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  1. Young Marlins trio tops outfield rankings

    Buster Olney

    Giancarlo Stanton got a lot of attention in 2014 for his record-setting contract, for leading the National League in homers, and for that frightening moment when he was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball. All of that obscured Stanton's improvem...

    Blog | January 18, 2015
  2. Eleven in baseball at a career crossroads

    Buster Olney

    Some players will go into 2015 still defining themselves, like the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. Others, like David Ortiz, have cemented their legacies. But there are folks in the game -- both players and managers -- for whom 2015 will repr...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  3. Top 10 center fielders in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Ranking the best center fielders is fairly simple at the top. Mike Trout, widely regarded as the best player in the game, is No. 1. Andrew McCutchen, arguably the second-best position player, is No. 2. It gets more complicated after that. 1...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  4. The top 10 catchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In those handful of moments when the New York Yankees talked about an austerity drive a couple of years ago, when Hal Steinbrenner spoke of getting under the salary cap, they decided to let Russell Martin walk away as a free agent -- and he was snapp...

    Blog | November 16, 2014
  5. A look at some qualified GM candidates

    Mark Saxon

    It might take a little while for new Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to hire a general manager. For one thing, there's no rush. Free agency doesn't start until after the World Series ends and the real action tends...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  6. Money in the bank or down the drain?

    Mike Mazzeo

    The New York Yankees have always spent big. But it's starting to cost them. The Yankees have now missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Why? The team's player investments haven't produced. And, due to a combination of increasing age and i...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  7. My top 20 players for 2015

    Eric Karabell

    Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann ended his 2014 regular season on a significant high note by no-hitting the Miami Marlins Sunday, but it's still not enough to get him into my overall top 20 for next season. This theme has resonated...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  8. My 2014 fantasy baseball MVPs

    Eric Karabell

    When I spoke to Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley at the All-Star festivities in Minneapolis and asked him about his shocking statistical season, he made it seem like it was no big deal at all -- just a maturing player becoming smarter wi...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  9. ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week

    Jason Rosenberg

    A couple of scary, horrible moments Thursday night cast a pall across the league as first the otherworldly Giancarlo Stanton was drilled in the face by Mike Fiers and had to be removed from the stadium via stretcher. He suffered multiple facial fract...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  10. Cano doesn't regret bolting Yanks for M's

    Mike Mazzeo

    NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano's new team has a better record than his old team. And his old team dearly misses his bat -- at least this season. So no, Cano, who signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners (68-58) in the off...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  11. Mike Fiers and the sneaky K club

    Eric Karabell

    By dinnertime Thursday a pair of right-handed starting pitchers already had delivered 14-strikeout performances, which seemed awfully rare to me, and then I found out it had happened four times in 40 years. So yeah, it's rare. One of the fellows who ...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  12. The Yankees' D-Train sets a speed record

    Wallace Matthews

    BOSTON -- As Mike Napoli fouled off pitch after pitch, Dellin Betances just couldn't resist a glance back at the big Fenway Park message board. "It was just one of those situations where he was fouling stuff off, and he was kinda late on everythin...

    Blog | August 02, 2014
  13. Ellsbury, McCann beat Chapman's heat

    Mike Mazzeo

    NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman is baseball's premiere flamethrower, with a fastball that averages more than 100 miles per hour. On Sunday, he threw nine pitches to Jacoby Ellsbury, which registered 100, 100, 100, 102, 102, 101, 100, 101 and 101 on th...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  14. Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Reds 2

    Mike Mazzeo

    NEW YORK -- Now that's what you call a gift. There were three Cincinnati Reds around Brian McCann's pop fly with one out in the ninth inning. But none of them called for it. Just like that, a routine out fell in for a walk-off single, and ...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  15. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  16. Joe: Pearce's slide was a 'malicious play'

    Mike Mazzeo

    NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi felt Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce's slide into third base that caused Kelly Johnson to throw errantly to first in the eighth inning was a "malicious play." With runners on first...

    Blog | June 22, 2014