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  1. Grooved All-Star pitch is nothing new

    Buster Olney

    Adam Wainwright is earnest and honest and yes, he probably revealed a little more than he intended to about that pitch that he threw to Derek Jeter. But let's put this into context. The tradition of pitchers working to provide a moment for a hitter g...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
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  4. Who should make the All-Star teams

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and myself presented our 34-man All-Star rosters today. Here are our National League selections and here are our American League selections. Of course, our choices aren't affected by fan ballotin...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  5. When Tony Gwynn spoke up

    Buster Olney

    Memories of Tony Gwynn kept welling up Monday, as the reality of his death sunk in. He was one of the best hitters ever, yes -- he hit over .300 in his last 19 seasons, which is unfathomable -- and he was such a good person, as borne out by the overw...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  6. V-Mart displaying the value of experience

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's walk from the on-deck circle to home plate is deliberate, a steady and unhurried amble. His walk-up music finishes, the pitcher, catcher and umpire wait, but Martinez will not be rushed. Ever. He gets in the box when he i...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  7. Herd on ESPN Radio: Show in Review

    Blue Jays P R.A. Dickey discusses working quickly on the mound, Mark Buehrle's hot start, drug testing in MLB, facing Miguel Cabrera and more. Dickey ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney dishes on Don Mattingly's handling of Yasiel Puig, the Yankees' powe...

    Blog | Conversation | June 03, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Ausmus' impact on Tigers' basepaths

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- From the first day of spring training, the Detroit Tigers players say, Brad Ausmus talked about the running game. But not only the running game of the Detroit baserunners, who were told to look for opportunities to take a bas...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  10. MLB clubs risking paralysis by analysis

    Buster Olney

    The best trend in baseball over the past decade is that a simple question is asked reflexively: Why? For a sport long entrenched in unwritten rules and a that's-the-way-things-have-always-been mentality, the changes are dramatic. Not only ar...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  11. McCutchen, Pirates need help

    Buster Olney

    Andrew McCutchen has never drawn more than 89 walks in a season, and right now, he's on track to increase that by a healthy margin. For the first time, opposing pitchers and catchers are making a point of pitching around McCutchen and putting the onu...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  12. Early grades for the free-agent class

    Buster Olney

    In the April leading up to CC Sabathia's free agency in 2008, his ERA after four starts was 13.50. Months later, he got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher -- $161 million -- after he had bounced back, and then been traded to Milwaukee and led th...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  13. New collision rule is protecting catchers

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- In the days ahead, Major League Baseball will likely announce some tweaks and adjustments with the way that rules are being interpreted, including an affirmation of the new regulations attached to home plate collisions. The catchers ...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  14. Red Sox had reasons to say nothing

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have been there and done that with the accusations of pitchers using foreign substances, from Clay Buchholz's shiny forearm and game-day wet look to the green stuff seemingly wedged into the leather of Jon Lester's glove last October. The...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  15. Exec: 'Games should be 7 innings'

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- A high-ranking executive melded all of the lingering issues of the era into one conversation, as if listing a recipe for change. The games are often played too slowly, he noted. The audience of Major League Baseball is aging, with ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  16. Stadium woes continue for Rays, A's

    Buster Olney

    On one side of the country, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., met with Tampa Bay Rays president Matt Silverman to discuss the team's lingering unhappiness with the current ballpark situation, as detailed by Christopher O'Donnell. On the other side o...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  17. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  18. Friday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    Christina Kahrl, Buster Olney and Jim Bowden covered the Miguel Cabrera contract, so there isn't really much more to add. The timing is definitely odd with Cabrera two years from free agency, the money seems extreme and who knows how Cabrera will age...

    Blog | March 28, 2014