Cole Hamels called the Phillies’ $500,000 contract renewal a “low blow” and said he was expecting a couple hundred thousand more, continuing a trend of wants and needs expressed by the 24-year-old left-hander.
The Phillies renewal was right in line for a player of his service time and comparable to other pitchers with similar achievements, but it wasn’t enough for Hamels, who feels disrespected by the club and suggested he would remember the slight down the road, implying free agency. A confident competitor who believes he can become one of the all-time greats, Hamels expressed his displeasure with the club last season for choosing not to hire a chiropractor to deal with his chronic back problems. The team eventually caved and hired one.
Beerleaguer: The sports world is filled with selfish Narcissists, only most of them have the good sense not to pop off like Hamels did. He isn’t the first talented player to gripe about a low-figure contract renewal, and he won’t be the last, but his impatience and behavior, in this case, are particularly alarming. It irks me.
In one-and-a-half seasons, the talented left-hander isn’t shy about telling the world about the kind of player he hopes to become. When it comes to Hamels, Hamels has no filter. What’s bothersome is his perception of a team and what it means to be part of one. He has a funny way of asking what the Phillies can do for him and not the other way around. One wonders whether being part of the Phillies means anything to him, other than a means to achieve personal glory.
Phillies, Yankees play to 7-7 tie: Hamels didn't do much to help his case yesterday in Tampa, where he was victimized by the long ball, charged with four runs in just two innings in his 2008 spring debut. Hamels gave up a three-run homer to Jason Giambi in the first inning and a solo shot to Jason Lane in the second. The Yanks added two more runs off Fabio Castro in his two innings. The Phils battled back including a home run by Pat Burrell in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5. Top prospect Carlos Carrasco was impressive again, going three scoreless innings, giving up three singles, no walks , and recording three strikeouts. The Phils took the lead in the eighth with RBI singles by non-roster invitee Brandon Watson and Greg Golson. Golson also made a spectacular diving catch in centerfield. Lincoln Holzkom was charged with the blown save by surrendering the tying run in the eighth inning. – Billy Mac
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