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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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July 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FOR HIS PART, Cole Hamels has not demanded to be traded out of Philadelphia. If it is Hamels' unstated desire, however, he has not done anything in his last two starts to make things easier for the Phillies to make a deal happen. In the last week there was a report that the Phillies were re-evaluating their trade demands for Hamels, indicating they may be willing to settle for a lesser package. Still, a lesser deal does not mean a bad deal. The Phillies are not going to make Hamels into a blue-light special.
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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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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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July 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The first domino in this month's trade market fell Thursday when the Houston Astros acquired starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for pitching prospect Daniel Mengden and catching prospect Jacob Nottingham. The deal was the much-awaited first in what should be a flurry of moves before 4 p.m. next Friday. How many of the Phillies' tradable pieces will be moved - and for what return? - is the burning question among the Philadelphia region's baseball fans with one week to go until the deadline.
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July 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK FROM today the Phillies will alter the shape of their franchise, move their rebuild into the highest of high gears and shake the very foundation of Citizens Bank Park when they ship Cole Hamels to a contending team prior to the trade deadline. Or they'll hold onto Hamels, and revisit the market this winter. Which is the smarter play? Which of those options gets the front office to the finish line first, with "finish line" meaning "fielding a perennial contending team"?
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July 23, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In Baton Rouge, the place to go when the big game is on is Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar on Burbank Drive, within staggering-home distance of the campus at Louisiana State University, and J.P. Kelly was there Tuesday night. Kelly is the athletic director at Catholic High School, Aaron Nola's alma mater. He knows Nola well, and he was not going to miss the chance to see the kid's first major-league start. Few in Baton Rouge were. A local sports-talk station had set up a 24-hour countdown clock that expired when Nola threw his first pitch Tuesday.
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July 23, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FORTY-FIVE minutes before game time, the few fans who were in their seats and paying attention in rightfield broke out in a round of applause. A lone figure was jogging across the outfield grass toward the 401 sign in dead centerfield. The sound of 60 or so hands clapping mixed with the pregame elevator music that played over the sound system. The grounds crew watered the infield. Aaron Nola paused in front of the 401 sign, then jogged back. The smattering of fans clapped again. Hey, I wish I had something more dramatic for you, a slow clap or a rhythmic chant or an electric sense of anticipation rippling through a sold-out crowd as fathers lift sons upon shoulders to catch their first glimpse of the kid. But maybe the anonymity is fitting, because the Phillies' best pitching prospect since Cole Hamels is that kind of pitcher: understated, efficient, ready to pounce on any hitter who scoffs that he isn't a fire-breather named Thor.
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July 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RUBEN AMARO JR. found an empty chair next to the rookie pitcher's locker and waited for him to return. When Aaron Nola joined him, he received a few warm words and a hearty handshake from the Phillies' general manager. Maikel Franco followed, offering a fist bump to the 22-year-old righthander. Then relievers Luis Garcia, Hector Neris and Justin De Fratus, with a handshake, a hug, or a slap on the behind for the Louisianan Kid. Aaron Nola was as good as advertised in his major league debut.
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July 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MAIKEL FRANCO might not return to the Phillies' lineup until they arrive at Wrigley Field on Friday, but at least he isn't destined for the disabled list. A night removed from exiting a game against the Tampa Bay Rays with right elbow soreness, Franco limited his pregame activity yesterday to shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice. Before he took the field, Franco said he felt better and was eager to return to the lineup today, when the Phillies wrap up their homestand with a matinee against Tampa at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Rupp lowered his catcher's mitt as Steven Souza Jr. braced for the 2-2 pitch. For the first time all night, two Tampa Bay Rays were on base, and Aaron Nola was one strike from escaping the jam. Nola, long touted for pinpoint command of his three pitches, delivered a curveball down in the strike zone and a shade outside. Souza flailed at it for an inning-ending strikeout, punctuated with a fist pump by Rupp. It was telling that a 22-pitch fifth inning was the most laborious of the evening for Nola, who backed up the anticipation surrounding his major-league debut with six impressive frames of one-run baseball on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FOR HIS PART, Cole Hamels has not demanded to be traded out of Philadelphia. If it is Hamels' unstated desire, however, he has not done anything in his last two starts to make things easier for the Phillies to make a deal happen. In the last week there was a report that the Phillies were re-evaluating their trade demands for Hamels, indicating they may be willing to settle for a lesser package. Still, a lesser deal does not mean a bad deal. The Phillies are not going to make Hamels into a blue-light special.
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July 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cole Hamels' three-inning performance on Sunday continued a trend of short outings for Phillies starters. A Phillies starting pitcher has gone more than five innings in just 55 of the team's 95 games this season, the third-worst mark in the majors. The Phillies have had only one starter log more than six innings in the last 10 games. The rotation's inability to pitch deep into games has forced the relievers to work overtime. On Sunday, there seemed to be someone throwing on the bullpen mound from the third inning until the end of the game.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
THE VISUALIZATION wasn't working. Yesterday, the Phillies started their annual "Christmas in July" promotion when they ask fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Police Athletic League and Carson Valley Children's Aid - the toy drive, by the way, continues through the three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays that ends on Wednesday. Still, while Christmas music blared between innings, thoughts of December frost and snowflakes could not erase the fact it was one of the hottest days of the year, 95 degrees and rising.
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