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.
November 2, 2009 |
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.
October 1, 2012 |
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.
October 30, 2008 |
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.
May 15, 2015 |
COLE HAMELS navigated the small hallway leading up to the main event with his closest teammate by his side. There were cheers. And chants. They sang the national anthem, and later, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game. " There wasn't an empty seat in the house. Tom McCarthy stood behind the microphone and introduced Hamels. But Cole Hamels wasn't wearing Phillies red. No, it wasn't a Red Sox uniform, either. He wasn't outfitted in a Cardinals, Cubs or Padres hat. Hamels was wearing a a blue tie and a khaki suit as he stood next to his wife, Heidi, inside the cafeteria at John H. Webster Elementary School.
April 7, 2015 |
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.
January 12, 2013 |
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.
April 7, 2015 |
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.
February 26, 2015 |
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.