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  1. Definition of a Hall of Famer grows murkier

    Buster Olney

    I was 8 years old when I got my first book on baseball, "The Baseball Life of Sandy Koufax," and as my interest in the game grew, my mother -- who actually didn't like sports -- kept finding age-appropriate books for me on the topic. There were ob...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  2. Top 12 surprise stats of 2014 MLB season

    Buster Olney

    No sport overflows with information the way baseball does, with each pitch of each plate appearance adding to the growing expanse of an analytic universe. The players begin generating these numbers in early March, in exhibition games, and this contin...

    Blog | December 26, 2014
  3. Offseason dominoes begin to fall

    Buster Olney

    In one day, Major League Baseball served as the backdrop to a major trade, the second-biggest contract ever doled out by a team from Canada and the finalization of the largest contract in the history of North American professional sports. Offseaso...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  4. Baseball in need of more run production

    Buster Olney

    The topic of parity came up Thursday on "Baseball Tonight," and Rick Sutcliffe mentioned how the sport has changed over the last decade, in the wake of the steroid era. Many, many pitchers have used performance-enhancing drugs, for sure, but the s...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  5. Halos' Richards proving to be the real deal

    Buster Olney

    Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels, the 25-year-old who has transitioned from the bullpen to the rotation, has quickly developed a reputation for having some of the most dominant stuff in the sport. Richards shut down the Phillies on Wedne...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  6. MLB clubs risking paralysis by analysis

    Buster Olney

    The best trend in baseball over the past decade is that a simple question is asked reflexively: Why? For a sport long entrenched in unwritten rules and a that's-the-way-things-have-always-been mentality, the changes are dramatic. Not only ar...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  7. New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka adjusts seamlessly to li...

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine's Transactions Issue, Buster Olney writes that Masahiro Tanaka is better than anyone imagined -- and funnier too. In fact, it may not be too early to wonder if we're looking at a future Yankees legend.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2014
  8. New York Yankees and Brian Cashman are frugal yet still winning

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine, MLB Insider Buster Olney examines how GM Brian Cashman is leading the Yankees in cutting payroll to get below the salary cap while still fielding a winning roster.

    Story | Conversation | June 11, 2013
  9. Bud Selig can and should overturn the botched replay review in th...

    Buster Olney

    Bud Selig has the power to overturn a blown call like the one in last night's A's-Indians game, and he should use it, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | May 09, 2013
  10. Carlos Gomez is succeeding because Milwaukee Brewers are allowing...

    Buster Olney

    Carlos Gomez is succeeding because Milwaukee Brewers are allowing him to be himself, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | May 08, 2013
  11. MLB - Injuries to future free agent starters will shift the marke...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney takes a look at the would-be free-agent market for starting pitchers and realizes he's essentially sifting through the infirmary. Everyone who could be a free agent is hurt. So who takes their place?

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2013
  12. MLB - Eight interesting early-season MLB trends

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about eight interesting early-season MLB trends, including Miguel Cabrera's RBI pace.

    Blog | Conversation | May 05, 2013
  13. The Cardinals' closer is becoming famous for a pitch he does not ...

    Buster Olney

    The closer for the St. Louis Cardinals is becoming famous for a pitch he does not throw. Buster takes a look at Edward Mujica's curious distinction.

    Blog | Conversation | May 02, 2013
  14. Los Angeles Angels' problems were highlighted in marathon loss to...

    Buster Olney

    The Angels took another brutal loss last night in 19 innings against the A's, writes Buster Olney. Most alarming were the continued struggles of Josh Hamilton, who was 0-for-8 and is now hitting .202.

    Blog | Conversation | April 30, 2013
  15. Making sense of Sunday's incident between David Price and umpire ...

    Buster Olney

    David Price and umpire Tom Hallion had a war of words on Sunday, and it's likely that one of them will end up being disciplined by MLB. Buster Olney explains.

    Blog | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  16. Why Doug Fister has been so effective for the Detroit Tigers - ML...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that Doug Fister's athleticism has played a large role in his success with the Detroit Tigers. Olney also looks closer at Justin Upton's fast start.

    Blog | Conversation | April 28, 2013