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Former Dodgers Fan Favorite Pitcher Still Hoping to Return This Year

Is 44 too old?

Rich Hill at 44 years of age is not done pitching.

He is hoping to play for a record-tying 14th team after the All-Star Break.

The New York Post's Jon Heyman wrote the following about Hill:

"In more of a summer baseball story, Rich Hill, who turns 44 next week, is hoping to pitch after the All-Star break. If he pitches for one more team he’ll tie Edwin Jackson at 14 teams."

Hill is a 19-year veteran and has experience in Los Angeles and a career 4.01 ERA in 382 total appearances.

In three seasons with the Dodgers from 2017-19, Hill was 27-14 and averaged 108.2 innings per season. 

Several teams have reached out to Hill with interest including the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox which are two teams he has already played for.

Back in October, Hill spoke with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune about a return and says returning for half a season is more realistic at his age than for a whole season.

“I have to talk to my family and see where we’re at. But I would love to watch my son play Little League, and I can’t get that back. He’s gonna be 12, so it’s his last year. I’ve been fortunate enough to play this game for a long time and have a kind of position to be in that I’ve worked for and worked hard to be in and feel fortunate to be able to see that come to fruition, even through injuries and everything.”

Rich Hill via San Diego Union-Tribune

According to Hill, everyone needs pitching and someone will come calling when he is ready to return to the league.