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Richard Joseph Hill

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Rich Hill played amateur baseball with the Al Thomas Club of the Yawkey Baseball League in Boston, MA. He played for Chatham in the Cape Cod League.

Hill was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Scott May and made his pro debut that summer. In 351 minor league innings pitched from 2002 to 2005, he struck out 491, or 12.6 per 9 IP. After one outing with Single A Peoria in 2005, he made the jump to AA West Tennessee.

Hill was felled by tragedy as spring training was getting under way in 2014. His son Brooks, born only two months earlier, died on February 24th; he had been born with multiple medical issues which he was unable to overcome. He then joined the Boston Red Sox for spring training in Fort Myers, FL in early March with his wife Caitlin and two-year-old son Brice, expressing hope that the normalcy of baseball would help them to overcome the grief.

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