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With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to begin this afternoon, here’s a look at the former Syracuse players who will be participating in this year’s post-season:
Former Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Glenallen Hill will be coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies during the 2007 World Series and should get plenty of air time when Rockies players make it to first base.
Hill played for the Chiefs from 1987-89, and during the 1989 season when the Chiefs won the I.L. Pennant he put on one of the most incredible hitting performances in Chiefs History.
Through the first 60-games of the 1989 season Hill was batting a modest .281 with only one HR and 22 RBI. Not great numbers for a clean-up hitter.
But during the next 65-games Glenallen put on a display of hitting that rivaled old Hank Sauer. He would bat .353 (90 for 255) the rest of the way, and smack 20 home runs and drive in 50. He also scored 58-runs and hit 17 doubles, 9-triples and stole10 bases.
Over the final month of the 1989 season he batted .412 with 13 homes runs and 27 RBI. Hill earned a promotion to Toronto at the conclusion for the 89 season and missed the playoffs against Richmond.
What was even more incredible that season was that he Hill was nosed out of I.L. MVP honors by Tides third baseman Tom O’Malley despite leading the league in runs(86), hits (155), triples (15), home runs (21), total bases (279) and slugging percentage (.578). He also was second in the league with a .321 batting average and 5th in stolen bases (21).
In addition the Chiefs won 83 games that season, the most in the I.L.
He later went on to play 13 years in the major leagues with the Blue Jays, Indians, Cubs, Giants, Yankees and Angels before retirning in 2002.
During his career he batted .271 with 186 major league home runs and 1005 hits. He also earned a World Series ring with the Yankees in 2000 when he appeared in 3-games as a pinch hitter.
Hill coached and managed in the Rockies organization before moving the the major league club as the teams first base caoch under Clint Hurdle.