Dan Haren is telling all about his pitching career. On Twitter.


The recently-retired Dan Haren has taken to Twitter quite well. He doesn’t use it as an arm of a PR operation and doesn’t use it just to talk to athlete friends or celebrities. He uses it like a lot of us normal people do: to share random thoughts. Some interesting, some not. But he’s always honest and has taken to saying a lot of very revealing and self-effacing things, all while interacting with just about anyone.

His tweets today are a great example of this. From his exercise bike he’s sharing facts and insights about his baseball career. The sorts of things that normally wait for a tell-all book or an in-depth interview. Haren, however, is eliminating the middle man:


His whole feed is here. There are a handful more observations like that and, I presume, he’ll offer more at other times based on how well these are being received.

Haren really seems to be embracing retirement and loosening up. It’s so cool to hear what ballplayers have to say without the filter of PR and the media.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).