Hamels Likely to Sit Out All Star Game

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 27, 2011 12:46 PM | Comments: 14
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It would be cool to see Cole in Phoenix, but it ain't happenin'. (PHOTO: AP)

The MLB All Star Game in Phoenix is still a turn of the calendar away. We’re barely hanging on to June; the game is July 12. But an interesting scenario has evolved over the last 24 hours.

Most pitchers will adhere to the cliché that it’s all about the team, wins are important, and all the other stuff is secondary. If Cole Hamels says that this week when asked about being in line to miss his second All Star Game, and what could be his first start, I will officially call B.S.

The way the rotation is now set, Cole Hamels is slated to start Thursday against the Red Sox and then again five days later on July 5 against the Marlins in Florida. With an off day for the Phillies on the 7th, they’ll be able to pitch Hamels again on regular rest just before the break on July 10 at home against the Braves. With the midsummer classic two days after that start against Atlanta, Hamels would, by rule, be ineligible to pitch.

The rule brought into play last season by MLB says pitchers who start the Sunday before the game, but are selected as all stars, will be replaced on the roster. That means the National League will be missing perhaps its best pitcher on July 12.

Hamels will say all the right things when it comes to the Phillies decision to want to win games over having one of their aces pitch in an exhibition. Although, with the rule in place that gives the winning league home field advantage in the World Series, this isn’t just any exhibition.

For the Phillies, the odds-on favorite to win the National League, it could provide an interesting scenario a few months down the road.

Looking at it from Rich Dubee and Charlie Manuel’s perspective, it’s a no-brainer. They want their best out there as many times as possible this season, especially after the loss of Roy Oswalt. With the off days lining up just right, it’s unlikely we’ll see Cole Hamels in the game, which is a formality at this point. The only question is whether or not he is chosen to start.

If you were Hamels, wouldn’t that be a tough pill to swallow? Knowing you’re the cream of the crop in 2011; selected to represent your league as it’s best this season, but being unable to show the world what your made of?

Many will say it’s a semi-meaningless game, which is true. But on the other hand, to be selected by your peers is the ultimate honor. And who knows how many of these a guy will see in his career. Hopefully for Cole Hamels, that won’t be an issue.

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  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    The All Star game wasn’t meaningless for us in 2009, when in game six of the WS- Hideki Matsui went off on us with – I cant remember, something like 6 RBI to win the series.

    Here’s the rub, Matsui, the Yankees DH at the time, would not have even started game six if it were at CBP. – If we’d won the All Star game.

    I hope we can play this one by ear and see how close The Braves are to us at the time, and then make the call as to whether or not he pitches Sunday or the AS game.

    One more thing- What if Hamels has a bonus tied to it?

    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Lefty, he’ll still be named an all star, so he can get whatever bonus is coming to him. He’ll be replaced after being named to the team. It’s just a formality for that to happen.

      In the grand scheme, it’s a semi-meaningless game because you have to win games to even get to that point, which is so far down the line. So while this AS game is important, is it more important than having your best start as many times as possible?

      • Posts: 0 Lefty

        I guess not. But hypothetically, if we are 10 games up on the braves at that time, I’d have to think about that. I guess it doesn’t matter, I don’t see that scenario anyway. I think the Braves will keep it close all year, I think they are the second best team in the NL.

        And it’s good that he’d get the bonus either way.

      • Posts: 0 Dave Lerch

        Honestly, I would rather he win all his starts on the the way to the Cy Young award and the Phillies winning the World Series. I could care less about him playing in the All Star Game. Same applies for Lee and Doc.

    • Posts: 0 Eric

      Well, actually the series was a 6-game series, which means that there are 3 games in both parks. So either way, whether the NL had won or lost the all-star game, there would have been 3 games in each park, so there really was no advantage whatsoever to the Yankees. Matsui would simply have started games 3, 4, and 5 as the DH, and not games 1, 2, and 6. In fact, the only way the all-star-game-winning team gets home field advantage is when a series goes to 7 games. When it goes 4 or 6 games, it’s even, and when it goes 5 it is actually the all-star-game-losing team that gets the home field advantage.

      • Posts: 0 Lefty

        That’s true. So the board has officially voted me down on this one. Not the first time, not the last. Good post Eric.

  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    I doubt that Hamels would start for the NL team –I’d think Halladay would get the nod… And even if he is eligible to pitch, it would only be one inning (two at most) that Hamels would pitch. Plus, there are plenty of other EXCELLENT arms in the NL… Kershaw, Lincecum… and we’ll already have Halladay and probably Lee and Madson pitching in the AS game anyway… As cool as it would be to have our top 3 pitching for the NL team, the lesser the risk of injury to any of them the better. Add to that the fact that Bochy is the manager of the NL team (and Riggleman his assistant –or whoever replaces him)– and I don’t trust either to manage our pitchers with utmost care!

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    One inning on what would have been a side day anyway doesn’t seem to make that much difference to me.

  • Posts: 0 DocNose

    Start Kendrick against the Braves, he owns that team anyway.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    the allstar is the biggest waste in the world.

    • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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      The DH in the WS is really important, but use the other guy’s pitchers.

      BTW, I suspect Oswalt has more than a bulge and some facet DJD if he is going to a Texas surgeon. HIs back worries me more than Chase’s knees. Glad to see Oswalt losing 6 pounds as he will improve his back stress. Again I wonder about the Phillies organization’s physical therapy guys who seem to be playing catch-up yet again. I say whole body musculoskeletal MRI for the entire team bi-weekly. Do the position players one week and the pitchers the next. Or are these guys so old they have pacemakers and are unable to have MRI’s?

  • Posts: 65 Jonathan Nisula

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    While it’s in the best interest of the best team in the NL thus far (Phillies) to have the best possible All-Star roster, Cole Hamels deserves the rest.

  • Posts: 32 kittykat

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    Once again Cole gets overshadowed by Halladay and Lee. It would be great to see him get his due for his great work this season.

    Pat, you said he would be named to the team but just not attend or not pitch? Would he be on the roster? What’s the deal? Or, is he just not selected and forgotten?

  • [...] Pat Gallen of Phillies Nation reports that Cole Hamels is likely to miss the all-star game. Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with his performance, or the taste of manager Bruce Bochy. [...]

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