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Matthew Pouliot

  1. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There’s absolutely nothing cool about anyone who works for HardballTalk, but we’re going to try to get you through the dog days of summer all the same.

  2. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum and the Giants get roughed up.

  3. Rob Dibble: those women must be talking about shopping!

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Rob Dibble does Washington Nats games. In light of this, I tend to go with the opponents’ broadcast feed whenever the desire to watch a Nats game strikes me. Because baseball analysis-wise, well, he’s a little shaky. But I had no idea he was so bad that he’d spend several minutes of a broadcast making…

  4. Sure, Bobby Valentine would be interested in the Mariners' gig

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Because you can’t have a managerial opening without mentioning Bobby Valentine’s name, I give you Larry Stone on the M’s vacancy: Valentine is not commenting, but friends of Valentine say that [the Mariners job] is a job that he would be greatly interested in . . . someone familiar with Valentine’s thinking said Valentine believes…

  5. Francisco Rodriguez charged with third degree assault

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was released from jail today after being charged with third degree assault and second-degree harassment. He was ordered to stay away from his his girlfriend’s father,* his girlfriend and his children until a subsequent hearing can be held in family court. We’ve all been having a little bit of fun with the whole…

  6. Papelbon blows another one: Sox lose to the Jays, 6-5

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t lead the league in blown saves. But for some reason, it always feels like a bigger deal when he blows one than when someone else does. And he blew another one today, giving Toronto a victory over Boston. John Lackey was cruising throughout most of the game. He had thrown only around…

  7. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper's college coach

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    The Bryce Harper signing saga shouldn’t be all that drama-filled, but his college coach is adding some pressure all the same.

  8. Phillies activate Shane Victorino

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    One All-Star back, two more to go: the Phillies have activated Shane Victorino, reports Matt Gelb. The surprising part: to make toom for Victorino, the Phils have optioned Antonio Bastardo.  Many folks thought that they’d send Domonic Brown down instead. Wait? What’s that?  Sorry, folks. Just got a note from the guild. Seems I forgot…

  9. If not New York, where would Derek Jeter sign?

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Look, I know he’s not leaving the Yankees and you know he’s not leaving the Yankees, but if I don’t link to MLBTR’s fun post about possible non-Yankees destinations for Derek Jeter, then I’m just going to post another thing about the Mets, and frankly, even I’m getting tired of that. So where — apart…

  10. HBT Daily: K-Rod, Chase Utley and White Sox-Twins

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Matt Stroup and I reveal the shocking, shocking news that there is dysfunction with the Mets

  11. Texas Rangers sale approved

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    This was more of a formality than the final stage of the Tour de France and your annual “the Mets are a dysfunctional mess” story, but I’ve spent so much time these past several months obsessing on it, that I may as well note that the owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Texas…

  12. Hero Boyfriend, foul ball girlfriend break up

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Our sister blog (brother blog? skeezy uncle blog?) Out of Bounds passes along some sad, sad news: the dude who let his girlfriend get smacked with the foul ball got dumped (check out Out of Bounds for the touching, touching video). Apparently their were other issues than just the foul ball thing leading to it. …

  13. K-Rod to be suspened two games; take anger management class

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    For those of you wondering what may happen to Francisco Rodriguez as a result of his little dustup with the wife’s old man, the Mets are suspending him for two games and he will be subject to anger management classes. On the legal side, I contacted his lawyer, Jay Reisinger, to ask him if he…

  14. Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again.  The answer is no: “I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment…

  15. Report: Chipper Jones tore his ACL, out for the year. Maybe forever

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Well, @$#!&%. Sports radio station 790 The Zone is reporting that Chipper Jones has a torn ACL and that he’ll be out for the year.  Obviously this is distressing to me. But not for the obvious reason. Yes, losing Chipper Jones — who has been back to his old All-Star self since June — is…

  16. The Cubs may still be dealing

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s trade of Mike Fontenot may not be the last deal the Cubs have up their sleeve: ”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the…

  17. 2011 All-Star Game protesters arrested

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    That’s the year 2011, not 2,011 protesters. But maybe if there were that many one of them could have gotten the petition they were trying to deliver to Bud Selig through the thin blue line: Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig,…

  18. Hundreds treated for heat exhaustion during yesterday's Reds-Cards game

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In my little riff on hot and humid ballparks this morning I left out Cincinnati.  It gets downright ugly there, and yesterday it was particularly bad: Around 200 fans were treated for heat problems Wednesday during the Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals game at Great American Ball Park. The game time temperature was 93 degrees, but…

  19. Updated major league logos

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    I pretty much stopped reading ESPN’s Page 2 when Hunter S. Thompson blew his head off — I think he would have wanted me to — but there’s something really good over there today: Updated MLB logos.  Each team’s, reimagined in such a way as to capture the essence of its bein’, ya know? Here’s…

  20. The Mets may start Oliver Perez on Saturday

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    In a move that can only be explained by Jerry Manuel having money on the Phillies to win the division, the Mets manager said that he’s thinking about starting Oliver Perez against Philly. If he forfeited it would save everyone time and money. Not that there isn’t some logic afoot here. The Phillies will be…

  21. The Dbacks smack four consecutive homers

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Dave Bush last night.  The video is here. Great fun for anyone who isn’t a Brewers fan or a Dave Bush fantasy owner. For the record, the jacks came off two 89 m.p.h. fastballs, a…

  22. Quote of the Day: K-Rod-punches-out-his-father-in-law edition

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clearly, K-Rod assaulting his wife’s old man last night was the result of media pressure.

  23. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Last night’s scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.

  24. HBT Extra: Triple Crowns, bad boyfriends and more Francoeur hate!

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.

  25. Chase Utley cleared to start hitting again

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Good news for the Phillies: Chase Utley has been cleared to swing a bat. Utley was examined by his hand specialist today and was given the go-ahead. Assuming everything goes well once he starts hacking away he should be on course for an early September return. Wait, Utley doesn’t hack. That’s what makes him so…

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