Mike Fiers may best be known as the player who blew the lid off of the Astros trash can scandal, but he has been far more than that. The former Oakland A’s pitcher was a solid back of the rotation arm, someone who could eat up innings and provide generally solid results. Fiers also had flashes of brilliance, firing a pair of no hitters in his career.
Those days seemed long gone last year. Fiers had been signed as a depth option for the rotation only to battle injuries all year. He made just two lackluster appearances, allowing eight runs on 15 hits and four walks in 9.1 innings, striking out five. It was fair to wonder if he would even attempt to come back after that performance.
Mike Fiers hoping to rebuild career in Mexico
Fiers is going to give it one more shot. He has signed with the Leones de Yucatan for the 2022 season as he looks to rebuild his career.
It is difficult to imagine that Fiers will return to the majors. He will turn 37 years old during the course of the season, an age where most players are staring retirement in the face. The days of players magically getting better in their late 30s has ended as PED testing is now a part of the game.
But there is always hope. If Fiers can have a strong showing in Mexico, it is possible that he could find another path to the majors either later in the year or in 2023. Pitchers that can provide a solid performance while throwing six innings will always be in demand in the back of a rotation.
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Mike Fiers is hoping to get another chance in the majors. The former Oakland A’s pitcher will be playing in Mexico for the 2022 season.