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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Deep Thoughts: Bryce Harper contract edition

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    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…

  3. Bobby Thomson: 1923-2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    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…

  8. Baseball players are social misfits

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EST

    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.

  9. Kevin Slowey and "this pitch count crap"

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Joe Nelson of KFAN radio is either an ignoramus or a troll. Maybe both. All I know is that someone who says stuff like this probably needs his medication adjusted: We don’t live in a “What if” world. We live in the real world. Kevin Slowey also lives in the real world and he had…

  10. Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig's disease

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    That’s the implication of a new study of head trauma and ALS: A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have…

  11. Laser show warning: Dustin Pedroia activated

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Big day for previously injured second basemen: the Red Sox have activated Dustin Pedroia from the 15-day disabled list. Pedroia has been out since late June with a non-displaced fracture in his foot. He was hitting .292/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases at the time of his injury.  In that…

  12. The Mets blew their chance to punish K-Rod

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    As I mentioned yesterday, I don’t think the Mets have the right to void K-Rod’s deal pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I don’t even think they’ll try, honestly. But there are growing calls today for the Mets to at least attempt to void his deal or do something else drastic. Lupica’s column is the…

  13. Lou Piniella is not pleased with the kids in his bullpen

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits: “I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what we’re…

  14. Pat Burrell, naked, soaking wet, holding beer

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    No, there is no photo here, thank goodness.

  15. The nail-biting Bryce Harper negotiation ended with . . . pie

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Adam Kilgore has the breakdown of the up-to-the-deadline Bryce Harper negotiations that resulted in his signing last night. It’s a good read because Kilgore is a good reporter. Still, I can’t help but think that Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo are milking this a bit. I’d really like to catch Boras or those guys in…

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

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 AM EST

    The David Price-Cliff Lee pitchers duel wasn’t exactly as stunning as advertised. I probably should stop advertising such things.

  17. So, can the Mets void K-Rod's contract?

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:58 PM EST

    That’s the question Mets fans who don’t want to see K-Rod’s mondo-expensive contract continue to weigh on the team are asking in light of the revelation that Rodriguez injured himself punching a 62 year-old man.  My gut feeling: seems doubtful. This stuff is governed by a clause in the Uniform Player Contract every player signs.…

  18. K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week. I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw…

  19. The Braves may be interested in Clint Barmes. Why? I have no idea

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:04 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may be interested in Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes and could either claim him or trade for him if Colorado places him on waivers. Which kind of makes no sense to me. The thinking would be that Barmes would play second, allowing Martin Prado to cover third base now…

  20. Nelson Cruz heads back to the DL

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz is on the disabled list for the third time this season because of hamstring issues. He already had a right hamstring strain and a left hamstring strain. This one is a left, so he’ll probably need to pull that right one again in order to balance things out. Cruz is hitting .320 with…

  21. Babe Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    Life Magazine has some never before seen photos of Babe Ruth’s last appearance at Yankee Stadium, two months before his death.  They’re in color and, unlike some of the more well known pictures of the latter-day Babe, they give a striking view of just how frail he was. Black and white photography is wonderful in…

  22. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez is no destructive force

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Today’s post about Manny Ramirez brought forth a handful of “who would want that guy bringing their team down” comments. And one comment, by reader bobr, wondering what on Earth those people are complaining about: I wonder which example of his destructive influence you are basing this statement on. Might it be the 11 post-seasons…

  23. Bryce Harper and the Nats are making progress

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:34 PM EST

    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…

  24. Ichiro is pushing the Mariners to hire Bobby Valentine

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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

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