Phillies: Cole Hamels’ 6 Most Legendary Starts

Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Former Philadelphia Phillies star Cole Hamels is holding a showcase for interested MLB teams on Friday as he attempts to make a comeback.

Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Phillies clinched their second World Series in franchise history on October 29, 2008. Cole Hamels, a 24-year-old lefthander in just his third MLB season, was named the MVP after two stellar performances in the series. He finished the postseason with an astounding 4-0 record and a 1.80 ERA.

Hamels spent his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia, compiling a 114-90 record and a 3.30 ERA. He is sixth in franchise history in wins and innings pitched and third in strikeouts. He won more games at Citizens Bank Park than any other pitcher.

Hamels will reportedly be looking to sign with a major league team for the remainder of the 2021 season, and the Phillies are among the teams sending representatives to his showcase workout in Texas on Friday. The Phillies enter the second half on a hot streak, and they might be looking to add depth to complement Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, and Zach Eflin in their starting rotation.

The nostalgia of Hamels’ best performances should be reason enough for an organization that’s shown a tendency to prioritize moves that please the fan base. A Philadelphia fanbase starved for hope deserves to celebrate a franchise hero whose best moments came in some of the biggest spots of the most recent era of Phillies postseason baseball.