Former Philadelphia Phillies World Series MVP Cole Hamels is trying to make a comeback in 2023, and his attempt supposedly is off to a good start.
The agent for Hamels said in December that the former pitcher wanted to try to pitch again in 2023. On Friday, the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported that Hamels threw for interested teams and that things went well.
Hamels turned 39 in December and last pitched in 2020. He made one start for the Atlanta Braves that season and allowed three runs in 3.1 innings. In 2019, he went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 141.2 innings with the Chicago Cubs.
The veteran southpaw signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2021 season but wasn’t able to make any starts after experiencing arm pain in a simulated game.
Hamels has made four All-Star teams and finished in the top-8 in Cy Young Award voting four times. He dominated during the Phillies 2008 championship and was named both NLCS MVP and World Series MVP.
Hamels was an above-average starter in his last full season, but that was four seasons ago. If anyone gives him a chance in 2023, it will be on a minor-league deal.
Former Phillies World Series MVP Cole Hamels. Photo courtsey of The Good Phight