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  1. Dodgers' rush to win has created issues

    Buster Olney

    As Bill Shaikin notes, the Dodgers now must decide what to do with general manager Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly. If the Dodgers' leadership is honest with itself, it will recognize the circumstances are a whole lot more complicated than whe...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Previewing the qualifying-offer market

    Buster Olney

    As the saying goes, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Not one of the 22 players who were extended qualifying offers the past two winters accepted them, and in a lot of cases, that made sense. But it's a strategy that failed...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Sizing up offseason salary-dump market

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- August may be over but these are the dog days of player evaluations, the time of year when teams are ready to turn the page, ready to say something hasn't worked and isn't going to work. They're looking for something different. ...

    Blog | September 01, 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. Marlins could be buyers at trade deadline

    Buster Olney

    Before you dismiss the notion that the Miami Marlins could be serious players in the market over the next few days, it's worth noting that, after their wild comeback win over Washington on Monday, they are closer to the leader in their division -- si...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  8. Ranking the contenders' schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    On July 23, 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 52-48 and slogging along. But what they had in front of them was opportunity, as noted then, in the form of one of the easiest second-half schedules in the big leagues. They proceeded to take full advantag...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  9. Talk of Bethancourt may be premature

    AJ Mass

    On Monday, ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote about the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup and tried to come up with a more efficient batting order than the one the team is currently utilizing. "There are no perfect choices, for sure," Olney pointed out. "At...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  10. 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
  11. What can A's do at second base?

    AJ Mass

    In his blog on Sunday, ESPN.com's Buster Olney points out that the OPS produced by Oakland Athletics's second basemen is ranked fifth-worst of any position in all of baseball. If there's a place where the first-place A's might be looking to improve, ...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  12. How Bailey changed the pitching market

    Buster Olney

    Homer Bailey's career ERA is 4.30, and he's had two seasons in which he has thrown over 200 innings. He has not pitched to the level of a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, or even a Matt Cain. He's never had any kind of a vote for the Cy Young Award...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  13. Houston's hope for George Springer

    Buster Olney

    The best part of Leon Roberts' job happened again Tuesday night, when George Springer was summoned into the manager's office in Colorado Springs. Springer probably had some idea of what was to come, said Roberts, the hitting coach of the Oklahoma Cit...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  14. Eye-catching early-season numbers

    Buster Olney

    Early-season numbers that catch your eye: 51.1 That is the ground ball percentage of Prince Fielder this season, a significant increase over past seasons. Fielder hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night, but it goes without...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  15. Behind the Sizemore vs. Bradley decision

    Buster Olney

    Compared with the choices of desperation being made in the camps of the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves, the Red Sox's outfield quandary is like picking between Hawaii and the Bahamas for a vacation spot. Texas would love to have Boston's troubles. ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  16. Players I'd reach for in fantasy

    Buster Olney

    Colleague Andrew Feldman asked some of us to jump into an ESPN draft room yesterday and pick teams as part of #MockDraftMonday. With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I figure I should've gotten a better core of relievers. But after the first three ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014