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  1. Royals No. 1 in MLB team defense ranks

    Buster Olney

    More and more, the use of defensive shifts is impacting the play of individuals. Last summer, there might not have been a better example than Jhonny Peralta. If a coach stood at the plate and mashed ground balls at Peralta and some of his peers, Pera...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  2. Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    On to part 10 of our series ranking the best players at each position in baseball. Here are the top 10 relievers: 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves There is no sign of diminishment in Kimbrel's power stuff; in fact, Kimbrel's average fastball ve...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  3. 'Great' free-agent pitcher market is illusory

    Buster Olney

    These are just some of the pitchers who could be available through free agency or trade in the next 13 months: Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields, Francisco Liriano, Cole Hamels, Ervin Santana, Edinson Volquez, Brett Anderson, Jason Hammel, Davi...

    Blog | November 02, 2014
  4. Pace of play committee lacks right voices

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Another in the season-long burst of complaints erupted recently over one of the on-the-fly rule changes that were implemented in 2014. An official with Major League Baseball privately conceded that the criticism, in this particular cas...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  5. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Top 10 defenses in the majors

    Buster Olney

    There probably has been more focus on evaluating and maximizing defensive efficiency than any other part of baseball in the last five years. If we're looking for explanations about why offensive production has been declining, increased defensive prod...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  9. What Bud Selig should do with A-Rod

    Buster Olney

    Bud Selig has hoisted a hammer and he's holding it over the rest of Alex Rodriguez's career, and it's shaped in the form of a clause: B. Conduct Detrimental or Prejudicial to Baseball Players may be disciplined for just cause for conduct tha...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  10. Contracts now a target in PED fight

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Long before Ryan Braun accepted his suspension or Alex Rodriguez asked his lawyer to join a conference call in which the topic was a quadriceps strain, club officials throughout Major League Baseball had started to look into the topic of w...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  11. NL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    The perception in some corners around baseball is that the Chicago Cubs fared well in their trade of Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. "They turned a one-year rental into pieces that can help [going forward]," said an AL evaluator. "The...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  12. The rise of Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney examines red-hot-hitting Braves catcher Evan Gattis, highlighting his propensity for lighting up pitches on the inner half of the plate. Also, Curt Schilling provides a pitching plan for neutralizing Gattis.

    Blog | Conversation | April 12, 2013
  13. The beauty of MLB Opening Day - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about why Opening Day is great in baseball, revisits his divisional and World Series predictions and gives insight on news and notes around the league.

    Blog | Conversation | March 31, 2013
  14. Guys to target in fantasy baseball

    Buster Olney

    Friends who play fantasy baseball ask me all the time about possible picks, and while I don't know about value relative to the rounds in a fantasy draft in the way Eric Karabell or Matthew Berry do, these are some of the names I've mentione...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  15. Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett among players to target in fantasy base...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney gives his fantasy baseball recommendations for the 2013 season.

    Blog | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  16. Time is gaining on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that time is gaining on Derek Jeter. How long can he continue to hold up at shortstop for the New York Yankees? Plus, an assortment of news and notes from around baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | February 17, 2013