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The Fabled One to make his debut for the Phillies
2006-05-10 10:39
by Bob Timmermann

Philadelphia GM Pat Gillick announced that prospect Cole Hamels will be recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday to start in Cincinnati.

In 23 innings at AAA this year, Hamels has a 0.39 ERA in 23 IP with 36 strikeouts.

2006-05-10 11:17:49
1.   Inside Baseball
This is when I really hate that I used up my high waiver spot in my NL only fantasy baseball league on Scott Olsen.
2006-05-10 12:49:44
2.   Eric Enders
I just tried to pick up Hamels, but he's not available yet in Yahoo leagues because he's never played in the majors.

So naturally, I hope he gets bombed in his first start.

2006-05-10 13:03:00
3.   Inside Baseball
I actually emailed Yahoo about that two weeks ago. I thought if they made him available, he'd slide under the radar, and I'd grab him with my last place waiver priority. I knew it was a exercise in futility, but I figured I had no other chance at getting him, or life for that matter, so I emailed them. Much to my surprise I received a personal response within an hour of my query. Here's the cogent part of their reply:

"We are working to expand the Available Players (in-season) and
pre-ranking (pre-season) lists. There is no set timeframe for the
addition of players to Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball. Players are added
to the game as soon as possible during the season.

All player requests are reviewed and players will be added to the pool
as soon as possible after their Major League debut (this requires
approval from a third-party, so we are unable to comment on the
timetable for addition of any specific players).

Please note that all players added to the game are made available via

I'm a little curious who the third-party is? Bob, perhaps? Anyway, I was very impressed with their customer service, especially when compared to that of Cbs Sportsline, which in my experience has been

2006-05-10 13:12:26
4.   standuptriple
Yeah, I was thrilled that they didn't have Sheffield on the DL until today even though it was widely known (and reported on Yahoo before first pitch yesterday).
2006-05-10 13:15:05
5.   Xeifrank
3. That was a canned response. He will most likely be added a couple of days after his first start based on past experiences.
vr, Xei
2006-05-10 13:21:43
6.   Eric Enders
I'm pretty sure the third party is the MLBPA, which has a fantasy baseball contract with Yahoo. This is why you'll often (but not always) find players available who have never played in the majors, but are on 40-man rosters and therefore in the union. Delmon Young, for example, has been available for quite some time.

Players without MLB experience who aren't on 40-man rosters (like Hamels) don't appear until about a week after their debut.

I don't know what their agreement says regarding the Matt Hergeses of the world.

2006-05-10 13:24:39
7.   Knuckles
I've been scoping Yahoo constantly today to see if/when Hamels is added. I don't know whether he'll show up as an FA or on Waivers, but I want a crack at it either way.
2006-05-10 13:34:29
8.   Eric Enders
He won't be added until a couple of days after he pitches, at the very soonest. Probably more like a week.
2006-05-10 14:26:46
9.   Inside Baseball
6 Thanks Eric for clearing that up.
2006-05-10 14:30:17
10.   Inside Baseball
5 The part I cut and pasted was definitely "a canned response" but at the end of the email the customer service rep congratulated me for being in first place of my league. I thought that was pretty cool.
2006-05-10 22:34:08
11.   das411
Ahh, and there's the Mike C post about the actual baseball impact of this move. Sweet.

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