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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Wilpon says that Omar Minaya will be the Mets' GM in 2011

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Everyone is wondering if this disappointing season will be the last go-around for Omar Minaya as the Mets’ general manager.  Owner Fred Wilpon says that it’s an absolute certainty: Wilpon, in East Hartford, Conn., to help announce a new partnership between SNY and UConn athletics, brushed aside reporters’ inquiries about his floundering Mets. But as…

  2. The Royals continue to do smart things: Jose Guillen DFA'd

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    Someone in Kansas City understands the concept of sunk costs and the desirability of roster flexibility: Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment. Guillen had a fast start this year, and I understand why the Royals continued to play him even after he cooled down. Their thinking: someone, somewhere [cough!] Brian Sabean [cough!] might have…

  3. The difference between good cheating and bad cheating

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    USA Today’s Christine Brennan on A-Rod, in a column which argues that A-Rod’s PED use should cause Major League Baseball to dock him home runs: During those three tainted seasons in Texas, A-Rod hit more home runs than in any other three-year period of his 17-year career: 52 in 2001, 57 in 2002 and 47…

  4. What a long strange road trip it's been . . .

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.”  That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday: The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be played by Mickey Hart and Bill…

  5. Tom Hicks no longer has any involvement with the Rangers

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    No Rangers fan wanted to go through all of the crap they’ve gone through over the past year, but if there is one thing that could almost make this process worthwhile, it’s this: Tom Hicks will be removed completely from any ownership role within the organization. Prior, Hicks was going to be given less than…

  6. You may want to bring your own beer to Rays games

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Last week we passed along the results of an ESPN study of health code violations in our nation’s ballparks. Tropicana Field fared particularly poorly in that study. At the time I gave them the benefit of the doubt because the Marlins fared poorly too and maybe the violation tallies were more a function of tougher…

  7. Chuck Greenberg says he's going to try to sign Cliff Lee

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Maybe it was the adrenalin talking, but last night Chuck Greenberg said that he was going to do his best to sign Cliff Lee this winter.

  8. Olney: A-Rod won't make the Hall if he hits 600 or 6000 homers

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Olney would vote for him and so would I, but a great number of BBWAA and Veterans’ Committee voters wouldn’t touch A-Rod with a ten foot pole.

  9. Ben Sheets needs one more year for his pension

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Stuff you don’t think about much: ballplayers need ten years of service time in order to get a major league pension.  As Susan Slusser noted yesterday, however, Ben Sheets only has nine years, service time, which could provide the incentive to undergo another arduous rehab process and pitch again. Or maybe Sheets will find a…

  10. Wow, so this Carlos Delgado thing might actually happen

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I made all kinds of fun of Carlos Delgado’s agent sending his video around to teams the other day, but it looks like I’m the idiot now, because Ken Rosenthal says that the White Sox are showing interest. He notes multiple other times are good fits, but it’s not clear that they’re actually interested like…

  11. What they're saying about A-Rod's 600th bomb

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    You’ll be shocked to hear that some people are treating the accomplishment with something short of reverence.

  12. Greenberg and Ryan win the Rangers, but it came at a steep price

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Their stubbornness cost them close to $100 million in cash, but in the end Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan landed the Texas Rangers.

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

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    It was a sloppy night in baseball, my fellow Americans. But that’s what Wednesdays in early August are all about.

  14. UPDATE: Ryan-Greenberg group wins ownership of Rangers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

    An intriguing court case? What is this, 1995? Where’s the white Bronco?

  15. Quote of the Day: Hank Aaron on A-Rod's 600th

    Aug 4, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    For those of you so intent on defending the legacy of Hank Aaron every time a new home run milestone is reached: the man doesn’t need your defending.

  16. The Pirates pick up Braves' pitcher Chris Resop

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This was a waiver deal, but not revocable waivers. The Braves requested outright waivers on pitcher Chris Resop on Monday, the Pirates claimed him and now he’s theirs. A good pickup, too.  At least one worth the waiver price. Resop, who is 27, has had some tough luck in various cups of coffee for the…

  17. HBT Extra: Waiver deals! Trevor Cahill! Ron Artest! Ron Artest?

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Watch me raise a little roof in an effort to get Tiffany to get into a little flow. I was unsuccessful on multiple levels.

  18. The Mariners trade Mike Sweeney to the Phillies

    Aug 4, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Multiple sources are reporting that the Mariners have traded Mike Sweeney to the Phillies for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Um, OK.  Sweeney is hitting .263/.327/.475 this year.  Although the present tense is a bit misleading, in that he hasn’t played since June 25th. He’s only played in 30 games total,…

  19. Will A-Rod break Barry Bonds' record?

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    A-Rod has 600 homers. Does he have 163 more left in the tank?

  20. HBT Daily: Howard, Youkilis and the scourge that is A-Rod

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Our daily take on the news of the day. Today: big injuries to big first basemen and a tempest in a teapot in the Bronx. In other words: nothing new.

  21. Poll: What does A-Rod's 600th home run mean to you?

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    I really want to tap into your feeeeeelings on this one, man. Don’t hold back . . .

  22. Our long national nightmare is over: A-Rod just hit #600

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez just hit a home run off Shaun Marcum in the first inning of the Blue Jays-Yankees game. Our long national, er, make that our short, strange local nightmare is over. Now Kevin Kernan is going to have to trash his “A-Rod’s failure to hit his 600th home run is prolonging the recession” column…

  23. Carlos Zambrano is returning to the rotation

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan reports that the Cubs are putting Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation. He’ll get the start against the Giants on Monday. This makes perfect sense. If the Cubs think they can trade Zambrano — maybe a crazy thought, but one they’ve been having — the only possible hope they have to do so…

  24. Chris Coghlan may be back sooner than expected

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Marlins’ outfielder/3B Chris Coghlan may soon begin taking ground balls and taking batting practice, which is a sign that he will be putting off knee surgery until after the season. Assuming a medical exam he was scheduled to have last night turned up nothing crazy, Coghlan could soon be sent out for a rehab assignment…

  25. For the 1,567th time: baseball does not need a salary cap

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    And even if it does, the Yankees trading for Austin Kearns is no evidence of it.

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