Cole Hamels has become a rock star in the city of Philadelphia. Not only is he one of the 10 best pitchers in MLB, but he helped end a 25-year championship drought for the most passionate sports fans in America.
Hamels agreed to a one-year contract (avoiding arbitration) worth $15 million, but that has hardly set the minds of Phillies Nation at ease. Teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and of course the New York Yankees are salivating at the thought of Hamels entering free agency.
Hamels is only 28 and has a pedigree at this point in his career that has been matched by few. The Phillies have built their Vegas favorite ballclub around their pitching, and they must keep their youngest and brightest star at all costs.
Hamels made it crystal clear in his spring training press conference that he loves it in Philadelphia and he wishes to stay. His family lives here, his foundation is here and he loves the fans. It's been amazing to watch King Cole improve right before our very eyes, and you can be assured that he is poised for a monster year.
Here are five reasons why Cole Hamels will lead the Philadelphia Phillies in wins in 2012.