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 »

Phillies Ace Cole Hamels Sold Newtown Square Home in June

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.

UPDATE (July 30, 2015): The Phillies have traded Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers. Check out Dan McQuade’s take on the trade here.

Original Post (July 27, 2015): Cole Hamels had himself a weekend, huh? After rampant speculation into his future with the Philadelphia Phillies–the organization that drafted him out of high school in 2002–the 2008 World Series MVP further cemented his place in the hearts of fans with a stellar no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. It was his final start before baseball’s July 31 non-wavier trader deadline.

But Property, after all, is a real estate blog, and we have a bit of news concerning Hamels on that front. According to Realtor.com, the lefty sold his home at 1001 Brick House Farm Lane in Newtown Square on June 29 for $1,275,000. Cole and Heidi Hamels originally purchased the Delco home in 2009 for $1,525,000 and later listed it for sale back in June 2014 for $1,650,000. A series of price cuts saw it drop to $1,299,500 on June 26–three days before it ultimately sold.

Before you throw some gasoline on the old baseball hotstove, Hamels actually owned two homes in the same development, and is still listed as the owner of the larger, more expensive one across the street. He still could (and probably will) get traded, but that whole thing where people (and blogs) go berserk when a famous athlete lists or sells their home amid swirling trade winds doesn’t necessarily hold up here.

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Cole Hamels Throws a No-Hitter: Social Media Reaction

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.

If that was the last time Cole Hamels pitched for the Phillies, it was a hell of a way to go out.

The longtime Phillies pitcher — the 2008 World Series MVP — has been on the trade block all season long. On Saturday afternoon, he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs, winning the game 5-0. It was the 13th no-hitter in team history.

Oh, and he hit a double to help his own cause.

Phillies fans — who have suffered mightily this awful season — celebrated on social media. (And they speculated about the future, too.) Read more »

The Latest on the Cole Hamels Trade Rumors

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.

We are just eight days away from the baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Cole Hamels, the best player on a struggling Phillies team, is a prime candidate to be traded. Teams are desperate to get him cheap, as evidenced by their front office types leaking to the press all season that the Phillies have been asking too much for him.

Fortunately, the Phillies have stood firm for once. But with a bunch of teams looking to make pushes for the playoffs, trade talks are apparently heating up as we get close to the wire. By July 31st, the Phillies 2008 World Series MVP could be on another team. Read more »

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