- Cole Hamels, it was on Monday, is out for the season, again, after experiencing arm pain during rehab.
- Hamels will make $1 million this year without pitching a single inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- More MLB news here.
37-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels was placed on the 60-day injured list on Monday by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hamels, recovering from triceps and shoulder problems, was supposed to throw a two inning simulated game, but only made it one inning before being shut down with arm pain.
This now makes it two years in a row that the 2008 World Series MVP has seen his season come to an end before it even really got started.
In 2020, Hamels signed a one year, $18 million contract with Atlanta. He suffered from left shoulder tendinitis during Summer Camp, then ended up pitching only 3-1/3 innings for the Braves, allowing three earned runs, before leaving the game in his only start, never to return. He was paid a prorated amount of $6,666,667 due to the pandemic shortening the season.
This year, after holding a showcase in July for teams to see that he was healthy again, the Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to replace missing pitcher Trevor Bauer, signed Hamel to a contract paying him $1 million guaranteed, plus $200,000 per start.
Cole Hamels had arm pain again and is done for the year while the #Dodgers are on the hook for $1 million.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 17, 2021
This means that Hamels will have made $7,666,667 over the past two seasons for pitching a grand total of 3-1/3 innings.
Let’s do some math on this…
Hamels has been paid $2,300,230.12 per inning over the past two seasons.
That also means Cole Hamels made $3,833,33.50 per strikeout pitched.
Or $766.666.70 per out.
Breaking it down even further, Hamels will have earned $147,435.90 per pitch thrown in a game over the past two years.
Baseball fans, as usual, reacted with sympathy and best wishes for the one-time great pitcher whose career may now be over.
Just kidding, they made tons of jokes at his expense.
Cole Hamels will finish his #Dodgers career without ever allowing a run— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 17, 2021
Cole Hamels & his agent are absolutely fleecing MLB teams.— Jefferson (@JeffMDonahoo) August 17, 2021
Cole Hamels is just Oceans 11-ing his way around the league, stealing from teams one at a time.— Birmingham Braves Fan (@bhambravesfan) August 17, 2021
Cole Hamels after getting a million bucks from the dodgers & not throwing a pitch be like pic.twitter.com/rWnaMMTMWU— Jim Russell (@JimRussellSD) August 17, 2021
cole hamels highlight reel to honor his time with the dodgers 💯🔥 pic.twitter.com/Xoj3FAdWsF— colin (@AngryPaddack) August 17, 2021
Cole Hamels Dodger career highlights 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/HgiIllUkuV— Bruce (@ThatFuncyMuncy1) August 17, 2021
If this is the end for Cole Hamels, the four-time All-Star will finish his Major League Baseball career with an impressive 163-122 (.572) record, 2,560 strikeouts, and a 3.43 ERA.