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Ex-Red Sox, Dodgers Pitcher Rich Hill, Wife Caitlin Arrested at Patriots Game

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field after being pulled in the third inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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MLB free-agent pitcher Rich Hill and his wife, Caitlin A. Hill, were arrested outside of Gillette Stadium on Saturday before the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, according to John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe.

Per that report, "Caitlin A. Hill repeatedly tried to enter the stadium with an oversized bag and then refused to leave the grounds when ordered to do so by Foxborough police, police said Monday."

Robert Bolger, the chief administrator for the Foxborough police, said Hill was arrested after he tried to prevent police from putting his wife into the transport vehicle. 

"He saw her as they were trying to get her into a van to bring to the police station, and he started to interfere with the officers," Bolger said. "He was told several times to back up and he would not. And he ended up getting arrested."

Rich Hill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, though the latter charge—a felony—was dropped. Caitlin Hill was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. Both of her charges were reduced to civil infractions and a total fine of $500, while Rich Hill faces a $500 fine on his disorderly conduct charge. 

Hill, 39, made 13 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2019 season, finishing 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. A strained flexor tendon cost him a major chunk of the season, and offseason surgery on a torn ulnar collateral ligament is expected to keep him out of at least the first half of the 2020 season.

Given that surgery and his timetable to return, it's unclear if he'll have any suitors on the market until well into the season. 

Over the course of his career he's pitched for the Chicago Cubs (2005-08), Baltimore Orioles (2009), Boston Red Sox (2010-12, 2015), Cleveland (2013), New York Yankees (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2014), Oakland Athletics (2016) and the Dodgers (2016-19).