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  1. Is Ryan Howard tradable?

    Buster Olney

    Ryan Howard has had his last at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That's what the Phillies hope, anyway. That's their goal, according to rival executives. The Chicago Cubs want to add high-end pitching and contend. The Los Angeles...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  2. Better for Yanks if Sabathia calls it quits

    Buster Olney

    David Ortiz recently recalled a time when CC Sabathia drilled him intentionally. There was nothing to do but drop the bat and jog to first base, Ortiz said, because Sabathia has so much credibility and accountability that if he hit you on purpose, we...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  3. Machado has 'some things to learn'

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Before the Detroit Tigers' bullpen blew up another strong outing from a starting pitcher Sunday night, and before David Ortiz showed again how he is drawn to a big moment, all eyes in the Detroit and Boston clubhouses were locked into the ...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  4. Rockies' hot bats among stories to watch

    Buster Olney

    In case you missed it: The three leading hitters in the NL batting race all wear the same uniform. The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is batting .379, Troy Tulowitzki is at .376, and Justin Morneau is at .357. Oh, yeah, and Nolan Arenado is ...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  5. Where Wacha went wrong

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Opposing hitters tell stories about Yadier Molina's creativity in his pitch calling, how he tends to think ahead of them from pitch to pitch. Joey Votto, for example, will occasionally exchange thoughts with Molina during at-bats about the ...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  6. Miguel Cabrera plots against pain

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- This is the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, when none of us -- Jack Buck, first and foremost -- could believe what we just saw. In the moments leading up to that at-bat, Gibson had taken some swings ...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  7. Edward Mujica's split distinction

    Buster Olney

    Over and over, Edward Mujica throws an off-speed pitch that darts downward, under the bats of opposing hitters, and if you look at the movement and trajectory of the pitch -- you can see it here -- this would seem to be something passed down through ...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  8. The Cardinals' closer is becoming famous for a pitch he does not ...

    Buster Olney

    The closer for the St. Louis Cardinals is becoming famous for a pitch he does not throw. Buster takes a look at Edward Mujica's curious distinction.

    Blog | Conversation | May 02, 2013
  9. A-Rod's new role with the Yankees

    Buster Olney

    NEW YORK -- Late in spring training, when there was speculation among scouts that Raul Ibanez would be released by the New York Yankees because his bat speed was gone for good, he stood at the railing while the Boston Red Sox took batting practice in...

    Blog | October 11, 2012
  10. Alex Rodriguez has a new role now with the New York Yankees - MLB...

    Buster Olney

    When Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for the Alex Rodriguez in Game 3 of the ALDS, it signified the start of something new. As Buster Olney writes, the pressure is off A-Rod as he begins a new role with the Yankees.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2012
  11. Jim Thome's stake in the playoff chase

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- In a city of row houses, it makes sense that the Orioles' success this year has been built game by game, at-bat by at-bat, pitch by pitch, brick by brick. They have one pitcher with more than 20 starts, a staff with one complete gam...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  12. Jim Thome is helping the Baltimore Orioles adjust during the race...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Orioles badly needed a jump-start, and it was Jim Thome that gave it to them Wednesday night.

    Blog | Conversation | September 27, 2012
  13. How Phils, Brewers got back in the race

    Buster Olney

    The Crazy Stuff bar was set very high last year, when the Boston lineup of stars collapsed and the Braves' bullpen crumbled. As Evan Longoria prepared for his season-ending at-bat last year, he looked at a photographer near the Rays' on-dec...

    Blog | September 12, 2012
  14. Phillies, Brewers have climbed back into the NL wild-card race - ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that, as we saw last year with the Red Sox and others, anything can happen at the end of the season. This year, the Phillies and Brewers are trying to do some "crazy stuff" of their own.

    Blog | Conversation | September 12, 2012
  15. Los Angeles Dodgers need offensive help but options are limited -...

    Buster Olney

    The Dodgers were swept by the Giants and didn't score a run in the three-game series. Worse yet, Andre Ethier joined Matt Kemp on the disabled list. It's clear L.A. needs to upgrade its offense, and Buster Olney lists some bats the club could target.

    Blog | Conversation | June 28, 2012
  16. Detroit Tigers have deep defensive issues and must improve at the...

    Buster Olney

    When the Tigers signed Prince Fielder, they were expected to have one of the best offenses in the American League. That hasn't been the case. As Buster Olney writes, Detroit's bats need to heat up in order to overcome its other issues.

    Blog | Conversation | June 07, 2012