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Hamels: Not Focused on Contract Talks

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, February 20, 2012 01:37 PM | Comments: 26
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Cole Hamels spoke to the media for the first time at Spring Training on Monday. He used several cliches, which is to be expected. But Hamels made it known he is not worried about the contract negotiations and he’s completely focused on this season and winning.

Where there is concern is with the amount of time it takes to get a deal done; if it does at all. What Hamels did say is, there will be no deadline on negotiations between he, his agent John Boggs, and the Phillies organization. If it takes all season, Hamels says that will not be a problem and will not affect his on-field performance.

This is exceptional news, knowing that many players will shut down talks once the season begins (see: Albert Pujols/Cardinals). It at least shows his desire to remain with the franchise that drafted him in 2002. Jokingly, Hamels said that since he’s been here, the team has done a great job of keeping players they like, and that he hopes he’s one of them. Cole knows that this franchise wants him around for a long time, so both sides seem intent on figuring it all out.

What’s incredible is Hamels’ ability to pitch through pain. He was diagnosed with bone chips in his pitching elbow in Spring Training prior to last season, but also dealt with a hernia for part of the 2011 season. Hamels went on to a Top-5 Cy Young finish and put together his best season with the Phillies. Imagine if he’d been completely healthy throughout the season. Would he have won the Cy Young? It’s possible that his 2011 season was just the scratching of the surface of how dominant he can be.

Early on during the pitchers and catchers portion of Spring Training, Hamels says he feels spectacular. Not just health-wise, but his stuff is at a solid level at this stage.

Hamels also responded to questions about the fans. He commented that his relationship with them is strong, and when they do get on him, it only makes him want to win more. Hamels called it a “motivator.” Three years ago, that would not have been the case.

Something to note; Hamels is fairly candid. We’re used to hearing him spout off the normal “ya know’s” and the somewhat-scripted answers. He made it known he feels extremely comfortable. Hamels was ripped for his downturn in 2009, but the days of being the butt of the joke are long gone. He seems to legitimately want to stay where he’s been his entire career. Cookie-cutter response or not, Hamels says he plays for the love of the game and that he doesn’t worry about the money. The money, Hamels stated, will come.

It’s going to come and come in heaps. The only question is, what team will give him the heaps of dough? From the way he spoke, Hamels wants it to be Philadelphia. From all the comments coming from the organization, they want it to be here, too.

As far as those negotiations, Hamels was not sure when Boggs and Ruben Amaro Jr. would continue talking, although he did say it would happen soon.

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  • Posts: 0 delearyous

    great news

     
    • Posts: 0 Jackie Rhein

      Who are you kidding. Its all about money!!!! If you werent such a prima donna, you might get it. Youre too busy gettin pissed off when they yank you in a game, then the good of the team. Youre not worth the money.

       
      • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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        Was waiting for one of these.

         
      • Posts: 0 George

        It’s a good thing you didn’t have to wait long. Now you can do something else.

         
      • Posts: 32 kittykat

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        It’s a good thing Cole rises above this portion of the “fanbase”. What in God’s name does Cole Hamels have to do in this town??

         
      • Posts: 574 Brian Sr. of CO

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        TROLLLLLLLL! Cole only rises above the fanbase, not Trolls.

         
      • Posts: 0 ann

        you’re an idiot

         
      • Posts: 0 ann

        Jackie Rhein, you’re and idiot.

         
  • Posts: 1135 EricL

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    Life at the Top™

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    I love this man. I hope he stays in Philly for a long, long time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Great news. Let’s get Cole signed up ASAP so we can all breathe easier.

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    Some phillies fans have a short term memory about the good and a long term memory about the bad…

     
  • Posts: 4409 Lefty

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    When asked whether they discussed an extension, Cole said something to the effect of – No, they just focused on this season.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again- That is not how RA Jr. operates, it’s just not.

    I do not believe Cole is telling the truth, not for a second. I also don’t think he owes that to the public in general, so it doesn’t upset me.

    I believe he will be a Phillie for a long time, but realistically he’d be crazy not to go FA first and find out what the market is. I’m 80% sure he will be a Phillie, but they will have to match or at least come close to someone else’s offer first, and they’ll pay a heavy price to keep him.

     
  • Posts: 574 Brian Sr. of CO

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    I don’t think Cole every really changed his “stuff”, or mechanics honestly. I think he figured out the Mental part of the game. In years past he still had dominant games going (yes including 2009), but then give up a double, and watch out, let the flood gates open. He was a drama queen, and could not handle being hit. You could see it on his face. 2011, was a very distinct change! He could give up a homer, or XBH, but you really could not notice any distinct changes in his mannerisms, or expressions. He would go right back to work, and get the next batters out. Looking at the standard stuff, his WHIP dropped, IP are up, HR’s dropped, Walk rate down, K is relatively steady, but since his walks are down, his K to BB ration is up. Looking at some of the percentages also shows a significant improvement. his XBH% dropped from above 8, to only 6.2%, GB/FB is up, GO/AO is up. I think Pat’s statement was right on “It’s possible that his 2011 season was just the scratching of the surface of how dominant he can be.”

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      Cole changed his stuff.

      He added a cutter to his repertoire in 2010 and threw it 20% of the time in 2011. Through 2009 his pitch repertoire had only been FB/curve/change. That’s kind of a big deal.

       
      • Posts: 574 Brian Sr. of CO

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        I stand corrected on that, Thanks. Can you honestly argue that he is less of a drama story than he once was? I doubt it. His mannerism, expressions, and habits after giving up an XBH has changed during that time as well. Possibly confidence in the addition of the cutter. Probably also maturity.

         
  • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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    Well, Lefty, I think that Cole IS telling the truth. I think he’s a very self-assured young man who knows his place in this town and with this team and is pretty confident that something gets done. I think your percentage chance of 80% is about 19.9999999 % off.

     
    • Posts: 4409 Lefty

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      So you don’t believe that RA Jr. tried to extend him? That they didn’t even discuss it?

      For the record I hope I’m 20% off.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        no lefty i honestly think that they didn’t talk extension. what i have, is a feeling that ruben,cole and his agent got together and discussed all the other things that the phils had to get done and ruben offered the (raise) if you will as a good faith gesture. i think cole likes it here and was willing to go that route so ruben could mange his salary structure and he’d address cole after all that got sorted out. i mean i could be wrong but i have a hunch. i watched the press conf. today and totally got the honest impression from his manorisms that somethings gonna get done. maybe after july when they could move some salary(blanton). he did after all leave the door open sooo it’s just a hunch, what do you think?

         
      • Posts: 4409 Lefty

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        It’s possible Ryne. I just don’t think it’s likely, because RA Jr.’s track record suggests that. The only good sign I see is that John Boggs (Cole’s agent ) is the same agent that waited until the season to start last year to sign Carl Crawford’s extension, so it could happen again.

        I’m just looking at a young man, Cole, with a TON of talent, who is being given the opportunity of a lifetime to max out, cash in, whatever you want to call it, by becoming an FA and thinking to myself, why shouldn’t he? I never blamed Jason Werth like others here, and think that sometimes if they were to really think about it, they’d do the same thing Jason did. Not testing the market in FA for great pitchers is like one of us mere mortals finding a genie in a bottle and saying, nah- I’m not going to rub that. Again we all want Cole to stay, and I think there is a good chance he will, but I think he may feel the need to rub the bottle first. Is that so far fetched? I do hope I’m wrong, but can’t be dishonest about it, this is what i feel. One way or the other we are all hoping he will stay.

         
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    All anyone needs to know about Cole Hamels:

    http://mysite.verizon.net/heyjude421/chf/allfacts.html

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    I think they already have the generalities to a deal, but are waiting until the season begins to avoid the luxury tax. Just my opinion.

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      I have the same feeling in my gut.

      Although it might be those Sloppy Joes I had for dinner.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        yo eric that was funny man!

         
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Espn reporting Hamels wants to stay in Philly. That’s the kind of positive news I want to hear. Let’s get this done!

     
 
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