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  1. 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
  2. Ranking strength of early AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    The Cleveland Indians were 51-44 at the All-Star break, and when they lost four of their first five games in the second half, it was unclear whether they would remain in contention. But here's the thing: The Indians had what appeared to be on pape...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  3. Toughest lineup quandaries in MLB

    Buster Olney

    When Joe Torre managed, he jotted down lineups in his time away from the park, mulling over various possibilities, internally debating certain combinations. In other words: He was like a lot of baseball fans and reporters, who like to think throug...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  4. Tanaka deal won't set off FA dominoes

    Buster Olney

    Masahiro Tanaka has reportedly agreed to a record-setting deal with the New York Yankees, and the expectation will be, in some circles, that the winter freeze will finally end and the phones will start to ring for Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. AL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    Rival executives strongly believe that at most, Matt Garza has four to five starts remaining with the Chicago Cubs -- but probably fewer than that, because he has quickly developed into the most marketable, most sought-after starting pitcher, with a ...

    Blog | July 04, 2013
  8. New York Yankees and Brian Cashman are frugal yet still winning

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine, MLB Insider Buster Olney examines how GM Brian Cashman is leading the Yankees in cutting payroll to get below the salary cap while still fielding a winning roster.

    Story | Conversation | June 11, 2013
  9. Ranking strength of AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. - When the late, great Mike Flanagan served in the Baltimore Orioles' leadership in 2005, the team got off to a strong start, winning 30 of their first 46 games. I called "Flanny" in late May and asked him whether he thought they...

    Blog | February 23, 2013
  10. MLB - Buster Olney ranks strength of American League schedules

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney says the Kansas City Royals have the toughest schedule in the American League.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2013
  11. Top 10 lineups in MLB history

    Buster Olney

    Today, we rank the 10 best lineups in history -- and this has nothing to do with defense or pitching or nicknames. It's all about pure offensive dominance. 1. 1931 New York Yankees The 1927 Yankees have the best nickname in history,...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  12. Top 10 lineups in baseball history - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 lineups in history, starting with a Yankees lineup from more than 80 years ago. (Though it's not the one that you think.)

    Blog | Conversation | January 24, 2013
  13. Top 10 outfields in MLB history

    Buster Olney

    It's possible that by the end of the summer, the Angels' outfield of Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos will be viewed as the best in baseball. Could it rank among the best ever? The standard is pretty high. On Sunday I ranked the...

    Blog | January 22, 2013
  14. The 1961 New York Yankees top the 10 best outfields in MLB histor...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 outfields in baseball history, along with the latest news and notes from around baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | January 22, 2013
  15. Top 10 rotations in MLB history

    Buster Olney

    I grew up as a crazy Los Angeles Lakers fan right in the middle of Boston Celtics country in central Vermont, which meant that all of my friends rooted for Larry Bird and Robert Parish and Cedric Maxwell, and I rooted for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magi...

    Blog | January 20, 2013
  16. The 1997 Atlanta Braves top the best rotations in MLB history - M...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 rotations in baseball in today's blog, along with the latest news and notes from around baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | January 20, 2013