Cole Hamels takes out full-page ad to thank Phillies fans

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Cole Hamels Reacts to Being Traded, Thanks Phillies


By JOHN DORN

Cole Hamels began his Philadelphia Phillies career in 2006 as a 22-year-old rookie. After a World Series title and 114 victories -- the last of which being a no-hitter at Wrigley Field -- Hamels' career in Philadelphia came to an end last week following a trade to the Texas Rangers.

The 31-year-old matured as a player and a person with the Phillies, crediting the organization and its fans for his near decade of success in the bigs. This past weekend, he took a full-page ad out of the Philadelphia Inquirer to recognize the Philly faithful.



The letter read:

"You have given us memories that will last a lifetime. Philadelphia is the 'City of Brotherly Love' and we cannot thank you enough for the love that you have shown our family during out time here. To the many fans, friends and family that we have made here, we are eternally grateful. Philadelphia is where we made our first home and where we started our family, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. We wish the Philadelphia Phillies, their fans and the entire city of Philadelphia the very best. Thank you again for being an amazing part of our lives! We will never forget you."


Classy move from Hamels, who realizes a departure was clearly in the best interest of both parties.

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Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves as rain begins to fall in Atlanta Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
** FILE ** This is a 2006 file photo of Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies has not allowed a hit through six innings against the Houston Astros. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels pitches against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, June 21, 2006 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels returns the bat to Carlos Delgado who twice lost the bat duirng his at-bat letting it fly out to the mound barely missing Hamels in the the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels pitches during first inning baseball action in Game 1 of the National League championship series Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar/Pool)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) delivers to the Texas Rangers in a Major League Baseball game, Saturday, June 28, 2008, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) and catcher Carlos Ruiz, right, celebrate with teammates after Hamels pitched a complete game shutout in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 4, 2009. The Phillies won the game 3-0. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels, right, smiles as he jokes around with teammate Greg Dobbs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, July 28, 2009, in Phoenix. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels pitches in the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels gets sprayed with champagne in the clubhouse after his 2-0, complete game win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels warms up before the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday, March 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels throws a pitch against the New York Mets in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels speaks during a news conference Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Louis. The Phillies are scheduled play Game 3 of the National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
This is a 2012 photo of Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. This image reflects the Philles' spring training roster as of Thursday, March 1, 2012, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, left, and general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., shake hands during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Hamels and the Phillies have agreed to a $144 million, six-year contract that prevents the 2008 World Series MVP from becoming a free agent after the season. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels in baseball action against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels looks on during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels in baseball action against the New York Mets Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Hamels combined with relief pitchers Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman for a no hitter. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels walks to the dugout after pitching the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 14, 2015. The Pirates won 1-0 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher Cole Hamels during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Saturday, July 25, 2015. He pitched a no-hitter. (AP Photo/Matt Marton3
Former Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels takes questions from the media after being traded to the Texas Rangers prior to the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Texas Rangers pitchers Derek Holland, left, and Yovani Gallardo, right, talk with their newly acquired teammate Cole Hamels, center, in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Friday, July 31, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels, right, walks to the mound after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants Buster Posey, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Giants won 9-7 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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