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Flashback: Cole Hamels

Updated: April 16, 2009, 12:27 PM ET
By J.F. Pirro | ESPN RISE Magazine

What more could a guy want? Entering his fourth major league season, Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels is already an All-Star pitcher and World Series MVP. He's sure come a long way since graduating in 2002 from Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.), a school known as "The Factory" due to its tradition of churning out MLB Draft picks. After snapping the bone between his throwing elbow and shoulder the summer after his sophomore year and undergoing surgery that could have ended his career ...

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