PEORIA , Ariz. (AP) Ask around the Seattle Mariners spring training complex and the most popular person putting on a uniform each day is likely a 66-year-old who is nearly four decades removed from playing professionally, and has become a respected authority throughout baseball as one of the best infield instructors around.The move by the Mariners to hire Perry Hill as their first base and infield coach in the offseason went mostly unnoticed, but his influence is already making a difference.Oh man, I think he saved my career, honestly, said shortstop J.P. Crawford, one of the Mariners key offseason acquisitions of young talent. I was having a problem where I couldnt point them out or see them, and I took groundballs with him for a day and he fixed me and got me right. He brings energy to this team. We need him on our team. I love him. Hes probably everyones favorite on the team. He just brings so much energy to the team and hes so important to us.Crawford didnt meet Hill until this year after he was traded from Philadelphia to Seattle and spent a few days in January in Arizona working with Hill. Theres plenty of opportunity for Hill to teach in Seattle, both with the current group of major leaguers that could use some refinement, and with the Mariners crop of prospects they hope will be in the majors in a few years.I like the teaching part. Maybe a tweak here, tweak there to help somebody, Hill said. These guys are tremendous athletes or they wouldnt be here to begin with, but sometimes they get off track and they need a road map and Im kind of like a tour guide. Theyre doing the tour and every once in a while they get off the path and its my job to get them back on.The longest relationship with Hill belongs to second baseman Dee Gordon. When Gordon was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Miami before the 2015 season, Hill was serving as the Marlins infield coach. Gordon had struggled at times in Los Angeles with consistency throwing and it was one of the first tasks Hill took on.Gordon was skeptical, at best.He was enthusiastic about it. He was telling me how good I could be, Gordon said. I didnt trust him. Just being honest, I didnt trust him. It got better.Ultimately Enrique Hernandez Jersey , Gordon had to be open to some of Hills ideas. And it was one of the first drills that gained Gordons trust. Hill told Gordon to field a ball at second base, close his eyes and throw to first.He tells me to throw a ball with my eyes closed. If I do everything right it will go right to the first baseman, Gordon recalled. I throw it, and listening for the chain-link fence, and pow. I dont believe it. Let me go over to shortstop and try. Second base is easy. I go over to shortstop, same thing. Im like, yo, this is crazy.Gordon went on to win a Gold Glove in his first year with the Marlins, and in 2017 with Gordon playing 158 games, Miami had the best fielding percentage in baseball at .988.Hes awesome. He cares. Its not just a job for him, Gordon said. He cares about you doing the things to get better so you can be as good as possible for our team, for our defense. Its not coincidence the teams hes had have broken records for fielding percentage.It was Gordon who was at the center of the discussions that eventually led to Hill leaving Miami and landing in Seattle. Mariners manager Scott Servais reached out to Hill last season when Gordon was moved from center field back to second base to get some idea of how long it might take Gordon to make the transition in the middle of the season. Servais had tried and failed to hire Hill many years ago when Servais was the farm director in Texas. This time, there ended up being a position for Hill after Servais reorganized his coaching staff in the offseason.Far exceeded my expectations. Just the energy. The understanding of what it takes, doing the grind every day, Servais said. Perry has a system. He teaches a system. He knows it like the back of his hand its not something that is data driven. Its his eyes and teaching and having a feel for players strengths and weaknesses and addressing the weaknesses. And in a positive way to get the players to want to work. There is an art to coaching. Its not a science, its an art, and hes a pretty good artist. Miami Marlins (10-29 Walker Buehler Jersey , fifth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (19-20, third in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.11 ERA, .89 WHIP, 56 strikeouts) Mets: Noah Syndergaard (3-3, 5.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 54 strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 6 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Mets are 13-8 against NL East opponents. New York has slugged .402 this season. Pete Alonso leads the team with a mark of .590.The Marlins are 5-16 against division opponents. Miami has hit 24 home runs this season, last in the MLB. Jorge Alfaro leads them with five, averaging one every 21.4 at-bats.TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff McNeil leads the Mets with 50 hits and is batting .360. Amed Rosario is 11-for-38 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.Alfaro leads the Marlins with five home runs and is batting .243. Jon Berti is 8-for-27 with two doubles, a home run and an RBI over the last 10 games for Miami.LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 4-6, .224 batting average, 2.48 ERA , outscored opponents by four runsMarlins: 2-8, .203 batting average, 5.28 ERA, outscored by 30 runsMets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Jason Vargas: 10-day IL (hamstring), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Steven Matz: 10-day IL (forearm), Jeurys Familia: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 10-day IL (knee).Marlins Injuries: Drew Steckenrider: 60-day IL (elbow), Riley Ferrell: 60-day IL (bicep), Julian Fernandez: 60-day IL (elbow), Peter OBrien: 10-day IL (ribcage).