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  1. Gold Glove winners, by the numbers

    Buster Olney

    This is about the time of year when Gold Glove ballots are dispensed to coaches and managers, and based on my own experience in collecting the votes in past years, I'd say there are two different types of voting styles. 1. Some voters are devote...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  2. Bryce Harper has surprised players and scouts with two things sin...

    Buster Olney

    For all of his style and flair and bravado, Bryce Harper has surprised players and scouts with two things since making his debut for the Washington Nationals, as Buster Olney writes.

    Blog | Conversation | May 06, 2012
  3. Dave Duncan's lasting impact

    Buster Olney

    From time to time, I've bumped into pitchers who worked under Dave Duncan, and I've asked for their observations about Duncan's teaching style -- and there is near-unanimity about what makes him good at what he does. He doesn't ...

    Blog | January 06, 2012
  4. Dave Duncan's lasting impact; the Manny Ramirez market - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that Dave Duncan has been so good as a pitching coach, it makes you wonder if the Hall of Fame should take note. Plus, the market for Manny, and how Big Z fits in Miami.

    Blog | Conversation | January 06, 2012
  5. The volatility of relief

    Buster Olney

    Mariano Rivera plays baseball but doesn't watch it much, and he hasn't seen Jonny Venters pitch yet. When Venters' name came up in conversation with Rivera the other day, Rivera had a lot of questions -- about Venters' style (unde...

    Blog | June 10, 2011
  6. Joba Chamberlain injury illustrates volatility involved with top ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that, as Joba Chamberlain's injury demonstrates, top relief pitchers can be a volatile bunch -- with steady long-term performers like Mariano Rivera being the exception, not the rule.

    Blog | Conversation | June 10, 2011
  7. 2010 World Series: Madison Bumgarner dominated the Rangers with w...

    Buster Olney

    Madison Bumgarner seemed impervious to the typical effects of the World Series stage, and he was utterly baffling to Rangers hitters. Bumgarner's velocity is back, but so is a significant reliance on the soft stuff at a rate he hadn't shown yet.

    Blog | Conversation | November 01, 2010
  8. MLB - Deal-makers (GMs) dish on other deal-makers

    Buster Olney

    In many cases, midseason deals come down to the style of deal-makers (GMs) and how they get along. We polled a dozen GMs about the deal-making traits of their peers. Because who would know better? We let them yak anonymously. Because who wants PC answers?

    Story | Conversation | July 01, 2010
  9. MLB -- Buster Olney: Tampa Bay Rays bring a pace that most teams,...

    Buster Olney

    Tampa Bay is already a phenomenally talented team -- a glance at the roster could tell anybody as much. But the style the Rays play, with players flying around the basepaths, is causing problems for the opposition. Talent is great, but speed kills.

    Blog | Conversation | April 29, 2010
  10. MLB -- Buster Olney: Change isn't something Milwaukee Brewers clo...

    Buster Olney

    Trevor Hoffman is now 42 and just a month or so of saves away from 600, and without a fastball that could even border on elite, he still manages to get hitters out with a style that's predicated on change. And there's no reason to change it.

    Blog | Conversation | April 08, 2010
  11. MLB -- Buster Olney: Finally pitching without pain, Brad Lidge ha...

    Buster Olney

    After a year in which pain caused him to throw out the mechanics and motion he's used for years, Brad Lidge has his old stuff -- and style -- back. That said, last year's struggles sparked a friendship and gave Lidge an ally he's thrilled to have.

    Blog | Conversation | March 12, 2010
  12. Verlander's deal a good prescription for Detroit

    Buster Olney

    I was trying to think of other great right-handers similar in style and stuff to Justin Verlander, who is closing in on a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers. Verlander is tall and angular, so he really isn't like the diminutive Pedro Ma...

    Blog | February 04, 2010
  13. MLB -- Buster Olney -- Verlander's extension is great for Detroit...

    Buster Olney

    It's hard to find an apt comparison for Justin Verlander, who has such fluidity from an ideal frame, and brings a sublime fastball-curve combination with utter ease -- but perhaps Doc Gooden would work. At least from a pitching standpoint.

    Blog | Conversation | February 04, 2010
  14. The significance of the Mauer market

    Buster Olney

    The agent for Joe Mauer wouldn't characterize the state of the catcher's negotiations with the Twins on Thursday, or discuss them in any way, which isn't a surprise. That's not really Ron Shapiro's style. We are accustomed to...

    Blog | November 13, 2009
  15. Marlins install motion distractor with Willis

    Buster Olney

    Marlins rookie Dontrelle Willis is off to a flying start using a windup that defies convention.

    Story | Conversation | June 17, 2003