Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cole Hamels.

When he is "on," he works quickly, putting his glove hand up in front of his face, taking his signal from the catcher and methodically repeating the same motion he's been using since Little League. It's something analysts love about him: "Hitters feed off changes they make you make," explains former Phillies pitcher and current postgame analyst Mitch Williams enviously. "That is what he does an exceptional job of: He doesn't show anything." This may sound straightforward, but remaining focused under the pressure of pitching is no easy task. Williams was nicknamed "Wild Thing" for his infamous inability to do so himself.


Read the rest of E. James Beale's profile of Hamels here.

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