Bill Hall, the veteran major leaguer from Nettleton, didn't make the New York Yankees' roster out of spring training, but now he's in the Baltimore Orioles' organization.
Hall, 32, is playing for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. Through Wednewsday, he was hitting .241 in 11 games, with 11 runs scored and 7 RBIs.
A couple of skills might earn Hall another shot in the big leagues. He's versatile enough to play just about any infield position and has logged time as an outfielder as well. Plus, he's tearing up left-handed pitching (.444, 8 of 18 with both of his home runs) at Norfork.
It's a small sample size, but he has a .263 career batting average as a big-league pinch-hitter, another valuable skill.
By all appearances, Hall is now in the declining phase of his career. That 35-home season for Milwaukee in 2006 was the high-water mark. But it's reasonable to think that he might eventually find a home on the bench for the Orioles if they continue to contend in the AL East.