Cole Hamels: Through the Years

In the aftermath of his historic, 6-year, $144 million deal with the Phillies, take a look back at some of Cole's most memorable moments with the Phillies.

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In the aftermath of his historic, 6-year, $144 million deal with the Phillies, take a look back at some of Cole's most memorable moments with the Phillies.
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June 4, 2002: 18-year-old Cole Hamels is drafted in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Phillies, who held the 17th overall selection.
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May 12, 2006: Hamels is called up to the Phillies and makes his MLB debut. He pitches five scoreless innings and allows only one hit, striking out seven batters and walking five. He earns a no decision against the Cincinnati Reds.
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October 15, 2008: Hamels wins the series clincher against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. He is named the NLCS MVP, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
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October 29, 2008: Hamels is named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series, making him only the fifth player to win two post-season awards in the same year.
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January, 2009: Hamels signs a 3-year, $20.5 million deal with the Phillies. He would end up having a disappointing year however, posting a 10-11 record and a 4.32 ERA in the regular season.
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October 31, 2009: Hamels struggles in Game 3 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, allowing 5 earned runs and pitching only 4 ½ innings in a loss. Hamels later told reporters, “I can’t wait for it to end.” The Phillies eventually lost the World Series in 6 games.
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2010: Hamels posts a 12-11 record with a 3.06 ERA and struck out a career high 211 batters.
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October 19, 2010: Hamels is recorded with the loss against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the 2010 National League Championship Series. The Phillies eventually lost the series in 6 games.
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2011: Hamels finishes the season with a record of 14-9, 194 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA. He finishes fifth in the Cy Young voting.
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January 17, 2012: Hamels and the Phillies agree to a one year, $15 million contract.
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May 6, 2012: Hamels hits Bryce Harper in the lower back in a game against the Nationals. Hamels later admits to intentionally striking him which earned him a five-game suspension and a fine. Hamels claimed he was “just trying to continue old baseball.”
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July 24, 2012: Hamels signs a six-year, $144 million contract with the Phillies, the second biggest contract ever signed by a pitcher.
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