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  1. MLB: How Boston views the bounce-back potential of John Lackey an...

    Buster Olney

    Many see the Boston Red Sox as baseball's team to beat. But that assumes bounce-back years from two players many consider anchors. So what kind of anchors will Josh Beckett and John Lackey be? The good kind, or the ones that hold you back?

    Blog | Conversation | January 13, 2011
  2. Opening up on Trevor Hoffman

    Buster Olney

    After the news broke on Tuesday that Trevor Hoffman is retiring, I e-mailed some folks who know Hoffman well and asked for some anecdotes -- and folks love to tell stories about Hoffman, who is not only the all-time leader in saves but also has long ...

    Blog | January 12, 2011
  3. MLB: Several people who worked or played with Trevor Hoffman chim...

    Buster Olney

    A likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, Trevor Hoffman is hanging up his spikes. But Buster has gone ahead and picked up some anecdotes that could be used when the great reliever is set to join Cooperstown.

    Blog | Conversation | January 12, 2011
  4. Closing in on the Padres

    Buster Olney

    The cap on Trevor Hoffman's Hall of Fame plaque will bear the logo of the San Diego Padres, regardless of what happens in the years ahead. Hoffman has pitched 18 years in the majors and in 16 of those he played in a Padres uniform, so his ugly s...

    Blog | November 24, 2010
  5. MLB: San Diego could bring back Trevor Hoffman as it looks to sav...

    Buster Olney

    Reality is closing in on San Diego, which almost surely will have to dump two of its most prized assets -- Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell -- before July 31. But perhaps a move to bring back an old face could help, writes Buster.

    Blog | Conversation | November 24, 2010
  6. Trevor Hoffman's dive into history

    Buster Olney

    A few years ago, I worked on a long piece on Trevor Hoffman for ESPN The Magazine, and we sat in the visitors' dugout at Shea Stadium and talked about his father's influence, the games he played as a child with his older brothers, about his...

    Blog | September 08, 2010
  7. Trevor Hoffman finally has his 600th save; you'll never guess how...

    Buster Olney

    Trevor Hoffman tried his hand at being a position player, but his bat never showed up. At least he had a mid-90s fastball to fall back on -- until he didn't even have that anymore. Here, he tells the story of the pitch that made him great.

    Blog | Conversation | September 08, 2010
  8. Jason Heyward is a brilliant talent, but his ability to adjust is...

    Buster Olney

    You would think that a player with the preternatural brilliance of Jason Heyward might be a little more stubborn in his approach. But after a month in which he whiffed too often, Heyward has quickly adjusted his contact rate. The results are stunning.

    Blog | Conversation | May 20, 2010
  9. Hanley Ramirez saga with Florida Marlins should end today - Buste...

    Buster Olney

    Fredi Gonzalez has already proved he has the power to punish his players, and in the case of Hanley Ramirez, the manager has done enough to prove where he stands, Buster writes. But now it's time to put Ramirez back in and get on with things.

    Blog | Conversation | May 19, 2010
  10. The 'change' in Hoffman's approach

    Buster Olney

    On the first day of the strike in 1994, hard-throwing closer Trevor Hoffman -- who could routinely rush the ball to the plate at 95 mph -- played catch with a football on the beach in San Diego. He dove into the waves to grab a pass and when he lande...

    Blog | April 08, 2010
  11. MLB -- Buster Olney: Change isn't something Milwaukee Brewers clo...

    Buster Olney

    Trevor Hoffman is now 42 and just a month or so of saves away from 600, and without a fastball that could even border on elite, he still manages to get hitters out with a style that's predicated on change. And there's no reason to change it.

    Blog | Conversation | April 08, 2010
  12. Buster Olney Blog -- MLB -- Milwaukee Brewers' Trevor Hoffman and...

    Buster Olney

    For an idea of why Trevor Hoffman garners the kind of respect he does, a tale from the road might help, writes Buster Olney. Plus, some speculation from execs on what a deal for Prince Fielder might take, and the surprising team that could do it.

    Blog | Conversation | September 15, 2009
  13. Hoffman's change is no accident

    Buster Olney

    How did Trevor Hoffman go from a scrawny minor-league shortstop with one kidney to a Hall of Fame closer? He got a grip.

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2006