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  1. 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
  2. The return of Matt Kemps swing

    Buster Olney

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mark McGwire joined the Dodgers as hitting coach more than a year after Matt Kemp nearly won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, and the swing McGwire saw last year was very different from the powerful and unusually high finish ...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  3. '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
  4. 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
  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. Barry Bonds and others with a PED past should have that informati...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney says that while he thinks players with a PED past should be in the Hall of Fame, that information should be included on their plaques. He even writes sample plaques for Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire.

    Blog | Conversation | January 09, 2013
  7. Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza will eventually be the Hall of Fame'...

    Buster Olney

    Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza probably won't make the Hall of Fame this year, but they will. And when they do, it will be impossible to keep anyone suspected of PED use out, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | January 08, 2013
  8. Buster Olney argues that steroid users should be allowed in Coope...

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine, Buster Olney argues that it's pointless, and rather silly, to ban all PED users from the baseball Hall of Fame.

    Story | Conversation | December 14, 2012
  9. For baseball: a Lance Armstrong question

    Buster Olney

    This is meant to lead to an open-ended question, and not a rhetorical question, for the readers: The reputations of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro have taken huge hits because of their alleged or acknowledged link...

    Blog | January 19, 2011
  10. MLB: New evidence against Lance Armstrong brings up a baseball di...

    Buster Olney

    Given what baseball fans have endured and debated in recent years regarding the nature of performance-enhancing drugs in the game, what stance should they take with Lance Armstrong as he fights charges against him?

    Blog | Conversation | January 19, 2011
  11. MLB: Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb and the Hall of Fame's blurr...

    Buster Olney

    "Character" and "sportsmanship" matter in Hall of Fame voting -- except when they don't. Cheating, betting and doping did not disqualify past players from the Hall, so why are Pete Rose and players from the steroids era held to a different standard?

    Blog | Conversation | September 12, 2010
  12. MLB: How Jim Thome went from being finished to being essential

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes of Jim Thome, who's now ahead of Mark McGwire on the all-time homer list and went from being perceived as almost completely done to being an essential component of the October picture in the American League.

    Blog | Conversation | September 05, 2010
  13. The Hall of Isolation

    Buster Olney

    Mark McGwire is the first steroids-era test case for the Hall of Fame, and the slugger who hit more homers than all but Alex Rodriguez and seven other players has never polled more than 25 percent in the voting. In some quarters, there is a presumpt...

    Blog | August 05, 2010
  14. MLB: Alex Rodriguez belongs in the Hall of Fame, but could wait f...

    Buster Olney

    Like Bonds and McGwire, Alex Rodriguez has benefited from steroids in his career at a time when it's fair to assume a high percentage of his playing peers did as well. He is among the best of that group, but Hall of Fame candidacy could be an issue.

    Blog | Conversation | August 05, 2010
  15. MLB - Buster Olney: In a small New England town, news of Adrian B...

    Buster Olney

    What are Joe Mauer's chances of staying in Minnesota? Where will Joe Crede's new home be? What's the deal with the Josh Johnson deal? And what are Eric Byrnes' and Derrick Turnbow's futures? Buster Olney tells all.

    Blog | Conversation | January 17, 2010
  16. A variety of reactions to McGwire admission

    Buster Olney

    For some in Major League Baseball circles, there was steroid fatigue the day after Mark McGwire's admission. "I'm so sick of this stuff," one executive said Tuesday. "It just never seems to end." There was relief on behalf of the slugger...

    Blog | January 13, 2010