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  1. Taveras could be the key for St. Louis

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- Yadier Molina was part of the St. Louis Cardinals team that was repeatedly within a strike of losing the 2011 World Series, and so were Matt Holliday and Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso and Allen Craig and others. They know what a crisis is, a...

    Blog | May 04, 2014
  2. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  3. The future is now for Tigers

    Buster Olney

    The presumption within baseball is that the Detroit Tigers have been absorbing financial losses for years, owing to Mike Ilitch's deep desire for a World Series title. Consider the payrolls of clubs similar in market size and geography. The Cleve...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  4. Top 10 storylines to watch in 2014

    Buster Olney

    Tim Kurkjian had it right last spring when he said the hardest thing to predict in 2013 was who was going to finish fifth in the AL East. Many folks thought it would be the Boston Red Sox, and instead, they won the World Series with a group of invest...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  5. Orioles facing a run of tough choices

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have won the World Series three times in the past 10 seasons. The Yankees have made the playoffs all but two seasons since 1995, capitalizing on a record payroll. The Tampa Bay Rays are generally viewed within the industry as having the b...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  6. Focus, hard work continue to define Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- For the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday was just another day in 2013, with the players and staff scattered all over Fenway Park. Before the workout began just after 5 p.m., Dustin Pedroia stood inside the batting cage, wearing a ski hat and chattin...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  7. Strategy changes and mysteries

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- It was just after midnight Monday morning, and the only folks left on the field at Busch Stadium were the camera crews and a other few stragglers, including colleague Tim Kurkjian, producer Shawn Fitzgerald and me. "Do you have any id...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  8. Top free agents poised for big paydays

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS - As the Cardinals and Red Sox play on, MLB's other 28 teams are preparing for the offseason market that will begin next week. There has been some early trade talk, officials say, some feeling out for what could be available, and teams are ...

    Blog | October 26, 2013
  9. Days of superstar managers are over

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Bobby Valentine was hired to be the Red Sox manager in the fall of 2012 largely because he is a big name, a big personality -- and the theory of the club's ownership was that fans would be familiar with him and energized by him. The Marlins...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  10. 10 pivotal World Series matchups

    Buster Olney

    Here are 10 pivotal matchups to look out for when the World Series begins Wednesday night: 1. Red Sox hitters vs. the Cardinals bullpen Let's get right to it: Boston is in the World Series because of the damage done to D...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  11. Miguel Cabrera plots against pain

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- This is the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, when none of us -- Jack Buck, first and foremost -- could believe what we just saw. In the moments leading up to that at-bat, Gibson had taken some swings ...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  12. Yankees, Cano appear far apart on dollars

    Buster Olney

    When Mariano Rivera was asked on the day he announced his retirement about what the perfect ending to his career would be, he talked about being on the mound for the World Series -- and even at the time he said it, that seemed unreachable, given all ...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  13. 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
  14. Giants face tough decisions

    Buster Olney

    The challenges for the San Francisco Giants before the trade deadline extend beyond what they lack, and need, in 2013 -- and they need a lot right now. They have won two World Series in the last three years because of strong pitching, but as of this ...

    Blog | June 27, 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. Detroit Tigers are quietly having a great spring training - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while Detroit is quietly having a great spring training, rivals are already taking notice, projecting that the Tigers will have a markedly better season in 2013 than they did during their 2012 World Series campaign.

    Blog | Conversation | March 16, 2013