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December 31, 2008
Cole Hamels didn't expect to win the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year, but that's only because he didn't know it existed. See, Hamels expects to win it all. That is his secret. He expects to retire every batter, preferably by strikeout, and he hates walks. He expects to win every game. He expects an ERA around 3.00. This year, in his second full season, he finished in the top 10 in the NL in wins, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, wins, ERA, innings pitched, shutouts and, the killer geek stat, walks and hits per innings pitched.
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November 2, 2009 | By Andy Martino and Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels instigated a talk-radio firestorm with his postgame comments Saturday after an 8-5 loss to the Yankees in Game 3 - although the full context revealed a more complicated meaning than the interpretation that incensed some. "I can't wait for it to end," Hamels said of his difficult season. "It's been mentally draining. At year's end, you just can't wait for a fresh start. " Some commentators who heard those words in isolation took them to mean that Hamels did not want to pitch again this season.
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October 1, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The Phillies handed Cole Hamels the ball Sunday for the 212th time in his career, and the man with a $144 million left arm pitched with grace in a start unlike any before. Never before had Hamels, the franchise's golden boy, pitched in a truly meaningless game. They were eliminated on the penultimate day of his rookie season. Ever since, Hamels has pitched with the postseason in sight. There was no difference Sunday in a stellar seven-inning effort against the Miami Marlins that capped a marvelous 2012 for Hamels.
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October 30, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a youngster growing up in San Diego, Cole Hamels dreamed about this. He dreamed about winning the World Series, about being the MVP, about hugging teammates and spraying champagne. The reality is much better than the dream. "It's tremendous," the 24-year-old pitcher said with a bright, ear-to-ear smile after the Phillies wrapped the World Series championship with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in Game 5 last night. "I can't describe it," he said. "It's such a phenomenal experience.
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January 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels was restricted in his throwing program earlier this offseason because of shoulder soreness, CSNPhilly.com reported Thursday, but the issue was never serious enough to require a doctor's examination. "I'd be concerned if this was an issue, but we don't view this as an issue at all," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com. Earlier in the week, Amaro said there were no outstanding injury issues to his knowledge, including for reliever Mike Stutes, who had shoulder surgery last June.
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February 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Although the Phillies did not appear to make a serious run at 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, his reported deal with the Boston Red Sox could affect the Phils in the coming months. Boston's addition of Moncada, who Monday reportedly agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus, deepens the Red Sox prospect pool. It's possible the Red Sox could intensify their pursuit of Cole Hamels as the July 31 trade deadline gets close. At that point, an abundance of prospects could make Boston the front-runner to land the Phillies ace. Moncada will join a talent pool already consisting of touted catcher Blake Swihart and 6-foot-6 lefthander Henry Owens.
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October 30, 2008 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
Cole Hamels was a Rocco Baldelli homer away from being the first pitcher to win five postseason games. No matter. Hamels was the World Series MVP. He didn't pitch last night, but every time he pitched, the Phils won - even in games that started on a Monday and ended on a Wednesday. "I'm definitely going to have to enjoy this moment, because there are a lot of times you don't have everything go your way," Hamels said. "I was just fortunate enough to, I guess, be on the good ends of these victories and winning a trophy.
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March 16, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It came in the form of a text message from the team a couple of hours after the Phillies' 2-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it was certainly not a surprise. Still, it's somewhat of a big deal to be named an opening-day starter in the big leagues for the first time in your career, and that's exactly what officially happened for Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels Thursday. Hamels, 29, will pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 1. He was not available for comment, but he downplayed the honor earlier in spring training.
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May 21, 2006 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Back in January, when he was still taking baby steps in his recovery from a back condition that scuttled his climb up the minor-league ladder last summer, Cole Hamels said his goal for the 2006 season was to get to Philadelphia and make a run at the National League rookie of the year award. Hamels has arrived. (You might have heard that.) He has plenty of time to make a bid for the NL's top rookie prize. And he certainly has the talent. He also will have plenty of competition.
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March 23, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley played four innings at second base on Saturday, marking the first time this spring that he has played in the field. Utley did not see a lot of action, but he said it went well. Utley will not travel with the team Sunday to play Boston in Fort Myers. Utley's schedule for the rest of the spring is to be determined. "I would imagine that I progress with more innings," Utley said. "I don't necessarily see playing every day from here on out. I'll just take baby steps.
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March 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - After his second start of the spring, Aaron Harang walked alongside a member of the Phillies' training staff in the inner sanctum of George M. Steinbrenner Field last night. Harang, who turns 37 in May, has had to adjust his workouts in the last month. More stretching, more flexibility exercises. Despite having logged just five Grapefruit League innings, and enduring back issues twice in the last month, Harang remains confident he can be slotted into his projected spot after Cole Hamels in the second game of the Phillies season, in 3 weeks at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 20, 2015
I FEAR for the children. Specifically, the ones coming of age over the next few years, when lifelong sports memories and loyalties are often forged. Who will reach their teens over the next 11 years. I fear for the ones too young to have seen Brad Lidge drop to his knees, Allen Iverson break Michael Jordan's ankles, the Flyers rally from an 0-3 hole against the Bruins, the Eagles finally make it to the Super Bowl. And that's just for starters. If your kids are anywhere from 18 to say, 28, they have enjoyed one of the better eras in Philadelphia sports history, full of stars and story lines, each season bringing with it a healthy level of anticipation and suspense.
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March 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay sat on a counter in the back of the press box at Bright House Field, the backs of his knees draped across the edge of the formica, his legs dangling below. He wore a T-shirt and a hat and he rested his sun-tanned forearms on his thighs. The national anthem played and the crowd cheered and a slender lefthanded pitcher strode to the mound. All of this occurred with a two-tiered terrace of working media standing, blocking Halladay's view of the windows that looked out onto the field.
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March 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The toughest part, Roy Halladay said, was the questions he would face after each start. Do you really want to leave? Do you want to go somewhere else? What's it going to be like to leave? Trade rumors followed Halladay throughout his 2009 season with Toronto, just as they have lingered this spring over Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Halladay said then he wanted to play for a winner, which is what Hamels told USA Today before reporting to camp. There was a trade market then for Halladay, just as there is one now for Hamels.
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March 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list, the Phillies' offseason signing of Aaron Harang becomes even more important. Harang, a 36-year-old righthander, is in line to become the team's No. 2 starter behind ace Cole Hamels now that Lee is resting the torn common flexor tendon in his left elbow. That, of course, is dependent on Harang's staying healthy, too. But despite already missing two of three scheduled spring starts because of back discomfort, Harang said Monday he is confident he will begin the regular season on schedule.
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March 17, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is no truth to the rumor that Ruben Amaro Jr. spotted Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington in the middle of yesterday's split-squad game against the Red Sox and used his fingers to pantomime a phone while mouthing the words, "Call me. " But the thought had to have crossed his mind as he watched two of Boston's projected starters combine to walk five batters while allowing 10 runs and striking out only two in 7 1/3 innings...
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March 17, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Today, the Phillies will complete their third trip through the rotation of the spring when Cole Hamels takes the mound against the Orioles. Absent for all but one of those trips has been the guy who projects to open the season as the No. 2 starter. Yesterday, Ryne Sandberg downplayed any concern about Aaron Harang's balky back affecting his availability for Opening Day. The manager said that the veteran righthander has more than enough time to get his body ready for the rigors of a 32-start season.
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March 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With three weeks until opening day, the Phillies' starting rotation is still very much in flux. Cliff Lee is attempting to pitch through a tear in his elbow tendon and Aaron Harang has missed two of three scheduled Grapefruit League starts. The uncertainty has given Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez a good chance to win a spot in the back end of the rotation. But his results through three Grapefruit League outings have done little to quell the newfound concerns about the Phillies' starting pitching behind ace Cole Hamels.
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March 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cliff Lee climbed back atop a mound yesterday morning, 5 days after feeling pain in his left elbow. The pain is still there. "I got through it," Lee said. "There's still something there . . . If it starts to progress worse, then obviously that's a pretty telling sign. If it maintains how it is, then I'll keep going. " Lee remains ready to attempt to pitch through a tear of the common flexor tendon, with the very real possibility that the pain that he first felt 10 months ago never goes away and that his 2015 season will end before it has a chance to begin, with a corrective surgical procedure.
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