March 15, 2013
Cole Hamels has spent his entire baseball career with the Phillies, but will finally get to do something he has never done before on Opening Day.
The Phillies have named Hamels the starter for April 1 in Atlanta, when they begin the 2013 campaign against the Braves.
The milestone is something that Hamels was originally supposed to achieve in 2009, when he was intended to be the Opening Day starter after being named World Series MVP in the Phillies' 2008 title run.
Unfortunately, he missed it due to an elbow injury, which led to Brett Myers filling in for him.
Hamels was the Phillies' best starting pitcher in 2012, during a season that saw them miss the postseason for the first time in five years.
He finished the season with a 17-6 record and a 3.05 ERA in 31 starts.
Halfway through last season, which was a contract year for the lefthander, Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million contract to stay in Philadelphia.
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