Glenallen Hill

Quick Hits

Position: Outfield

Teams:

  • Santa Cruz High School
  • Toronto Blue Jays (1989-1991)
  • Cleveland Indians (1991-1993)
  • Chicago Cubs (1993-1994)
  • San Francisco Giants (1995-1997)
  • Seattle Mariners (1998]
  • Chicago Cubs (1998-2000)
  • New York Yankees (2000)
  • Anaheim Angels (2001)

Notables:

  • Drafted in the 1983 amateur draft (ninth round, 219th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Made major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, 1989
  • Lifetime batting average of .271, 186 home runs and 586 RBIs in 1162 games.
  • .287 lifetime average as a pinch hitter (13 pinch hit home runs)
  • On May 11, 2000 Hill became the first and only player ever to hit a pitched ball onto the roof of a five-story residential building across the street from the left field wall of Wrigley Field.
  • First National League player to be a DH in a regular season game (June 12, 1997 in the first-ever interleague game)

Hill also was infamous for his defensive escapades which was once described by then-Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price as “akin to watching a gaffed haddock surface for air.” (wikipedia)

Due to his far from adequate defensive skills, he has been referred to as The Juggler because he would struggle to hold on to a ball when he did catch one.

Hill suffered from an intense condition of arachnophobia. On one occasion Hill sustained cuts and scrapes on his feet, knees and arm during a violent nightmare about spiders. Hill popped out of bed, bumped into a glass table and plunged down a staircase, all occurring when he was asleep. Hill ended up being placed on the 15 day disabled list. This led to him being nicknamed “Spiderman.” [3]

Another link on Hill’s arachnophobia.

While a member of the Cleveland Indians, he committed a “phantom steal” of second. This occurred during a game against the Detroit Tigers which was interrupted by a prolonged disturbance in the outfield. When play resumed, no one noticed that Hill had moved from first to second. (wikipedia)

Hill’s 500 ft. Home run (Watch)

HitTracker even calculates (with diagrams!) how far Hill’s home run would have gone had the building not been there. (Link)

Following up a 500-ft home run,

In December of 2007, Hill was included in the Mitchell Report in which it was alleged that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Kirk Radomski alleges that he met Hill at a social function in 2000 during which they discussed Hill’s dissatisfaction with the results from his use of HGH. Radomski claims he sent Hill a complementary bottle off HGH which Hill tried and expressed his satisfaction with the results. Radomski states Hill purchased two kits of HGH from him and provided a photocopy of a canceled check from Hill for $3,200. Hill’s phone number and address were also included in Radomski’s address book. (wikipedia)

The blog Home Run Derby isn’t surprised Hill was listed in the Mitchell Report, noting:

Who’s shocked at this one?

When Hill played with the Cubs, the man’s arms and lats were so thick he simply couldn’t put his arms straight down at his sides. Because of this, the Wrigley Bleacherites called him “Frankenstein.”

And they would mimic the Frankenstein arm motion after every Home Run hit by Hill.

Hill denied using the HGH provided by Radomski citing that he was suffering from marital stresses at the time. He stated that this was a one time purchase, and that he never used performance enhancing substances. He admitted that the drugs stayed in his possession until 2007 when he discovered them when unpacking from a move. Hill claimed he couldn’t remember other players who he may have discussed steroid use with, and noted that his lawyer had warned him that naming players would hurt his career.[1]

You can read Hill’s full statement here: Link

On December 20, 2007 Hill was also named in Jason Grimsley’s unsealed affidavit as a user of steroids. Hill and Grimsley were teammates on the 2000 New York Yankees.[Source]

Currently the first base coach for the Colorado Rockies.

Before Major League Baseball approved the batting helmet rule for coaches, Glenallen Hill was one of the first coaches in Major League Baseball to wear a batting helmet while coaching in the field.

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