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  1. Derek Jeter, Yankees must face facts

    Buster Olney

    Simply put, what Derek Jeter will try to do in 2014 -- be a regular shortstop for a playoff team in the summer in which he will turn 40 years old -- is unprecedented. No one has ever done it before. The closest was Luis Aparicio, the H...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  2. '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
  3. Orioles facing a run of tough choices

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have won the World Series three times in the past 10 seasons. The Yankees have made the playoffs all but two seasons since 1995, capitalizing on a record payroll. The Tampa Bay Rays are generally viewed within the industry as having the b...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  4. How the Indians remain a contender

    Buster Olney

    When the Indians clinched a playoff spot on the final Sunday of the regular season, Terry Francona walked through the two sheets of plastic that separated a hallway of sanity from Cleveland's champagne celebration. A few minutes later, Francona st...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  5. Data, scouting fuel Red Sox win

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Think of the postseason as a final exam, and the pitchers in the American League Championship Series as summa cum laude-caliber students: former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, presumptive Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Cy Young candidate...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  6. Why Baker is out as Reds manager

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- There was a moment in the midst of the Reds' playoff loss to the Pirates the other night when Dusty Baker walked over to Johnny Cueto and looked directly into his eyes. He tried to connect, cajole and encourage. It was classic Dusty, whose ...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  7. Francona's decision pays off

    Buster Olney

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The first pitch of Sunday's game here was still more than an hour away and Terry Francona was chewing gum at a record-setting rate, faster than any creature in history -- faster than any cud-chewing Holstein or Jersey cow, ever. ...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  8. Big concerns for playoff-bound clubs

    Buster Olney

    Even for teams that know they are going to play October games, questions hover. Such as ... Boston Red Sox: What's the status of Jacoby Ellsbury? He met with reporters Wednesday, Alex Speier among them, and Ellsbury said he can't wait...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  9. Injuries that could change October

    Buster Olney

    We've reached the stage of the season when a lot of injuries are probably not going to be healed by the time the playoffs start, a time when the team athletic trainers and the doctors are running out of time to fully treat their patients. In a lot of...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  10. Colletti has Dodgers on track

    Buster Olney

    WASHINGTON -- The postseason often comes down to bullpen and bench, as some managers will argue, so in that context, think about what Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has done in recent weeks: 1. Added Carlos Marmol, a plus arm with a wipeout s...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  11. Scanning the bullpen market

    Buster Olney

    Some general managers would prefer that the non-waiver trade deadline be moved back until the end of August, especially now, when the addition of two more wild-card teams to the playoff format provides lingering hope for more teams. To those GMs, the...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  12. Why the Angels are struggling

    Buster Olney

    There's no way an owner would invest as much money in a team as Arte Moreno has in the Angels without reacting strongly to a terrible start. Moreno has spent more than half a billion in payroll since the last time the Angels made the playoffs, a...

    Blog | April 13, 2013
  13. Why the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are struggling - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks in-depth at why the Angels have struggled this season. He also looks deeper at the Zack Greinke-Carlos Quentin feud from Thursday night.

    Blog | Conversation | April 13, 2013
  14. Top 10 teams in MLB history

    Buster Olney

    At the All-Star break in 1998, the New York Yankees had an 11-game lead in the AL East, and by Aug. 18, they had nearly doubled that margin. Their record was 92-30, so there really wasn't any question about whether they would make the playoffs -...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  15. 1998 New York Yankees top the list of the top 10 teams of all tim...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 teams in MLB history, starting with the 1998 New York Yankees.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2013
  16. Trade fits for Jacoby Ellsbury

    Buster Olney

    If the Red Sox had won one more game and made the playoffs in 2011, Jacoby Ellsbury may well have won the AL Most Valuable Player. He has proved he is capable of great work. But because of circumstances, there would appear to be an extremely limited...

    Blog | December 05, 2012