It's Official: Cole Hamels Signs 6-Year, 144 Million Deal with Phillies

It's Official: Cole Hamels Signs 6-Year, 144 Million Deal with Phillies

Cole Hamels and the Phillies have officially agreed to a whopper of a contract extension to keep the ace in Philadelphia for a long time.

The team's full statement:

Left-hander Cole Hamels has signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.  The extension takes Hamels through the 2018 season and includes a club/vesting option for 2019 and a limited no-trade provision.

Hamels, 28, is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts this season.  He enters play today tied for fifth in the National League in wins and ranks fifth in strikeouts (131), sixth in innings pitched (133.2) and seventh in winning percentage (.733).

 Since making his major league debut on May 12, 2006, Hamels leads all NL pitchers with 85 wins and ranks third in innings pitched (1,295.0) and starts (199).  He has been selected to three NL All-Star teams (2007, 2011-12) and has the second-most strikeouts (1,222) among all major league left-handed pitchers over the last seven seasons (2006-12), trailing only CC Sabathia (1,373).

In 2008, Hamels was named both the NLCS and World Series MVP for the Phillies and is the all-time franchise leader in postseason wins (7) and strikeouts (77), while tying for first in starts (13), and second in ERA (3.09) and innings pitched (81.2).  He advanced the Phillies to the 2010 National League Championship Series with a Division Series-clinching shutout over the Cincinnati Reds.

Hamels was originally selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2002 draft (17th overall).  He has a career record of 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA, 10 complete games and four shutouts in 200 games (199 starts).

A happy Cole makes for happy Phillies fans.

Cole and the Phillies will hold a press conference at noon today prior to the game against the Brewers.

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

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Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Notable goals
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
Goalie report
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
Power play
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
Big hit
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
Third line
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”