Aaron Hill has struggled for most of the 2014 season. The second baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks saw his batting average dip to a season low .239 on July 7th. However, the veteran has been hot over the last ten contests, owning a seven game hitting streak with four multi-hit games in that span with a .324 average. What has caused the Hill to snap out of his season-long malaise?
Maybe it has to do with the trading deadline. Perhaps sensing his time in Arizona might be nearing the end, the 32-year old Hill could have been letting trade rumors get into his head. He and his family bought a home near the D’backs’ Spring Training facility before the 2013 season, thinking he could spend the rest of his career in the desert. I would imagine the thought of uprooting his family once again would be difficult. I know players shouldn’t let situations out of their control affect their play but they are humans, too.
Sensing his concern, it is possible management said to Hill, “Look, we are listening to offers for you and if the right deal comes along, we will have to go in another direction. But we will do everything we can to help send you to the best possible place for a chance at a World Series”. If the organization was indeed this honest with him, then maybe it put his mind at ease. He is back to being the productive Aaron Hill we know and love.