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  1. 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…

  2. Expanded replay approved for World Series … in Little League

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    Bud Selig has no plans to expand replay, but his Little League counterparts have voted to revise their replay system to “include more plays, including force outs, tags on base paths, missed bases, and hit batters.” Here’s more from the Associated Press: Umpires will still have the option to call for a replay, though managers…

  3. 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…

  4. Good news for Randy Wolf, as tests show only a bruised hand

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    Randy Wolf was knocked out of yesterday’s start in the sixth inning when a Hunter Pence line drive struck him in the left hand, but X-rays and an MRI exam both came back negative today. He’s been diagnosed with a bruise and the Brewers have not yet ruled out Wolf making his next scheduled start…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Angels calling up hot-hitting speedster Peter Bourjos

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    According to various sources the Angels are planning to call up 23-year-old outfielder Peter Bourjos from Triple-A prior to tomorrow’s game. Bourjos ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects coming into the season and has hit .314/.364/.498 at Triple-A. One of the fastest players in the minors, he has 27 steals and 12 triples in…

  9. After a strong start, Troy Glaus is hitting .159 with 0 homers in his last 32 games

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    After missing nearly all of last season with a shoulder injury Glaus signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Braves and batted .281/.372/.496 with 14 homers through 69 games to basically match his career norms. Because the Braves were atop the division and Glaus was driving in a bunch of runs ESPN went so…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Don Wakamatsu says Ichiro Suzuki is pitched around because the Mariners' lineup is so bad

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 yesterday after striking out three times Saturday for the just the third time in his career, leaving him with the lowest OPS (.743) and second-lowest batting average (.307) in 10 seasons with Seattle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu suggested that the lack of capable of hitters following him in what is the…

  13. 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…

  14. By trading Ryan Ludwick the Cardinals are counting on Jon Jay being for real

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    St. Louis ranks just ninth among National League teams in runs scored–compared to second in runs allowed–and prior to Saturday’s trade deadline many people felt the Cardinals would be in the market for an offensive upgrade. Instead they traded one of their best hitters, right fielder Ryan Ludwick, to the Padres in a three-team deal…

  15. Daniel Hudson impresses in Diamondbacks debut

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Arizona sending Edwin Jackson to Chicago for pitching prospects Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg struck me as one of the best moves of the trade deadline and the early returns are certainly encouraging. Hudson made his Diamondbacks debut yesterday against the Mets and tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a blowout victory, allowing just…

  16. 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…

  17. Francisco Liriano's great season is even better than it looks

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    In analyzing the Twins’ rotation struggles a couple weeks ago I noted that Francisco Liriano was suffering from some combination of bad luck and bad defense, because while his ERA was still plenty good his secondary numbers showed one of the truly elite pitching performances in all of baseball this season. At the time Liriano…

  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. Brewers preparing prospect Mat Gamel to play somewhere other than third base

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Once viewed as the Brewers’ third baseman of the future, Mat Gamel’s injuries and struggles defensively have kept him in the minors far longer than expected when he ranked 34th on Baseball America‘s list of the top prospects in baseball prior to last season. Gamel got a brief look at third base last season before…

  20. 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.

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