Wife and Sons
In 2007, Rich Hill got married to Caitlin Hill (nee McClellan). The interesting thing about the couple is that their love story began since they first met as students at Milton High School. At the time, Caitlin was a freshman while the man she would later have as a husband was a sophomore.
Rich Hill and his wife have a lot of things in common as apart from attending the same high school, they both grew up in Massachusetts and Caitlin Hill was also an athlete. She played softball when she was in High school and because of this, she helps her husband to train, playing as the catcher.
Inasmuch as she does not give too much about her private life, it has been confirmed that she is a nurse aside being a mom. The couple’s marriage was blessed with two sons – Brice and Brooks Stephen Hill. Unfortunately, Brooks who was born with multiple health issues in December 2013, died in February 2014.
Brice Hill, on the other hand, was born in November 2011 and from time to time, he goes to watch his father play.
Height and Weight
Apart from just being a good-looking man, the Dodgers pitcher has an athletic build. He has a very good height of 6 feet 4 inches and a body weight of 99kg (218 lb).