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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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July 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Baker paused for drama. The public address announcer did not speak until the cheers for a Cole Hamels strikeout subsided. Finally, he bellowed those three words. Rightfielder Jayson Werth! A thinned crowd at Citizens Bank Park hung on every pitch Tuesday in the critical moment of a 4-2 Phillies win over Washington. "The fans," Hamels said later, "that was something we hadn't seen all year. " The bases were loaded in the eighth inning of the fifth game in this season-defining 10-game stay at home.
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January 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Cliff Lee has been throwing off a mound without issue and is on track to pitch come spring training, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. Lee, working his way back from the left elbow injury that ended his season in August, has thrown off a mound three or four times already and is "in his normal progression to get ready for the season," Amaro said. The Phillies will send a staffer to Arkansas to watch the 36-year-old lefthander throw in the coming days.
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January 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The most prized righthanded arm in this year's free-agent class came off the board late Sunday when the Washington Nationals reportedly agreed with Max Scherzer on a seven-year, $210 million contract. The signing sent shock waves throughout baseball for obvious reasons. The Nationals have assembled a super-rotation, one that quickly drew comparisons to the 2011 Phillies. But the move also raises questions about the next shoe to drop in the starting pitching market, and whether a ripple effect of the deal could lead to a trade involving Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speaking 35 days from the first player workout in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "likely" Ryan Howard will still be with the team come spring training. That despite previously stating he told Howard that the Phillies, who are looking to get younger and rebuild, would be better off without the embattled first baseman. "There's always awkwardness when we're making transitions, I think," Amaro said Friday before the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.
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January 15, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU CAN cross one reclamation project off the list of potential Phillies starters this season. According to multiple reports, veteran lefthander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves after a similar one with the Phillies was scuttled due to a failed physical. Rodriguez, once one of the most consistent starters in the National League, has battled injuries in recent years, including a forearm strain that limited him to 12 starts in 2013 and a knee injury that preceded his being designated for assignment 2 months into last season.
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January 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BARRING a blockbuster Cole Hamels trade - which could still happen between now and next month - the 2015 Phillies starting rotation is beginning to crystallize. The Phillies signed veteran righthander Aaron Harang to a 1-year, $5 million deal yesterday. The deal includes performance and award bonuses. Harang, 36, went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts with the Atlanta Braves last season. "Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a press release.
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December 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was around late June or early July, Ruben Amaro Jr. was saying Friday, that he knew the Phillies were going nowhere. The recognition was a long time coming. They hadn't been as high as third place in the National League East standings since April 22, and Cliff Lee was hurt and A.J. Burnett was pitching through a hernia and Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hadn't hit at all and Chase Utley was fading after a fast start. Only then, Amaro said, did he and the franchise's decision-makers understand that it was time to stop kidding themselves about the sustainability of the Utley-Howard-Jimmy Rollins core, and it was that understanding that led the Phillies to trade Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor-league pitching prospects.
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December 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The final 24 hours of these winter meetings, once they were unclogged by Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs, assumed a frenzied pace. By the time Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff departed California on Thursday afternoon, they could say the Phillies' demolition had begun. Teams were more willing to do business and now will explore their backup plans involving other Phillies assets. But, after seven starting pitchers changed hands from Wednesday night into Thursday, there was less clarity about where the biggest fish, Cole Hamels, could land.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, flew last week to Atlanta for a second meeting with Jon Lester. The pitcher helped Boston win a World Series. He beat cancer and threw a no-hitter two years later. He grew up in the Red Sox organization. Now, Henry needed to sway a beloved figure. Boston's final offer, according to Yahoo Sports, was six years and $135 million. Lester signed with the Cubs for $155 million. He rejected those emotional ties for a better deal.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in a few years, the Phillies departed the winter meetings looking as if they had a reasonable plan and the ability to execute it. Trading a player with a no-trade clause isn't easy, but Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplished it, and the early reports are that he netted a couple of plausible big-league pitchers in return for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the reports from scouts are to be believed, neither Tom Windle nor Zach Eflin possesses top-of-the-rotation upside.
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