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  1. Why I'm abstaining from HOF voting

    Buster Olney

    Mike Mussina spent each of his 18 seasons in the most treacherous waters pitchers have ever faced, among the whitecaps of what will always be remembered as an era of rampant steroid use -- and in the offense-rich American League East, no less. He was...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  2. New Hall of Fame voting rule is a mistake

    Buster Olney

    For Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, the chances for Hall of Fame induction through the vote of the writers appears to be all but eliminated, given the implications of the rule change announced Saturday. Maybe you agree with that, maybe y...

    Blog | July 27, 2014
  3. The incongruity of Bonds' HOF exclusion

    Buster Olney

    Barry Bonds will work as an instructor for the San Francisco Giants, writes Alex Pavlovic, and in a roundabout way, this hiring demonstrates the complete incongruity of the Hall of Fame voting. From Pavlovic's story: Barry Bonds i...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  4. Bob Costas, the HOF and 'authenticity'

    Buster Olney

    I've thought more about an argument that Bob Costas presented the other day about the steroid era Hall of Fame candidates. The key word of his thesis -- embraced by others employed by MLB Network and Major League Baseball -- was "authentic." What he ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  5. HOF voting changes I'd like to see

    Buster Olney

    In the aftermath of Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcements, everyone from Jayson Stark to Tim Kurkjian to Dan Le Batard (among others) agreed that the Hall of Fame voting system is in disrepair. I thought Jayson did an excellent job of laying out how...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  6. The Hall of Fame 'battleground states'

    Buster Olney

    If the early polling is correct, as many as four players will be honored today as part of the 2014 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greg Maddux will be close to unanimous, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are expected to blow past the required 75 ...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  7. Why I vote for PED users for the HOF

    Buster Olney

    On Monday afternoon, ESPN.com revealed the Hall of Fame ballots for the 17 folks here who cast votes, and this seemed to set Twitter on fire in the baseball corner of the world. A brief review of the voting process: Voters are allowed ...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  8. Top 10 bullpens in the majors

    Buster Olney

    The top 10 series continues with a look at the best bullpens in the majors. 1. Atlanta Braves If you want to know what the start of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career might look like, Craig Kimbrel is the reliever version of Mike Trout. The Atl...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  9. Joe Torre a deserving Hall of Famer

    Buster Olney

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The manager's office in old Yankee Stadium was attached to a short hallway that players passed through as they entered or departed the clubhouse, and Joe Torre's desk was positioned in such a way that he could see everybody ...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  10. 'Rule of 10' hurting Hall of Fame voting

    Buster Olney

    The worst thing about the Hall of Fame voting has become the career dissection that accompanies it annually. Jack Morris threw almost 4,000 innings in his career, including his 13 starts in the postseason, and along the way he finished in the top...

    Blog | November 28, 2013
  11. HOF logjam suggests new rules needed

    Buster Olney

    Very soon, the Hall of Fame ballot will arrive, with these players who I believe are Hall of Fame worthy: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent, Greg Maddux, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Muss...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  12. The first unanimous Hall of Famer

    Buster Olney

    MILWAUKEE -- Rachel Robinson said last year that she is so glad Mariano Rivera is the last player to wear No. 42, and the affection she has for him was apparent during Sunday's ceremony, in the way that she held his face and looked into his eyes. ...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  13. Contracts now a target in PED fight

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Long before Ryan Braun accepted his suspension or Alex Rodriguez asked his lawyer to join a conference call in which the topic was a quadriceps strain, club officials throughout Major League Baseball had started to look into the topic of w...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  14. MLB could tie suspensions to Hall of Fame

    Buster Olney

    Whenever the Biogenesis suspensions go down, Major League Baseball will enter a new stage of a public-relations battle -- and if commissioner Bud Selig is looking for the biggest splash, with the best chance for reinforcement, then he would make the ...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  15. George Brett repaying the Royals

    Buster Olney

    George Brett's Hall of Fame story was well-known to Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore before he talked to Brett last month, again, about joining the Kansas City coaching staff. Drafted by the Royals in the second round in 1971, B...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  16. Hall of Fame voting rules must change

    Buster Olney

    The biggest loser in Wednesday's Hall of Fame shutout was not Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens, two all-time greats who got about one-third of the vote. The biggest loser wasn't Craig Biggio, whose very strong first-year showing makes it all bu...

    Blog | January 10, 2013