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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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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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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
One pitch, Cole Hamels said, was in the wrong place. The other was in the right place, the Phillies pitcher said. Both offerings brought the same result in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Colorado. While Colorado's Chad Bettis held the Phillies hitless into the eighth inning, Hamels yielded a pair of home runs to Troy Tulowitzki, which served as the pitcher's lone blemishes on an otherwise superb night at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels pitched eight innings and struck out nine batters with one walk.
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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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June 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A May that began for Cole Hamels with his worst start of the young season ended with five of his best. The Phillies ace and top trade chip enters his first start of June on a roll. Hamels, who will start opposite Cincinnati Reds righthander Mike Leake on Wednesday, allowed two earned runs or fewer while pitching seven innings or more in each of his last five starts. The five-start stretch to cap May improved the 31-year-old lefthander's ERA from 4.14 to 2.91. A key difference in Hamels' first six starts of the season compared with his last five was his walks.
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June 23, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Morgan repeated the routine six times, once before each inning of his first major-league start Sunday. The 25-year-old circled the mound as the Phillies threw his last warm-up pitch around the horn. When Morgan caught the ball from Maikel Franco, he tucked his glove under his right armpit and leaned over the back of the mound. Then he smacked the rosin bag three times against his left hand. The pattern worked fine as he tossed 52/3 innings and gave up one run in the Phillies' 9-2 win over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
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June 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A MEDIUM-SIZED rodent - perhaps about the size of the pitching rubber - deftly scaled the screen behind home plate in the second inning of last night's game between the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. It distracted everyone on the field and in the stands, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. The people, after all, came to be entertained. The Citizens Bank Park Squirrel, no relation to the 2011 NLDS Busch Stadium Squirrel, according to a baseball source, didn't stop with his high-wire act. With a hop, skip and a jump, our hero was suddenly dancing on the dugout.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels says he hopes to make his next start and unlike Thursday, this was no prank. Hamels missed Friday's start with the St. Louis Cardinals with a mild right hamstring strain. He has his eye toward his next start Wednesday against the host New York Yankees. "I'll throw a bullpen on Sunday and go back to my normal day start on Wednesday; that is the plan," Hamels said before Friday's game. Of course, much will depend on how he feels after the bullpen session on Sunday. Hamels insists that he wasn't going on the disabled list and says he is feeling much better.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest player to hit the Phillies' starting rotation didn't do so with the utmost confidence. Righthander Phillippe Aumont has always had the strongest of arms, but he conceded his biggest downfall has come between the ears. As for between the white lines, the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Aumont for six runs in four innings during Friday's 12-4 romp over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. "It has to be between the ears; I have done it plenty of times, physically," Aumont said.
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June 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE DAY he was supposed to take the mound against baseball's best team, only to have his start scratched with a minor right hamstring injury, Cole Hamels said he felt "really good. " He will not go on the disabled list. His eyes nearly rolled out of his head when he was asked - twice - about that possibility yesterday afternoon. Hamels plans to throw his regular, in-between starts bullpen session tomorrow with an eye on rejoining the Phillies' rotation Wednesday afternoon at Yankees Stadium.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nameplate above Cole Hamels' locker stall at Citizens Bank Park was gone Thursday, as were the contents that typically hang inside it. Four hours earlier the Phillies ace had been scratched from his Friday start, and someone - perhaps even Hamels himself - was clever enough to jokingly spark brief speculation that the pitcher had been traded. After they ended a woeful nine-game losing streak, a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles lightened the mood in the Phillies clubhouse. For the first time in quite a while, music blared and players shared laughs as the clubhouse opened to the media.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies finished off their 2-1 win yesterday and the media was allowed into the clubhouse, the locker stall in the back left corner of the room was empty. There was no No. 35 plate with the name "Cole Hamels" on it. No contents in the locker. The team announced before yesterday's game that Hamels would be scratched from tonight's start against St. Louis with a "mild right hamstring strain. " But had the Phillies' ace been traded? Apparently not, though no one in the clubhouse owned up to playing a prank.
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June 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS about this time last year when Aaron Jersild first got a chance to see the sweet-swinging high school junior from Georgia. Jersild, a former Clemson pitcher and the Phillies' area scout in Georgia, watched Cornelius Randolph, a lefthanded-hitting shortstop from Griffin High who had committed to Clemson, and filed a glowing report. "He was an unusually polished high school hitter, and you just don't see that every day with what we do," Jersild said yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 19, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A scattered 26,162 fans - many decked out in Baltimore Orioles orange - welcomed the Phillies back to town Wednesday in the team's first game after a disastrous road trip. Ever since the October day when Pat Gillick expressed the team's plan to rebuild, everyone in baseball has known the Phillies would struggle this season. But this poorly? If they hadn't already, the depths of the 2015 Phillies' ineptitude set in during the last nine games. A 19-3 loss Tuesday in Baltimore, the organization's most embarrassing defeat in years, clinched the franchise's first winless eight-game road trip since 1883.
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