Hamels was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut in 2005 and quickly became one of the best pitchers in the game. In 2008, he helped the Phillies win the World Series, going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the postseason. He was named the World Series MVP for his efforts.
Hamels went on to have a successful career, winning 163 games and losing 122. He had a 3.43 ERA and 2,560 strikeouts in 2,698 innings pitched. He was also a four-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
Hamels’s career was not without its challenges. He missed the entire 2011 season with an elbow injury. He also had to deal with shoulder problems in recent years. However, he was able to make a comeback in 2020, pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
Hamels announced his retirement on Friday. He said that he was grateful for the opportunity to play professional baseball for 15 years. He also said that he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have played this game for 15 years,” Hamels said in a statement. “I’ve made so many memories and met so many great people along the way. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends now.”
Hamels’s retirement is a significant loss for baseball. He was one of the best pitchers of his generation, and he helped to bring a World Series title to Philadelphia. He will be remembered as one of the greats.