Cole Hamels Wants Out

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

All offseason, Cole Hamels has said a variation of the same thing: “I would like to be traded, but I’m not demanding a trade or anything. I just want to win.” And now that he’s down in Clearwater and the fact that he’s still a Phillie is setting in, he wants us to know that he knows what team he’s on. Hamels told USA Today that the Phillies aren’t going to win, which is news to no one:

“I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality.”

It’s a sad reality, but at least Hamels recognizes it. It makes you wonder when he first realized it, and if he realized it before Ruben did (he probably did). It’s hard to blame Hamels here. He’s got good years left, and just doesn’t want to waste them throwing some of his best baseball and ending the season with 11 wins. “In the grand scheme of things we have a very small window in our lives,” Hamels said. “You understand this is going to end. The Phillies will go on forever, but we know our careers are going to end. And I want to go to a place where I can win again.” He wants for himself the same thing that Mike Schmidt wants for Ryan Howard. But in Hamels’ case, it’s more realistic.

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16 Responses

  1. I have a feeling that in the first week of Spring Training, my arm will feel a little tender.

    I should be ready by late April, though. Or maybe May.

    Definitely by June.

  2. Don’t worry Cole,you’ll be wearing Dodgers blue in no time and you and Jimmy Rollins will be popping bottles of champagne while hoisting up the 2015 world series trophy as members of my beloved Dodgers.

    GO DODGERS!!!

  3. Jim, you just wrote: All offseason, Cole Hamels has said a variation of the same thing: “I would like to be traded, but I’m not demanding a trade or anything. I just want to win.”

    Hamels was never quoted in any publication that he would like to be traded. If you want to argue the point, cite the source and the exact quote. But, I think you cannot.

    My point is don’t put quotation marks around a fictitious statement and attribute it to a person when said person was never quoted as saying said statement. Quotation marks are for actual comments and not what you surmise. Notice the distinction?

    1. Not sure if you noticed, but my flowchart was used in ESPN the Mag, so I’m basically qualified to make up whatever the fuck I want.

  4. Don’t worry Cole,you’ll be wearing Dodgers blue in no time,and you and Jimmy Rollins will be popping bottles of champagne while hoisting hoisting up the 2015 world series trophy as members of my beloved Dodgers.

    GO DODGERS!!!

    1. Productive day for you Murray from Mayfair, heard mike miss Hang up on you for talking Brooklyn Dodgers & heard you call Rob ellis sounding like you had a school boy crush on him

  5. I can’t blame Hamels at all for wanting to pitch for a contender. I completely agree with his point of view. And, he’s being professional about his approach. He’s not demanding a trade or blatantly throwing anyone other the bus. With that being said, I can only hope the dozen games I head to this year, he will be on the mound. It’s going to be a long, long season.

    On another note, Kyle stood his ground against Mike Miss today, but Kyle isn’t ready to debate on air with the big boys yet. I agree with Kyle 100% about the fans (myself included) not caring at all if the Eagles speak to the media, but it’s tough to disagree on air with Mike Miss. He just lowers the volume of his caller and continues to talk over them.

  6. Good job telling that dyed hair sh!t stain / sideshow clown Missanelli that he’s just mad Chip won’t appear is show. I gained respect for you after that.

    Miss only cares “for the fans” so he has content to talk about, who is he kidding saying he’s not mainstream media? So he’ll just talk about racism and black movies and music at the TLA until then.

    What a tool. And man I flipped through and saw him on Philly Feud for a second and Miss, you ain’t lookin good bruh you b!tch tit geriatric

  7. So in other words Cole wants the quickest, easiest route possible to win another WS ring.. The idea of building (or rebuilding) with a team he’s been with his entire MLB career and who has paid him at least $50 million in salary since his rookie season with another $80+ mill to come guaranteed, means nothing because Cole is about Cole; he is about the ‘now’ and the warped fans and media empathize with him while taking potshots at Chase’s desire to stay loyal Phillie for lifer..

    1. That’s baseball Tyler. Get on your big boy pants and accept that. Cole knows he’s getting traded ANYWAY, so he might as well get used to the idea now. Do you think it matters to the team when a player says he wants to stay? It’s buisiness and it’s failing miserably on this path.

  8. I can’t believe what this team has become under Ruben Amaro

    Third highest payroll in 2014.

    Second oldest team in 2014.

    Last place in the NL least in 2014. Even vs the lowly Mets and Marlins. Only the Nats had a winning season in 2014.

    When all else fails, ignore some of the tools available to help build a winning team. (last in statistical analysis)

    F Ruben Amaro. F David Montgomery. I’m sure they’re very nice people but I think it’s time for a change. I want real change.

    If you want to sell T-shirts Kyle, try the non Phillies slurping kinda shirt. A voice for fans to show their displeasure publicly. A shirt that says we’re tired of Rube the boob. Phillies fans want change.

    1. “Don’t forget the ABSURD contract I gave to a big piece of fucking monkey shit KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK machine who is more interested in writing fucking books with his whore white wife than trying to learn how to hit”–RAJ
      Fuck off Rube.

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