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  1. Yordano Ventura electric in season debut

    Eric Karabell

    In a fantasy baseball world that unfortunately gets cluttered with so many injuries -- and there were more significant ones Tuesday -- it's always nice to see a young pitcher with nasty stuff make us smile. It reminds us why baseball is so awesome an...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  2. Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays make awful Opening Day ros...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan looks at which teams made the worst Opening Day roster decisions.

    Story | Conversation | April 01, 2014
  3. Size matters for Sandoval, Hamilton

    AJ Mass

    When players report to their respective training facilities each spring after several months left to their own devices, there are always a few who raise some eyebrows when walking through the door due to drastic changes in their weight. For many ...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  4. 'Victims' of the qualifying offer

    Buster Olney

    There are always unexpected consequences with each labor agreement, and the most notable shift under the current deal is the draft-pick compensation drag: So many teams have become fully invested in drafting and developing that they shy away from som...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
  5. Home-field advantage in wild-card game crucial for Cincinnati Red...

    Mike Petriello

    Home-field advantage in the National League wild-card game matters more than you think. Mike Petriello explains.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2013
  6. A tireless devotion to the hit

    Buster Olney

    It has always been Pat Gillick's way to know about each player's family and the relevant challenges of home life, and so when Ichiro Suzuki and his wife arrived in Seattle for the first time before the 2001 season, there was a conversation about apar...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  7. Five most improved players in 2013

    Jim Bowden

    Every year there's always a group of players who reward their general managers' or signing scouts' belief in them. Struggling and failure is a fact of life in baseball, but for the players who fight through it, redemption is that much sweeter. Th...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  8. Handling a closer's slump no easy feat

    Buster Olney

    If a starting pitcher has a couple of bad starts, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin mused Tuesday, he can always work on some stuff in side sessions in the bullpen. There is time for process, and progress. If a hitter struggles, he can c...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  9. John Axford, Jim Henderson and the trouble with handling slumping...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney talks to Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who explains why it's so tough to deal with a slumping closer.

    Blog | Conversation | April 10, 2013
  10. AFL notes: Billy Hamilton Show continues

    Eric Karabell

    The next generation of fantasy baseball stars is on display every year at the Arizona Fall League, which is part of the reason I really enjoy attending. Obviously there's baseball, which is always good, but awesome weather and getting to mingle ...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  11. Billy Hamilton, Brian Goodwin, Rymer Liriano performing well at A...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell passes along notes and first-hand observations from the Arizona Fall League, including tidbits on Billy Hamilton, Brian Goodwin and Rymer Liriano.

    Blog | Conversation | November 07, 2012
  12. In cases of PED suspensions, there is always collateral damage - ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that by the time PED suspensions are handed down, as was the case this week with Melky Cabrera, the collateral damage has already taken place.

    Blog | Conversation | August 18, 2012
  13. Oswalt, Lincecum show mound mojo

    Buster Olney

    There is something in the way that Roy Oswalt launches himself off the mound that hitters have always found to be a little unnerving. Like a terrier, teeth bared, going for your shins. Oswalt isn't very big, about 6 feet tall. But he taught him...

    Blog | June 23, 2012
  14. Breaking down Friday's outings by Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum - M...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney breaks down the Friday night pitching performances of Roy Oswalt, who looked like his old self in an impressive Rangers debut, and Tim Lincecum, who appeared to regain some of his old form after a rough early start.

    Blog | Conversation | June 23, 2012
  15. A-Rod's steep decline

    Buster Olney

    There are players who sign their last big contract and then shut it down emotionally, and in their preparation, and Alex Rodriguez will never be that guy. He will always diligently do his offseason work, always fight to get better, always show up to ...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  16. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is declining much faster t...

    Buster Olney

    Alex Rodriguez is declining faster than most expected, and the Yankees are concerned.

    Blog | Conversation | May 18, 2012