San Diego Padres Announce Cole Hamels Has Retired
It has been quite a while since Cole Hamels has taken a major league pitching mound. In fact, next month will mark three full years since he made a single appearance for the Atlanta Braves. Despite signing a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres this past offseason, that Braves appearance will be his last.
The San Diego Padres announced that both Hamels and reliever Craig Stammen have decided to retire. Hamels never made an appearance for San Diego professionally. So while Stammen had a dedicated social media announcement, Hamels did not.
Hamels still loves the Philadelphia area and the Jersey Shore of course.
In fact, just a few weeks ago Hamels was spotted in Ocean City, New Jersey. That raised questions as to whether or not he was still going to play baseball. As it turns out, his body decided for him that it was time to retire.
Lifetime, Hamels was 163-122 with 2,560 strikeouts and a 3.43 ERA. He appeared in 423 major league games from his debut in 2006 through his last start in 2020.