Shawn Hill leaves Revolution
Revolution starting pitcher Shawn Hill has departed but is still planning to play somewhere. The news came down the day after his final start for York, a 6-5 loss at Camden on August 1. Hill helped the Canadian Senior National Team to their second gold medal in as many Pan-Am Games with a six-inning shutout of Cuba last month, and pauses his season despite winning two of his three starts for the Revs after re-joining the club from Team Canada. Hill allowed just an earned run in each, a five-inning performance in a 5-1 win at Long Island on July 21, and a six-inning effort in a 5-3 home win against Camden on July 26. Hill turned 34 in April, and said he does not plan to retire yet.
Although Hill departs York for the second time in his career having appeared in just 24 total games for the Revolution (22 starts), he’s made his mark as one of the more important players in Revs history:
- In his five starts with York in 2012, Hill did not allow a run in 27.2 innings, easily the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings and one which has not been approached since. That effort earned him a contract with his home-Provence club, the Toronto Blue Jays, for the second time in his career.
- On September 29, 2012, Hill became the third former Rev to reach the Major Leagues, and the first former Revolution pitcher to earn a win in a MLB game when his three scoreless, hitless innings made him the winning pitcher over the Yankees in Toronto.
- Hill has enjoyed a decorated international career for Team Canada in addition to pitching in seven MLB seasons with Montreal/Washington, San Diego and Toronto between 2004 and 2012. Hill has often been a top of the rotation starter for Canada in marquee tournaments, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the most recent World Baseball Classic in 2013.
- He made 46 appearances (44 starts) in Triple-A for Toledo (Tigers), Charlotte (White Sox) and Buffalo (Blue Jays) in 2013 and 2014 between stints in York and after his return to the Majors with Toronto.
- On August 10, 2003, Hill made his Double-A debut for the Harrisburg Senators in the Montreal Expos organization. He earned the win by throwing 5.1 innings, but also provided all the offense in a 4-2 victory over Altoona (Pirates) by hitting a grand slam in his first professional at-bat, on his first professional swing in Harrisburg. The homer was off Pittsburgh prospect John VanBenschoten, who would make eight starts in 2011 for the Revolution before being picked up by San Diego.
Expect a move from Manager Mark Mason to add a starting pitcher shortly.