Michael Hill (baseball)

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Michael L. Hill (born March 25, 1971) is the president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins baseball club. Hill served as the General Manager from 2007 to 2013.[1] Born to a Cuban mother, Hill is the only Cuban-American president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball.

Early life and career[edit]

He went to Harvard University and was drafted in 1993 by the Texas Rangers. He made his Minor League debut in 1993 with Class A Short-Season Erie and remained with the club when it relocated to Hudson Valley in 1994. He joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays front office in 1995 and then went to the Colorado Rockies before joining the Marlins.

Major League Baseball[edit]

Hill, at the age of 32 in 2003, was named to the "Hot List" by Black Enterprise magazine in their December 2003 issue, a list that represents the best and brightest African American executives under the age of 40.

He was promoted to his current position and signed an extension through the 2015 season on September 29, 2007. He previously served as VP and Assistant General Manager. Hill works closely with President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest, focusing on roster management, payroll and contract research and negotiation, and waiver and rule compliance.

Hill has 14 seasons experience in various front office capacities following his retirement from minor league baseball. He spent three seasons with the Colorado Rockies, serving as the Club's Director of Player Development. Hill joined Colorado in 1999 after five years (1995–99) with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In Tampa, Hill worked as an assistant in the scouting and player development departments.

In 1999, Baseball America named Hill one of 10 people in baseball whose prominence will increase significantly in the first decade of the new century. It quoted strong sources who said he would turn into a successful general manager before the 2010 season.

Hill was a 31st-round Draft pick by the Texas Rangers in the June 1993 Draft. He played two seasons (1993–94) in the Rangers system and one year (1995) in the Reds organization before joining the Devil Rays front office.

At the end of the 2013 season, the Marlins promoted Hill to team president.[2]

Personal[edit]

Hill was born to an African-American father and a Cuban mother. As a proud Cuban-American, Hill is even fluent in Spanish and speaks to media in Spanish. He is the only Cuban-American President of Baseball Operations in Major League Baseball.

A 1993 graduate of Harvard University, Hill was elected senior class marshal (the equivalent of class president) while starring as the Crimson football team's top rusher and the baseball team's captain. Hill was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he played football, baseball and basketball at the city's Country Day School.

Hill, his wife, Vivian, and three sons, Donovan, Xavier and Baron, reside in Plantation Acres, Florida. In January, 2008, Hill completed his first marathon, finishing the Miami Marathon.

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