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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Bryce Harper and the Nats are making progress

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    I don’t put a ton of stock in Jim Bowden: newsbreaker, but the guy still knows people with the Nats, so I’ll put some amount of stock in his latest report that the Nationals and Harper are “making progress” on a deal and should have things wrapped up before the midnight deadline. Bowden says it’s…

  2. Ichiro is pushing the Mariners to hire Bobby Valentine

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons is reporting that Ichiro is lobbying for the Mariners to make Bobby Valentine their new manager. Gammons calls Valentine “Suzuki’s preference.” It’s not clear why he’d be Ichiro’s favorite, but one can assume that it has something to do with Valentine’s track record in the NPB and word of mouth from friends, former…

  3. HBT Daily: Bryce Harper and the Rangers visit the Rays

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I ponder the fate of Bryce Harper and look ahead to the Rangers and the Rays

  4. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Yankees are the Boyz II Men of the Power Rankings. That’s a good thing! At least I think it is.

  5. Does any GM have the guts to take a chance on Manny Ramirez?

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Manny is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, which means he should be activated and will return to the Dodgers before the August 31st waiver deal deadline. And if he’s back, you can bet the Dodgers will place him on waivers (as Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney both note today).  So:…

  6. Jason Bay's concussion opening the Mets' eyes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Unlike the case with Ryan Church a couple of years ago, the Mets can’t really be blamed for mishandling Jason Bay. Bay made no complaints about a head injury and there were no concussion symptoms until he got on a plane a couple days later.  It was just one of those things. But it may…

  7. The Rangers and Rays give us an ALDS preview tonight

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If the season ended today, two things would happen: (1) we’d all be really surprised and would demand explanations; and (2) we’d have the Rangers facing the Rays in the ALDS, just like they are tonight. And we’d likely have tonight’s matchup as well: Cliff Lee vs. David Price, which considering the struggles Tim Lincecum…

  8. Stop me if you've heard this one: WADA hates baseball's drug testing program

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ever notice that when pressed to explain the problem with baseball’s drug testing regime, the first reason cited by people from the World Anti-Doping Agency is that baseball doesn’t do business with the World Anti-Doping Agency? WADA chief John Fahey: “Baseball is the most recalcitrant,” he said, comparing MLB with the National Football League, National…

  9. Orlando Cabrera plays bat boy

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Something about this makes me smile: Orlando Cabrera is on the DL, so yesterday he put on the “BB” uniform and played bat boy during the Reds-Marlins game. Wore the helmet and everything.  The only downside is that he quit after the fifth inning. This is not unprecedented in Reds history, of course. Marge Schott…

  10. Mets plan to pick up Jose Reyes' option, discuss long term deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    We heard some stuff about this a week or two ago, but Mark Hale at the Post is reporting that the Mets are going to exercise Jose Reyes’ $11 million option after the season and get working on an extension. Seems like a good idea. Reyes isn’t at 2006 level but he’s shown that he’s…

  11. Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila have a little dugout spat

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Weird scene in the first inning of yesterday’s Tigers-White Sox game: After retiring the White Sox, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga sought out his catcher, Alex Avila in the dugout and started pointing his finger and jawing at him. It seemed like a regular old disagreement until Gerald Laird stepped in and began firing back at…

  12. Albert Pujols: 30 homers for ten straight years

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    In my mind, the nutsiest thing about Albert Pujols is that he really wasn’t supposed to make the Cardinals in 2001. He had a nice overall season in the minors in 2000 — his only season in the minors — but 440 of his 544 plate appearances were in A-ball. Bobby Bonilla was supposed to…

  13. 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.

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

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum and the Giants get roughed up.

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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

  23. 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…

  24. 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. …

  25. 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…

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