Perry Hill returns as Miami's first base/infield coach for 2016, his fourth consecutive season in position and ninth overall with Marlins. This season will mark 21st as a Major League coach and 30th in professional baseball...In 2015, Miami set 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...Marlins seven highest single-season fielding percentages have been under Hill's direction, including last season's franchise-best .987 mark: also had .987 percentage in 2003, followed by .986 in 2013, .986 in 2004, .985 in 2011, .984 in 2014 and .983 in 2005...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, 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...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)...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. 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). 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 his first ML postseason action in 2003, following three as a Minor League coach and two as a Minor League instructor, and guided the Marlins to a World Series championship...Guided Florida's infield to a .981 fielding percentage in 2002 (.9812, 65 E/3,462 TC), including a .982 mark by the starters. Lowered the Marlins overall infield errors total by two, from 67 in 2001; Florida's infield had a .980 fielding mark in that season...Joined the Marlins on February 12, 2002, following two years (2000-01) as the Expos' first base and infield coach...Helped to lower the Expos' infield errors total for the 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 the development of shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who collected his first Rawlings® Gold Glove Award 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 Napoleon. Joined the Rangers' Major League staff for part of the 1992 season and all of 1993 and '94 as the Club's first base and infield coach. Named to the position on July 16, 1992, when Toby Harrah was named manager...Worked six seasons (1987-92) as the Rangers' coordinator of Minor League instruction and roving infield instructor and made coaching stints at Class A Daytona Beach in 1985-86 and Class 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 camp in Arizona.
Played six professional seasons, including each of his final five years in the Mexican Sonora League...Signed as shortstop by Rio Grande of Gulf States League on May 1, 1976, and played one season with Rio, batting .194 in 53 games...Spent 1977-81 in the 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 the Paris Junior College Hall of Fame in 2014, the Hurst/Euless/Bedford, Texas Hall of Fame (hometown school district) in February of 2002 and the 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.