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  1. The Melky Cabrera debate

    Buster Olney

    The player who leads the American League in hits is batting .341, and if he continues on his current path, he'll finish the season with something in the range of 240 hits and 80 extra-base hits. These are numbers that will put him in the conversation...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  2. Mike Trout is ending the debate

    Buster Olney

    Before the season, Mike Trout talked about wanting to be more patient at the plate, about drawing more walks, because in his first full season in the big leagues he had shown some impatience and, naturally, he wanted to get better. Well, a year la...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  3. Three contenders most in need of help

    Buster Olney

    With little more than a day before the trade deadline, these are the contenders most desperately in need of help: 1. Texas Rangers Really, it's not even a debate; they need help. Yes, they added Matt Garza last week, but their offense has bee...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  4. The great white-flag debate

    Buster Olney

    Before the trade deadline in 1996, then-Orioles general manager Pat Gillick assessed his team and decided to blow it up. He arranged trades of Bobby Bonilla and David Wells, believing that Baltimore's organization needed an injection of prospects for...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  5. Harper, Trout ... or Machado?

    Buster Olney

    One of baseball's most popular debates in the past year has involved two players: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper? Harper is perceived to have more power, Trout more speed. Trout is thought to have more range, Harper the better arm. But it's time t...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  6. Execs pick their top 10 players for 2013

    Buster Olney

    The American League Most Valuable Player debate last summer illuminated the significant difference between the way folks in front offices evaluate players and how uniformed personnel view them. For managers, coaches and players, Miguel Cabrera was a ...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  7. MLB execs pick the top 10 players for 2013 - BBTN 500

    Buster Olney

    With ESPN unveiling the top 10 of the BBTN 500, Buster Olney polled 21 MLB execs to pick their top 10 players for 2013.

    Blog | Conversation | March 28, 2013
  8. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the steroid debate, the Blue Jays and ot...

    Buster Olney

    Buster takes a shot at predicting the key storylines of the 2013 season. Will the Dodgers win big? Will the Jays remain favorites? What will the Hall of Fame vote look like?

    Blog | Conversation | December 25, 2012
  9. Making sense of the HOF character clause

    Buster Olney

    The so-called character clause is at the heart of the debate over what to do with the Hall of Fame candidates who have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. The criterion sent to the voters annually (including this week): V...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
  10. The AL MVP debate, from the inside

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- I haven't kept notes each time I've talked with players, managers and front-office types in the past month about the American League Most Valuable Player vote, and I can't tell you exactly how many have addressed the questio...

    Blog | September 29, 2012
  11. The split within baseball over the AL MVP debate - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that there is a definitive split within baseball over who should win the AL MVP award: Players and managers believe Miguel Cabrera should win, but front-office types overwhelmingly favor Mike Trout.

    Blog | Conversation | September 29, 2012
  12. Framing the American League MVP debate

    Buster Olney

    The best front-office minds in baseball have been the engines of change in the sport over the past two decades, and as a result, there are fewer bunts and more lineups stacked according to on-base percentage and a greater value placed on defense. ...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  13. Does Miguel Cabrera have an American League MVP case over Mike Tr...

    Buster Olney

    If we used old ways of determining value -- primarily home runs and RBIs -- then Miguel Cabrera could be the choice for AL MVP. But as Buster Olney writes, the way we evaluate players has changed, and it's hard to put Cabrera ahead of Mike Trout.

    Blog | Conversation | September 19, 2012
  14. Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season and is a no-doubt...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that with Chipper Jones announcing he will retire at the end of the 2012 season, he is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2017. There shouldn't be a debate: He's a no-doubt Hall of Famer.

    Blog | Conversation | March 23, 2012
  15. Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay and the best pitc...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that if you were picking the best pitcher in baseball right now -- not based on track record or anything other than current ability -- it'd be hard to pass up Justin Verlander. But other arms would have a say in the debate.

    Blog | Conversation | March 15, 2012
  16. Miguel Cabrera's hot corner debate

    Buster Olney

    During the past couple of days, some rival executives have debated whether the Detroit Tigers are serious about playing Miguel Cabrera at third base, or if this is just early lip service until they get to spring training and Jim Leyland gets a chance...

    Blog | January 28, 2012