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Kenneth Wade Hill (born December 14, 1965) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitched for 14 years with seven teams. He pitched in the 1995 World Series as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He also appeared in the 1994 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh'smarker Three Rivers Stadiummarker.

Career highlights

Hill was called up by the injury-plagued St. Louis Cardinals in , had a good first start, and went downhill from that point. He finished that season with a 7-15 record and a decent 3.80 ERA. He wouldn't see a decent season until , going 11-10 with a 3.57 ERA. In November 1991, he was traded to the Montreal Expos for first-baseman Andrés Galarraga. It was as a member of these Expos that Hill found his groove.

Hill donned a White Sox jersey in only two outings before being released by the team in .


In both and , Hill won 16 games, going 16-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 1991 and 16-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 1994. He was also an All-Star in 1994, pitching 2 innings in relief and walking one batter, and finished second in Cy Young voting to Greg Maddux. Hill was brought back to the Cardinals, where he suffered the same fate he endured in his first tour of duty with the Cardinals, only winning 6 games, losing 9, and posting a 5.06 ERA. Hill was traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league prospects David Bell, Rick Heiserman, and Pepe McNeal. He did well for the Indians, going 4-1 in the remainder of the regular season and 2-1 in the postseason.

He filed for free agency in the 1995 postseason, being signed by the Texas Rangers, tied for the team lead (along with Bobby Witt) with 16 wins and led the Rangers to the postseason. It was in that Hill suffered an injury, sending him to the disabled list and effectively ending his playing career. He also played for the Anaheim Angels, traded in 1997 for Jim Leyritz. He performed poorly over the next two years, going 13-17 and finally being relegated to the bullpen in . He was released in August , signed by the Chicago White Sox, for whom he promptly gave up eight runs in three innings, and was then released two weeks later.

He accepted a non-roster invitation from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in , and appeared in five games for them before being released.

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