Cole Hamels Sues After Being Denied Entrance to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

In November, Cole Hamels went to New York City. Accompanied by two guests, he attempted to gain entrance to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory. He was denied. And now he and his wife, Heidi, are suing over it.

Hamels seems to have a good reason for suing, though: According to his lawsuit, he paid a U.K. company £49,382 (currently $68,730.36) for three VIP packages that included tickets to the fashion show. He and his wife have sued Cornucopia Entertainment, LLC, and related defendants for a sum “in an amount in excess of $50,000.”

The lawsuit says Cornucopia told Hamels it could provide him with a VIP package that included tickets to the show and afterparty, accommodations at the Kensington Hotel in London, a limo to and from the event and other related perks for £15,995 a person. At the time, the lawsuit alleges, Cornucopia said the show would not be returning to New York — where it has always been held — and would be in London instead. Read more »

This 2016 Phillies Wall Calendar Has So Many Ex-Phillies

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With 2016 less than two months away, we’re approaching peak calendar season — the time of year when empty mall storefronts become pop-up calendar shops, and you consider buying a wall calendar even though you only really keep track of your time with a digital calendar, if at all. Then you pick one up because they make great Secret Santa presents!

Anyway, I’d avoid this particular Phillies calendar made by Turner Licensing if you’re buying one — unless you’re buying a calendar for a sadist. Not only is since-traded Phillies ace Cole Hamels on the cover, but the calendar is full of former Phillies. Read more »

Cole Hamels Loses Deciding Game for Texas (But It Wasn’t His Fault)

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Cole Hamels was on the losing end of Wednesday’s ALDS playoff game. | Nick Turchiaro

It was one of the strangest seventh innings of a baseball game you’ll ever see. It ended with a former Phillies pitcher allowing the winning run.

When we last saw Cole Hamels in a Phillies uniform, he was throwing a no-hitter and improving his trade value. He ended up with the Texas Rangers, and pitched pretty well for them. The Rangers ended up passing two teams and winning the AL West.

Hamels allowed 4 runs over 7 innings in a Rangers win in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. He started Wednesday’s deciding Game 5 in Toronto. And… he lost. Unlike his stellar performances in deciding games for the Phils, Hamels gave up 5 runs on 4 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays won, 6-3.

It wasn’t his fault, though. Hamels struck out 8 and walked 2. Only 2 of those 5 runs he allowed were earned. All 3 unearned runs scored after he was pulled. Read more »

The Legacy of Cole Hamels

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels is finally gone from the Phillies, a victim of several recent years of organizational incompetency.

Let’s face it, if you are building a major league team the right way, the executives in charge don’t allow for a dead-battery period like the Philadelphia Phillies have suffered through the last three years. Instead, they HAD to trade a pitcher like Hamels, who otherwise would be young enough to still be the ace of a starting pitching staff that could be playoff contenders every year

Unfortunately for Hamels and the Phillies, the left-handed pitcher was biggest trading commodity they had, the only piece that could somewhat replenish a bone-barren farm system. From the Texas Rangers, they got at least five better prospects then they currently have in their system. At least two of the prospects can in a short time be projected as starters at positions of need – catcher and leftfielder. In the deal, the Phillies have nabbed the Rangers third-, fourth- and fifth-ranked prospects in their entire organization. And that ain’t bad. Read more »

A Cole Hamels Career Timeline

Cole Hamels, left, answers questions alongside Mike Arbuckle, then the Phillies' assistant general manager for scouting and player development, during a news conference Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Philadelphia. Hamels was about to be called up and would make his Major League debut two days later.

Cole Hamels, left, answers questions alongside Mike Arbuckle, then the Phillies’ assistant general manager for scouting and player development, during a news conference Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Philadelphia. Hamels was about to be called up and would make his Major League debut two days later.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of Cole Hamels‘ career in Philadelphia.

2002

June 4th: Hamels was picked by the Phillies with the 17th overall selection in the first round of the MLB Draft. Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder are the two most notable names taken before him; behind him in the first round, only Matt Cain made an All-Star team. (Future Phillies Joe Blanton and John Mayberry Jr. were also picked behind Hamels in the first round.)

Early August: The Phillies took a while to sign him, with the pitcher wanting a signing bonus the same as Scott Kazmir (who was picked two spots ahead of him). Hamels, then 18, met with the Phillies at a game in his hometown of San Diego. “I got to see some places and some faces I haven’t seen before,” he told the Inquirer. “It was fun to go onto the field and meet some of the players.”

August 23rd: Hamels and the Phillies agreed to terms for a $2 million signing bonus. Read more »

Cole Hamels’ Final Gift to the Phillies

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels may be headed to the Texas Rangers in a massive deal. But he gave Phillies fans a hell of a gift before he left.

On Saturday, Hamels pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field — a notoriously fickle place to throw a no-hitter. Indeed, a no-hitter hadn’t been thrown there since 1972, and the visitors hadn’t thrown one since 1965.

Hamels dominated. He struck out 13, walked just two and, once he finished off the no-hitter got teams to increase their offers to the Phillies. After a career of dominant pitching performances for the Phillies, he ended his career by helping the team get more in return for him. (He also vetoed a trade to the Astros, so maybe the Phillies could have gotten more. But that’s minor.)

It’s only the second time a pitcher has thrown a no-hitter in his final start for a club, and then been traded, according to Dan Mallon, and the first time in-season. Hamels made the ultimate last start for a team not in contention: He had one more signature moment in a Phillies uniform, and helped the club get more for him in a trade. Read more »

Reports: Cole Hamels Traded to Texas Rangers

Cole Hamels walks off the field after the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, July 25, 2015.

Cole Hamels walks off the field after the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, July 25, 2015.

One day after trading away high-priced closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies tonight have reportedly agreed to send Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers in a deal involving multiple prospects.

Reports of the imminent deal started making their way around Twitter tonight around 10 p.m. Read more »

Phillies Push Back Cole Hamels’ Next Start

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors about where Cole Hamels might end up are only intensifying as Friday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline approaches. Yesterday, we told you that the Rangers and Dodgers were the frontrunners in the chase for the Phillies ace. Today, there are new developments. Read more »

Today in Cole Hamels Trade Rumors

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

As the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches on July 31st, there is increasing speculation among media and the fans as to which players will wear a different uniform come August 1st. This past week alone, several teams have sprung deals sending impactful players to playoff contenders — most recently, the Toronto Blue Jays are said to have acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for shortstop José Reyes and prospects.

But so far, nothing has happened in the Cole Hamels derby. Just three days in advance of Friday’s 4:00 p.m. trade deadline, rumors are zipping through the Twittersphere and the ether, all revolving around Hamels’ future destination, if there is one. Here are what some sources have to say: Read more »

Have You Noticed? Phillies Playing Better (But Still Very Bad)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Seen through the eyes of a New York Mets fan (yep, I’m one of those), the Phillies owe the Mets some wins, wins they stole so brazenly at the end of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Now, stuck in last place in the National League East, the Phillies are doing their part to help the Mets’ postseason odds by defeating other teams in the hunt for October, namely the upstart Chicago Cubs. Read more »

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