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  1. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- This is Part II of our rankings of the early-season schedules, from toughest to easiest. On Saturday, the focus was on the American League. Sunday, we turn our attention to the National League: 1. Pittsburgh Pirates Games again...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  2. MLB - Ranking the strength of early-season National League schedu...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the early-season schedules of NL teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the toughest path.

    Blog | Conversation | February 24, 2013
  3. MLB - Buster Olney ranks strength of American League schedules

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney says the Kansas City Royals have the toughest schedule in the American League.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2013
  4. Framing the American League MVP debate

    Buster Olney

    The best front-office minds in baseball have been the engines of change in the sport over the past two decades, and as a result, there are fewer bunts and more lineups stacked according to on-base percentage and a greater value placed on defense. ...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  5. Does Miguel Cabrera have an American League MVP case over Mike Tr...

    Buster Olney

    If we used old ways of determining value -- primarily home runs and RBIs -- then Miguel Cabrera could be the choice for AL MVP. But as Buster Olney writes, the way we evaluate players has changed, and it's hard to put Cabrera ahead of Mike Trout.

    Blog | Conversation | September 19, 2012
  6. Pirates facing wrong kind of challenge

    Buster Olney

    The Pittsburgh Pirates understand that if any member of their organization uses a racial slur, or a word rooted in racial hate, then it's a serious issue that needs to be addressed. "If that ever happened," said one official, "then we'd hav...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates are losing and facing a distraction - MLB

    Buster Olney

    As the Pirates lose, manager Clint Hurdle must deal with the wrong kind of distraction, Buster Olney writes.

    Blog | Conversation | September 13, 2012
  8. Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season and is a no-doubt...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that with Chipper Jones announcing he will retire at the end of the 2012 season, he is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2017. There shouldn't be a debate: He's a no-doubt Hall of Famer.

    Blog | Conversation | March 23, 2012
  9. McCutchen sets the table for Hosmer

    Buster Olney

    This would be the 27th consecutive season the Kansas City Royals would not be part of the postseason, if they don't make it. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, this would be the 20th consecutive year without being part of baseball's October. ...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  10. Eric Hosmer should be next young star to sign long-term deal - ML...

    Buster Olney

    With Andrew McCutchen's deal complete with the Pirates, Buster Olney writes that the Royals' Eric Hosmer could be the next young star ready for a long-term deal. For the Pirates and Royals, it's mandatory.

    Blog | Conversation | March 05, 2012
  11. Nationals gamble up on Zimmerman

    Buster Olney

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Joel Hanrahan stared at his phone at Pittsburgh Pirates camp on Sunday, at Twitter. He was checking out the initial details of the new six-year, $100 million extension that old friend Ryan Zimmerman signed, including the $10 millio...

    Blog | February 27, 2012
  12. Washington Nationals take a risk on Ryan Zimmerman, signing him t...

    Buster Olney

    The initial perception is that the Washington Nationals spent too much when they extended third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for six years and $100 million. Buster Olney writes that, while it's a risk, Zimmerman is as good a bet as any to remain elite at third.

    Blog | Conversation | February 27, 2012
  13. With many great players suspected of cheating, Hall of Fame voter...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that with players from the steroid era now becoming eligible for the Hall of Fame, voters will have to decide how to cast their ballots when suspicion and unanswered questions remain.

    Blog | Conversation | December 20, 2011
  14. A game of shortstop musical chairs

    Buster Olney

    Clint Barmes will be 33 years old in March, which is one of the reasons why you wouldn't usually think he'd be getting a two-year deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates, or any other team. Here are some of the other reasons: His career on-base p...

    Blog | November 20, 2011
  15. With many teams in need, shortstops have a lot of leverage this w...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that it's a good winter to be a shortstop, as Clint Barmes proves, because there are so many teams in need yet so few adequate options available. Plus hot stove notes, and a question from the mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | November 20, 2011
  16. Mike Napoli flying high

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- As recently as this past spring, Mike Napoli thought of himself as someone who struggled against high fastballs. Hitters like to look for pitches up in the strike zone because the chances for doing damage are greater, he explained...

    Blog | October 24, 2011