Rich Hill is going to be turning 43 years old in the heart of next year's spring training. This we know. Whether or not he will still be considered a major league baseball player at that point is the question.
Talking on the Bradfo Sho, Hill offered some insight into how he views his future. (To listen to the entire podcast, click here.)
According to the Red Sox lefty, his inclination right now is to play in what would be his 19th season, although the approach might be slightly altered. According to Hill, he is very strongly considering looking at 2023 as a three-month campaign.
"If it was going to be a half a year thing, of coming in at the deadline in July, where you’re working out and getting stronger and there is definitely more in the tank," he said. "I know I will be 43, but obviously there is more to give inside where you could take those extra couple of months to kind of rejuvenate and put the work in, the time in the gym, that would be beneficial for the second half."
Hill can often be seen coaching his 10-year-old son Bryce before games at whatever ballpark they find themselves together at. It's the kind of father-son time he is looking to squeeze a bit more out of using the aforementioned unique half-season approach.
And along with getting those extra few months with his wife and son, the strategy would also allow to have some additional certainty when it came to residing on a contending team heading into August, September and October.