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  1. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  2. Small change makes big impact for Wood

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Dee Gordon is the model of improvement in major league baseball this year, evolving from a part-timer into an All-Star with a position change and a change in regimen. He explained in spring training that by eliminating hours of pickup bas...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  3. Ausmus' impact on Tigers' basepaths

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- From the first day of spring training, the Detroit Tigers players say, Brad Ausmus talked about the running game. But not only the running game of the Detroit baserunners, who were told to look for opportunities to take a bas...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  4. Execs put a price on Drew, Morales

    Buster Olney

    Vin Mazzaro could be a useful reliever for a lot of teams, but he cleared waivers Tuesday and a couple of executives speculated that part of the reason for that is Mazzaro makes more than minimum wage -- $950,000. "Once you go to spring training, ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  5. Intel from Red Sox-Yankees prep

    Buster Olney

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Time to empty the notebook from our Thursday broadcast prep for the game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. 1. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has had a good spring training, hitting the ball from line to ...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  6. Early observations from spring training

    Buster Olney

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- This is the time of spring training when a player can redefine himself with a first impression, good or bad. You could be Jesus Montero walking into the Seattle Mariners' camp 40 pounds overweight, or maybe Masahiro Tanaka, cutting...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  7. Players, teams in need of strong springs

    Buster Olney

    Eduardo Perez spoke on the podcast Thursday about how his perspective on spring training changed after Tino Martinez joined the Cardinals in 2002. The numbers don't count, the wins and losses evaporate once the regular-season starts, but what Perez t...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  8. Players with much at stake this spring

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have seen enough in Xander Bogaerts to believe that he's ready now, and the Indians are counting on Danny Salazar, who was so good at the end of last season, to plug a rotation hole. There are other young players who have more at stake...

    Blog | February 09, 2014
  9. Early picks for every division

    Buster Olney

    There are still some front-line free agents who will sign before the start of the regular season, and the inevitable spring training injuries to come, so it's too early to lock in predictions for 2014. But right now, this is what I'm looking at: ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  10. A purposeful plan for the Yankees

    Buster Olney

    When Brian McCann arrived at Yankee Stadium earlier this week to prepare for his introductory news conference, club officials were struck by how excited he was, how invested he was. He sounded to them as if he couldn't wait for spring training to sta...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  11. Cards, Indians lead latest buzz

    Buster Olney

    After Rafael Furcal's elbow fell apart in spring training and trade speculation began, St. Louis Cardinals players spoke highly of Pete Kozma. They could not have had the kind of run they did at the end of last season, the other Cardinals said, witho...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  12. Puig-mania turning to Puig backlash

    Buster Olney

    A scout who saw Yasiel Puig in spring training provided this report in March: He plays hard -- really, really hard. He's got big-time power, to all fields. He can run like crazy. He's got a great arm. And, the scout said, with ze...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  13. Jose Bautista's umpire battles

    Buster Olney

    In the first inning of the worst spring training game ever last month, Jose Bautista took a pitch that may have been a little high, maybe a little outside, for strike two. He walked away from home plate, disgusted. Never mind that the Blue Jays had ...

    Blog | April 05, 2013
  14. Jose Bautista's struggle with umpires headed in bad direction - M...

    Buster Olney

    Unless Jose Bautista can get his feelings about umpires under control, Buster Olney writes that his constant complaining could hurt the slugger.

    Blog | Conversation | April 05, 2013
  15. The beauty of MLB Opening Day - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about why Opening Day is great in baseball, revisits his divisional and World Series predictions and gives insight on news and notes around the league.

    Blog | Conversation | March 31, 2013
  16. San Francisco Giants likely to eventually move Buster Posey to an...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that it's likely the San Francisco Giants will move Buster Posey from catcher to another position at some point during his new contract.

    Blog | Conversation | March 30, 2013