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Derek Holland Making Baseball Comeback

Former Texas Rangers fan favorite Derek Holland is returning to professional baseball in Pennsylvania.

The “Dutch Oven” is ready to cook again.

Derek Holland, a longtime Texas Rangers fan favorite, is making a comeback with an independent team in Pennsylvania. The 36-year-old lefty will be pitching for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Holland made the announcement on Twitter while driving to York.

Holland has been preparing for a return to pro baseball. In the offseason, he threw for MLB scouts in Arlington in same workout the included former Rangers teammate Cole Hamels.

Holland didn’t pitch in Majors in 2022, though he spent time in the minors in both the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox organizations. Combined, he went 0-3 with a 5.77 ERA with 30 appearances, with six starts.

Holland’s last MLB season was 2021, when he went 3-2 with a 5.07 ERA for the Detroit Tigers. He made 39 appearances with one start. He’s been primarily a reliever since 2019, when he split time between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs.

Holland played under current Rangers manager Bruce Bochy with the Giants.

Holland spent eight years with the Rangers starting in 2009, going 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA. In 2011, he led the American League with four shutouts and went 16-5 as the Rangers reached their second consecutive World Series.

For his career, Holland is 82-83 with a 4.62 ERA.

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