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  1. Reds already focused on '15 bounce back

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The 2014 season began evaporating for the Cincinnati Reds the first week after the All-Star break. Three straight losses against the Yankees, three more against the Brewers, another to Washington ... a flurry of failure from which the...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  2. Small change makes big impact for Wood

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Dee Gordon is the model of improvement in major league baseball this year, evolving from a part-timer into an All-Star with a position change and a change in regimen. He explained in spring training that by eliminating hours of pickup bas...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  3. Grooved All-Star pitch is nothing new

    Buster Olney

    Adam Wainwright is earnest and honest and yes, he probably revealed a little more than he intended to about that pitch that he threw to Derek Jeter. But let's put this into context. The tradition of pitchers working to provide a moment for a hitter g...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  4. Ranking strength of early AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    The Cleveland Indians were 51-44 at the All-Star break, and when they lost four of their first five games in the second half, it was unclear whether they would remain in contention. But here's the thing: The Indians had what appeared to be on pape...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  5. 10 under-the-radar 'All-Stars'

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The argument this past weekend has been about whether Josh Donaldson should have been part of the American League All-Stars, and whether Jay Bruce -- who might finish the year with 50 doubles, 30 homers and more than 100 RBI -- sh...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  6. Kershaw is still NL's top arm

    Buster Olney

    I heard a great description of Matt Harvey's curveball the other day from a longtime evaluator, and it really would apply to Clayton Kershaw's curveball as well: Even when a hitter is looking for it, even when he plans to swing at it, even when he kn...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  7. Enough with the PED spin

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA, Fla. -- A longtime player chatted recently about watching Melky Cabrera in the All-Star Game last summer. "Remember when he hit that home run?" the veteran said, referring to the laser Cabrera mashed over the left-field wall, among the many hi...

    Blog | February 18, 2013
  8. Empty responses from those tied to PEDs - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that players who say they can't discuss PED accusations, or would like to help but can't or any other variation of that standard response are simply spinning at best, and lying at worst.

    Blog | Conversation | February 18, 2013
  9. Top 10 teams in MLB history

    Buster Olney

    At the All-Star break in 1998, the New York Yankees had an 11-game lead in the AL East, and by Aug. 18, they had nearly doubled that margin. Their record was 92-30, so there really wasn't any question about whether they would make the playoffs -...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  10. 1998 New York Yankees top the list of the top 10 teams of all tim...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 teams in MLB history, starting with the 1998 New York Yankees.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2013
  11. The effect of Operation Shutdown

    Buster Olney

    At the All-Star Game, a longtime star asked me, "Are the Nationals really going to do shut [Stephen] Strasburg down?" I told him yes, they're really going to do it, and he was amazed by the decision, and talked about how he would have even more...

    Blog | August 31, 2012
  12. The Nationals can survive the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg - MLB...

    Buster Olney

    The Nationals, particularly Davey Johnson, will not waiver from their plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg. And they can contend for a World Series in spite of it, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | August 31, 2012
  13. In cases of PED suspensions, there is always collateral damage - ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that by the time PED suspensions are handed down, as was the case this week with Melky Cabrera, the collateral damage has already taken place.

    Blog | Conversation | August 18, 2012
  14. Strasburg's ceiling, second-half storylines

    Buster Olney

    The other day in the visitors dugout in Boston, Alex Rodriguez talked about how much he looked forward to a breather for a few days, to spend time with his daughters at a lake house. Somewhere out on an Oregon river, Billy Beane has been fly fishing,...

    Blog | July 11, 2012
  15. How Washington Nationals will use Stephen Strasburg tops second-h...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks ahead to the biggest storylines in the second half of the baseball season. Will the Nationals really stick to their innings limit for Stephen Strasburg? Can the Pirates keep their momentum going? Those and more.

    Blog | Conversation | July 11, 2012
  16. Rare opportunities for All-Star players

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The itinerary for the players here this week includes the Home Run Derby, the gala and Tuesday night's All-Star Game. But if you want to know the real reason a lot of players are still emotionally invested in this event, forg...

    Blog | July 10, 2012