Bill Hall officially retired last Thursday, September 5th, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Bill Hall was known as a fan favorite in Milwaukee because of his batting stance, his ability to be the ultimate utility man, and his game day heroics on Mother’s Day. During his time with the Brewers, Hall had a .300 batting average on Mother’s Day along with 5 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 2 home runs with one of them being a walk-off with his mother in attendance.
Bill Hall started his career in 2002 with Milwaukee and played with them until the middle of 2009 when he was traded for middling reliever, Ruben Flores. Hall played in 831 total games for the Brewers and batted .253 with an OPS of .758. He also hit 102 home runs, had 367 runs batted in, and scored 370 runs. He put up these numbers while being the utility man for the Brewers. He spent time as the shortstop, third baseman, second baseman, left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder all while maintaining a career fielding percentage of .962%.
Hall’s best season came in 2006 when he was one of the best shortstops in the entire National League. Many people believed he was snubbed by not making the All-Star team that year behind guys like Edgar Rentería and David Eckstein. In 2006, Bill Hall played in 148 games with the Brewers and hit .270 with an OPS of .899 and an OPS+ of 125. He had 35 home runs, 85 RBIs, 39 doubles, 4 triples, and scored 101 runs while playing solid defense.
The best stretch of Hall’s career began in 2005 and went through 2008. In this span he batted .262 with an OBP of .326. During those four seasons he also hit 81 home runs for an average of about 20 per season and drove in 265 runners for an average of about 66 per season. All of these are very solid numbers for a utility man who doesn’t always get the added rhythm of playing everyday.
After being traded from Milwaukee in 2009, Hall was never able to recapture the consistent success he had as a Brewer. He played in 222 games with 5 different teams after Milwaukee. The teams were the Mariners, Red Sox, Astros, Giants, and Orioles. He was able to be decent with one of these teams and that was in 2010 with the Red Sox. That year, he batted .247 while hitting 18 home runs with 46 RBIs.
Bill Hall was one of those players that if you were a fan of the Brewers in the early to mid 2000s, you remember him. He had some great, memorable moments with the Brewers and I’m glad he was able to reconcile with the franchise and end his career with the team he started with.