In 2018 Michael Hill will be entering his fifth season atop the Marlins’ Baseball Operations department, and his 16th season with the organization. He was promoted to President of Baseball Operations on September 29, 2013. He previously served as the Marlins’ General Manager for six full seasons; he was promoted to the position on Sept. 29, 2007. He previously served as VP and Assistant General Manager. Hill is currently the only African-American (fifth in MLB history), and one of two Hispanics, that presides over baseball operations for a Major League club.
Hill has 24 seasons of experience in various front office capacities following his retirement as a Minor League player. He spent three seasons with the Colorado Rockies, serving as the Club’s Director of Player Development. Hill joined Colorado in 1999 after five years (1995-99) with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In Tampa, Hill worked as an assistant in the scouting and player development departments.
Hill was a 31st-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in the June 1993 Draft. He played two seasons (1993-94) in the Rangers’ system and one year (1995) in the Reds’ organization before joining the Devil Rays’ front office.
A 1993 graduate of Harvard University, Hill was elected senior class marshal (the equivalent of class president) while starring as the Crimson football team’s top rusher and the baseball team’s captain. Hill was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he played football, baseball and basketball at the city’s Country Day School.
Hill, his wife, Vivian, and three sons, Donovan, Xavier and Baron, reside in Plantation Acres, Fla. He is quite active in the South Florida community as he is a member of the Marlins Ayudan program, focusing his efforts on increasing literacy skills of students at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School. He also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Miami, and serves as a mentor for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.
In February 2016, the Hill Family Scholarship was launched as part of Hill’s commitment to philanthropy and education in South Florida. The scholarship is inspired by the core values of the Hill family and looking to support a deserving student in the pursuit of a college career.
In addition, Hill has completed multiple marathons and half marathons. He ran the Miami Marathon in 2008, the Boston Marathon in 2009, the New York City Marathon in 2010 and Disney’s Goofy Challenge (full and half marathon on back-to-back days) in January 2012. He also completed both the Chicago and Marine Corps marathons in 2017, as well as the Disney Dopey Challenge in January 2017 (5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon on consecutive days).