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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Omar Minaya needs to quit or be fired

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya either refuses or has been ordered not to do an essential part of his job. In light of this, he either needs to be fired or he needs to walk away.

  2. Is Josh Hamilton hurting more than we think?

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton DH’d last night to rest his gimpy knee. He still went 2 for 5. But Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News thinks things may be worse than Hamilton or the team is letting on: Hamilton’s right knee, which has been achy all season long, has started throbbing again not even a full…

  3. Pete Rose probably still has a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Why Pete Rose as an Expo? I dunno. Everyone forgets about that and I like to remember that kind of random garbage. Got his 4000th hit while playing for Montreal! Anyway: Back when he was suspended from baseball, Pete Rose admitted to having a gambling addiction and went through counseling.  You’ll be shocked to learn…

  4. This may be the worst Pirates team ever

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    According to his bio, the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic has been watching the Pirates since 1972. He’s been writing about sports since 1990 and covering the Pirates since 2005.  He’s seen highs, and he’s seen a ton of lows (some of which were the result of highs).  In light of that, when he says something like…

  5. The Marlins and Nats probably shouldn't have played last night

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this: The game began with puddles throughout the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that simply stopped well in front of…

  6. Justin Upton leaves game with an injured shoulder

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Justin Upton struck out swinging in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Padres and immediately grabbed his left shoulder after the swing. He then left the game with an apparent injury. After the game Upton said it was mere “irritation,” and that he has had this type of injury in the past…

  7. Carlos Gonzalez hits a broken bat triple to bring the Rockies back from behind

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    In the recaps this morning I mentioned Carlos Gonzalez’ broken bat triple that won it for the Rockies last night and I asked how such a thing happens.  This is how it happens.  I’ll be damned. I saw Barry Bonds hit a broken bat homer once, but I’ve never seen something like that play before.…

  8. Hey look! Roger Clemens' mugshot!

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    He faces six felony charges based on lying to Congress and one capital charge of frosted tips on a 48 year-old man.

  9. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    J.A. Happ and Hiroki Kuroda shut down the two teams most wags picked for the NLCS this year.

  10. Yeah, the blogs are irresponsible

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    This is basically a football thing, but it’s worth reading all the same because it impacts the kind of stuff we do here at HardballTalk. Mike Wise of the Washington Post tweeted some pure baloney about Ben Roethlisberger today and when he was busted on it, claimed that it was some grand kind of experiment…

  11. Rosenthal: Manny Ramirez is unprofessional; should not make the Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Rosenthal has the knives out for Manny Ramirez today. He’s off base, however, in his attempts to make Manny out as some kind of monster.

  12. Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup today

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s debacle against the Braves in the third inning after feeling lightheaded.  At the time it seemed like a rib injury or something, and later it was revealed that he was lightheaded. He’s better today, however, and will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nats.

  13. Brandon Webb's agent contradicts his client, is delusional

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Earlier today we passed along word of Brandon Webb saying that he’d like to come back to Arizona and that he’d be content with some kind of incentive-laden deal.  This must have given his agent a conniption fit, because he just came out with a slightly different statement, in the form of an email sent…

  14. UPDATE: Manny deal done. But he won't be in the White Sox lineup tonight

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess I jumped the gun earlier when I said that the Manny-to-the-White Sox thing was a done deal as a straight waiver claim, because it’s only within the last few minutes that all of the reputable reporters are saying it’s confirmed. Maybe I dreamed it all. Also, Nightengale has now backtracked from his…

  15. Roger Clemens pleads not guilty, and a digression on entering courthouses

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens just pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. No bail set. Clemens just can’t leave the country, which is standard. Nothing crazy happened.  He’s now off to play golf someplace, just as most well-heeled criminal defendants do after they get arraigned. There’s nothin’ else going on right now, so I’m left to consider the…

  16. Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year: “I like the pitching staff a lot,” he said. “The…

  17. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Going two weeks between Power Rankings — with one of those weeks consisting of casual (at best) following of baseball — is discombobulating. Let’s try to get through this together.

  18. MLB trying to grow the game in China

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    There’s a neat article up at the Washington Post today about Major League Baseball’s inroads to China.  Compared to the population and, really, compared to interest in basketball and other sports, China’s interest in baseball is really low. But even a low percentage of Chinese population is huge, so it’s understandable that baseball would like…

  19. Great Moments in subtlety: the New York Post

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova, as you know, is under investigation by Major League Baseball for some business regarding B-12 injections that may or may not have been B-12 (or something; I’m having a hard time caring).  Yesterday he pitched well in the Yankees win. Here’s this morning’s New York Post sports cover.  I’m not gonna lie: I…

  20. R.A. Dickey wants to be a U.S. Open ball boy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    This is not a repeat from the “Seinfeld” episode “The Lip Reader” from 1993: With another terrific performance on Sunday, R. A. Dickey continued to demonstrate that he could perform at the highest level of his sport. Now he wants to show he can do it in another sport, only not as a player. Dickey…

  21. Happy Frank and Jamie McCourt trial day!

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ arraignment isn’t the only baseball related court thingee going on today. The McCourt trial starts too. At stake: the very future of the Dodgers. Frank says the team is his. Jamie says it’s theirs. If he wins, the status quo will reign, and the Dodgers can keep on skimping on the free agent…

  22. Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney…

  23. Arolids Chapman is coming

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    At 105 miles per hour, it should take Aroldis Chapman just under an hour to get from Louisville to Cincinnati today or, at the latest, tomorrow, which is when Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are going to call the dude up. It’s almost unfair that the Reds, riding high right now, have a…

  24. Roger Clemens gets arraigned today; finally has a decent lawyer

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    The only thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen while I was on vacation was Roger Clemens getting arraigned, skipping bail, going on the lam and taking a bunch of hostages, because that’s the kind of thing I would have had to blog about.  Thankfully that didn’t happen. He gets arraigned today, so any hostage-taking will…

  25. Manny Ramirez's Dodger career ends on a high note

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Actually, things never end well for Manny. They just end.

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