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Cole Hamels describes “bitterness, pointing fingers” in Phillies clubhouse

Dec 3, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Cole Hamels gave an interview to Philadelphia magazine back in September for a story about his wife and put together some interesting tidbits, including this about the vibe in the Phillies’ clubhouse during their 89-loss season:

The energy in the clubhouse changed. It used to be all high fives. This season, there weren’t as many high fives. There was a lot of bitterness, pointing fingers–“You haven’t played well in a week, why weren’t you in here early?”

Hamels also noted that “you have to know when to start over” with an aging roster, which is interesting considering since his interview the Phillies have added 36-year-old Marlon Byrd and re-signed 35-year-old Carlos Ruiz.

  1. clydeserra - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I thought Craig was on holiday?

  2. flamethrower101 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    And now to counteract Ruben Amaro Jr. will trade Hamels to the Indians for Jason Giambi and then ask Jose Canseco to come out of retirement, and cite “clubhouse chemistry” as the biggest reason, completely ignoring his rationale for a younger roster.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Oh no you don’t. Jose Canseco is slated to play/coach (I can’t remember) in the Texas Winter League in the upcoming months here in SA. I have full intention of seeing The Spectacle himself in the flesh.

  3. losangelesfan - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Cholly kept this bullcrap reigned in. Ryno better get a handle on it, pronto.

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Charlie didn’t keep anything reigned in. That’s why he was let go. It was widely reported that he was losing the clubhouse and this kind of crap was well under way while he was still managing.

      Understand that I’m not blaming Charlie one bit. This is the kind of stuff that happens when teams lose and you’re bringing in low level free agents who have no attachment to the franchise or the core that brought the success in the first place.

      Charlie gained his rep as a players manager who kept things loose while the team was competing and winning.I do agree that Ryno needs to identif the cancer and get rid of these types of guys.

  4. ochospantalones - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I think it’s pretty obvious the Phillies were one 36-year old outfielder away from contention last year, so RAJ’s plan to bring back the exact same team plus Marlon Byrd looks brilliant to me. They won 73 games last year, clearly Byrd and maybe a somewhat healthier Ryan Howard will translate to at least 20 more wins.

    • shadowshand - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Put down the crack pipe!

  5. illegalblues - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    losing sucks. stuff like this happens to every team that underperforms their own expectations. if the team was losing and giving high fives, that’d be a little weird.

    • flamethrower101 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      But it’s not often a players come out and admits to it, so it’s refreshing to see. It also makes you think maybe he’s having second thoughts about having signed that extension before hitting the open market last year.

  6. skerney - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    This is so delicious.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    That’s why they resigned Michael Martinez- a big clubhouse presence.

  8. missingdiz - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Yeah, a dysfunctional workplace is a bad situation. I’ve known a few. A little advice for Hamels. Next year, if you start feeling down, just say to yourself: “Another miserable day, another $60,000 in the bank.”

  9. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    They bringing back the worse player to EVER see a baseball field =John Mayberry

    • yankeefan1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      When are you going to finish this vendetta you have going with John Mayberry? Its getting tiring.

  10. mmeyer3387 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Hamels has a lot to be thankful for, he’s got a ring, big contract, and his health. Nobody promised him that they would win every year. The Phillies are just a team that got old. They to restructure or perhaps rebuild the team.

  11. 6stn - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    They went from high-fives to middle-ones.

  12. gloccamorra - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I’m just wondering who wrote the “kill my vibe” headline on the NBCSports front page. It must have been a Generation-Y/Millenial. The proper term is “harsh my mellow”. Kids these days…

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