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  1. Vogt's determination paying off for A's

    Buster Olney

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Vogt played eight years in the minors and knows what it feels like to ride a bus overnight all the way from Gwinnett, Georgia, to Norfolk, Virginia, only to be told the hotel rooms aren't ready. He understands what it means...

    Blog | August 24, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Fister lesson: Good arms can come cheap

    Buster Olney

    Three years ago, the Detroit Tigers surprised folks with an under-the-radar trade at the deadline, when they plucked an unspectacular right-hander with average fastball velocity from the Seattle Mariners. That pitcher, Doug Fister, was attractive to ...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Machado has 'some things to learn'

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Before the Detroit Tigers' bullpen blew up another strong outing from a starting pitcher Sunday night, and before David Ortiz showed again how he is drawn to a big moment, all eyes in the Detroit and Boston clubhouses were locked into the ...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  6. 10 biggest holes on contenders

    Buster Olney

    A year ago, Marlon Byrd was coming off a season in which he had been suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was limited to just 47 games, and he eventually settled for a make-good minor league deal with the New York Mets. Now he...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  7. Big concerns for playoff-bound clubs

    Buster Olney

    Even for teams that know they are going to play October games, questions hover. Such as ... Boston Red Sox: What's the status of Jacoby Ellsbury? He met with reporters Wednesday, Alex Speier among them, and Ellsbury said he can't wait...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  8. Expect blockbuster trades this winter

    Buster Olney

    Almost every team held their chips back before the trade deadline, leery of the seller's market that had developed, dubious about the value of the short-term rentals. The teams working from a position of strength mostly held in place: The Cardina...

    Blog | August 08, 2013
  9. Ranking schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- General managers look at strength of schedule all the time; players and managers almost never look at it, because they're in the fight and focused on the micro, rather than the macro. But the GMs are always watching the upcoming slate o...

    Blog | July 14, 2013
  10. A new low for A's ballpark

    Buster Olney

    "There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there's 50 feet of crap ... and then there's us" -- Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in "Moneyball" ATLANTA -- Many miles from here, an embarrassment for baseball played out Sunday. If it was an isolate...

    Blog | June 17, 2013
  11. Positive signs for Jered Weaver

    Buster Olney

    Carl Crawford was the first hitter who Jered Weaver faced in his start Wednesday night, Weaver's first since breaking his left (non-pitching) elbow in the first week of the season. When the count reached two strikes, Weaver fired a fastball high and ...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  12. How to pitch to Cabrera and Trout

    Buster Olney

    It was a slow Friday night for Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, relatively speaking. Cabrera had a single and two RBIs, and Trout had two hits and a walk and scored twice. Cabrera's batting average stands at .388, and Trout has an OPS of .963, and in p...

    Blog | May 25, 2013
  13. Starting pitching market limited

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Since Major League Baseball and the players' association agreed to a new labor deal and MLB followed that up with record-setting television contracts, the clubs -- with money burning a hole in their front-office pockets -- have be...

    Blog | May 19, 2013
  14. 10 hottest flashpoints for 2013 season

    Buster Olney

    Jim Leyland wore a small smile last week as he talked about team chemistry. He said if you win, you've got a great clubhouse, but if you lose, then it's said you have a bad clubhouse. He's right, of course. Almost everything else foll...

    Blog | March 24, 2013
  15. Examining baseball's most inflammatory situations - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney takes a look at 10 of baseball's most inflammatory situations this season, including Charlie Manuel's future in Philadelphia and the battle for the L.A. market.

    Blog | Conversation | March 24, 2013
  16. Top 10 teams with critique from scouts

    Buster Olney

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted a column with my first top 10 power rankings of winter. That top 10 stands for today's column, but I asked talent evaluators to critique the list and provide input on where they disagree. To repeat: The t...

    Blog | January 04, 2013