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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Attention: Juan Pierre hit a home run a few minutes ago

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    The White Sox are playing the Tigers at Comiskey Comerica this afternoon. As the bulldog goes to press, it’s 12-1 Chisox. Kind of feels like the Tigers’ season is ending as we speak, doesn’t it? Beyond that, the most interesting thing about this game is that Juan Pierre hit a solo home run in the…

  2. Ozzie Guillen backtracks on that Asian/Latino ballplayer thing

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    On one level I’m happy that Ozzie Guillen is now backtracking from his controversial comments over the weekend, saying that his stuff about baseball treating Asian players better than Latinos was taken out of context, misinterpreted and so on.  I mean, we have a pretty decent pennant race shaping up here in the AL Central,…

  3. Mark Cuban and Jim Crane may team up to bid on the Rangers

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive: Mavericks  owner Mark Cuban  could make…

  4. Carlos Delgado is getting minor league offers

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Missed this in the trade deadline hangover the other day, but Rosenthal reported on Sunday that Carlos Delgado has gotten two minor league offers and that his agent, David Sloane, may field more this week.  The offers were not based on in-person scouting, however: Sloane says he sent video last week of Delgado running and…

  5. More interesting public art coming to Nationals Park

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Remember those statues of Frank Howard, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson that were installed at Nationals Park last year?  The ones with the multiple limbs that were described as “having the unfortunate effect of making the players seem covered in tumorous growths.”  Yeah, there’s more of that sort of thing coming next season: Thomas Sayre…

  6. HBT Daily: Hellickson, the Astros and driving a stake in the heart of the Dodgers

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Your daily video dose of Tiffany Simons and me chatting about the important issues of the day. If there are none, we discuss baseball.

  7. Rick Ankiel thinks about pitching again

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel says he would consider pitching again. Here are his comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I keep thinking when I can’t run any more and I still want to be in the game, maybe I’ll give [pitching] a shot. For now, I’m an outfielder and that’s how I look at it.” Stranger things have…

  8. Bids are due for the Rangers at 8PM tonight

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    If you’re planning on buying the Texas Rangers, make sure your bid is in by 8PM tonight, because that’s when the bidding closes. Heck, that gives you most of the day to get your stuff together, so I don’t see why you can’t get in on it too.  All you need is a little information.…

  9. Got any suggestions for HBT Daily/Extra?

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    As you’ve noticed, Tiffany and I are doing videos every day now: HBT Daily five days a week and a longer HBT Extra on Wednesdays.  We enjoy doing them and probably would never run out of stuff to talk about, but we also want to make sure we’re talking about stuff you care about. So: …

  10. Carlos Lee could be playing some first base soon

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    This could be fun: Astros manager Brad Mills said yesterday that Carlos Lee could begin seeing some time at first base. Which, if you’re gonna play the guy, is probably a better bet than playing him in the outfield, where he’s defensive disaster. Sure, the Astros just got Brett Wallace from Toronto, but he probably…

  11. The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I…

  12. If you're going to trash baseball, at least use the right data

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    You’d think that if you’re going to do a study about attendance that you’d want to mention the wins and loses of the subject team once or twice. But maybe that’s just me.

  13. Say goodbye to Mannywood

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.

  14. No, Carlos Santana did not "deserve" to have his leg destroyed last night

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between writing a provocative headline and simply being an ass. Wait, actually it’s not that fine a line, so I’m not sure how this one ever got published.

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Chipper goes yard, Hellickson gets a tiny sip of a half cup of coffee and the Brewers make hash out of the Cubs.

  16. The Rangers were watching Thursday's Marlins-Giants game closely

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    The deal that brought Jorge Cantu from the Marlins to the Rangers was being talked about all Thursday afternoon.  Also going on all Thursday afternoon was the Giants-Marlins game out in San Francisco. Once the rumors started flying, the bloggers and the tweeters among us kept wondering if and when Cantu would be removed from…

  17. Buck Showalter is introduced as Orioles manager

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter met the Baltimore media and Britt Ghiroli takes down just about everything interesting he had to say. Of particular interest was (a) his comments on restoring pride to the organization (he’s in favor of it) and his somewhat nervous rambling around on the concept of him being a micro manager.  I wish he…

  18. Darryl Strawberry is opening up a restaurant

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    HBT has been going strong since April 2009, but in that time I have not once met any of my fellow HBT bloggers face-to-face (I met Aaron once back in 2008).  We should probably remedy that, and the way we should do it is a road trip to Queens where we can all break bread…

  19. The Cardinals sign Nate Robertson

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    When last we saw Nate Robertson, he was getting pummeled by the Colorado Rockies back on July 20th.  The Marlins released him the next day.  Today the Cardinals continued to wow their fans with brilliant personnel moves by signing the rec-spectacled one to a minor league deal.  Robertson will report to Memphis after selling some…

  20. How to fix the New York Mets

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Howard Megdal has been fancifully campaigning to be the Mets next general manager for some time now. The campaign hit a few bumps in the road when the Mets were, you know, winning baseball games.  That’s all fixed now, so ESPN.com has given him an open mike to state his case.  It’s long, but Mets…

  21. The Brewers are talking to Rickie Weeks about an extension

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    First Corey Hart, now Rickie Weeks?  That’s what Tom Haudricourt is saying, anyway.  It’s in the discussion stage right now, but Rickie Weeks could be the next Brewer with a mutli-year deal. Weeks is having a great year –.276/.375/.488 this year with 22 home runs — but like Hart, we’re probably seeing the top of…

  22. Thanks again, HBT readers!

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    With the trade deadline in our rear view mirror, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the HBT Multiverse* for clicking in and reading us as the rumors went wild and the news nuggets flew these past couple of weeks. Traffic was through the roof in July. That’s nice, but even…

  23. HBT Daily: reacting to the Yankees, Cardinals and Braves trades

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Get me trying to put a brave face on the Braves moves.

  24. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which the Seattle Mariners are compared to 1980s NWA jobber extraordinaire, George South.

  25. Aroldis Chapman has been tearing it up lately: is Cincinnati in his future?

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    The Reds have been in need of an extra bullpen arm for a while this season, and whenever people have started talking about that need, the talk has turned to Aroldis Chapman.  At first he was off limits because he was starting. And then, after being moved the bullpen he was seen as a non-option…

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