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  1. Top 10 shortstops in MLB

    Buster Olney

    The question of whether you'd prefer to have Buster Posey or Yadier Molina at catcher has lots of layers, as does the debate about whether Miguel Cabrera is the game's top first baseman. But with Troy Tulowitzki coming back from major surgery and ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  2. Game of DH musical chairs has begun

    Buster Olney

    If you want to take a sample of how saturated the market is with designated hitters, consider a slice of Adam Lind's recent experience for examination. Last season, the left-handed-hitting Lind was limited to 96 games because of injury, but in tha...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  3. Bumgarner set to do whatever team needs

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- A small group of reporters waited near Madison Bumgarner's locker Tuesday night as he finished dressing following the Giants' Game 6 loss. He buckled his belt, his back to the room, and as he turned, his hair still damp from the shower...

    Blog | October 29, 2014
  4. Five ways a Molina absence hurts Cards

    Buster Olney

    Yadier Molina still hasn't ruled out the possibility that he could play in Game 3, writes Derrick Goold, but there is some mystery about what Molina's role could be, writes Jayson Stark. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't saying exactly how -- o...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  5. Wainwright decision looms for Matheny

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The topic was about managing in October with urgency, and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy stood at the back rail of the batting cage before Game 1 on Saturday night and recalled, with great detail, a bullpen decision he regrets ...

    Blog | October 12, 2014
  6. 10 crucial matchups in the ALCS, NLCS

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Ten key matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series that begin Friday and Saturday, respectively: 1. The Orioles vs. the Kansas City running game: This is like a steel-cage match within the main event. The Royals have run aggressive...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  7. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  8. The Jeter Tour has hurt the Yankees

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Some folks employed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1995 have spoken with reverence for what took place on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, when Cal Ripken played in his 2,130th and 2,131st consecutive games. The response of the fans to Ripken, and the ...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  9. 10 days, 10 burning questions

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- Ten days left in the regular season. Ten burning questions. 1. Will Oakland pull out of its flat spin? The Athletics have surrendered 15.5 games in the standings to the Angels in 39 days, which might otherwise seem impossible if ...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  10. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  11. Forensic evidence of the death of offense

    Buster Olney

    My favored theory about the decline in offense is drawn, to some degree, from what we've seen in recent years in the postseason, when scouting and specialized in-game decisions are routinely taken to the next level. Night after night in last year'...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  12. New Atlantic League rules could help MLB

    Buster Olney

    Pat Gillick reminisced the other day about an amateur baseball tournament in Kansas, in which games were started from morning until midnight, the schedule pushed along by the clock. If the hitter wasn't in the box 90 seconds from the last pitch of an...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  13. Rays win streak affecting Price trade talk

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays keep complicating an already wrenching decision -- by winning. Their sweep of the Minnesota Twins over the weekend cut their deficit in the American League East to 7.5 games and in the wild-card race to six game...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Time for the Phillies to turn the page

    Buster Olney

    Philadelphia Phillies fans aren't happy, and they're expressing that through the ticket office: The team's attendance has plummeted, from an incredible (and unsustainable) 44,021 per game just two years ago to the current 30,438 per game. That's a 31...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  16. A's make a mockery of tanking

    Buster Olney

    The Oakland Athletics are on a pace to win 102 games and their third consecutive AL West title. But they need only 17 more wins to extend another streak that might be even more remarkable: The number of consecutive seasons in which they have won at l...

    Blog | July 09, 2014