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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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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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February 24, 2013 | Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The new leader of the starting rotation did exactly what he was supposed to do in the Grapefruit League opener Saturday, but still the Phillies could not beat the Houston Astros. This we offer as proof that spring-training leadership week was blown way out of proportion. Or maybe Saturday's fall-from-ahead loss was just more evidence that regardless of how wretched the Astros become, the Phillies will always have a hard time beating them. The good news about that is the Astros have moved to the American League West, never to be seen again in Philadelphia as anything other than an interleague opponent.
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August 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
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August 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST MONTH, it was Ryan Howard who was upset when his name was missing from the Phillies' starting lineup for three straight games. Two weeks ago, it was Kyle Kendrick, ticked that he was given what he thought was an early hook in San Francisco. In spring training, Jimmy Rollins and Ryne Sandberg had to speak after the manager gave the franchise shortstop an oddly timed break from regular playing time in the middle of March. Over the weekend, rookie righthander David Buchanan and struggling leftfielder Domonic Brown both made subtle criticisms of their manager (only to take them back a day later)
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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August 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE INNING began with Cole Hamels serving up a game-tying home run, being greeted by his manager, and handing the ball over with nary a word or even eye contact. It ended with the rookie reliever hopping off the same mound in celebration, after striking out all three hitters he faced on 13 pitches. The score remained the same, but a game Hamels had owned for six innings was suddenly going Washington's way, before Ken Giles entered and quieted the Nats' bats. Giles' latest dominating performance awakened the sleepy crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK, A.J. Burnett said he was "probably" going to retire after the season. It wasn't exactly a surprising development, since Burnett spent the first three months of last offseason thinking along the same lines. But after delivering his first stellar start in more than a month on Monday night, Burnett's words from a week ago are somewhat relevant. Burnett tossed five zeros on the board for the first five innings against a very talented team in leading the Phillies to a 3-2 victory.
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August 27, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A.J. Burnett's two sons, Allan Jr. and Ashton, scampered through the Phillies clubhouse Monday night with Nerf guns. They shot rubber darts to celebrate their dad's 3-2 win over Washington, and Burnett's dilemma manifested. The last 16 summers were spent away from his family; retirement could tempt him. "I have some options for next year, of course," Burnett said. "But I signed a one-year deal for a reason. Those little rug rats you saw running around here and Karen, my wife, there is a big reason for that.
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August 27, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
BEFORE THE well-deserved inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine into the Baseball Hall of Fame last month, an old, familiar advertisement from 1998 made the rounds on the various social-media platforms of the day. "Chicks dig the long ball" was a Nike campaign that took off, thanks, in large part, to the deadpan deliveries of the two everyman-looking Cy Young arms, who, after watching women fawn over the batting-practice blasts of Mark McGwire,...
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August 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will use the final 32 games to find solutions, and they must know every revelation cannot be franchise-altering. A team on pace for 90 losses will improve in slow (sometimes painful) increments. That elevates a 32-year-old waiver claim with three quality starts against three contenders to exalted status. This summer, two of the worst teams in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams. He has carved a successful home in the Phillies rotation, with eight more innings in a 7-1 win over St. Louis as the latest evidence.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS THE Philadelphia region prepared itself for the main event of the day's sporting schedule, a Little League game played out during a long inning at Citizens Bank Park on yesterday afternoon. And not of the high-caliber kind that's being played this week in Williamsport. More of the endless, error-filled brand of ball found at your local recreation league fields each weekend in the spring. The fourth inning of a matinee between the Phillies and Seattle Mariners featured a wild pitch, a passed ball, two errors, Cole Hamels' pitch count nearing 90, and one baserunner caught between third and home when his teammate missed a bunt sign.
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August 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg came to the postgame podium Wednesday wearing a Little League shirt and hat - a homage to the Mid-Atlantic champion Taney team from Philadelphia. It was certainly a nice gesture, but feel free to insert your own punch line about that not being much different from any other day during this lost season. "We all played Little League. It's getting back to the basics of baseball," Sandberg said after the Phillies slipped past the Mariners, 4-3. The basics of baseball were nowhere to be found in Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, however, as the teams combined for two errors, three wild pitches, a passed ball, a botched suicide squeeze, and a bunch of catches in the outfield that looked like magic tricks.
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