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A lot of scouts were watching Cole Hamels yesterday

Jul 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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If “number of scouts watching a guy play” is any indication of the seriousness of his team to trade him, consider Cole Hamels out the door already. From Jim Salisbury of

There were so many scouts behind the backstop at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon that you could have built a campfire and made smores.

Oh, wrong kind of scouts.

These were baseball scouts, you know, the kind with straw hats, stop watches, radar guns, and questionable wardrobes. All the relevant chapters were present: Texas, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Angels. There were more than that, in fact.

All of the teams present make sense except for maybe the Giants who don’t need pitching as bad as hitting, but the sheer number of scouts impressed a lot of people who cover the Phillies every day, so it was clearly unusual. Not that wanting Hamels would be unusual for anyone, but still.

Biggest takeaway from this: next time you’re at the ballgame, look for the straw hats and questionable wardrobes, because Salisbury is dead on with that. I’d add “polo shirt tucked in to dockers,” but that may be included in the “questionable wardrobe” part.  The radar guns are a giveaway, but they don’t all hold guns, so this is useful for scout spotting.

  1. Eberwizzle - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I think they should trade either Doc or Lee and try to resign Hamels. It doesn’t make much sense to keep Halladay for 20 mil at 36 yrs old next season or lee for 22 mil at 33 yrs old for the next 5 seasons when you have a 28 year old you could sign for 7 years. Trade, resign, get younger, rebuild bullpen, and compete next season. Just my thinking.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      Totally agree, but there is still always a chance someone is willing to give up way to much money to rent Hamels for a while.

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:37 AM

        Yikes. Edit function please. too many prospects.

  2. natstowngreg - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Scouts still wear straw hats? Wow, thought that went out a couple of decades ago.

  3. beefytrout - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    For the sake of argument, let’s say the Rangers do “want Hamels badly”… doesn’t that mean that someone in the current rotation gets sent to philly? Otherwise, that’s a 7-man rotation…

    • lewp - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      It could also mean someone gets sent to AAA

      • beefytrout - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        The only remote possibility of that is Feliz, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

  4. davidpom50 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Wait, what’s wrong with a polo shirt tucked into dockers?

  5. randygnyc - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I’ve sat next to scouts many, many times at MLB games. The one thing they all seem to have are freakishly large forearms. Dead give away.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Buck up. Philles are threatening to resign. Think they are trying to up asking price because amaros actual deals never get out until they are done. Hopefully trade him and get him back next year.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    So you are telling me I need to stop tucking my polo shirts in my khaki’s?
    The other option would be to leave the shirt un-tucked. Which is okay for a casual look. But while conducting business that is way to casual.

  8. xmatt0926x - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Agree about the Polo shirts. Craig has been away from office areas for too long. Polos tucked into khakis are just about all you’re going to see. It’s the basic getup for ‘business casual” in the warmer months of the year.

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