Monday, February 12, 2018
#495 Ken Hill
About the Back: That ground ball single in the June 8, 1992 game stings even more because it was struck by opposing pitcher Anthony Young. The offending Montreal shortstop was Tom Foley, a 32-year-old utility infielder who had a career OPS+ of 79, so...you'd assume he was in the lineup for his defense?
1. Ken was runner-up to Greg Maddux for the 1994 National League Cy Young Award, as the two tied for the league lead with 16 wins. The Expos righty also posted a 3.32 ERA and walked just 44 batters in 154.2 innings in his lone All-Star season.
2. He helped the Indians tie the 1995 ALCS at two games apiece with seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory in Game Four.
3. His son Kenny has quarterbacked for the Texas A & M Aggies and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. In his first collegiate start, he broke Johnny Manziel's A&M record with 511 passing yards and threw for four touchdowns.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: As a kid, I probably didn't realize how unusual it was for a pitcher of Hill's prominence to have gotten his start as an undrafted free agent.
Bill James Said: "He missed some time with a groin injury, which prevented him from pulling near his 16-win season of '92." Ken was just 9-7 with 90 strikeouts and 74 walks in 184 innings in 1993, though his 3.23 ERA wasn't too shabby.
On This Date in 1993: February 12. The beloved romantic comedy Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, debuts in theatres. "I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."