Aug 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EST
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…
Aug 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EST
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…
Aug 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EST
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.
Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EST
Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.
Aug 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EST
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.
Aug 3, 2010, 5:46 AM EST
Chipper goes yard, Hellickson gets a tiny sip of a half cup of coffee and the Brewers make hash out of the Cubs.
Aug 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 4:03 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EST
Get me trying to put a brave face on the Braves moves.
Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EST
In which the Seattle Mariners are compared to 1980s NWA jobber extraordinaire, George South.
Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EST
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…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EST
I always wondered what happened to interim managers when they were replaced. You always hear about them being reassigned and stuff, but I had always assumed that was a euphemism for what I suspect really happened to them: getting rolled up in a carpet and dumped in a ravine someplace. In light of that, I’ve…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EST
At least for a little while. If you buy tickets to home game between today and Sunday, the Pirates will waive all service fees. Nice gesture. And given that (a) it really is a great park; and (b) you’re guaranteed to see at least one major league team during any Pirates game, it’s a great…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST
If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.
Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EST
The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured. Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…
Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EST
UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit. And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EST
When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux. According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EST
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees. Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …
Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
It’s a long quote of the day, but it’s well worth your time. Buster nails it.
Aug 2, 2010, 8:25 AM EST
Given how nutso Saturday was, you’re forgiven if you took yesterday off from following baseball, even if we didn’t.
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