Recent accolades are aiming towards the Phillies 6’3″ south paw from San Diego to be baseball’s next Cy Young award winner. This being said, what hasn’t the guy done? “Hollywood” Cole Hamels who was selected in the first round of the 2002 amateur draft and only started 36 minor league games over 4 seasons. He finally got the call on May 12th, 2006 against the Cincinnati Reds. In this contest he threw five shutout innings striking out seven. Even though he walked five Reds, he still managed to hold Cincinnati to one hit. Remarkable for a guy who started only 36 minor league games.
Although he didn’t earn the win that day, Hamels has gone on to start 210 career games while compiling a 91-60 overall record. It is pretty clear that “Hollywood” is one of baseball’s premiere left hander’s in the game today. It’s pretty obvious with the career he has had. He was the 2008 National League Championship Series and 2008 World Series MVP. He has also finished within the top eight (2007-6th, 2011-5th, and 2012-8th) in the NL Cy Young award voting slots during a seven year career. Yes folks, a SEVEN year career.
It is evident that Hamels should all in all become an easy 200 game winner. Now 29, we should most likely see him hit this mark in his mid 30′s barring a major injury. Hamels is a pitcher who steps up for his team when needed. For example in the 2008 playoffs he did not lose a single game in his way toward taking our beloved Phillies to a World Series victory that year. His 4-0 record cannot be forgotten in the post-season of 2008. Some say his 2008 postseason can be marked up with some of the greatest post-season pitching displays ever.
Further more, it is safe to say that Hamels has all the credentials to become baseball’s next Cy Young award winner; don’t you think? Is there anything that may hamper Cole from achieving this goal? Please Phillies fans, Weigh In!Tags: Cole Hamels, Cy Young, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies