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March 22 – Happy Birthday Glenallen Hill

Put your memory cap on and think back to the Yankees’ 2000 season. That Bronx Bomber team opened the year with plenty of punch in its line up but it finished it with lots more. On the last day of June, 2000 they picked up David Justice from the Indians. Three-and-a-half weeks later, they added Glenallen Hill and then on August 8th of that year, Jose Canseco became a Yankee. Justice would prove to be the biggest spark to New York’s drive to the 2000 postseason. In just 78 games, he hit 20 home runs, drove in 60 and averaged .305. Canseco did OK in his 37 games in pinstripes during which he contributed a half-dozen homers and 19 RBIs. But it was today’s birthday celebrant who was the most surprising of the three. In just 132 at bats, Hill belted 16 HRs. If he played a full season for New York and was able to maintain that pace, he’d have hit right around 64 dingers. He had already been in the big leagues for a decade by the time he joined the Yankees and the most home runs he had ever hit in a full season were the 24 he managed for the 1995 Giants.

A New York Times reporter interviewed the Santa Cruz, California native in September of that season and asked him where his suddenly prodigious power emanated from. Hill told the guy some story about how in 1997, while he was still with San Francisco he noticed during a game against St. Louis that Mark McGuire’s right hand was coming off the bat in the middle of his swing. Hill said he asked Big Mac about it and the slugger explained it gave him a better angle on his swing which resulted in more home runs. Hill claimed he had been trying to master that maneuver ever since and was finally getting it down just in time to help the Yankees win a pennant.

I don’t know how much truth there was to that explanation but I do know there is evidence that may indicate McGuire and Hill talked to each other about more than just there swings. Both players were later linked to PEDs and after Hill was out of the big leagues, he acknowledged using them. Canseco of course is the Godfather of Steroids and rumors of David Justice’s use of the juice have been circulating for years. In hindsight, if I had to render an opinion, I would have to say that at least some of the power surge this trio supplied my favorite baseball team’s offense during the second half of that 2000 season might just have been chemically enhanced. Hill turns 47 years old today. He shares his March 22nd birthday with this former Yankee pitcher turned pitching instructorthis Yankee hurler who met a tragic death and this one-time Yankee catcher.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2000 NYY 40 143 132 22 44 5 0 16 29 0 9 33 .333 .378 .735 1.112
13 Yrs 1162 4033 3715 528 1005 187 21 186 586 96 270 845 .271 .321 .482 .804
CHC (5 yrs) 331 993 908 154 276 37 3 59 167 25 81 216 .304 .360 .546 .906
SFG (3 yrs) 358 1388 1274 174 341 83 8 54 217 38 91 280 .268 .319 .473 .792
CLE (3 yrs) 205 725 665 72 160 26 3 28 88 20 47 153 .241 .293 .415 .708
TOR (3 yrs) 138 441 411 65 100 16 5 16 50 12 28 98 .243 .290 .423 .714
ANA (1 yr) 16 66 66 4 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 20 .136 .136 .182 .318
NYY (1 yr) 40 143 132 22 44 5 0 16 29 0 9 33 .333 .378 .735 1.112
SEA (1 yr) 74 277 259 37 75 20 2 12 33 1 14 45 .290 .332 .521 .853
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/13/2014.