Milwaukee Brewers utility legend, Bill Hall, is retiring with the Crew! Hall will come to Miller Park on Thursday, September 5th for his official retirement in a Brewers uniform during a 5 p.m. press conference.
Now, if you’re like me, your first thought was, “Bill Hall isn’t retired?” Nope! Sure, he hasn’t played a professional game since 2014 for an Indy team. Sure, he was also inducted into the Milwaukee Brewers’ Walk of Fame in 2014. But now, at the ripe ol’ age of 39, Hall is officially hanging up the cleats.
The Brewers selected Hall in the sixth round of the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He’d make his debut with the team in 2002. Hall would then serve as a super utility player for the team, until he’d take over at shortstop for an injured JJ Hardy in 2006. During that ‘06 season, Hall would post a superb .270/.345/.553 line with 35 homers. Most famously that season, he hit a game-winning homer on Mother’s Day.
After that season, Hall’s success demanded a spot in the lineup, so the team just put him in center field. Unfortunately, his numbers would see significant decline over the next few seasons. Milwaukee traded Hall to the Seattle Mariners in August 2009 for Ruben Flores.
Over his eight seasons with the Crew, Hall hit .253/.312/.446 with 102 homers, which ranks 19th overall in franchise history. According to Baseball-Reference, that’s good for a 9.3 WAR. He also provided a wealth of memories.
While Mother’s Day might be his most famous, there’s the Bill Hall tracksuit, many miracle catches and plenty of game winning homers, not to mention his very special chant.
Statistics courtesy Baseball-Reference