Perry Wendell Hill...resides in Rochester Hills, MI...was inducted into the Paris (TX) Junior College Hall of Fame in 2014, the Hurst/Euless/Bedford (TX) Hall of Fame (hometown school district) in Feb. 2002 and Clarinda (IA) Hall of Fame in Nov. 2002...lettered three times in baseball at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX...attended Univ. of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, TX, for two years; hit .351 and was team captain in 1974...spent previous two seasons Paris Junior College (TX) and earned all-conference honors both years...in 2002, directed and produced a DVD entitled "Ultimate Infield", an instructional video on the fundamentals of fielding.
In his first season as the Mariners first base & infield coach, but his 24th year as a big league coach and 33 years in pro ball, overall… in his pro career, he has coached Rawlings® Gold Glove winners at all four (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) infield positions...has led three different teams to league-best fielding percentage marks: Miami (.988 in 2017), Pittsburgh (.988 in 2009) and Detroit (.985 in 1997)...immediately prior to joining Seattle, spent the last 6 years with the Miami Marlins as the club's Major League Infield and First Base Coach...the Marlins eight best fielding percentage seasons came while Hill was coaching... oversaw Dee Gordon's transition to second base in 2015; Gordon won Gold Glove...in 2017, he was named Infield Coach of the Year by the MLB Network as Marlins fewest errors in MLB...in 2016 Marlins infielders went 26 consecutive games (May 29-June 30) without an error, a MLB record...in addition to Miami, Hill has been a Major League coach with Texas (1992-94, 1995), Detroit (1997- 99), Montreal (2000-2001) and Pittsburgh (2009)...under Hill in 2009 Pittsburgh led all MLB teams in fielding percentage (.988) and made fewest errors (73) among all teams...the 1997 Tigers are only team in MLB history to go from last (in '96) to first (in '97) in fielding percentage in Hill's first year...spent 13 seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, including all or parts of four seasons in the big leagues, and six seasons as the Rangers Coordinator of Minor League Instruction...made two trips to Japan following 1993 season to work with Chunichi Dragons of Japanese Central League...also worked with club in their January 1995 camp in Arizona.
Hill played six seasons of professional baseball, spending the 1976 season with Rio Grande of the Gulf States League, and the 1977-81 seasons in the Mexican Sonora League...signed as a shortstop by Rio Grande in the Gulf States League in May 1, 1976; played one season batting .200 with 2 home runs and 18 RBI...played in 622 games in Mexico before retiring as a player, hitting .257 with 8 home runs and 228 RBI.