There have been 517 pitchers to reach the 1000 strikeout mark at the Major League level. One of those will be Dodgers’ pitcher Rich Hill, who is sitting at 991 ahead of his start against the Giants on Wednesday night.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 19, 2019
Rich Hill is one of those guys that you can’t help but root for in life, and in baseball. He is a genuine ball player that just loves to play the game and may be one of the most entertaining players in all of baseball. Hill also started a charity in honor of his son Brooks, who passed away at a very young age due to a condition he was born with.
Hill has appeared in 65 games for the Dodgers, striking out 414 and pitching to a dandy 3.20 earned run average since he arrived summer 2016. But it hasn’t always come as easy as it has looked in Los Angeles for Hill.
Before the 2016 trade, Hill was somewhat of a journeyman in baseball. He played in Chicago for 4 years, Baltimore for 1 year, Boston for 3 years, Cleveland for 1 year, split a season between the Angels and Yankees, went back to Boston for a year, and played in Oakland for half a season until the Dodgers landed him in a deal.
He has amassed his 991 strikeouts for 7 different teams(did not earn one with the Angels) across 15 Major League seasons. And yet, there’s plenty more to the story of Rich Hill. He spent part of the 2015 season with the Long Island Ducks, an independent team in the Atlantic League. Two starts there were all that was needed for teams to start calling him again.
Rich Hill has faced plenty of adversity and heartbreak in his life. His son passing in 2014 is the latest and perhaps most serious of uphill battles he has had to face. But it certainly has not stopped him from having a terrific career and giving everything he has to the game.
No one can tell you when it’s time to get back to doing what you love to do. You just have to kind of feel your way through it.- Rich Hill (via The Players Tribune)
He could potentially break that 1000 threshold tonight in Los Angeles with a 9 strikeout performance against the Giants. Hill has two starts this year in which he struck out 9 or more batters.