Red Sox’s Rich Hill names team he still wants to play for before retirement
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill has played for 11 Major League Baseball organizations, including three stops in Boston, but he still has a jersey he’d like to put on before making a career out of it.
The 42-year-old would love to take part in the 2023 World Baseball Classic as a member of Team USA.
“It would be the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to play for your country,” Hill told Ian Browne of MLB.com. “I think it would be extremely exciting and very humbling if that opportunity came around. As a kid, you would watch the Olympics or anything United States-related until you played on a big stage for the country. “
Hill would consider it a huge honor to come out and compete for his country.
“It’s bigger than all of us to play for your country,” Hill said. “It’s the definition of a team when you all come together and can’t wait to accomplish something together. It’s pretty special.”
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Red Sox manager Alex Cora was the first to hint at Hill’s interest in playing for Team USA earlier in September.
“We were talking about the WBC next year, (Hill) really wants to do it and I actually talked to Mark DeRosa (who runs the USA team) and I said ‘Hey, he can open, he can do take out southpaws, he can give five solid innings, “so we’ll see what happens in the end,” Cora told reporters, as seen during NESN’s postgame coverage Sept. 12. .
Hill doesn’t turn on the radar gun, but has enough cunning to be an effective launcher on any stage. The southpaw isn’t an ace but he would be more than capable of stepping out in the WBC.
The lanky southpaw is 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA, an impressive 103-to-36 strikeout ratio and a 3.82 FIP in 118 1/3 innings over 25 starts. He will have one more start to defend DeRosa and company this season.
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