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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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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
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.
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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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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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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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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - It's nearly Memorial Day weekend, meaning most major league teams are beginning to take stock of themselves more than a quarter of the way through the season. The Phillies' brass has been honest with its own club since around Halloween, though. It's a rebuilding team that has been eager to sell off veteran parts. With the trade deadline a little more than two months away, the front office's efforts to move the remaining parts will reach a fever pitch soon. The Phillies will be baseball's most aggressive seller, and contending teams could do a lot worse than adding a Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang or Jonathan Papelbon to their pitching stable in hopes of a postseason run. And then there's the case of Ryan Howard, the once-immovable big piece.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Ryan Howard couldn't hold on to a high throw from third baseman Maikel Franco, and it led to the Colorado Rockies' scoring three runs in the first inning of Tuesday night's game at Coors Field. But Aaron Harang was unbowed, unbent and unbroken. The 37-year-old righthander continued his startling start to the season, following a first inning that saw three unearned runs come across the plate by tossing five zeros on the home half of the scoreboard in the next five.
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May 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Cole Hamels' last three starts have lowered his season ERA by almost a full run. The 31-year-old lefthander's latest performance, his longest outing of the season, fueled the Phillies to their longest winning streak since September 2012. The Phillies earned their sixth consecutive win on Monday night in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Their ace allowed just one run and six hits over 71/3 innings. Hamels has won each of his last 11 starts in which he has been afforded at least three runs of support while he is in the game.
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May 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - The ball was in the thin Colorado air only for a few seconds, but it must have felt more like several minutes for Freddy Galvis. The shortstop saw centerfielder Odubel Herrera raise his arms as the fly ball off the bat of Drew Stubbs came his way. But was Herrera signaling he had a beat on it … or that he had no idea where the ball was headed?  Galvis gave chase. Herrera attempted to play catch-up, but he, too, was too late. A ball that Herrera, a converted infielder, should have caught fell onto the Coors Field grass, putting Rockies runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning of a tie game.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE CELLPHONE screen was blowing up with messages. The plastic cup beside it was chilled with ice. The wrestling championship belt was in its usual place, hanging along the side. But standing on its own in the locker stall of Jonathan Robert Papelbon was a reward for not only a successful night's work, but for a career achievement that set the relief pitcher aside from every other player in the 133 years of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. It was a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue.
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May 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordy Mercer's fly ball landed in Jeff Francoeur's glove in foul territory and the journeyman rightfielder fired toward home. The throw was perfect, nailing Steve Lombardozzi at the plate and cementing Jonathan Papelbon as the Phillies' all-time saves leader. Papelbon saved the 113th game of his four-year tenure with the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In dramatic fashion, he surpassed Jose Mesa on the franchise's all-time list.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
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.
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May 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley snapped the clasp of his silver watch after dressing at his locker. Another day was complete. Another loss - this time a 7-4 defeat to the New York Mets - was finished. Utley went 1 for 3 with a run scored. His lone hit was his first double of the season. It gave him a hit on consecutive days for the first time this season. Utley's batting average rose to .116, an increase of 17 points from where it stood before Saturday's loss. It is still the major-league's lowest mark.
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May 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it a dark night for the Dark Knight of Gotham. For the second time this season, New York Mets righthander Matt Harvey was less than imposing when facing the Phillies. This time, it resulted in his first loss of the season as Cole Hamels allowed one run in seven innings during the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Mets on Friday at Citizens Bank Park. Harvey allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four, and allowed a Ryan Howard solo home run. Harvey's line was almost identical to the one he had in a 6-5 win over the visiting Phillies on April 14. In that game, he allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.
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May 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE DARK KNIGHT of Gotham arrived to South Philly for the first time in nearly two years. But the leading man in the New York Mets' starting rotation doesn't work alone. It's "Matt Harvey Night" when he pitches at Citi Field. Last night, he brought a legion of followers with him down I-95. The blue that intermingled with red at Citizens Bank Park wasn't the empty seats that have become a common fixture to Phillies baseball in 2015. They were Mets fans, attempting the take over the 12-year-old ballpark like the bad ol' days at Veterans Stadium.
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