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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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April 7, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The conversation has become more lopsided than a first-round women's NCAA tournament game between UConn and whatever poor 16th seed the Huskies happen to draw that year. It's no longer about whether the Phillies should trade Cole Hamels. It's all about when they should trade him, where they should trade him and how much they should get in return. The little hope the Phillies seemed to have when spring training opened six weeks ago dwindled to none as the Grapefruit League games progressed.
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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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April 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Four batters after Chase Utley took his first hacks, the Phillies' highest-paid position player stepped into the Nationals Park batter's box. It was the second inning. There were two outs. The 10th game of the season presented a new reality for Ryan Howard, No. 7 hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. The beleaguered first baseman through 27 at-bats had struggled to connect on a barrage of fastballs, the same pitches he used to feast on as one of baseball's elite power hitters.
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April 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The first pitch Cole Hamels delivered last night ended up as a souvenir. Former Braves, Jays, Rays and A's castoff Yunel Escobar jumped on a fastball and deposited it in the small section of red seats to the left of dead center at Nationals Park. For the third time in as many starts this season, Hamels, the owner of the largest contract in Phillies history, served up the game's first run, putting his team behind. As he's often done during his decadelong career, Hamels rebounded at first.
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April 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Odubel Herrera stood up from the chair in front of his locker and turned to face the reporters waiting for him in the Phillies clubhouse late Saturday night. Remnants from a postgame shaving-cream pie, courtesy of teammate and countryman Freddy Galvis, sat in clumps at the front of his dreadlocks. Herrera, an always-smiling 23-year-old from Venezuela, picked an opportune time for his first major-league hit. The second baseman-turned-centerfielder, who spent last year in double A, smacked Tanner Roark's 0-2 slider down the right-field line to score Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the 10th inning and put the Phillies (3-2)
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April 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST APRIL, Jeff Francoeur was a Chihuahua. The then-30-year-old former Atlanta Braves golden boy was cut loose by the Cleveland Indians at the end of spring training and was trying to work his way back to the big leagues with San Diego's Triple A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. The ever-upbeat Francoeur still enjoyed the game. He pitched on Easter Sunday 2014, the first of eight appearances on the mound for the big-armed rightfielder. But when he reported to spring training as a nonroster player with the Phillies in February, Francoeur didn't sound like a guy ready to wear a hat with a slab of bacon on it. "I want to play in the big leagues," he said.
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April 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WHEN ASKED recently to identify the Phillies' biggest area of concern as the 2015 season got underway, team president Pat Gillick immediately pointed to the dearth of position player prospects within the farm system. The Phillies were able to address a similar lack of pitching depth at the upper levels of their system this winter, through trades, but they didn't add any hitters of any significance to their minor league teams. Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera, the one hitter they did acquire, began the season in the starting lineup of the big-league team.
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April 8, 2015
Phillies ace Cole Hamels continued a recent trend regarding his first start of a season. He is 1-7 with a 5.13 ERA in his 10 season debuts. He has lost his last five. Year    Inn.    Hits    ER 2006    5       1       0 2007    7       4       0 2008    8       5      1 2009    32/3   11       7 2010    5       5       3 2011   2 2/3    7       6 2012    51/3    8       3 2013    5       7       5 2014    6       6       2 2015    5       5       4
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April 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS was prophetic, if nothing else. Just before reporting to spring training 2 months ago, the pitcher/walking human trade rumor was quoted about his possible desire to find a new baseball home with a contending team. "I just want to win . . . And I know it's not going to happen here [with the Phillies]," Hamels said in a USA Today story in February. Hamels did a fine job in backing up those infamous words on Opening Day, serving up four solo home runs and exiting after five innings in a forgettable, 8-0 defeat to the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pageantry was executed to perfection Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The baseball was not. The sunshine arrived before the gates opened and remained in place the entire day. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees, a welcome respite from a rugged winter. The ceremonial first pitches started with cancer survivor Julie Kramer's strike to Chase Utley (the two first met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just before Christmas) and ended with another inspirational toss down the middle from Kyle Shanahan, an 8-year-old from Warrington who was born with spina bifida and also has fluid on the brain.
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April 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE HIS FIRST at-bat back at Citizens Bank Park in a different uniform, Shane Victorino got a standing ovation. He tipped his helmet to the Philadelphia faithful, as his former teammates Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz purposely delayed the at-bat for their friend. Before his second at-bat, Victorino made a more meaningful gesture, one that speaks to both his personality and his popularity within the city of Philadelphia. Following the third inning of yesterday's home opener, the Phillies played tribute to late Police Officer Robert Wilson III. Wilson, mortally wounded by armed men attempting a robbery shortly after buying his oldest son a birthday gift, was shown on the video board at the ballpark.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Well, the Boston Red Sox hoped they might win a few games with Cole Hamels on the mound this season, so maybe what took place on opening day at Citizens Bank Park was just one of those cosmic jokes baseball likes to play on its participants. The Red Sox tried to trade for Hamels during the offseason, but the asking price set forth by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for the lefthanded starter was apparently too steep. The trade didn't get made, Hamels stayed with the same becalmed ship, and, from the Phillies' point of view, they would still have a chance to look like a major-league team every fifth game.
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