Perry Hill returns as Miami's first base/infield coach for 2018, his sixth consecutive season in position and 12th overall with Marlins. This season will mark 23rd as a Major League coach and 32nd in professional baseball...Marlins eight highest single-season fielding percentages have been under Hill's direction, including last season's franchise-best .988 mark; also had .987 percentage in 2003 and '15, followed by .986 in 2013, .986 in 2004, .985 in 2016, .985 in 2011, .984 in 2014 and .983 in 2005...Has guided three teams to league-best fielding percentages over his career: last season with Miami, 2009 with Pittsburgh (.988) and 1997 with Detroit (.985)...By 2006, Hill instructed Rawlings® Gold Glove Award winners at all four infield positions over course of career: 1B Derrek Lee (2003), 2B Luis Castillo (2003-05), 3B Mike Lowell (2005) and SS Orlando Cabrera (2001)...In 2017, Miami committed just 73 total errors, fewest in Majors and fewest in any season in franchise history. Previous low was 76 in 2003, followed by 77 in 2015. ..Marlins infielders committed just 47 miscues, fourth-fewest in franchise history, behind 2015 (41), 2016 (43) and 2013 (46). Total ranked fifth in Majors, behind Colorado (43), Cincinnati (44), Cleveland (45) and Minnesota (46). ..Named MLB Network's Infield Coach of the Year...In 2016, Miami registered its now sixth-best fielding percentage ever, at .985, committing just 86 errors, tied for fourth-lowest total ever (also 2004) behind 2017, 2003 (76) and 2015 (77). Their fielding percentage ranked fourth in NL, and they committed the fourth-fewest errors, behind only San Francisco (72), Washington (73), and the Dodgers (80)...From May 29-June 30, Marlins infielders went 28 consecutive games without committing an error. According to Stats LLC, was longest such streak since at least 1913, ahead of a 25-game run by Baltimore from May 22-June 15 of 2015, and 24-game stretches by Seattle (2012), San Francisco (2010), and Philadelphia (2004)...In 2015, Miami set then single-season fielding records in fewest errors committed (77) and fielding percentage (.987). ..Oversaw Dee Gordon's transition to second base, who netted first career Rawlings® Gold Glove award after posting highest fielding percentage (.992) by Marlins' second baseman in Club history...Prior to 2013, previous appearance as a Major League coach was with Florida in 2011, when Marlins recorded then third-best fielding percentage (.985) in Franchise history...Under Hill's guidance in 2009, Pittsburgh led all Major League teams in fielding percentage (.988) and made fewest errors (73) among all teams, setting Club records for most errorless games played in one season (101) and also with their fielding percentage (.988). Bucs lost 99 games in 2009 and made a Major League-low 73 errors, the most losses ever by a team that led the Majors in fewest errors in a season. Pirates also led National League in double plays turned (171) for third-straight season...In 2006, instructed infield that included All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dan Uggla, as well as NL Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramirez...Led Marlins to then third-best fielding percentage (.983, tied) in Club history in 2005. Guided third baseman Mike Lowell and second baseman Luis Castillo to winning Rawlings® Gold Glove Awards, the seventh and eighth Gold Gloves in Club history...Led Club to .986 fielding percentage in 2004, second-best mark in Franchise history. Assisted second baseman Luis Castillo in collecting second-straight Rawlings® Gold Glove Award. In addition, third baseman Mike Lowell committed just seven errors in 154 games, a Major League record for third basemen. Because of Hill's efforts, was named a 2004 All-Star Game coach...Guided Marlins to then Franchise-best .987 fielding percentage in 2003, ranking third in Majors, behind Seattle (.989) and St. Louis (.987). Saw Florida's starting infield post a .987 fielding percentage (40 E/3,124 TC)...Guided first baseman Derrek Lee and second baseman Luis Castillo, who collected Rawlings® Gold Glove Awards in 2003, to Florida's fourth and fifth Gold Glove Awards in Franchise history and first not won by catcher Charles Johnson...Experienced first ML postseason action in 2003, following three seasons as a Minor League coach and two as a Minor League instructor, and offered key instruction in Marlins march to its second World Series Championship...Florida's infield owned a .981 fielding percentage in 2002 (.9812, 65 E/3,462 TC), including a .982 mark by the starters. Lowered Marlins' overall infield errors total by two, from 67 in 2001; Florida's infield had a .980 fielding mark in that season... Joined Marlins on February 12, 2002, following two years (2000-01) as Expos' first base and infield coach. ..Helped lower Expos' infield errors total for second straight season as they committed only 65 infield miscues in 2001 (3,422 TC, a .981 fielding percentage), down from 72 errors in 2000 and 88 in 1999...Guided development of shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who collected first Rawlings® Gold Glove Award in 2001.Prior to joining Expos, served three seasons (1997-99) as Detroit Tigers' third base and infield coach. Under his tutelage in 1998, three of four Tigers' infielders finished among top four in AL at their positions in fielding percentage. Led 1997 Tigers to AL's top fielding mark; became first team ever to go from worst to first in fielding in consecutive seasons...Spent 13 years in Texas Rangers' organization prior to joining Detroit. Served most of 1995 and 1996 seasons as roving infield instructor and Coordinator of Minor League Instruction for Rangers. Spent the second half of the 1995 season as the Rangers' first base coach, filling in for Ed Napoleon. Joined the Rangers' Major League staff for part of 1992 season and all of 1993 and '94 as Club's first base and infield coach. Named to position on July 16, 1992, when Toby Harrah was named manager... Worked six seasons (1987-92) as Rangers' Coordinator of Minor League Instruction and roving infield instructor and made coaching stints at Single-A Daytona Beach in 1985-86 and Single-A Tri Cities in 1984...Made two trips to Japan following 1993 season to work with Chunichi Dragons of Japanese Central League. Worked with them in their January 1995 spring camp in Arizona.
Played six professional seasons, including each of final five years in Mexican Sonora League...Signed as shortstop by Rio Grande of Gulf States League on May 1, 1976, and played one season with Rio, batting .200 in 57 games...Spent 1977-81 in Mexican Sonora League before retiring as a player. Played in 622 games in Mexico, batting .257 with eight home runs and 228 RBI.
Perry Wendell Hill...was inducted into Paris (TX) Junior College Hall of Fame in 2014, the Hurst/Euless/Bedford, Texas Hall of Fame (hometown school district) in February of 2002 and Clarinda, Iowa Hall of Fame in November of 2002...attended University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, for two years, where he hit .351 and was the team captain in 1974...spent two previous seasons at Paris Junior College (TX) and earned all-conference honors both years...lettered three times in baseball at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas...in 2002, directed and produced a DVD entitled "Ultimate Infield," an instructional video on the fundamentals of fielding.