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  1. Where Phillies can make a bold move

    Buster Olney

    Ken Giles will be the Phillies' closer one day because he appears to have a chance to be one of best relievers in baseball. Hidden amid the rubble of the Phillies' 2014 season, Giles made his debut June 12 and has been completely dominant, striking o...

    Blog | August 20, 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. To-do list for new MLB commish

    Buster Olney

    Editor's Note: This column originally ran last week. It has been updated based on news that Rob Manfred has been named to be the next MLB Commissioner. Major League Baseball's owners might have had more unanimous votes under commissioner Bud Selig...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  4. Finding value on the waiver wire

    Buster Olney

    Think of baseball's waiver claim process as you would government funding: By the time everybody has taken their piece of the pie and it reaches the end of the line, there really isn't much left. This is what's happening in the first days of August...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  5. New Hall of Fame voting rule is a mistake

    Buster Olney

    For Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, the chances for Hall of Fame induction through the vote of the writers appears to be all but eliminated, given the implications of the rule change announced Saturday. Maybe you agree with that, maybe y...

    Blog | July 27, 2014
  6. New Atlantic League rules could help MLB

    Buster Olney

    Pat Gillick reminisced the other day about an amateur baseball tournament in Kansas, in which games were started from morning until midnight, the schedule pushed along by the clock. If the hitter wasn't in the box 90 seconds from the last pitch of an...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  7. For Lee's trade value, it's all about now

    Buster Olney

    There are two windows in every baseball calendar year in which small sample size really matters. In October, of course; as Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone and Dave Roberts can attest, bits and pieces of success can live forever. The other time frame in wh...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  8. Inactivity at an all-time high in baseball

    Buster Olney

    Brady Anderson swung as hard as he possibly could throughout the 1996 season and blasted 50 homers. He swung hard on the first pitch, he swung aggressively when the count was 0-2, he swung aggressively always. He scored 117 runs and compiled 92 e...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  9. Samardzija deal sets stage for Price trade

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- David Price's focus is on doing the best he can for the Tampa Bay Rays, he said here Saturday. But every day, there are reminders that he could be in his last hours with Tampa Bay. Players on other teams text him daily to ask whether h...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  10. Baseball in need of more run production

    Buster Olney

    The topic of parity came up Thursday on "Baseball Tonight," and Rick Sutcliffe mentioned how the sport has changed over the last decade, in the wake of the steroid era. Many, many pitchers have used performance-enhancing drugs, for sure, but the s...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  11. Betts exemplifies new strategy for Boston

    Buster Olney

    NEW YORK -- One evaluator not paid by Boston offered this take on Mookie Betts, who will make his major league debut tonight, when the Red Sox try to take their three-game series against the Yankees on "Sunday Night Baseball" (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and Wat...

    Blog | June 29, 2014
  12. The big fix for the next Padres GM

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As folks in the baseball world waited for San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes to be fired last week, a rival executive ticked off the performances of San Diego's various position players and noted how Murphy's Law was embedded in the e...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  13. Parity killing off the seller's market

    Buster Olney

    The volume of calls and text messages between general managers is growing as teams look to improve through trades, through adding help from outside of the organization. But as has been noted many times since Major League Baseball expanded its play...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  14. Remaking the Atlanta lineup

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman is now 24 years old and like Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, he is learning that opposing pitchers have decided they simply have no reason to give him anything to hit. Going into Sunday's game, Freeman had seen the thir...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  15. Father's guidance aided Trout's ascent

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Jeff Trout stays up to watch his son Mike play, no matter what part of the world he happens to be in. Mike knows this because, no matter how late the Angels' games end, he gets text messages from his parents after the final pitch is thrown...

    Blog | June 15, 2014
  16. Red Sox taking needless risk with Lester

    Buster Olney

    There are 119 days remaining in the Major League Baseball season, and depending on whether the Boston Red Sox make the playoffs, perhaps 119 days until Jon Lester throws his last pitch of the year. But the Red Sox may have much less time than tha...

    Blog | June 02, 2014