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MLB News: Former Dodger Rich Hill Wins Pitcher of the Month Nod at Age 41

Dick Mountain forever.



Rich Hill continues to be one of the greatest MLB stories that we have seen in quite some time. After overcoming adversity in his personal life and on the field, Hill has come back to be a constant force in starting rotations over the years. 

This week, Rich Hill was named as the American League pitcher of the month for MLB. That comes after 6 starts in which he allowed a total of just 3 earned runs across 34.2 innings of work. Hill punched out 36 batters and ended the month with a 0.78 earned run average. 

Oh, and he’s doing that at 41-years-old. Now with the Rays, Hill has once again found a way to defeat father time and continue mowing down batters. Through his 11 starts, he has a 3.32 ERA and has struck out close to 10 batters per 9 innings. And he’s one of the oldest players in MLB right now. 

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Will he continue to pitch past 2021? At this point, it’s entirely possible. Hill has proven for the last few years that he is more than capable of being a quality starter in MLB, totaling a 0.6 bWAR this season with the Rays. 

Unfortunately, MLB fans have only had the chance to see Hill take an at-bat once this year. Playing with the American League in the possible last year of NL pitchers hitting is a little bit of a bummer since he’s so fun to watch in the batter’s box. But regardless, fans in Los Angeles will always be rooting for Rich. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I’m happy for Rich. I think the Dodgers had moved on from him with their younger pitchers, but he seemed to be a good teammate. Had the Astros not cheated, he would have a championship ring too.

    • Yeah he was a super teammate that really put his heart out on the field to win for his team. For an old timer he played all out in snapping that ridiculous curve, hitting to get a hit, and running the bases like his life was on the line. His life and career experiences would make a good baseball movie about perseverance. I really miss him playing for Big Blue but I’m happy for him still succeeding in a young man’s game.

  2. I would like to see him come out of the bullpen to play 2+ innings.
    This would extend his career even further.

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