Bone’s Story

2016-  Marlins infield’s streak of 26 games without an error by an infielder is the longest by any team since at least 1913 (when official records began).

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2015 – Dee Gordon and Perry “Bone” Hill

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Bone Sets Two (2) MLB Records.

No team ever in the history of MLB has lost 95 plus games and led MLB in fielding.

*(2009) Bucs lost (99) games and made a Major-League low 73 errors led MLB in fielding percentage.

No team in MLB history ever went from worst fielding percentage to first in fielding percentage in consecutive seasons. 

*(1997) Led the Tigers to the AL’s top fielding mark as they became the first team ever to go from worst to first in fielding in consecutive seasons.  (1996) Detroit Tigers had a record of 53-109 for the third worst winning percentage (.327) in team history.)

 

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427228Perry Hill rejoins the Marlins’ coaching staff as the first base/infield coach for 2013, his 18th season as a Major League coach and 27th in professional baseball…Last appeared as a Major League coach with Florida in 2011, when Marlins recorded third-best fielding percentage (.985) in Franchise history…Under Hill’s guidance in 2009, the Pittsburgh Pirates led all Major League teams in fielding percentage (.988) and made the fewest errors (73) among all teams, setting Club records for most errorless games played in one season (101) and also with their fielding percentage. The 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. The Pirates also led the National League in double plays turned (171) for the third straight season…In 2006, Hill instructed Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners at all four infield positions during his career: 1B Derrek Lee (2003), 2B Luis Castillo (2003-05), 3B Mike Lowell (2005) and SS Orlando Cabrera (2001)…Instructed infield that included All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dan Uggla, as well as NL Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramirez…Led Marlins to third-best fielding percentage (.983, tied) in Club history in 2005. He 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, the second-best mark in Franchise history. He assisted second baseman Luis Castillo in collecting his 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 his efforts, he was named a 2004 All-Star Game coach…Guided the Marlins to a Franchise-best .987 fielding percentage in 2003, ranking third in the Majors, behind Seattle (.989) and St. Louis (.987).

 

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Perry rejoins the Marlins coaching staff as the first base/infield coach for 2011 season, his 17th season as a Major League coach and 26th in professional baseball.

Under Hills guidance in 2009, the Pittsburg Pirates led all major league teams in fielding percentage (.988) and made the fewest errors (73) of ALL teams, setting club records for the most errorless games played in one season (101) and also with their fielding percentage.  The Bucs lost (99) games 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.  The Pirates also led the National league in double plays turned (171) for the third straight season.

  • In 2006, Hill Instructed Rawlings Gold Glove winners at all four infield positions during his career.  1B, Derrek Lee (2003), 2B Luis Castillo (2003 -2005), 3B, Mike Lowell (2005), and SS Orlando Cabrera (2001).
  • Instructed infield that included All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dan Uggla, as well as N.L. Rookie of the Year, Hanley Ramirez.
  • Led Marlins to third-best fielding percentage (.983. tied) in club history in 2005.  He guided third baseman, Mike Lowell and second baseman, Luis Castillo to winning Rawlings Gold Gloves, the seventh and eight in team history.

  • Led Marlins to .986 fielding percentage in 2004, the second best mark in Team history.  He assisted second baseman, Luis Castillo in collecting his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove.  In addition, third baseman, Mike Lowell, committed just seven errors in 154 games, a Major League record for third baseman.  Because of his effort, Hill was named a 2004 All-Star Game coach.
  • Guided the Marlins to a franchise-best .987 fielding percentage in 2003, ranking third in the Major’s, behind Seattle (.989) and St. Louis (.987).  Saw Florida’s starting infield post a .987 fielding percentage ( 40 errors in 3,124 chances).
  • Guided first baseman, Derrek Lee and second baseman Luis Castillo, who collected Rawlings Gold Gloves in 2003, Florida’s fourth and fifth in club history and the first not won by a catcher Charles Johnson.
  • Experienced his first ML postseason action in 2003, following three as a minor league coach and two as a major league instructor, and guided the Marlins to a World Series Championship.
  • Guided Florida’s infield to a .981 fielding percentage in 2002 (.9812 – 65 errors out of 3,462 chances) including a .982 mark by starters.  Lowered the Marlins overall infield total by two, from 67 in 2001; Florida had a .980 fielding mark in that season.
  • Joined the Marlins on February 12, 2012, following two years (2000 -01) as the Expos first base and infield coach.  Florida marks his fourth major league coaching stop, following Texas, Detroit and Montreal.

  • Helped lower the Expos infield errors total for the season as they committed only 65 miscues in 2001.  (3,422 total chances, a .981 fielding percentage, down from 77 errors in 2000 and 88 in 1999.
  • Guided the development of shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who collected his first Rawlings Gold Gloves in 2001.

  • Prior to joining the Expos, served three seasons (1997-99) as the Detroit Tigers third base and infield coach.  Under his tutelage in 1998, three of the four Tigers’ infielders finished among the top four in the AL at their positions in fielding percentage.  Led the 1997 Tigers to the AL’s top fielding mark as they became the first team ever to go from worst to first in fielding in consecutive seasons.

  • Spent 13 years in the Texas Rangers organization prior to joining Detroit.  Served most of the 1995 and 1996 seasons as a roving infield instructor and coordinator of Minor League Instruction for the Rangers.  Spent the second half of the 1995 season as the Rangers first base coach, filling in for Ed Napolean.  Joined the Rangers Major League staff for part of the 1992 season and all of the 1993 and ’94 as the club’s first base and infield coach.  Named to the position on July 16th, 1992 when Tony Harrah was named manager.
  • Worked six seasons (1987-92) as the coordinator on Minor League Instruction and roving infield instructor and made coaching stints at single A-Daytona Beach in 1995 – ’86 and single A – Tri-Cities in 1984.

  • Made two trips to Japan following the 1993 season to work with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League.  Also, worked with them in their January 1995 spring training camp in Arizona.