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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Jim Thome

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Ozzie Guillen didn’t want a DH this season. His DH from last season killed the Sox on Tuesday night. Let’s see how Ozzie responds to questions about that!

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

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:56 AM EST

    The Yankees-Tigers game, starring Sean Penn, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy and introducing Alan Ruck!

  3. The Rays sign Ramon Ortiz for some reason

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    The Tampa Bay Rays — who have just about the best pitching in the American League — have signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal. Ortiz threw 30 innings for the Dodgers this year to the tune of a 6.30 ERA.  Since then he’s been in the Mets system. I can’t for the life…

  4. One more thing about Bobby Thomson

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

    Joshua Prager wrote the book The Echoing Green, which is the definitive story of the 1951 pennant race that culminated in “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”  Today he has a remembrance of Bobby Thomson over at The New Republic. He reproduces a Thomson quote there that, even if you’ve seen it before, bears repeating:…

  5. Sammy Sosa is no Cubs fan

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    “The Cubs threw me into the fire. They made people think I’m a monster.” – Sammy Sosa on the Cubs in a forthcoming in-depth interview with Chicago Magazine in which he describes how he has no current relationship with the Cubs and how everything is just icky.  The interview is not available online yet, but…

  6. HBT Extra: Dare I declare another team dead?

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The way I see it, if agreeing with Vin Scully makes me wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  7. Joe Torre sounds like he's going to retire

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Jon Paul Morosi caught up with Joe Torre yesterday, and based on a bunch of quotes — which I’m not going to reproduce; click through and read them — concludes that Torre is leaning strongly towards retiring. Maybe there’s more going on than we know and Torre’s comments were all prefaced with a big disclaimer…

  8. Jason LaRue could miss the rest of the season

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    I’m guessing that Dusty Baker may want to bump Johnny Cueto’s next start against the Cardinals to, oh, 2024 or so: Catcher Jason LaRue, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday when he was kicked in the head by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto reportedly still is having issues and his return is not imminent. Asked if…

  9. What's the point of waivers anyway?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Buster Olney asked a general manager why we have the complicated waiver-trade system between July 31st and August 31st. I had kind of been wondering that myself recently, so I was happy to see the question asked!  Then I read the answer . . . He paused before answering. “You know, I never thought about…

  10. Is Wrigley Field keeping the Cubs from winning?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    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…

  11. Gregg Doyel: Having it both way with unions

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    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.

  13. Golden Age? What Golden Age?

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    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…

  14. Video: Jose Canseco hits a homer

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:03 PM EST

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

  15. Draft pick slotting isn't going to happen

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    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…

  16. Free Freddie Freeman!

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    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?

  19. Mike Cameron is done for the year

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EST

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

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    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?

  24. Kevin Youkilis still hopes to play in the playoffs

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    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…

  25. A-Rod out of tonight's lineup

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EST

    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…

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