PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phillies ace Cole Hamels is having a dominant season on one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. Hamels, who had been reportedly claimed off waivers on Wednesday afternoon, explained that he totally appreciates the business side of baseball and would understand if he was dealt.
“I think you want the best for your organization and I know, if it is something where I guess they have to part with me, I’m not going to have any qualms over it,” Hamels told Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show. “I’m not going to feel any resentment. I’m just happy that I was able to do what I have been able to do and hopefully well enough to continue it, and if it’s not in the cards right now hopefully maybe later on in my career.”
Hamels’ 2.42 ERA is sixth best in all of baseball, but he only has six wins to show for it. Still, Hamels says he hopes to remain in Philadelphia for as long as possible.
“I just want to play as long as I possibly can and if I’m able to play it in a Phillies uniform, then my family and I are going to be ecstatic,” Hamels said on 94WIP Friday. “We are going to be the happiest we could possibly be, because we do, we enjoy it here—but at the same time, I know how business goes. You gotta make the tough decisions and it’s not necessarily easy on anybody. So, I’ll never feel any sort of resentment at all.”
Hamels is promoting a charity event where you can play fantasy football with him, Cody Asche, Kyle Kendrick, and Jake Diekman. Philly fans might be pleased to hear who Hamels would take with the No. 1 overall pick.
“Well, last year I picked [LeSean] McCoy, so that’s the guy I’m definitely going for because he took me to the Super Bowl and won it and it was all on his back,” Hamels said. “So, I’m all for getting him again.”
So what does Hamels think of “Shady” tweeting about 2,000 yards?
“I think it’s great, you have to set goals,” Hamels explained. “The funniest thing about it, they are realistic. You know, he is the type of guy that can actually obtain them. It’s not like he said he’s going for three or four [thousand yards], which nobody has really ever done. He’s going for something that’s actually realistic. I know the offense is pretty potent and with Chip Kelly I think they’re going to try to make it happen.”
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