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Hamels signed a three years, $20.5 million contract with the Phils, avoid arbitration.

The Phillies have help to further solidify their starting rotation by signing their ace starter, 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels, to a three-year, $20.5 million contract. With the signing, the Phils have avoided a second straight year of going to arbitration with their star pitcher. Hamels thus become the second of the Phils’ arbitration eight to sign under the dotted line, following Greg Dobbs’ signing yesterday to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Ryan Madson has rejected a three-year, $12 million offer from the Phils.

According to the New York Post, Hamels will be receiving $4.35 million dollars this year, $6.65 million in 2010 and $9.5 million in 2011.

With Hamels’ signing, the Phillies still have the possibility of facing arbitration with Shane Victorino, Madson, Chad Durbin, Joe Blanton, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. My thinking on the remaining six? Victorino, Durbin, Blanton, and Werth will probably signed before February 1-2 when the arbitration panel will be held, Howard will probably go to arbitration and get another paydate, while Madson will either hold out for more money and then sign, or go to arbitration and then become a free agent after the 2009 season. I guess we’ll all see soon.


Cole Hamels is named the 2008 World Series MVP.

Perfect Hamels is World Series MVP

Phils lefty is fifth player to earn award in LCS, Fall Classic

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So he’ll understand the reference to his rare double-double this postseason: the World Series MVP award, presented by Chevrolet, and the MVP for his stellar performance in the National League Championship Series.

Heavy on the grilled onions, please.

“I’m definitely going to have to enjoy this moment, because there’s a lot of times you don’t have everything go your way,” said Hamels, the 24-year-old who is a World Series winner and MVP in only his third season in the Major Leagues. “I was just fortunate enough to be on the good end of these victories and winning a [few] trophies. But, truly, it was my teammates behind me who really helped me through these times. They’re the ones who scored the runs.”

Hamels, 4-0 this postseason with a 1.80 ERA, received the World Series MVP in an on-field ceremony just after the Phillies defeated the Rays, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in the back end of suspended Game 5 to win the best-of-seven series.

Along with the trophy, Hamels won a bright red 2010 Chevy Camaro. He received the car and hardware from Commissioner Bud Selig after Major League Baseball’s No. 1 official handed the World Series trophy to Dave Montgomery, the Phils’ long-time general partner, and Pat Gillick, their outgoing general manager.

Five players have been named MVP of a League Championship Series and World Series in the same season.
Year Player Team
2008 Cole Hamels Phillies
1997 Livan Hernandez Marlins
1988 Orel Hershiser Dodgers
1982 Darrell Porter Cardinals
1979 Willie Stargell Pirates

Since the advent of the League Championship Series in 1969, Hamels is the fifth player to enjoy the double-double, joining outfielder Willie Stargell of the Pirates (1979), catcher Darrell Porter of the Cardinals (1982), and pitchers Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers (1988) and Livan Hernandez of the Marlins (1997).

Hamels is also the fourth pitcher in postseason history to win four games in as many starts. The others were Josh Beckett for Boston in 2007, David Wells for the Yankees in 1998 and Dave Stewart for Oakland in 1989.

Hamels started Game 5 on Monday night and worked soaking wet through the top of the sixth inning before heavy rain and dangerous field conditions caused Selig to suspend it with the score tied at 2. When it resumed on Wednesday night, Hamel’s spot in the batting order was the first up.

Hamel’s jokingly harbored hopes that manager Charlie Manuel might not take him out.

“Shoot, I was telling myself I was still in the game,” Hamels said. “I was hoping Charlie might put me up to hit. No, really. I thought that was the best I possibly could do. I thought that was the worst weather I’ve ever pitched in in my entire life and I really did make the best of it. That game easily could have gotten away from me and the score could have been a different magnitude.

Following his NLCS MVP performance, the Phillies’ Cole Hamels continued his postseason mastery in the World Series against the Rays.
Series/Gm Opp. W-L ERA IP H R K BB
NLDS Gm 1 MIL W 0.00 8 2 0 9 1
NLCS Gm 1 LAD W 2.57 7 6 2 8 2
NLCS Gm 5 LAD W 1.29 7 5 1 5 3
WS Gm 1 TB W 2.57 7 5 2 5 2
WS Gm 5 TB ND 3.00 6 5 2 3 1
Totals 4-0 1.80 35 23 7 30 9

“And going into today it could have been a completely different game. We might have been looking at having to head down to Tampa and win it. But I feel like I succeeded, even with all the hard conditions that were thrown my way.”

Hamels pitched the first six innings — half of them in the rain — on Monday night, allowing two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out three. In his last half-inning, the infield was as slick as a hockey rink, the ball was as wet as a sponge and the Rays scored the tying run.

When the game resumed on Wednesday night, Geoff Jenkins pinch-hit for Hamels, led off with a booming double and scored on Jayson Werth’s single.

So it worked out on both ends.

“I felt like the rain and the wetness of the ball and stuff definitely played a role in the end,” Manuel said of Hamels’ start on Monday night. “I felt like that definitely he would have gone farther in the game because he had [75] pitches. But that’s gone now and, like tonight, we bounced back and we overcame the problem the other night and won the World Series.”

All this happened on the night when Hamels’ wife was celebrating her birthday.

Heidi Strobe was once a contestant on the CBS show “Survivor: The Amazon” and a Playboy model. They married last year in her Missouri hometown, where she grew up a Cardinals fan.

“It’s my wife’s 30th birthday today,” Hamels said. “She’s just excited for this moment, this one thing she loves most. She was the one crying when St. Louis won [in 2006]. I said, ‘Why are you crying? I play for the Phillies.’ I think she won’t ever forget this. At least I won’t.”

Hamels succeeded in this postseason under all kinds of conditions.

In his Game 1 victory under the Tropicana Field dome, he kept the Rays off balance for seven innings, mixing his dancing changeup with a curve and fastball to allow two runs on five hits in the 3-2 win.

Hamels previously defeated Milwaukee in Game 1 of the Division Series and the Dodgers in Games 1 and 5 of the NLCS. Like Monday night, he also started the second-round clincher, working seven innings, allowing one run on a Manny Ramirez homer and four other Dodgers hits in a 5-1 victory.

Growing up in San Diego County, Hamels competed with a plethora of fine high school players and followed the local Major League teams with relish.

“I rooted for the Dodgers and Padres,” he said. “It depended on who was winning.”

Since Hamels was born on Dec. 27, 1983, he wasn’t yet 5 years old when the Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988. But he was a wiry 14-year-old when the Padres won their last NL pennant in 1998 and were swept by the Yankees in the World Series.

Little did he know that 10 years later he’d have his own World Series title and the double-double MVP. It was something he couldn’t even conceive back then.

“No, I couldn’t,” he said. “I just wanted to play the game. I didn’t know where I’d ever end up. And I was fortunate enough for the Phillies to draft me and knowing that they were trying to put together a really good team, and now being a member of what they were able to establish is something I can’t thank them for enough.

“Because they truly did give me the opportunity to be here in this city and to win this World Series. All they asked of me was to go out there and play this game that I enjoy and that I live and die for every day.” (H/T Phillies.com)

Hamels, you certainly do deserve this award for the way you’d pitched. And, I hope your wife is enjoying her birthday present.

2008 World Series: Game 5.5: The Phillies are the 2008 World Champions of the Baseball World.

The Phillies have won the 2008 World Series, winning the series four games to one, as they would outscore the Rays in the final three and a half innings of this past Monday’s suspended game five, 4-3. As play resumed, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon would decide to leave Grant Balfour in the game. Pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins would be the first batter to face him in the Phillies’ half of the sixth, and he would greet him with a hard hit double to center. Jimmy Rollins would follow with an excellent sacrifice bunt, that would go 5-3 for the inning’s first out, as he would move Jenkins over to third base. Then, with the Rays’ infield pulled in to prevent a run, Jayson Werth would hit a pop up into shallow center field. Ray’s second baseman Akinori Iwamura would be unable to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch of the ball, as it would drop in for a RBI single, scoring Jenkins, and giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Balfour is then taken out of the ballgame by Maddon and is replaced on the mound by J.P. Howell. Howell would then end the inning by first getting Utley to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, and after Werth would steal second, he would get Ryan Howard to pop out to third for the final out of the inning. Charlie Manuel would then put out in place of Cole Hamels, who is now in line to be the game’s winning pitching, Ryan Madson. Madson would proceed to strike out Dioner Navarro looking for the inning’s first out. But then he would give up a solo home run to Rocco Baldelli to left, tying the game up at three apiece, and thus denying Hamels his chance to make World Series history by winning all five of his starts. Jason Bartlett would then follow with a single. The next batter, Howell, would sacrifice the runner over to second, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, as he put a runner in scoring position. Madson is then replaced by J.C. Romero. Iwamura would then hit a ground ball towards second base, that Utley would be able to grab, but would then have no play to make at first, as Iwamura would get an infield single. But, Utley would then throw a strike towards home plate as he would see Bartlett trying to score from second on the play. His throw would beat Bartlett to home plate and then Carlos Ruiz would tag out a sliding Bartlett to keep the game tied at three all. In the Phillies’ half of the seventh, Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a double to left center field. As he would be replaced on second base by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, the Rays would replace Howell on the mound with Chad Bradford. Shane Victorino would then hit the ball to the right side of the infield, after being unable to put down a bunt, for the inning’s first out, 4-3, while Bruntlett would move on over to third base. This move would once again force the Rays to bring in their infield. Pedro Feliz would take advantage of this move as he would hit a RBI single to center, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies’ a 4-3 lead. Ruiz would then follow Feliz by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Feliz at second for the second out. Romero would then bat for himself and proceed to hit into a force out, 4-6, for the inning’s final out. Romero would then stay in to pitch the eighth. Chris Crawford would start the inning off with a single. B.J. Upton would then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, doubling up Crawford at second base, putting no one on base with two men out. Romero would then end the inning by getting Carlos Pena to fly out to left for the final out. In the Phillies’ eighth, the Rays would send out David Price to keep the game close. Prince would proceed to get Rollins to fly out to left for the inning’s first out and then would strike out Werth for out number two. Utley would then get on base with a walk. After Utley would steal second, Howard would end the inning by striking out. In the Rays’ ninth, the Phillies would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to end the game. Lidge would get Evan Longorio to pop out to Utley for the first out of the inning. Navarro would then get on base with a single. Navarro would be replaced at first by pinch runner Fernando Perez, while pinch hitter Ben Zobrist would come to the plate. After Perez would steal second base, Lidge would get Zobrist out as he lines out directly to the right fielder for the second out of the inning. Maddon would then send out pinch hitter Eric Hinske to try and take the lead with one swing of the bat. Instead, Lidge would strike Hinske out for the game’s final out, as he would record his forty-eighth straight save in forty-eight attempts and his seventh save of the post-season, and lead to the start of a celebration among the Phillies, as they would win their second World Championship in the team’s 126 years of existance.

Cole Hamels would get a no-decision, as he would pitch six strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thrids of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up only two hits. His series’ record is now 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would record his second save of the series, pitching a scoreless inning, as he would give up just a hit, while striking out one, as he records his forty-eighth straight save, and his seventh in the post-season. Scott Kazmir would also get a no-decision, as he would go only four innings plus two batters, giving up two earned runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batsman, while striking out five. Grant Balfour would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.P. Howell would get the lost as he would pitch two-thirds of an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit, while striking out one. His series’ record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 7.71. Chad Bradford would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. David Price would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two.

During the celebration, which would include Bud Selig giving David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel the World Series Trophy, Cole Hamels would be announced as being the 2008 World Series MVP. It would later be announced that the city of Philadelphia plans to hold its World Series parade on Friday. And it would appear that the parade wouldl be shown on at least one of the local networks. I can’t wait. 🙂

Now that the Phillies have won the series, I would like to first apologize for the number of times that I’ve shown a lack faith in the guys actually being able to get into the World Series. Next, I would like to laugh in the face of the so-called experts who during the post-season have never given the Phillies the chance to win the Series, including FOX. Ha-HA, in your face, experts. Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays for doing as well as they did this season to get into the World Series as well. I am sure that they’ll be back in the series at some point during the next few years.

Next stop, the victory parade. I love a parade, etc. etc. 🙂