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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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April 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirteen years after he came to the Phillies as an 18-year-old kid from San Diego with a prized left arm, Cole Hamels arrived at Citizens Bank Park with his two sons, Caleb, 5, and Braxton, 3, by his side. They watched from the front row Friday afternoon as their father, sporting a plaid blue button-down and the beard he has worn most of the season, attempted to contextualize his time with the only major league baseball organization he had ever known. "I guess there's a lot to say," he said, "and not enough time.
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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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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
One pitch, Cole Hamels said, was in the wrong place. The other was in the right place, the Phillies pitcher said. Both offerings brought the same result in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Colorado. While Colorado's Chad Bettis held the Phillies hitless into the eighth inning, Hamels yielded a pair of home runs to Troy Tulowitzki, which served as the pitcher's lone blemishes on an otherwise superb night at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels pitched eight innings and struck out nine batters with one walk.
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August 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels' final magical moment in a Phillies uniform last week was closely watched more than 2,000 miles away in Anaheim, Calif. As the players, coaches and manager of the Texas Rangers awaited the start of their Saturday night game against the Los Angeles Angels, they got caught up in what was going down at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Many of the Rangers knew that the trade talks between their general manager Jon Daniels and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had heated up again.
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August 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
This was mid-January, a freezing day in a freezing month, but already Nick Williams was thinking warm thoughts. The Phillies had brought him to Citizens Bank Park, with several other young players and prospects, for a tour of the place, and in walking the concourse Williams began eyeballing the right-field wall and its alluring distance from home plate. Just 329 feet down the line. Just 369 to right-center. September, he said. He wanted to be in the Phillies lineup by the end of September, to take some shots at that short porch.
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August 16, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz. Polanco came to Philadelphia in 2002 and turned out to be the most valuable piece in the deadline deal that sent Rolen to the Cardinals.
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August 11, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
HANG AROUND for 133 years and you're bound to come across all sorts of people. The history of the Phillies franchise is decorated with saints, sinners, stars and screwballs - and even a few war heroes. There were a few Phillies who were overwhelming, but many more who were simply overmatched, especially in the first half of the franchise's existence. Jake Thompson's debut on Saturday, uninspiring as it may have been, made him the 2,000th different player to don a Phillies uniform.
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August 10, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Phillies failed to move veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson at the non-waiver trade deadline, some otherwise rational people suggested that was a mistake, whatever the deal might have been, because Hellickson's presence blocked the way for the overdue promotion of Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley. I say "otherwise rational people," but the truth is it was mostly fans communicating by posted comments and through email, the latter method often employing all capital letters. For instance: "GET HIM UP HERE NOW. " Whether those impatient for Thompson imagined a late pennant push or had simply identified the savior du jour and wanted to see the first round of miracles sooner than later is a matter of conjecture.
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August 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jake Thompson, the Phillies' top pitching prospect, will make his major-league debut Saturday when he starts for the Phillies in San Diego. The 22-year-old righthander registered a 1.21 ERA in his final 11 starts with triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thompson was acquired last summer from Texas as one of the key returns in the trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers. He was dominant at the end of last season with double-A Reading and made a good impression on the Phillies during a stint in major-league spring training.
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August 3, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Approaching baseball's non-waiver trade deadline from the high road occupied by contenders is a lot different than climbing up to it from below. The better teams have good seasons in the balance, seasons that could be improved with the right additions, but those organizations are already winners and their general managers are comfortable in their office chairs. That isn't the case for the teams that hold up the few attractive pieces of their rosters like rare produce from an otherwise fallow field, hoping desperately to get the seeds for a better harvest in return.
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July 24, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
READING - As soon as Jorge Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers in 2010, his focus shifted to doing whatever he could to make it to the majors. But Alfaro grew up playing the outfield, third base, and shortstop. He didn't have any catching experience and the Rangers moved him behind the plate anyway. He wasn't expecting it. But he wasn't surprised, either. Alfaro was ready to do whatever was asked of him. "I will play anything," Alfaro said. "But I really like catching [now]
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July 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pitcher of the first half Jake Thompson, righthander, triple-A Lehigh Valley Thompson rolled into the triple-A all-star break with a 0.73 ERA in his seven starts since June 1. The 22-year-old took some time to get set in triple A, but he was dominant once he did. Thompson allowed one run or none in six of his last seven starts. He pitched seven shutout innings on July 6 in his final start of the first half. Thompson allowed just one homer in his last 491/3 innings. He has excellent command of his low-90s fastball, which he pairs with a change-up, curveball, and slider.
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July 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Cole Hamels never doubted he would return to the postseason. Stay healthy, the former Phillies ace said, and the opportunity could arise. He just did not expect it so soon with the Texas Rangers last season, mere months after the Phillies traded him. Now he is the best pitcher on the team with the best record in the American League at the all-star break. Life is good for the 32-year-old lefthander. That does not preclude him from being wistful about the great days in Philadelphia.
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May 30, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
ALLENTOWN - As players attempt to reach the major leagues, confidence can fluctuate on a daily basis with performance. For Nick Williams, one of the most highly regarded outfielders in the Phillies' system, confidence has never been an issue. Overconfidence is something he admittedly has struggled with. "I've always been extremely confident, and at times I am overconfident and I have to slow down," Williams said. Williams, who will turn 23 in September, was acquired from Texas last year in the Cole Hamels trade.
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