Cole Hamels Q&A with Leslie Gudel, Part II

Cole Hamels Q&A with Leslie Gudel, Part II

September 8, 2013, 10:00 am
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Cole Hamels recently sat down with Comcast SportsNet's Leslie Gudel to discuss his decision to re-sign with the Phillies, his new role with the team, Ryne Sandberg and Roy Halladay among other topics.

After running Part I of the interview on Saturday, here's Part II:

Q. Who are some of the guys that have impressed you?

A. I do think the bullpen, as much as they sort of get the bad end of the stick a lot just because of the situation they get put in, they've shown some really good promise. They don't have to fear to come in. They want to succeed. The guys like [Jake] Diekman, [Justin] De Fratus to come in, it's impressive to see because they show you no fear and they are attacking it.

You have guys like Cody Asche, who's playing a big part, you know, [Darin] Ruf, and even a couple of starters with Ethan [Martin] and [Jonathan] Pettibone, those guys have some real good promise. So I think that's kind of fun, to see what we can build on.

Q. What do you see with Roy Halladay?

A. He's been the best at pitching for the better part of a decade. You can't take that away from him. The knowledge that he has and the preparation, I've never seen anybody that prepares as much as anybody. I think that's going to become a huge factor is because he prepares so much even if he does lose the strength and that dynamic to his pitching game he has enough knowledge that will surpass those mistakes that most guys would make.

Plus, at the same time, he is -- he's the ultimate competitor. With whatever he's got, he wants to win. So he's going to go out there and fight til the last breath. He never wants to be taken out of the game. So I think that kind of teaches you something. He takes every game so serious, every pitch, until the last pitch he's allowed to pitch. And I think that's what helps a lot of us to see that, that you can never take one pitch off.

Q. Does he fit in this rotation going forward?

A. Yeah, I mean, who wouldn't want a guy like Doc Halladay in the rotation? He brings everything to -- not only what I've been able to learn from him -- but I think a couple other guys have been able to pick up on how, if you want to become great at this game, what type of dedication you have to bring.

Q. What impresses you about Sandberg so far?

A. Gosh, his personality of wanting to win, bringing a different level of excitement, wanting to get to know the players is just nice because when you're bringing a guy in, you do, you want to know who you're playing for. He makes it known, he wants to talk to you, he wants to know what players he has.

And you know, I think sort of a different policy of keeping guys accountable in a different way. Charlie kept us accountable, but it was a different way. That's kind of something where you have to bring in change because everybody gets in habits, and sometimes the habits can lead you down to a not very good path, and so you have to be brought back up to the right type of way. And I think he's going to be able to do that for a lot of us.

Q. He seems to take interest in the pitchers. Have you noticed that?

A. Yeah. He wants us to get into the action. I think, you know, he's obviously played the game a long time. Did very well at it. So I think he's got some good insight of trying to keep us involved and trying to keep us going and energizing us because some of us only get to play every five days.

You now, you can kind of look at us going, 'Well you guys aren't doing anything for four days,' but sometimes you can keep us going in another way that we're staying sharp -- not only on the pitching side, but obviously in just the mental approach to how we can become a better teammate, getting somebody else out there to play their best.

Q. How low was this team going through that stretch after the All-Star break?

A. It's not fun. It's just kind of, deer in the headlights. You're just kind of frozen, and we kind of needed a spark. I think everybody was looking at somebody else to do it as opposed to themselves. I think that's kind of where the sparks started to get lit, and everybody starts to get out of that funk, and then kind of get back to where we are.