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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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 . . .

  6. 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!

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Sanchez is confident

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez does not lack confidence.

  13. HBT Daily: Reds-Cards, sleeping Rays and over-hyped Jeter

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I discuss the pressing matters of the day. And Derek Jeter.

  14. Daniel Bard just made a statement (with update rebutting some of that statement)

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess the “statement” only lasted so long. Bottom of the eighth and Mark Teixeira just deposited a Daniel Bard fastball to the upper deck in right field. You may now exhale, Mr. Papelbon. 4:54: P.M.: Daniel Bard just came into the Yankees-Red Sox game in the bottom of the seventh with the Sox…

  15. Mets fan sues team, Luis Castillo, Rawlings over maple bat injuries

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    James Falzon was sitting along the third base line at a Mets-Braves game in 2007 when Luis Castillo’s bat shattered, sending the barrel flying towards his face and resulting in some pretty massive injuries.  Falzon is now suing the Mets, Castillo, former Met Ramon Castro — who owned the bat — Major League Baseball and…

  16. The Mariners' roster is what sunk Wakamatsu, not his performance

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu is taking the fall for the performance of the 2010 Mariners, but their fate is not all — or even mostly — his fault.

  17. Report: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, multiple coaches have been fired

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    ESPN 710 in Seattle is reporting that the Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu.  Additional sources are reporting that bench coach Ty van Burkleo and pitching coach Rick Adair have been let go as well. Jon Paul Morosi just reported that AAA manager Daren Brown has been promoted and will be the Mariners interim manager.…

  18. Who is the worst everyday player in baseball?

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Edmonds trade aside, it’s a pretty slow day in baseball land, so I offer up a link to Joe Posnanski’s post in which he tries to figure out who the worst position player in baseball is this year.  He goes over a long list of candidates, discussing their lack of merits, but he settles on…

  19. The Mets are facing a money crunch for 2011

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire: Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already total $120 million. The nine who make…

  20. Jim Edmonds traded to the Reds

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Brewers have traded Jim Edmonds to the Reds for outfielder Chris Dickerson. This from the Reds Twitter feed of all places. Wow.  Edmonds is hitting .286/.350./493 this year and will help a Reds outfield that has been uneven. He’s also making only $850K this year, around a third of which would still be owed. …

  21. The McCourts want to settle, but that's a tall order

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin — who has been doing a whale of a job covering the McCourt divorce, by the way — reports today that the McCourts would like to settle if at all possible.  While on one level that’s a no-brainer — no one wants to go through an ugly trial — it…

  22. Programming Note: punting the power rankings until tomorrow

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Due to a mis-measurement of the unobtanium extract I use in the intricate, scientific formulation of my weekly Power Rankings, they will unfortunately be delayed until tomorrow, when they will go by their alias “Your Tuesday Afternoon Power Rankings.” In the meantime, we can use this thread to take bets on which team I will…

  23. Lance Berkman seems to be handling New York just fine

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting.  On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for…

  24. Jacoby Ellsbury dropped to ninth in the order

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    From leadoff last night to last for today’s tilt against the Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury will bat ninth reports Gordon Edes. Ellsbury is 0 for 16 since coming off the DL.  I’m sure there’s some considerable rust there and, in the grand scheme of things, 16 at bats isn’t a lot.  But given the hype and…

  25. David Ortiz thinks the strike zone is too big

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    After complaining about the specific strike zone CC Sabathia was given on Saturday, David Ortiz offered his opinion about the strike zone in general this year: “Swinging at all kinds of [stuff]. That’s what you’ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck. Of course, you have to, man. It’s killing the game.…

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