Cole Hamels is about to begin his 13th season in Major League Baseball. But as baseball changes, Hamels doesn’t want one thing in particular to change. And that is: the amount of pitchers that make up a rotation. He doesn’t believe in six-man rotations.
“It’s not part of baseball. I know that’s the new analytical side of trying to reinvent the wheel, but I was brought up in the minor leagues on a five-man, and that’s what I’m designed and conditioned for.”
But he doesn’t stop there.
“You throw in the six-man, you might as well be in college; that’s what the college guys do, pitch once a week, or go to Japan. That’s not what MLB is to me. … not how I learned from my mentors, and that’s not the type of way I’m here to pitch.”
So that’s that, right? It’s pretty scathing from Hamels, of course. But here’s the thing: last season, he wasn’t too good. In fact if there’s an aging, solid pitcher that could use more rest, it’s probably somebody like Hamels. Last season, he would finish with an 4.20 ERA and 4.62 FIP. He’s 34 years old.
For Hamels, it’s probably best to be open to change. But at this point, who’s going to tell him otherwise?