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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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October 16, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
OF ALL THE absurdities produced during the seventh inning of Wednesday night's American League playoff game between Texas and Toronto, the most bizarre was this: Losing pitcher: Cole Hamels. For those who argue that a pitcher's won-lost record is the most meaningless of all baseball statistics, this should be the all-time Exhibit A. Approaching and then surpassing his 100th pitch that inning, Hamels induced four consecutive garden-variety ground balls, including a tailor-made doubleplay ball.
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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 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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May 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies' starting pitching - which had carried the team for the last week - finally gave way Monday night. Fireworks boomed from the Busch Stadium scoreboard five times, celebrating each Cardinals home run. They illuminated the night sky as the Cardinals lit up the Phillies in a 10-3 win. Jeremy Hellickson was responsible for three of those displays as he was tagged for six runs. Hellickson has allowed four runs or more in three of his last four starts. He was relieved by Brett Oberholtzer, who helped trigger two fireworks shows en route to three runs.
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April 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jerad Eickhoff was three years removed from being a 15th-round pick and even further from being considered a prospect. The pitcher was instead a middling minor-leaguer, struggling to find success on baseball's lowest rungs. Then, in the summer of 2014, he struck up a conversation with Mark Connor, a roving pitching instructor in the Texas Rangers' farm system. Connor told Eickhoff to throw his curveball more. He believed that American League pitchers who offered a heavy dosage of curveballs were more likely to succeed.
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April 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Maikel Franco slogged into Tuesday with just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. He has begun the season without the plate discipline that carried him last year. According to the FanGraphs website, Franco has swung at 38 percent of pitches outside the strike zone this season. That mark is nearly 4 percent higher than last season's. And Franco has connected with just 55.3 percent of those pitches, a mark that is 7 percent lower than last season's. Franco struggled with plate discipline in the minor leagues as the Phillies wanted him to resist overswinging and find a patient approach.
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April 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
David Lough was sitting on his couch watching TV on Sunday night when he missed his call to the majors. Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage left a message, telling Lough to call him back. The outfielder then learned he was joining the Phillies. His two-week stint with the triple-A IronPigs was finished. Lough, who replaced Cedric Hunter, will be used in a platoon with rookie Tyler Goeddel as the Phillies continue their search for a leftfielder. Hunter had one hit in his last 23 at-bats before he was optioned.
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April 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Aaron Nola has thrown 14 innings without walking a batter. But the Phillies have yet to win a game started by their 22-year-old righthander, and Nola was left with a bad feeling about one curveball he threw to Wil Myers. "It hung," Nola said. "It just hung. He put a good swing on it. " Nola allowed four runs in seven innings of Monday's 4-3 loss to San Diego. He had nine strikeouts. Nola was hurt, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, by his secondary stuff. The curveball to Myers, inside but high, "wasn't a good pitch," Mackanin said.
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April 1, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A fresh, clean suit hung inside each locker stall Wednesday morning. Spring training's final day had arrived. The Phillies broke their six-week camp with an 8-4 win over the Houston Astros. They packed their belongings in red duffel bags, departed Bright House Field on a bus, and boarded a chartered flight to Philadelphia with a bit of optimism. The Phillies believe they will win more games than they did last season. They may be a bit confident, but it is not a stretch to expect this season's team to be more competitive than the group that lost 99 games a season ago. The starting rotation is deeper, prospects could infuse energy, and manager Pete Mackanin will bring his wisdom and wit for an entire season after taking over last June.
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March 31, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
ON THE LAST day of my two-week tour/trip/junket through Clearwater, Fla., last month, I suggested to Bob McClure that he had the least enviable job in baseball last year. He responded with a quizzical squint. Fortunately, I am used to such looks, so I was ready with an explanation of what I actually meant, which was that being the guy in charge of the Phillies' pitching staff last year was like being the guy in charge of Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign. Sometimes it's the fiddler, sometimes it's the fiddle, but every now and then it's the instrument supplier who mistakenly shipped you a trailer full of bassoons.
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March 25, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - They assemble each day in the predawn dark, crowding into the Paul Owens Clubhouse of the Phillies' minor league complex. Many eat their breakfast on the stools or floor in front of their lockers, the seats and tables in the small kitchen already filled with players. Sprinkled among this mess of hopefuls are the hoped-fors - players belonging to a much smaller subgroup, some already familiar to Philadelphia baseball fans thirsty for the next era of good baseball to begin.
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March 23, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER , Fla. - "Bwooosh," Cameron Rupp said, skimming the palm of one hand just over the top of his head. "When I got drafted they had another kid ahead of me that I had to play in front of. And then when they traded Hunter Pence, they brought Tommy Joseph over . . . " These days, there are two Phillies catchers of the future, neither named Cameron. Andrew Knapp, their 2013 second-round pick, will start the season in Triple A. Jorge Alfaro, one of the prospects received in the Cole Hamels trade, will begin at Double A. Both, Rupp reads over and over again, are expected to be with the Phillies real soon.
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March 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Jake Thompson was traded to the Phillies last summer it was the second time in almost exactly a year that he had been dealt. The righthanded pitcher said his first trade - which moved him from Detroit to Texas - forced him to try to prove his worth. He tried to overdo everything. Each fastball was thrown at maximum speed. He was pushing himself, Thompson said, to do things he was not capable of. Thompson wanted to be perfect. Instead, he struggled. The pitcher registered a 4.31 ERA in 23 starts as a Rangers minor-leaguer.
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