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They say that the true measure of a general manager can only be seen over time. Now is the time to look back and realize how Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro made a big mistake when dealing with Cole Hamels.
In January of 2009 Ruben Amaro signed Cole Hamels to a 3 year contract to buy out his arbitration years and try to remove some of the unpleasantness that Hamels had in previous contract negotiations. I penned an article then discussing how Amaro should have made Hamels given up one or more of his years of free agency to get the guaranteed money then. Had he done so, things would be very different now for the Phillies budget.
Had Amaro gotten just one extra year included in this contract, something that is fairly standard when buying out arbitration years, Hamels would be signed for next season for much less money then he will command now. After 2013, the Phillies budget will have more flexibility and extending Hamels would be less of an issue.
Had Ruben Amaro negotiated bett...
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Cole Hamels has always been a very fine pitcher. This season, however, he looks to be taking his game to another level as he enters his prime. That will make him a very, very wealthy man this offseason. A first-round pick in 2002, Hamels has only gotten better as his career has progressed, culminating this season with a league-leading seven wins. On the heels of another gem on Thursday...
Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings, finishing up by retiring Bryce Harper on a grounder as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a season-long four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Hamels (7-1) didn't allow a hit until Danny Espinosa doubled with one out in the sixth. The left-hander won his seventh straight decision....
Cole Hamels did what Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Cliff Lee and Joe Blanton couldn’t do before him — won a game for the Phillies to end a four-game losing skid.Hamels pitched eight shutout innings as the Phillies won, 4-1, in the final game of a three-game home series with Washington. The Phils will now travel to St. Louis for four games.Some observations from Wednesday’s game...
Cole Hamels (credits below) Cole Hamels faced off against Bryce Harper and the Nationals last night. It was their first meeting since Hamels welcomed Harper to the bigs with a fastball in the back, followed by an admission of guilt and a 5 game suspension. Hamels must have been in full “old school” mode prior to the game; downing six scotches to accompany the t-bone he cooked...
Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided getting swept by the Washington Nationals with a 4-1 win in the finale of a three-game set.
The last time Cole Hamels faced Washington, he plunked Bryce Harper in the back, later stating that he intended to hit the rookie as a welcoming to the big leagues. That led to a five-game suspension for Hamels...
Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of shutout baseball to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
It would not have possible if not for the defense.
In the top of the sixth, Espinosa was thrown out trying to advance on a Ryan Zimmerman single.
Hunter Pence fielded the ball, then delivered a one-hop strike to Carlos Ruiz, who blocked the plate.
Cole Hamels (credits below) Below is a list of the top 60 starting pitchers in my estimation. Sixty being the cutoff point because in a ten team mixed league most owners should probably have six pitchers they keep and start throughout most of the season. And then a bench spot or two can be used to stream pitchers. Before the top 60, let’s discuss a few stream-worthy starters...
Cole Hamels becomes the major leagues’ first seven-game winner as he threw eight shutout innings at the Nats as he help end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then...
Final: Nationals 1, Phillies 4.
WP: Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17)
LP: Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (13)
The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided a series sweep against the Washington Nationals. Starter Cole Hamels went eight strong innings, allowing zero runs and four hits while striking out eight.
For the first time in his career, catcher Carlos...
Cole Hamels shuts down the Nats, this time with no controversy. [WaPo]
Gio gets the K St. crew sweet new headphones. Want. [Nats Enquirer]
Mike Morse and Brad Lidge could rejoin the team early next month. [CSNW]
Boz unleashes crazy stats comparing Harper to the Mick, Griffey. [Twitter]
O’s lose ugly to BoSox on poor performance from Arrieta. [Camden Chat]
Brian Roberts talks about...
I'm not ready to bury the last-place Phillies, but put it this way: I will not be surprised if this is the beginning of the end.
The season is little more than one-quarter complete. Your eyes can deceive you at this time of year, or, heck, even in September. The Phils actually were impressive in their 4-1 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday night -- flawless on defense,...
(A Phillies fan threw back Adam LaRoche's too little, too late HR ball in the 9th inning. Screengrab via MASN/TV)
Phillies 4, Nationals 1: Old School chicken [bleep] Cole Hamels dominates.
Nats win a series, blow yet another chance to sweep a series (we've lost count at this point). Braves lose; Nats remain in first place for at least another day.
Cole Hamels takes the mound against Edwin Jackson tonight as the last-place Phillies take on the first-place Nationals with a never-before used lineup.
Yeah, Erik puts lineups at the end, but he's too busy flipping burgers and spitting in your McCafe shake to write one today. Check this out:
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
2. Shameless Poll Situation: National Strikeouts
3. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
4. Today’s Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
Regarding Who’s Pitching This Game
In terms of who’s...