Hill homers off team that traded him (Baseball)

June 6, 2010

In nine minor league seasons, Anchorage’s Jamar Hill is used to being on the move.

The 27-year-old outfielder has played for seven teams in six professional leagues, and now he’s moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland after being the center of a June 4 trade between Atlantic League teams.

Jamar Hill

Hill, of Bartlett High fame, was shipped to the Maryland Blue Crabs from the York Revolution, where he had played since last season.

And as if the baseball gods planned it this way, Hill faced his former team in his first series with his new team and wouldn’t you know it—he burned them immediately.

Hill banged out five hits with two long balls in a pair of victories, matching his home-run total in 27 games with the Revolution.

He joined York in 2009 and hit .304 with three home runs and five RBIs in the team’s final 20 games. He also set a team record with two leadoff homers.

Drafted by the New York Mets in 2001, the 6-foot-3 Alaskan entered the 2010 season with a career .261 average, 81 homers, 320 RBIs and 78 steals in 652 games.

Hill has played pro ball at many different levels, highlighted by Double-A stints in 2007 and 2008, before landing in the Atlantic League, an eight-team independent league on the East Coast that was started in 1998.

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