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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Jose Fernandez takes his place

    Buster Olney

    A longtime evaluator who saw Jose Fernandez recently mentioned that the right-hander is among the three best pitchers in the majors. "Among the three best young pitchers?" I asked. No, he said. Among the three best. "Among the three best rig...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  12. Olney: Harvey's injury not Mets' fault

    Buster Olney

    The New York Mets have done everything right in their handling of Matt Harvey, according to current conventional wisdom in baseball, just as the Washington Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg. But Harvey apparently blew out his elbow, just as Strasb...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  13. Ranking schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- General managers look at strength of schedule all the time; players and managers almost never look at it, because they're in the fight and focused on the micro, rather than the macro. But the GMs are always watching the upcoming slate o...

    Blog | July 14, 2013
  14. NL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    The perception in some corners around baseball is that the Chicago Cubs fared well in their trade of Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. "They turned a one-year rental into pieces that can help [going forward]," said an AL evaluator. "The...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  15. Harper, Trout ... or Machado?

    Buster Olney

    One of baseball's most popular debates in the past year has involved two players: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper? Harper is perceived to have more power, Trout more speed. Trout is thought to have more range, Harper the better arm. But it's time t...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  16. Harper can learn from Pete Reiser

    Buster Olney

    You can count four or five steps on the warning track by Bryce Harper before he crashes into the wall at Dodger Stadium in Monday's game -- four or five steps on the warning track, which is called that for precisely the reason the name implies. Field...

    Blog | May 14, 2013