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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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.

  2. Rick Dempsey thinks he should have gotten the O's managerial job

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Rick Dempsey believes he was stepped over. Which may have been the way Angelos wanted it, but it ain’t the way he wanted it! He’s smaht! Not like everybody says! “I’m very, very disappointed, to tell you the truth. I don’t begrudge Buck getting the opportunity. He is going to be a hell of a…

  3. Don Wakamatsu is given a vote of confidence. How dreaded was it?

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Personally, this one sounds pretty dreaded to me.

  4. The Red Sox and Indians throw at, jaw at one-another

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    It’s probably a good thing that no one truly fights in baseball anymore, but I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t something, I dunno, deflating about seeing everyone run out onto the field to simply . . . grumble at one-another.  That’s what the Indians and Red Sox did last night. Here’s some…

  5. No, the Yankees did not lose because of A-Rod's failure to hit his 600th home run

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Let the record reflect that Blue Jays’ starter Rickey Romero was rough stuff last night. After going a mere two and two-thirds innings while giving up eight runs when he faced the Yankees a month ago, Romero came back last night and silenced the Bombers’ bats. He struggled through the first inning but rebounded nicely…

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

    Aug 4, 2010, 6:18 AM EDT

    The worst part about Jeff Francoeur hitting the game-winning homer? The Atlanta papers will now start agitating for the Braves to somehow bring him back to the Braves.

  7. A-Rod misses the Yankees' team photo shoot

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The Yankees had team pictures this afternoon but there was one notable absence: Alex Rodriguez, who just whiffed, apparently. We already knew he was history’s greatest monster, so this merely adds to his ever-growing indictment. Joe Girardi said that he’d probably be fined in the Yankees’ kangaroo court, famously presided over by Mariano Rivera. That…

  8. The Phillies place Ryan Howard on the disabled list

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    They’re dropping like flies this afternoon. The Phillies have placed Ryan Howard on the DL, obviously figuring that his ankle needs more than a day or two of rest. They’ve called up John Mayberry to take his place on the roster. The entire Phillies infield has been on the DL now at some point this…

  9. DiMaggio: a "defective attitude," and "hostility and resistance" to the Army

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Fascinating stuff in the Smoking Gun today regarding the Yankee Clipper: Joe DiMaggio’s army records, which paint him an a pretty unflattering light: Despite a cushy job as a physical instructor in the Army’s Special Services division, DiMaggio–who saw no combat, was never shipped overseas, and spent many months stationed in Hawaii–exhibited a “defective attitude…

  10. The Sox place Kevin Youkilis on the DL, activate Mike Lowell

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Turns out Youkilis has a torn muscle in his thumb. The team will be getting a second opinion on it (“hmmm, looks merely frayed!”), but the concern was that if he keeps playing, the muscle could detach from the bone.  4:30 P.M.: Kevin Youkilis had an MRI on his wonky thumb today. It apparently…

  11. Please: do not freak out every time you hear that someone is placed on waivers

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Waivers. They’re no big deal. But you knew that, right?

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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: …

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.

  24. Say goodbye to Mannywood

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.

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