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  1. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  2. Porter firing a sign of Astros' major issues

    Buster Olney

    With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we know a lot more about the position that Bo Porter signed up for in the fall of 2012, when he became manager of the Houston Astros. Whether he knew it or not at the time, this is what the job notice probably sho...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  3. My first season in the major leagues

    Jose Abreu, 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 Chicago White Sox rookie outfielder Jose Abreu. First of all, I need to thank God for ...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  4. Life as a player for the Oakland 'Mathletics'

    Sean Doolittle, Special to Insider

    Baseball is a game of numbers, and we at the Oakland Athletics keep track of everything. From the number of hits in a given number of at-bats to the number of runs allowed to the number of stolen bases, there are numbers for evaluating every aspect o...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Timing key in Cubs' call-up

    Buster Olney

    If this all plays out the way the Cubs hope, their collective journey will reflect that of Javier Baez, with failure preceding great success. The middle infielder started terribly in Triple-A this year, but as player development executives will tell ...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  7. Matt Kemp tops players not being dealt

    Buster Olney

    It says a lot about the nature of the 2014 trade market that there has been more news from the executives announcing that they intend to keep a particular player than in making a deal; there's more substance in who is staying than who is going, on a ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  8. Ryan Braun's power outage

    Buster Olney

    An experienced and smart evaluator who has seen Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun a couple of times this year noted all the twists in his career in a conversation on Monday. "Wins the Most Valuable Player Award [in 2011] hitting with all ki...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  9. Kershaw pitching historically well

    Buster Olney

    If you're too young to know what Sandy Koufax's excellence looked like in 1965, watch Clayton Kershaw now. If you need a reminder about how dominant Orel Hershiser was in September and October of 1988, watch Kershaw now. Or if you're looking fo...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  10. Examining Trout's baserunning 'issue'

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A small smile developed on the face of Los Angeles Angels bench coach Dino Ebel when he was asked about Mike Trout's tendency to make his turn on the bases at something close to a right angle, an indication that this imperfection h...

    Blog | June 22, 2014
  11. Angels' bullpen struggles continue

    Buster Olney

    An evaluator mentioned to me earlier this week that the Angels' bullpen is the worst he has seen on that team in 20 years. I disagree, but his point was that the team lacks relievers who consistently throw strikes and get ahead in the count. His w...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. The Blue Jays' hot start, by the numbers

    Buster Olney

    As Kevin Pillar dove across home plate Wednesday night with the run that extended Toronto's winning streak to nine games, the other Jays came spilling out of the dugout. It's as if they have stolen the winning formula from the 2013 Red Sox and are us...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  15. Red Sox must fix from within

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- In the midst of a year in which almost everything went right for the Boston Red Sox, there was a game last season when everything went wrong. Cliff Lee went into Fenway Park and stuck it to the Red Sox on May 28, needing just 95 pitches to ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  16. 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