The Albuquerque Isotopes have announced Glenallen Hill will return for a third season as manager of the club. The upcoming campaign will mark Hill's fifth consecutive year as manager of the Rockies Triple-A affiliate.
Hill led the Isotopes to a 71-72 record during his second year in Albuquerque in 2016, which saw the team make a late-season surge to finish just two games out of first place in the PCL's Pacific Southern division. Before taking the helm of the Isotopes in 2015, Hill managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013 and 2014 after six years as first base coach for the Rockies. The 2017 season marks the 51-year-old's 14th campaign in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Hill began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Visalia Oaks. The Santa Cruz, CA native also served as interim manager for the Modesto Nuts during the last three months of the 2006 season. Hill has also served on the coaching staff for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006 and on the National League All-Star coaching staff, led by Clint Hurdle, at Yankee Stadium in 2008.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Hill enjoyed a 13-year Major League career with the Blue Jays (1989-91), Indians (1991-93), Cubs (1993-94, 1998-99), Giants (1995-97), Mariners (1998), Yankees (2000) and Angels (2001). Hill compiled a .271 lifetime average with 186 homers and 586 RBI in 1,162 games and was considered one of the game's top pinch-hitters, compiling a .287 lifetime average in pinch-hit situations. During the 2000 campaign, Hill hit .333 with 16 home runs in 40 games to help the Yankees win the World Series.
Hill and his wife, Lori, have four children: Simone, Chanel, Heleyna, and Glenallen Jr. He graduated in 1983 from Santa Cruz High School, where he was just the second high school athlete ever offered scholarships to Arizona State University in both baseball and football (Reggie Jackson).
Joining Hill for the first time in 2017 will be pitching coach Mark Brewer and hitting coach Darin Everson (EE-ver-sun), both having previously coached in the lower levels of the Rockies organization.
Brewer enters his fourth season in the Rockies organization, spending the previous three seasons with the Single-A Asheville Tourists. Prior to joining the Rockies, he served as a pitching coach in the player development systems for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-99, 2000-04), Texas Rangers (1999-2000), Kansas City Royals (2004-05), Pittsburgh Pirates (2008-09) and the Mets (2005-08, 2009-2012). Brewer also has numerous years of experience as a pitching coach in the Latin America Winter Leagues (2003-2017).
Brewer's father, Jim, enjoyed a 17-year Major League career as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1960-63), Los Angeles Dodgers (1964-75) and California Angels (1976-77). The elder Brewer was an All-Star in 1973, going 6-8 with 3.01 ERA (24er/71.2ip) while saving 20 games for the Dodgers.
The 2017 season will mark Everson's fourth in the Rockies organization. The 45-year-old has spent the last three seasons with three different Rockies Double-A affiliates, most recently managing the Eastern League's Hartford Yard Goats to a 74-67 record in the club's inaugural season which was spent entirely on the road. Everson also managed the now defunct Double-A New Britain Rock Cats during the 2015 season and served as hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers in 2014. The Wisconsin native also managed in the Marlins' system (2007-09) and served as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles (2003-04). Everson played in the Minor Leagues for seven seasons as a first baseman and catcher in the Expos (1994-95) and Red Sox (1998) organizations.
Heath Townsend returns to the Isotopes as the team's Athletic Trainer, marking his 18th season with the Rockies organization, while Marcus Lefton returns to the club for his second campaign as the Physical Performance Coach.
The Isotopes open up the 2017 campaign with a five-game series against the Salt Lake Bees on April 6 at Isotopes Park.