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  1. The secret to Posey's hot streak

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Tilted back in his chair in the visitors clubhouse at Comerica Park on Saturday morning, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy started to explain Buster Posey's recent hot streak by talking about his history as a great hitter, about a s...

    Blog | September 07, 2014
  2. To-do list for new MLB commish

    Buster Olney

    Editor's Note: This column originally ran last week. It has been updated based on news that Rob Manfred has been named to be the next MLB Commissioner. Major League Baseball's owners might have had more unanimous votes under commissioner Bud Selig...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Baseball in need of more run production

    Buster Olney

    The topic of parity came up Thursday on "Baseball Tonight," and Rick Sutcliffe mentioned how the sport has changed over the last decade, in the wake of the steroid era. Many, many pitchers have used performance-enhancing drugs, for sure, but the s...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  5. Betts exemplifies new strategy for Boston

    Buster Olney

    NEW YORK -- One evaluator not paid by Boston offered this take on Mookie Betts, who will make his major league debut tonight, when the Red Sox try to take their three-game series against the Yankees on "Sunday Night Baseball" (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and Wat...

    Blog | June 29, 2014
  6. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  7. Puig transforming into model of stability

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp's mood is measured here daily, like the smog index, and Hanley Ramirez's future is unclear, whether he'll be a shortstop, or even a Dodger. The team's defense is a roll of the dice day to day, and so is the bullpen. It sa...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Mets must spend to improve offense

    Buster Olney

    There has been a lot of energy expended in discussion of the New York Mets' collective hitting approach under the newly ex-hitting coach Dave Hudgens, about whether the hitters' hunt for strikes ultimately turned them into pitchers' prey. Through Mon...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  10. Why did the Cubs hire Manny Ramirez?

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Manny Ramirez offended a whole lot of folks who work under the Major League Baseball umbrella during his career. OK, more than a lot. Maybe hundreds. Maybe thousands. Start with Jack McCormick, the Boston Red Sox's traveling secr...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  11. Hanley Ramirez has pitchers figured out

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez attends the meetings that the Dodgers hold for the hitters at the outset of every series to go over scouting reports, but he does this to be respectful and polite of the process and not because he actually gleans informa...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  12. Why I vote for PED users for the HOF

    Buster Olney

    On Monday afternoon, ESPN.com revealed the Hall of Fame ballots for the 17 folks here who cast votes, and this seemed to set Twitter on fire in the baseball corner of the world. A brief review of the voting process: Voters are allowed ...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  13. What Ellsbury deal means for Cano

    Buster Olney

    When Gene Michael took over as the Yankees' general manager in 1990 and started rebuilding the team, he focused on two traits: left-handed hitting, because of Yankee Stadium's friendly right-field dimensions, and on-base percentage. ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  14. Beltran will be in demand this winter

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran was in a reflective mood in conversation earlier this year, and as he talked, it was apparent that he is very aware of where he stands in his career. He knows he won't be playing for much longer. He knows where he st...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  15. A bunt addiction burns the Reds

    Buster Olney

    There is not a one-size-fits-all rule about the sacrifice bunt, because not every situation is the same, not every hitter is the same, not every pitcher is the same, not every bunt attempt is the same. The factors in the equations change from pitch t...

    Blog | September 05, 2013
  16. Fixes for the draft and free agency

    Scott Boras

    Buster Olney is on vacation this week, so guest columnists are writing the lead of his column in his absence. So far, D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler wrote about MLBPA head Michael Weiner; Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle discussed what it's like to pla...

    Blog | August 14, 2013