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Phillies Opening Day starter isn't Halladay

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08:15 AM ET 03.15 | Philadelphia turned the expected into the official on Thursday, naming Cole Hamels its Opening Day pitcher for April 1 in Atlanta. Hamels, 29, signed the richest contract in Philadelphia sports history -- six years, $144 million -- in July. He is the Phillies' longest-tenured pitcher. This will be his first opening-day start. He was supposed to start on opening day 2009, but had to be pushed back because of a sore elbow. Hamels led the Phillies with 17 wins last season. He was the MVP of the 2008 World Series. Roy Halladay started the Phillies' last three openers. Earlier this spring, he endorsed Hamels for the honor, saying it was the lefthander's time to lead the staff.

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March 15, 2013  08:34 AM ET

That and he has sucked this spring.

March 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET

I am taking the under on Halladay's vesting option for 2014.

He needs to meet the following: 225 IP in 2013; and 415 IP in 2012 & 2013 combined.

Not sure if these criteria are "either or" or "combined" criteria. However, in 2012 he had 156 innings.

First, I don't think he gets in the 225 IP for 2013. AND, if, he needs to not only get in the 225 innings for 2013 AND have the 415 totals innings for 2012-2013 then he is in deep dog stuff as he would need 259 IP in 2013, and, I already think he can't get in the 225 IP he needs for 2013 to vest.

In my opinion, Halladay will either need to negotiate a new contract with the Phillies at the end of 2013 or become a free agent.







Ithink he

March 15, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Holy Jeez, I thought it was going to be Steve Carlton!!!

No $#!+ that it isn't going to be Halladay...

March 15, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Holy Jeez, I thought it was going to be Steve Carlton!!!No $#!+ that it isn't going to be Halladay...

I was kinda of leaning to Robin Roberts, myself.

March 15, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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I was kinda of leaning to Robin Roberts, myself.

Old Pete Alexander?

May have been the best Philly NL pitcher of them all, although you could make a good case for Carlton. Pete certainly was better at pitching with a monster hangover.
Can't remember the name of his manager just before Alexander was traded to the Cards just in time to strike out Lazzeri in the WS, but he couldn't stand Pete's drinking and said something like, "If we're going to finish in last place anyway, I'd just as soon do it without him."

March 15, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Like I have said in the past, it doesn't matter who starts the first game of the season, people only remember the pitcher who pitch the game that got them in to the playoffs.

March 15, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Like I have said in the past, it doesn't matter who starts the first game of the season, people only remember the pitcher who pitch the game that got them in to the playoffs.

Or the game that wins the series.

March 15, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Or the game that wins the series.

Or the game that knocked them out of playoff contention (e.g. Papelbon blowing the save in 2011). That's a memory which lingers longer.

Thanks for the memories, Paps! Enjoy him, Philadelphia!

March 15, 2013  10:37 AM ET

Ummm... The Phillies "unofficially" announced this 3 weeks ago... Why is this news now???

March 15, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Ummm... The Phillies "unofficially" announced this 3 weeks ago... Why is this news now???

"Philadelphia turned the expected into the official on Thursday"

March 15, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Or the game that knocked them out of playoff contention (e.g. Papelbon blowing the save in 2011). That's a memory which lingers longer.Thanks for the memories, Paps! Enjoy him, Philadelphia!

Or the guy who pitched Game 163

 
March 15, 2013  05:50 PM ET

The RED-HEADED step child isn't starting?? Now the Sillies have a chance to win!

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