Free-agent left-hander Rich Hill was arrested Saturday in Foxborough, Mass., after his wife, Caitlin Hill, “repeatedly” tried to enter an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills with an oversized bag, John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe reports. Although police ordered the Hills to leave the grounds, they refused to so.
Caitlin Hill was booked on disorderly conduct and trespassing, but Rich Hill allegedly attempted to stop the authorities from taking her away in a police transport vehicle. As a result, he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. However, the Hills’ charges have since been reduced to civil infractions. Rich Hill was fined $500 for a single count of disorderly conduct.
Hill then issued a statement, saying: “Despite Saturday’s events, my great respect for law enforcement remains unchanged. However, seeing my wife cuffed for a problem that started because of her fanny pack was extremely difficult to witness. This was all overblown and am glad to have it behind us.’’
It’s unlikely this arrest will have a serious effect on the market for Hill, who’s one of the most accomplished hurlers left in a consistently dwindling class of free-agent starters. If anything, the fact that Hill’s soon to turn 40, coming off primary revision surgery and won’t be ready to pitch again until the summer seem far more likely to weigh on teams’ minds if they consider signing him.
To Hill’s credit, although injuries have been a consistent problem since he unexpectedly revived his career with the Red Sox in 2015, he has pitched quite well when healthy. As a member of the Dodgers last season, Hill turned in a 2.45 ERA/4.10 FIP with 11.05 K/9, 2.76 BB/9 and a 49.6 percent groundball rate, though he did so over a mere 13 starts and 58 2/3 innings.