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  1. My awards voting, playoff notes and more

    Buster Olney

    Lockers are being cleaned out these days, first in Oakland, then Pittsburgh, Detroit and Anaheim. Goodbyes are being said, perhaps temporarily or maybe for longer than that. Victor Martinez's season is over, and maybe his time with the Tigers is f...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  2. Forensic evidence of the death of offense

    Buster Olney

    My favored theory about the decline in offense is drawn, to some degree, from what we've seen in recent years in the postseason, when scouting and specialized in-game decisions are routinely taken to the next level. Night after night in last year'...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  3. Stats versus strengths for Kershaw

    A.J. Ellis, Special to Insider

    Guest bloggers are stepping in for Buster Olney this week to write the lead item, while Buster still has his news and notes below that. Today's guest blogger is Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. Almost exactly two hours before he takes the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  4. Rays win streak affecting Price trade talk

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays keep complicating an already wrenching decision -- by winning. Their sweep of the Minnesota Twins over the weekend cut their deficit in the American League East to 7.5 games and in the wild-card race to six game...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  5. Reasons for optimism on every MLB team

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA BAY -- CC Sabathia laughed about the reaction to his weight loss -- 40 pounds over the last two offseasons, he said Friday -- and mentioned that he felt like the winner of the show "The Biggest Loser." He said he feels better, with his body ada...

    Blog | February 15, 2014
  6. Early picks for every division

    Buster Olney

    There are still some front-line free agents who will sign before the start of the regular season, and the inevitable spring training injuries to come, so it's too early to lock in predictions for 2014. But right now, this is what I'm looking at: ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  7. Top 10 rotations in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Mashiro Tanaka will represent a significant upgrade to the winning bidder, and as some executives said last week, the expectation is that he'll get a contract well over $100 million. Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez will also land somepla...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  8. Top 10 lineups in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Kendrys Morales is still looking for work, and so is Nelson Cruz. But with almost all of the best hitters in place, we present the first in a series of our annual top-10 team rankings: the best lineups. As one executive noted: "When y...

    Blog | December 26, 2013
  9. Key matchups in the ALCS

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- David Ortiz hosted his Red Sox teammates for a barbecue at the two acres of his home here Thursday, a night away from the grind. Sort of. There are six televisions in the Ortiz home, and what filled the screen of each was the Detroit Tigers...

    Blog | October 12, 2013
  10. The beauty of MLB Opening Day

    Buster Olney

    HOUSTON -- The guy who is the No. 2 starting pitcher for the Houston Astros, a team expected to lose a lot of games this summer, stood in the Houston dugout Saturday and talked pitching with former pitchers Orel Hershiser and Steve Sparks. Well, let...

    Blog | March 31, 2013
  11. 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
  12. Quietly, Detroit is having a great spring

    Buster Olney

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- The infield drill that the Detroit Tigers worked through on Friday morning was the same drill run in every other camp, right up until the moment, early on, that Victor Martinez whistled for the first time. It's a sound that fal...

    Blog | March 16, 2013
  13. Detroit Tigers are quietly having a great spring training - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while Detroit is quietly having a great spring training, rivals are already taking notice, projecting that the Tigers will have a markedly better season in 2013 than they did during their 2012 World Series campaign.

    Blog | Conversation | March 16, 2013
  14. Tigers have big plans for Bruce Rondon

    Buster Olney

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- For some of the Detroit Tigers, Bruce Rondon is still more rumor than fact. They've heard about how he throws lightning bolts, a fastball that reaches triple digits, and how he's capable of embarrassing hitters, but they h...

    Blog | February 16, 2013
  15. Bruce Rondon playing key role for Detroit Tigers in 2013 - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that Bruce Rondon is expected to play a key role for the Tigers this season, and why Detroit has reason to believe that he'll be up to the task.

    Blog | Conversation | February 16, 2013
  16. Astros betting on patience

    Buster Olney

    All of the baseball moons and stars have aligned for a memorable 2013 season for the Houston Astros, in the way that the '62 Mets and the 2003 Detroit Tigers are remembered. To rival talent evaluators, there is no question that Houston will stru...

    Blog | February 05, 2013