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  1. Top 10 third basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In keeping with our recent theme of ranking the top 10 players at each position in baseball, today we tackle third basemen. Unlike second base and shortstop, two other positions we've recently rated, third base is stacked. (We've also gone through...

    Blog | November 23, 2014
  2. 10 crucial matchups in the ALCS, NLCS

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Ten key matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series that begin Friday and Saturday, respectively: 1. The Orioles vs. the Kansas City running game: This is like a steel-cage match within the main event. The Royals have run aggressive...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  3. My awards voting, playoff notes and more

    Buster Olney

    Lockers are being cleaned out these days, first in Oakland, then Pittsburgh, Detroit and Anaheim. Goodbyes are being said, perhaps temporarily or maybe for longer than that. Victor Martinez's season is over, and maybe his time with the Tigers is f...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  4. No perfect time to pull a starting pitcher

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- If there's a common denominator in the first extraordinary week of the playoffs, it is this: There is no perfect time for a manager to pull his starting pitcher. On one day, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  5. Donaldson trade looming in A's overhaul

    Buster Olney

    PITTSBURGH -- When you hear Ralph Branca tell the story of Bobby Thomson's historic home run, he offers a full appreciation of that moment, but the hurt is still there. Dennis Eckersley bears the same tone when speaking of Kirk Gibson's home run, tha...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  6. To-do lists for Orioles, Angels, Nationals

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- There will not much rest at all for Miguel Cabrera, it appears, no chance for him to stay off his right ankle and let the pain from his bone spur subside. If Wade Davis becomes weary in the next 14 days, he probably won't have much choic...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Bryce Harper already causing controversy

    Buster Olney

    Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals with an attitude, writes Thomas Boswell. From his column: Instead of "Nothing But Natitude," Harper's box could've read, "Nothing But Attitude." The 21-year-old exposed the fissures that have gotten more publi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  9. Eye-catching early-season numbers

    Buster Olney

    Early-season numbers that catch your eye: 51.1 That is the ground ball percentage of Prince Fielder this season, a significant increase over past seasons. Fielder hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night, but it goes without...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  10. Managers frustrated with replay system

    Buster Olney

    As managers discussed instant replay prior to the season, they were generally circumspect, understated in their public comments. You got some eye rolls, and privately, some expressed concern, particularly with the challenge system. But...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  11. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    In following Tuesday's column ranking the American League's early-season schedules, Wednesday we have the National League. The teams are ranked toughest to easiest in caliber of early-season schedule. 1. Chicago Cubs Games vs. teams with reco...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  12. Matt Williams brings new order to Nats

    Buster Olney

    VIERA, Fla. -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and some of the other Washington pitchers waited on bullpen mounds here Sunday morning, and somewhere else on the field, the hands of a clock reached the prescribed moment and an air horn sounded --...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Top 10 teams in the majors

    Buster Olney

    As 2013 becomes 2014, here's a look at the top 10 teams in MLB. 1. Detroit Tigers Some of the teams that employ advanced metrics determined at the end of the last regular season that the Tigers were the best team in the American League -- by fa...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  15. Cano's 3 likeliest non-Yankee suitors

    Buster Olney

    As the Robinson Cano stalemate continues, it's a good time to play the same game that folks in the Yankees' organization are playing. It's called: If Not Us, Then Who? Meaning: Who could possibly afford to sign Cano in the same sor...

    Blog | November 27, 2013
  16. Roy Halladay's World Series quest

    Buster Olney

    It's worth remembering how much Roy Halladay wanted to pitch for the Phillies, in successfully pushing for a trade to Philadelphia prior to the 2010 season. If he had waited to become a free agent at the end of that season, he might have been in line...

    Blog | September 14, 2013