Tom Brady isn't the only professional athlete still playing deep into his forties.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill, 42, has spent 18 years in the big leagues. He's not ready to retire just yet, however, as he plans to return in 2023.
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Hill is wrapping up a solid season with the Red Sox after going 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA and a 3.82 FIP in 25 starts spanning 118 1/3 innings. The veteran southpaw will be a free agent again this winter after signing a one-year, $5 million pact with Boston last offseason.
A Massachusetts native, Hill may try to return to the Red Sox on a similarly inexpensive deal. The team has several rotation holes to fill next year and a ton of payroll coming off the books, so Hill could at least serve as a cheap insurance option for 2023.
If Boston isn't interested, Hill could likely find a job elsewhere. While some clubs might be scared off by his age and lengthy injury history, every team in baseball could use more starting pitching, especially if it doesn't cost much. Hill is a proven arm with strong leadership and experience intangibles that could have a positive impact on a young staff.
Regardless of where Hill ends up next year, it's always encouraging to see athletes defy their age. Hill has had to overcome numerous obstacles throughout his career, and nobody would have guessed that he'd still be pitching at this age. You can't blame him for wanting to stick around a little longer, especially since he's still chasing a World Series ring.
If he doesn't win one soon, he might just have to pitch forever.