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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Is Wrigley Field keeping the Cubs from winning?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    If only we had more time to get a statistically significant amount of data to test if the Cubs’ new north side ballpark is truly the source of their failures! “I believe there hasn’t been a whole lot of people that have run that team that truly understand the ballpark,” Steve Stone says of the…

  2. Gregg Doyel: Having it both way with unions

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    I promise you that I’m not obsessed with Gregg Doyel. I just can’t seem to let this one go. You’ll recall this morning that Doyel stuck it to the player’s union and talked about how he wanted the Mets to crush them in the course of this Francisco Rodriguez business. The union is too powerful,…

  3. HBT Daily: Ozzie's booze, Pettitte's groin

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Watch as Tiffany gives me crap for hedging on whether Andy Pettitte can come back from his groin injury. She should be an appellate court judge.

  4. Golden Age? What Golden Age?

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Some of the Bobby Thomson remembrances I’ve seen over the past 24 hours have made references to baseball’s “Golden Age.” Forbes’ Tom Van Riper ain’t havin’ it, though: Nostalgia holds that the 1950s represented baseball’s golden era. They didn’t. Thomson’s famous ninth-inning, final-game homer off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants the 1951…

  5. Video: Jose Canseco hits a homer

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Or, as one of my co-workers put it: “The Shot Heard ‘Round the Greater Laredo Area”

  6. Draft pick slotting isn't going to happen

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As is almost always the case following the draft and its attendant August signing deadline, the calls are going out for a hard slotting system in which draft picks are paid a set price based on where they’re taken. No haggling! Just like buying a Saturn! While there may be some merit to the idea…

  7. Free Freddie Freeman!

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Braves’ apparent move to get Derrek Lee means that, no, they have no intention of calling up first base prospect Freddie Freeman.  Which is regrettable, because all he’s doing is hitting .308/.369/.510 down in AAA and, if I had to guess, would perform better than either Troy Glaus or Derrek Lee down the stretch.…

  8. Gregg Doyel won't let facts get in the way of a good rant

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    CBS Sports.com’s Gregg Doyel has never been one for subtlety, but in his latest column — in which he rips the MLBPA for having the audacity to defend one of its members — he shows his contempt for facts, reason and perspective as well: The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the…

  9. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen's coping mechanism

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome — the man Ozzie Guillen didn’t want back — hit a big time walkoff home run to beat the Sox last night. What did Ozzie do afterward?

  10. Mike Cameron is done for the year

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been on the disabled list since August 2nd, and based on his comments last night, he’s not coming off for the rest of the season: “We’re in a position now where we need all of the healthy — physically and mentally — guys possible playing in the field. Me trying to play…

  11. The Mets attempt to make K-Rod's contract non-guaranteed is a dumb P.R. game

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Mets putting K-Rod on the disqualified list yesterday was a tough but defensible move. I think the union will fight it because, in essence, the Mets are punishing K-Rod twice for the same conduct, but it’s at least possible that it will stick. The Mets declaration that K-Rod’s contract is non-guaranteed going forward, however,…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Five shutouts this Tuesday night, and a big walkoff blast from Jim Thome.

  13. Source: Mets won't try to void K-Rod's deal, will attempt to avoid payment for 2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    I just heard that the Mets have decided that they (a) will not attempt to void Francisco Rodriguez’s deal as a result of his little fracas with his girlfriend’s father, but they will (b) attempt to avoid paying him the balance of his 2010 salary as a result of him suffering a non-baseball-related injury. The…

  14. Quote of the Day: the Dodgers and their fans are crabby

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a pretty bad year for the Dodgers, both on the field and off. Sometimes, though, that’s just how baseball goes, ya know?

  15. Kevin Youkilis still hopes to play in the playoffs

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    That’s what he was telling people in the Sox’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Only two things wrong with that of course: (1) the doctors haven’t said that he could (and have previously said it’s extremely likely that he couldn’t); and (2) the Red Sox right now have a hell of a lot of work…

  16. A-Rod out of tonight's lineup

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez tweaked his calf muscle in last night’s game and is out of the lineup tonight.  There’s a chance he could pinch hit, but for now he’s day-to-day. In his place: Ramiro Pena. Nothin’ personal against Pena, but is there a bigger falloff between the starter and his backup in all of Major League…

  17. The Phillies like to give out extra contract years

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right. But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in…

  18. Deep Thoughts: Bryce Harper contract edition

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball news gets kind of slow between 2 and 4pm, so I find myself thinking about stuff like this.

  19. Maybe Bobby V. and the Mariners aren't a fit after all

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple of times recently that I thought Bobby Valentine would be a good fit for the Mariners. Some people just love to dismiss my opinions, apparently because some know-nothing is saying, no, Valentine and the Mariners aren’t a fit. What?  Oh, it was Bobby Valentine who said that? Ah.  Well, yes, I…

  20. Bobby Thomson: 1923-2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    The man who hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” has died. Bobby Thomson was 86. No one can be fully defined by their best or worst moments on this Earth. But if you have to choose one of ‘em, being remembered for hitting the most famous home run in baseball history ain’t bad. And…

  21. The Astros' crowd has improved considerably in the past week

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Last week in Houston we had the guy who jumped out of the way of a foul ball, thereby letting his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend get hit.  Much better news today: an Astros fan who makes one hell of a scoop of a foul ball while (a) wearing a nifty throwback jersey; and (b) not even getting…

  22. HBT Daily: K-Rod and a couple of good matchups

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bonus: it’s totally casual day at HBT Daily.

  23. Comment of the Day: The A's are lost at the plate

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me: This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit. Last night it was a…

  24. Dbacks' first round pick Barret Loux is a free agent

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks selected pitcher Barret Loux sixth overall in this year’s draft, but backed out of signing him after a physical revealed a labrum tear and elbow issues. My thinking had been that, with no deal in place, Loux would go back to college or wherever and next year someone else would take a chance…

  25. Baseball players are social misfits

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    This starts out as a thing about ballplayers but kind of turns into a bit of a social/political thing. But not a partisan one, I don’t think, so don’t be afraid.

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