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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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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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July 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FOR HIS PART, Cole Hamels has not demanded to be traded out of Philadelphia. If it is Hamels' unstated desire, however, he has not done anything in his last two starts to make things easier for the Phillies to make a deal happen. In the last week there was a report that the Phillies were re-evaluating their trade demands for Hamels, indicating they may be willing to settle for a lesser package. Still, a lesser deal does not mean a bad deal. The Phillies are not going to make Hamels into a blue-light special.
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September 16, 2016
The Phillies will start next season where they started 2016 and they will end with a glut of home games at Citizens Bank Park. Major League Baseball released its 2017 schedule on Wednesday, a schedule that includes a second straight opening day - April 3, 2017 - in Cincinnati and 16 of the Phillies' final 19 games at home. The most brutal stretch of the schedule is in early August, when the Phillies will play 13 games in Western or Mountain time zones over a 20-day span. National League East teams are paired with American League West teams next season in interleague play, which makes for longer travel.
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September 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
A manager, two coaches, and a veteran catcher gathered near home plate about four hours before Monday's game to watch Jorge Alfaro. The 23-year-old catching prospect fired again and again to second base in a pregame drill, showing an arm that is regarded as one of the best in the minors. On Tuesday, Alfaro will have a chance to use it in a major-league game. He will catch Alec Asher, in what should be the first of a few opportunities for the Colombian catcher this September. The Phillies have 18 games remaining after Monday.
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September 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - It has been a little more than 13 months since the Phillies acquired Jerad Eickhoff, and the word that is used so often to describe the pitcher continues to be bulldog.   His triple-A manager labeled Eickhoff as one last summer before the righthander joined the Phillies. His teammates have called him one, and manager Pete Mackanin is always quick to use the term. Eickhoff lived up to his billing Saturday night as he gritted out six shutout innings in a 3-0 Phillies loss to Washington at Nationals Park.
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September 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - After Jake Thompson struggled in his first few major-league starts, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin began to wonder what happened to the pitcher who dominated through his time in the minors. It took some time, but that pitcher has slowly started to emerge. Thompson pitched 51/3 solid innings on Friday night in a 5-4 loss to Washington at Nationals Park. He has allowed five runs in his last 191/3 innings after allowing 21 in his first 191/3. The righthander struck out five batters, walked one, and allowed two runs and five hits.
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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
If there was any silver lining to an 0-6 homestand that began and ended with losses by Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson, it was actually the performance of the 22-year-old righthander. Forget the two losses on his pitching record, an often misleading statistic. Thompson was vastly improved in his last two starts after being roughed up in his first four. After being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 6, Thompson posted a 9.78 in his first four starts. He worked on mechanics with pitching coach Bob McClure and everything about his two starts since has been encouraging.
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September 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The best starter available in this winter's free-agent class has made one start since July 7 because of a blister on his left middle finger. The next best is a 29-year-old righthander with a career 3.92 ERA and will require the surrender of a draft pick to sign. There's a 43-year-old Dominican whose fastball cannot crack 90 mph and a 30-year-old Texan who throws much harder but cannot command it. It is a historically bad market for starting pitchers at a time when pitching has never been more expensive to acquire.
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August 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Jake Thompson threw a 90-mph fastball Tuesday night and watched it fly. Jose Abreu clobbered a two-run homer. Thompson, a 22-year-old Phillies rookie making his fourth career start, received a new ball. Twice, he tapped his left spike on the mound at U.S. Cellular Field. He dug his right foot into the dirt. Three pitches later, he allowed another home run. This, a 9-1 loss to the White Sox, was yet another nightmare for Thompson. He could not throw strikes. When he did, they were meatballs.
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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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