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William Hall

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Bill Hall played for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League after being a regular for a number of seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and then bouncing around the majors from 2009-2012. During his career, his aggressive approach at the plate led to impressive power numbers, but also high strikeout totals, and eventually such low batting averages that he lost his starting position. However his versatility in the field allowed him to remain in the major leagues for several more seasons despite his struggles at the plate.

He hit .231/.375/.538 as the shortstop for the USA national team in the 1998 Baseball World Cup.

Hall was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 amateur draft. He spent two seasons in the rookie leagues where he hit .176 and .289 respectively. In 2000, Hall was sent to single-A where he hit .262 in 470 at bats. His lack of discipline at the plate showed in his numbers, as he piled up 127 strikeouts and only 18 walks. Hall hit 30 doubles in 2000, but only three home runs.

In 2001, Hall began to show more power at the plate. He totaled 18 home runs between single-A and double-A and stole 23 bases. He also hit .291 in the 2001 Arizona Fall League. Hall spent the majority of the 2002 season in triple-A, and struggled to make adjustments, batting just .228 with four homers in 465 at bats. The Brewers gave Hall a brief audition at the major league level, where his average was .194 over 19 games. He recorded his first major league home run on September 2nd at Wrigley Field; it was his first major league hit.

The Brewers gave Hall 142 major league at bats in 2003. He hit .262 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. He also improved his numbers in triple-A, hitting .282 with 25 doubles.

Hall spent much of 2004 and 2005 as a utility man, seeing time in the outfield and various infield positions. His numbers improved over the two-year stretch. In 2004, he had 390 at bats and hit .238 with nine home runs and ten stolen bases. Those numbers went up to 501 at bats with a .291 average, 17 home runs, and 18 stolen bases in 2005.

Milwaukee's shortstop, J.J. Hardy, suffered an ankle injury that cost him much of the 2006 season. Hall served as Hardy's replacement, and was one of the team's best hitters. His average was .270 with a career best 35 home runs. He also tacked on 39 doubles. On Mothers' Day, Hall hit a game-winning home run with a promotional pink bat. He also struck out 162 times. He hit the first home run at the new Busch Stadium, and the bat was put on display in Cooperstown. On June 12, 2007, he was part of the losing Brewers in Justin Verlander's no-hitter but was not retired once, drawing three walks in three times up.

Hall made his first major league pitching appearance on May 28, 2010, pitching a scoreless 9th inning for the Boston Red Sox against the Kansas City Royals in a 12-5 blowout.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2006)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2006)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2006)

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