A lefty who enjoyed an era… ‘2008 WS MVP’ Hamels retires

Cole Hamels (39), one of the best pitchers in the American Major League (MLB), takes off his uniform.

The Associated Press reported on the 5th 꽁머니사이트 (Korean time) that Hamels, who had played 15 seasons in the MLB, announced his retirement, citing the words of the San Diego Padres club and its agent.

Hamels was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round, 17th pick, in the 2002 draft. He made a name for himself as a fast-paced lefty since high school and received a lot of attention from multiple clubs. He was selected by Philadelphia in the top round to match his name tag as the best prospect. In 2006, he made his big league debut

. He quickly became an ace with his fastball and his proprietary changeup, his main weapon. He soared with 15 wins in the 2007 season, his second year, and showed off a steady and stable performance by winning double digits every year until 2012.

The 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays was the highlight. He started two games and led the team to victory, leaving one win and an average ERA of 2.77. In recognition of his performance, he was also named the Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).

A change came to him, who was a franchise star. He was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015. In 2016, he left 15 wins and 5 losses and an earned run average of 3.32, and he was still the same, but after that, the downhill road came. After going through the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves, he suffered from frequent injuries.

In the end, I couldn’t stand on the big league mound until September 17, 2020. In 2021, I had to enter the rehabilitation tunnel as it led to shoulder surgery. In February of this year, he signed a minor league contract with his hometown team, San Diego, and dreamed of extending his active career, but it ended up being canceled.

Hamels, who played 15 MLB seasons, recorded 163 wins, 122 losses, an average ERA of 3.43 and 2,560 strikeouts in 423 games and 2,698 innings.


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