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Matthew Pouliot

  1. HBT Extra: Triple Crowns, bad boyfriends and more Francoeur hate!

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.

  2. Chase Utley cleared to start hitting again

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Good news for the Phillies: Chase Utley has been cleared to swing a bat. Utley was examined by his hand specialist today and was given the go-ahead. Assuming everything goes well once he starts hacking away he should be on course for an early September return. Wait, Utley doesn’t hack. That’s what makes him so…

  3. Good luck with that trade, Mr. Francoeur

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    I call him “Mr. Fancoeur” because it just sounded so fun in that Wall Street Journal article I linked to this morning. I know that WSJ and the New York Times use “Mr.” and “Ms.” as a convention, but the convention really doesn’t work in sports articles. Did they do this when pro wrestling was…

  4. Cardinals sweep the Reds; Brandon Phillips should go with "no comment"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    That’s how you deal with trash talk and cleat-kicking and all of that stuff. Colby Rasmus’ grand slam in the fifth broke it open on the way to a 6-1 Cardinals’ victory, resulting in a sweep of the Reds. But this game was defined by Adam Wainwright. He pitched two-hit ball over seven shutout innings,…

  5. Did Jack Zduriencik hang Don Wakamatsu out to dry?

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik was on KJR in Seattle yesterday, talking about the Don Wakamatsu firing. As everyone knows, one of the biggest things leading to Wakamatsu being let go was the Ken Griffey Jr. situation.  As in, the players perceived Wakamatsu as pushing the popular Griffey out, and after that they basically gave…

  6. Ben Sheets just had the most massive surgery in the history of pitching

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Ben Sheets will be that man.” Unless someone spoke those words before Ben Sheets surgery yesterday, his career looks about as close to over as you can imagine. Because rather than just needing his flexor…

  7. No waiver deal for Adam Dunn

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    This is not a big surprise, but Jon Paul Morosi makes it official that Adam Dunn (a) was claimed on waivers; and (b) the time for a waiver deal to be worked out expired on Monday, thereby rendering any deal of Dunn impossible.  I’ve heard speculation that the Dodgers claimed him and some counter-speculation that…

  8. Why aren't there more minority third base coaches?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    67% of first base coaches are minorities. Only 23% of third base coaches are. Why?

  9. HBT Daily: Fisticuffs! Old man Chipper and who can beat the Yankees?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany catches me in a moment of (mild) hypocrisy when it comes to basebrawl and says that Chipper Jones is “400 years-old.” In other news, we’ll soon be accepting anchor resumes via email.

  10. The Nationals are interested in Carl Crawford. Good luck with that.

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

  11. The owners are meeting in Minneapolis

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s time for the quarterly owners meetings. They’re up in Minneapolis today and tomorrow. On the agenda: approval of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan as the new Ranger’s owners, as well as some discussion about the draft, replay and pace of games. I suppose they could also try to settle the Athletics-Giants territorial dispute, but…

  12. Wily Mo Pena is raking. Who knew?

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    I saw a tweet a few minutes ago from the Padres’ MLB.com feed in which the writer said “fans have been asking about Wily Mo Pena” followed by some analysis on why it’s so hard to call him up right now. Which inspired two questions: (1) Wily Mo Pena is with the Padres?; and (2)…

  13. Am I missing something with this Jose Reyes-Jerry Manuel thing?

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur isn’t the only source of controversy in Queens right now. There’s a little thing going on between Jose Reyes and Jerry Manuel.  I’m not sure I understand the dispute, though. Reyes had a big error in Sunday’s game against the Phillies.  Jerry Manuel said afterwards that he thought Reyes was having problems concentrating.…

  14. The Anti-Mustache Team

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Two of my favorite baseball bloggers, The Common Man and Bill from The Daily Something, have joined forces in one blog: The Platoon Advantage.  If their previous, separate work is any guide, you’ll definitely want to check out their future, collaborative work, because both TCM and Bill know their stuff. One of their initial posts…

  15. Johan Santana's rape accusor files a civil suit

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    You’ll recall that, last fall, Johan Santana was accused of rape. You’ll also recall that the police investigated, found the accuser’s statements “to be inconsistent with that of other witnesses” and declined to file charges.  Now, predictably, Santana’s accuser has filed a civil suit in Florida. According to the Daily News, the plaintiff claims that…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

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

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tuesday night’s alright for fightin’

  20. 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…

  21. "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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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