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Hamels not a fan of early NLDS start time

Hamels not a fan of early NLDS start time

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, like many Phillies fans, is no fan of the 2:37 p.m. start times in Games 1 and 2 of the National League Division Series.

"Being the defending world champs, I think it's kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o' clock," Hamels said Wednesday morning before Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. "I don't think it's fair. I definitely don't think it's fair for the fans because this is all about the home-field advantage or just baseball in general."

The Minnesota Twins play the New York Yankees at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday and the St. Louis Cardinals play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9:37 p.m.

"I understand TV ratings, but I think at the end of the day, most players would rather play when they're both comfortable and that's kind of what we're trained at, either 1 o'clock or 7 o'clock," Hamels said. "It's more fair for us than really the TV ratings, because truly I don't think we mind as much for TV ratings.

"We want to get ourselves to the World Series and win it, and that's all that matters. It's not how much money we can make in the process of playing this game, because truly, being a world champ, that's what we really live for, and to be able to experience it again. And I know that all these baseball players that are playing today want to be able to experience that. What better way than to get more of a situation that we're kind of used to playing, to have the fans at the stadium, because that's what really matters is having them there to watch. We can understand that people want to watch it on TV, but I don't know too many people that are going to be watching this game at 11 on the West Coast."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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