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PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 15:  Bill Hall #6 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on June 15, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Better Know a Yankee: Bill Hall

Whatever your thoughts on the Yankees' signing of Bill Hall to a one-year, minor-league contract yesterday — and the odds are excellent that you in fact have no thoughts on it at all — just note that now, the Yankees have someone who appeared on The Young and the Restless.

For whatever reason, four Milwaukee Brewers popped up on The Young and the Restless a few years ago, and Hall was one of them. (2011 Met Chris Capuano was one too.) Hall might not be the best actor, but you can make a strong case he's better than the other actors on the show.

Anyway, it's a minor deal — non-guaranteed, with a chance to reach $600,000 if he makes the team — that will hinge mostly on whether the Yankees bring back Eric Chavez. Hall, as Joe Sheehan pointed out in his invaluable newsletter yesterday, is basically a cheaper version of Chone Figgins, a player he had recommended for the Yankees earlier. (He'd also, intriguingly, suggested seeing whether the White Sox would do an Adam Dunn–A.J. Burnett swap, straight up.) Hall will probably make the team, but it's too early to tell. Also, pitchers and catchers report in eleven days.

While we have you, then, here are three fun factoids about Bill Hall, the newest Yankee.

  1. He's an enormously good guy. Look, we can prove it! He won the Brewers' "Good Guy Award" in 2006, routinely given to the player who is the least openly hostile to media members. (Jose Reyes, peculiarly, won the award from the New York BBWAA this year.) He was beloved by Brewers fans even while they booed him, once creating for him his own applause pattern.
  2. He's on Twitter. His handle is @billhall_III. He went a bit crazy yesterday after being signed, and apparently it was worth it: "Just Hit 9k followers. This has been one of the best days of my life. Thank u ALL ."
  3. He likes to party, apparently. At least if you can believe ESPN: The Magazine's "Player X" column, which claimed: "I heard a story about Bill Hall when he was with Milwaukee," writes the player. "He was coming off a career year in 2006 when he had 85 RBIs, 35 homers and a new $24 million contract. He showed up to camp pretty loose. He was having fun off the field, too. Word of his partying made the rounds and guys predicted he was due for a slump. Sure enough, his RBI total dropped to 63, he hit only 14 homers the next season and he was a disaster in the field. It started in spring and he never recovered." Hall refuted that he was a party guy. He does make funny facial expressions, though, which sounds like a party to us!

Anyway, welcome, Bill!

Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images