When the Texas Rangers traded for Cole Hamels last July, they received more than just a great left-handed pitcher….they received a role model young fans can emulate. Hamels understands young kids look up to him because he did the same when he was a kid.
“I think the guys I definitely tried to emulate goring up were Tom Glavine, being left-handed. I was lucky enough to watch Greg Maddux pitch, and John Smoltz when they were with Atlanta. There were some quality pitchers there and they weren’t just great on the field they were great off the field.”
Everyone in the Rangers clubhouse says the same thing about Hamels He’s great on the field, and greater off the field.
Whether it’s the kids on the Rangers staff like Martin Perez or Chi Chi Gonzalez…or kids watching on TV at home, Hamels embraces being able to impact the lives of others thanks to being blessed with the talent to throw a baseball.
The best advice he can offer? Never give up on yourself, “Sometimes at the end of the day and sometimes it won’t, but if you’re able to do that it can propel you into something else. And to never give up I think you’re going to have more success than failures.”
Something the Rangers are counting on in 2016.