Monday, March 03, 2008

A Fine Whine: The Cole Hamels Story

The following quotes are from a Philly.com article by Todd Zolecki:

Cole Hamels expressed his utter frustration yesterday that he could not come to an agreement with the team on his 2008 contract. Yesterday, the Phillies renewed his contract for $500,000, which is about $200,000 less than what Hamels had sought.

"It was a low blow," Hamels said. "That will affect down the line certain things that come up. You can't just all of a sudden throw everything out at [a player] at the last second and think that's really going to make him happy, because you still have checkmarks for what [the team] didn't do in the years before. I know what I want to do, and I know what I can do. When it gets in my favor, it will be nice. I did [renew] just because I felt like I wasn't equally compensated. For all the efforts I go out and do, you want to have that sort of respect. And I feel like it wasn't there."


In the article, Zolecki references two great comparisons in New York Yankees righthander Chien-Ming Wang who went 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 2006 then was renewed him for $489,500 last year and Tampa Bay lefthander Scott Kazmir who went 10-8 with a 3.24 ERA in 2006 and then was renewed for $424,300. Both players were in their final season before arbitration eligibility.

I love Cole Hamels, but he has to check himself. As if his primadonna quack-o-practor complaints last year weren't enough, now he's going to hold a personal grudge against the Phils for what is essentially standard operating procedure in contract renewal. Ridiculous.

He wants "equally compensated," ehh. How about that fat $2 million dollar check the Phils cut him when he was drafted? What was that compensation for, graduating high school? I'd like to see him defend that payday in a production/compensation argument.

And why is there no animosity towards the Players Association? They represent Hamels and their collective bargaining agreements with the league allow for the current compensation structure. Would Hamels favor an NFL type system, which compensates players earlier, but also has a salary cap that limits salaries and non-guaranteed contracts? I doubt it. The MLBPA has a great, player friendly system that is making a lot of people very rich. Heck, Adam Eaton makes almost as much money as Randy Moss.

Fact is, Hamels is unrealistic in his appraisal of his current worth and unjust in his criticism of the Phils. I love to rip on Phillies management as much as the next guy, but it's just not warranted here.

Corey

22 comments:

BloodStripes said...

All this talk is very disappointing. It makes me dislike him and he's our ace. How can you dislike your ace? He ought to shut his neck and pitch like a man.

He has cashed in already with baseball. What does he need to pay for anyway? A new Ferrari. Get real Hamels!

I like Jacobin's idea. Maybe his wife could get her tits out if they need some bucks.

Corey said...

as a fan, this is not what you want to here. a player destined for millions in career earnings is complaining about a few hundred thousand, which granted is a ton of money, but is peanuts compared to his earning potential. and complaining that a team isn't handing out enough money when they just increased their payroll to its highest ever seem a little out of touch.

also, it's alarming that hamels feels that he is so much better than the hundreds of other players who have paid their due, accumulated service time, and in a way, worked their way up the ladder. he's got some sense of entitlement that is not very becoming.

BloodStripes said...

I as much as anyone want to see our King of the hill succeed but like you said he has to pay his dues. In good time he will make his mega-millions.

Maybe he was having a bad day and blurted his unwise words without thinking. I just hope he values his time and opportunity with the Phils right now because they are legit contenders.

GM-Carson said...

Hamels is good, very good, and is on the brink of great. However, he's still too fragile and hasn't proven he can last an entire season in the bigs yet, or in the minors for that matter. I like him, but he needs to shut the hell up and pitch, pitch every 5th day to his capability, and a year or two from now he'll be handsomely rewarded. This is the way MLB works and it's a decent system...deal with it Cole.

GM-Carson said...

For those who haven't heard yet, Phils 1st base coach Davey Lopes has prostate cancer and is set for surgery later this month. He hopes to return to the Phils in the early parts of the season, but to be honest he's got more important things to take care than runners at 1st. Taking his place in the meantime is former major leaguer Jerry Martin.

GM-Carson said...

More for the "shut your pie hole Cole" gripe- Jeff Francoeur likely will make about $450,000 this year, he was paid $427,500 last season. Jeff unlike Cole hasn't missed a game over the last two seasons playing in 162 contests in '06 and '07.

goDuke said...

God-darn pretty boy whiners... Just go out there and throw the damn ball (once every 5 days), he produces again, he's a millionaire easy and all that for playing a kids game. For those of us with "real jobs" who make a fraction of the money of these guys its annoying to hear how tough they have it.

GM-Carson said...

I know it's cliche, but you've got to "pay your dues" before striking it rich. Most people don't get money thrown at them when they're new in their careers/jobs, so why should baseball players be any different. You've got to prove your worth to the organization/company and then you'll hopefully be recognized for your efforts and compensated in due time.

Joe said...

Hamels has to live with the system the union has created. Teams need to save money at this part of a player's career so they can get raped later by free agency. Hamels needs to be quiet, patient and humble. His next big payday will come. That's if he stays healthy and productive.

Hamels and Howard are two players with success now, but hardly any track record to feel confident the success is sure to continue.

Hamels needs to be careful or he will be labeled heartless and soft after the "I'm not coming back if the teams not in it" comments, the chiro nonsense and this episode.

I'm sure the sting of long deals to Lieberthal, Burrell, and gambles like Freddy Garcia are fresh and keeping the owners/GM gun shy.

furiousBall said...

I'll give him a low blow. Wait...

GM-Carson said...

Furiousball- that comment was gaytastic!

Fat Ted said...

This will all blow over...

I hope.

Fat Ted said...

PS. You guys going to do a fantasy league again?

Let's do it keeper style this year.

GM-Carson said...

Yes Fat Ted, we are doing a fantasy league again this year. There's still one opening, email us and we'll send you the details.

Jacobin said...

The Inquirer has a story today about the Phillies signing prospects from Australia. Thought Bloodstripes might be interested in this:

Prospects from Down Under.

xfactor said...

If nothing else, Cole learned a lesson about the business of baseball and the dangers of spouting off to the media. But everyone who is bashing him to smithereens about it is over-reacting. He got knocked down to size by losing the opening day start and just a few days later he's told that he's worth less cash than his field value suggests. It was a blow to his ego and clearly ego is part of what drives him. Where Hamels went wrong was forgetting to consider that the union put him in this position, not the Phillies. But let's face it, if we saw the true thoughts of every guy in print, we'd hate nearly everyone. He's young and cocky, cut him some slack. He failed to keep his mouth shut, big deal. Most of us might have reacted the same way before having time to reflect on it and digest the news.

Another thing: if Cole leaves the Phillies for free agency after 2012, there will be many bigger reasons besides this forgettable incident.

Meanwhile, enjoy him while he's here because Cole Hamels is a special talent.

GM-Carson said...

I still like Cole just like I still like Howard. However, I wish they'd put on muzzle on in regards to their salary/contracts.

SirAlden said...

They need to re-negotiate the basic agreement. There should be slotted grades for the years a player is controlled by the club to off-set the cost of the minors.

Top 5th of players at the position, 3 times league minimum, 60-80% 2 times, 1-59% league minimum with 1.2 for second year 1.3 third year or somesuch.

SirAlden said...

10-1 Braves over the Phillies at Disney World.

Rosario kicked some butt 3.1 innings no runs.

The rest was quite forgetable, no panic.

Los said...

Cole has to understand that he will have all the power in a few years, and he needs to prove himself for more than one year.

BloodStripes said...

Thanks for the link Jacobin. The Phils have 10 Aussies under contract, more than any major league team other than the Twins. From my perspective that is excellent news. Good work Phils, sign some more.

GM-Carson said...

Kendrick got roughed up by the Braves. Expect this to happen some this year as he'll suffer growing pains, but I still think he can give us a 4.5 era and nearly 200 innings.