On Saturday afternoon, his uniform No. 1 will be retired by the University of Arlington-Texas where he played baseball. He said he found the honor "shocking" but was humbled by it.
"I wasn't that good," he said. "I was just blessed to get a scholarship, blessed to play there and blessed to be signed as a free agent with Cleveland and it's kind of snowballed over the years."
On June 3, Hillman will be inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in ceremonies at Galveston, Texas. His father, Royce Hillman, will accept for him.