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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Carlos Lee could be playing some first base soon

    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…

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

    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…

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

    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.

  4. Say goodbye to Mannywood

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

    Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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…

  8. Buck Showalter is introduced as Orioles manager

    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…

  9. Darryl Strawberry is opening up a restaurant

    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…

  10. The Cardinals sign Nate Robertson

    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…

  11. How to fix the New York Mets

    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…

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

    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…

  13. Thanks again, HBT readers!

    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…

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

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

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

  15. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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

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

    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…

  17. Juan Samuel is sticking with the Orioles

    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…

  18. The Pirates will pay your ticket service fees

    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…

  19. Your morning dose of "playing in New York is different" porn

    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.

  20. Grant Balfour's injury came from wrestling with his pitching coach

    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…

  21. The Brewers give Corey Hart a three-year extension

    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…

  22. Greg Maddux put in a good word for Blake DeWitt

    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…

  23. Mike Lowell was nearly a Yankee again

    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. …

  24. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on steroids and the Hall of fame

    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.

  25. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    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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