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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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April 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS will make what is likely his final minor league tuneup tonight in Clearwater, Fla., against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Hamels will take the mound for Class A Clearwater for the third time in 12 days. His next start will likely come next week at Dodger Stadium, the second stop on the Phillies' upcoming, 10-game, three-city ,Western road trip. "I'm optimistic," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's a distinct possibility," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels will pitch Thursday in Clearwater and is expected to join the Phillies rotation next week in Los Angeles. "I'm optimistic about that," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Hamels is recovering from left biceps tendinitis. It delayed his spring-training work and kept him sidelined since the start of the season. He last pitched in a rehab start Saturday in Clearwater, when he threw 67 pitches. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock called Hamels' return against the Dodgers a "distinct possibility.
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April 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE GOOD NEWS for the Phillies: A.J. Burnett will make his start as scheduled tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The bad news for Burnett: He'll need surgery at some point to correct an inguinal hernia. Burnett and the Phillies hope surgery won't have to take place until after the season. Burnett, who had a cortisone injection yesterday after getting hurt Friday, will have to spend the next 5 1/2 months managing the pain. "You don't want anything to happen, but it's something that I think is manageable," Burnett said.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Ryne Sandberg said Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, who left Friday night's game after 41/3 innings with soreness in his groin, will be tested on Monday. The manager did not specify the type of test. When asked before Saturday's win over the Miami Marlins how Burnett felt the day after the injury, Sandberg said: "Similar to last night. "   Burnett threw 106 pitches and said the discomfort was off and on but was more constant in the fifth inning. Sandberg said that long reliever Jeff Manship and triple-A starter David Buchanan would be candidates to replace Burnett if he had to be placed on the disabled list.
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April 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE RYAN BRAUN played the role of the Grinch Who Stole the Home Opener, Cole Hamels shared encouraging news for Phillies fans: He could return to the rotation earlier than expected. Three hours before the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers play in the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, Hamels stood inside the home dugout and sounded confident he would be off the disabled list and on the mound in 2 weeks. Hamels made the first start of his official rehab assignment (and third game overall)
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April 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Jake Diekman threw 65 pitches in four of the Phillies' first five games, so he was excused from the sixth. He found work Sunday in the form of a morning jog on the warning track at Wrigley Field. Diekman relaxed for the remainder of the day. The lanky lefthander emerged, in less than a week, as Ryne Sandberg's most trusted middle reliever for tight situations. There is an obvious reason. "Unbelievable," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "He brings that fire. " Diekman fired 10 pitches at 94 m.p.h.
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels will start his official rehab assignment Sunday with single-A Clearwater, and a return later this month looks increasingly probable. Hamels, who is recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, said at the end of spring training that he expected to need six starts before being major-league ready. (He has made two in scrimmages.) Hamels will attempt to simulate a typical spring training one month later than everyone else. If Hamels pitches every fifth day and does not suffer any setbacks, it could put the lefthander back in the Phillies rotation around April 26. But the Phillies could cushion a few of those outings with extra days and have Hamels pitch the opener of a homestand against New York on April 29. That scenario makes sense because it would come on the regular turn for the fifth spot in the rotation.
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April 3, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SWALLOWS come back to Capistrano. The monarch butterflies flutter away from Pacific Grove. Every spring. And every spring, the new baseball books arrive, polished and scrubbed, brimming with promise, kids on the first day of school. Have the Phillies ever had a bleaker spring? OK, 1960 comes to mind. Maybe '61, the year they wound up losing 23 in a row. You are going to need a good baseball book or two or three to get you through the summer. Leading off, "Where Nobody Knows Your Name.
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