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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Losing Chipper Jones really hurts the Braves

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Chipper Jones narrative this year has been “nice career, but he’s washed up and it’s just about over.” And there’s a lot of truth to that. But little noticed has been that Jones has rebounded nicely from a slow start. As Dave O’Brien notes over that the AJC, since mid-June, Jones has hit .304…

  2. Tony La Russa didn't take his ejection well

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s fracas led to both Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa being ejected in the bottom of the first inning. I don’t know about Baker, but Bernie Miklasz reports that La Russa didn’t take his ejection well: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn’t necessarily enjoy watching the contest from his office. He claimed that he…

  3. Jeff Francoeur is selfish and deluded

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    If any other player sent his agent on a media campaign for more playing time as his team was struggling, he’d be excoriated. Jeff Francoeur is not any other player.

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

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tuesday night’s alright for fightin’

  5. Brandon Phillips doesn't back down; Cardinals still, presumably, "little bitches"

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    Gotta admire a man for sticking to his guns.  Here’s Brandon Phillips a few minutes ago, the day after his “the Cardinals are little bitches” comments: “I said what I said and the Cardinals can say what they said. They can say all they want about what I said, I don’t care. I’ve said all…

  6. "Joe Kerrigan might be the biggest backstabber in baseball"

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    You wouldn’t think that a couple of coaches being fired in Pittsburgh would make that big a fuss, but Joe Kerrigan and Gary Varsho’s firings have tongues wagging all over the Pittsburgh sports blogosphere. The Baseball Codes blog does some historical digging, and via the mining of some past reporting on Kerrigan — specifically, in…

  7. The Indians and Pirates make a minor trade that got me wonderin'

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    The Pirates traded minor league catcher Luke Carlin to the Indians today for a player to be named later. That this is as minor a trade as can possibly be is illustrated by the fact that the most significant part of it — Carlin, the guy who was actually named — has really only had…

  8. Adam LaRoche wants to pitch

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    I don’t know what it is about pitchers always wanting to hit and position players always wanting to pitch, but Adam LaRoche is the latest example: “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have a fight on the mound if…

  9. Because Roy Halladay needed an additional pitch

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ever read those stories about how some insanely rich guy made a business deal to make him even more insanely rich?  That’s how pitchers must feel when they hear how Roy Halladay picked up a new trick or two in the offseason: In spring training, Halladay worked hard at developing his changeup, a pitch that…

  10. The Nats are going at least partial-Expos on us today

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Booooo! They’re only wearing the caps in batting practice. As a followup to this morning’s Nats/Expos post, it appears as though Washington is doing more than merely honoring Andre Dawson tonight. They’re actually wearing Expos uniforms. Or least caps, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. My daughter (to the right) approves.  And if they do…

  11. Comment of the Day: The Yankees are having lots of babies

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Today we learn a little bit about math and biology.

  12. God, politicians drive me absolutely freakin' nuts

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    This post will be important to the six Ohio readers out there who choose their politicians based on their baseball opinions.

  13. Hero boyfriend flees foul ball; allows girlfriend to get smacked

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    And you thought Kyle Farnsworth’s performance was the worst thing on display during last night’s Braves-Astros game.

  14. Padres owner Jeff Moorad: payroll ain't everything

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Padres’ owner Jeff Moorad sat for an interview recently and reflected a bit on the team’s unexpected success: “I think there’s a misconception about payroll,” said Moorad, who made his name as a sports agent inking record deals from Orange County. “The media and some fans would have you believe if you spend more money…

  15. HBT Daily: The Cards let their bats do the talking

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I talk Cards-Reds, Strasburg and the fate of Don Wakamatsu

  16. Quote of the Day: A-Rod on when he "gets to" retire

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay yesterday, talking about his 600th home run. The bulk of the interview was about how he’s in a better mental space than he was a couple of years ago, the pressure and the career home run mark. But I found this answer — about what people…

  17. There are rules to talking trash, messers. Phillips and Sanchez

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    First Brandon Phillips couldn’t back up the smack he spewed at the Cardinals, and now the Giants are unhappy with Jonathan Sanchez for his prediction that San Francisco would sweep San Diego next weekend: Manager Bruce Bochy said some Giants were giving Sanchez a “hard time” about his statement, and not in a good way.…

  18. Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    I’m no artist, but if I may suggest a pose the sculptor may wish to consider . . .

  19. The 2001 Rangers were super heroes

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Never fear! Ken Caminiti, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Rafael Palmeiro are here! Well, they were!

  20. Chris Carpenter takes Brendan Ryan to the woodshed

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    When your ace is on the hill and the team you’re chasing in the standings is coming up to bat in the first inning, you had best be ready to go. It’s a lesson Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan won’t soon forget: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter confronted shortstop Brendan Ryan in the dugout on Monday for…

  21. The Nats are honoring a former Expo. Should they?

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Personally, I like that the Nationals are honoring Andre Dawson tonight. The Expos are the Nats’ direct ancestor, and there’s no one else left around to honor the old warriors of Montreal. But not everyone feels this way. Nats’ fan/blogger Chris Needham thinks that, with all due respect to the Expos’ legacy, the Nats need…

  22. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Better late than never, no? And the reason for the poster is simply because I’m tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.

  23. Carlos Zambrano returns

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    If the Cubs have any hope of unloading Carlos Zambrano on anyone, they’re going to have to showcase him as a starter. That showcasing began last night. It wasn’t pretty, but it could have been way uglier. Zambrano gave up only two runs over five innings, but that was deceiving: only 49 of his 96…

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

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:03 AM EDT

    The Cardinals let the Reds know that they still have a ways to go before they can claim the NL Central.

  25. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Sanchez is confident

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez does not lack confidence.

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