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  1. Ellsburys unique base-stealing ability

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Mick Kelleher's first year in professional baseball was in 1969, and he says he had never seen before what he saw Monday: a crowd give a standing ovation to a catcher for throwing out a runner. But this is St. Louis and the catcher is Ya...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Where Wacha went wrong

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Opposing hitters tell stories about Yadier Molina's creativity in his pitch calling, how he tends to think ahead of them from pitch to pitch. Joey Votto, for example, will occasionally exchange thoughts with Molina during at-bats about the ...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  4. Key under-the-radar guys

    Buster Olney

    MILWAUKEE -- Yadier Molina is probably the Cardinals' leading candidate for National League most valuable player, with Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig well-positioned to get some top-10 votes. Adam Wainwright will get some consideration for the NL Cy ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  5. Early leaders for MVP, Cy Young

    Buster Olney

    I recently bumped into a longtime evaluator who offered an interesting handicap on the National League Most Valuable Player race. "Right now," he said, "Yadier Molina is the league MVP, hands down." Over the next week to 10 days, every team will p...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  6. Yadier Molina's defensive importance

    Buster Olney

    PHILADELPHIA -- The other St. Louis Cardinals players on the field keep their eyes on Yadier Molina constantly, pitch to pitch, in the way that interstate truck drivers might lock in on the leader of a convoy. Everything they do -- every decision, ev...

    Blog | April 21, 2013
  7. Yadier Molina's defensive importance for the St. Louis Cardinals ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about the important role that St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina plays in setting the team's defense, plus the usual news and notes from around baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | April 21, 2013
  8. MLB must eliminate danger at the dish

    Buster Olney

    After enough hitters were nailed in the head during the first century of baseball, the batters started wearing helmets, because everybody realized that getting drilled by pitches is not a good way to stay on the field and get paid. In the name o...

    Blog | August 29, 2012
  9. Yadier Molina is the latest catcher shaken up in an unnecessary c...

    Buster Olney

    After Buster Posey broke his leg last season and Yadier Molina was rocked on Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh, Buster Olney writes that it's time for MLB to take a serious look at eliminating these senseless collisions at home plate.

    Blog | Conversation | August 29, 2012
  10. McCann's looming contract negotiations

    Buster Olney

    The ripples from the Cardinals' signing of Yadier Molina have already been felt in the market, in the negotiations of Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero and Russell Martin. Molina's five-year, $75 million deal has allowed the agents for the other ...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  11. Atlanta Braves will have to decide what price they are willing to...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that when Yadier Molina signed with the Cardinals for five years and $75 million, he set the table for other elite catchers, like Brian McCann. Soon, the Braves will have to decide what price they are willing to pay McCann.

    Blog | Conversation | April 12, 2012
  12. Atlanta's costly payroll problem

    Buster Olney

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Cardinals' signing of Yadier Molina to a $75 million deal changes the landscape for the Atlanta Braves, as the possible free agency of Brian McCann looms at the end of 2013. The cost of high-priced catching just went up dra...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  13. The Atlanta Braves must resign Brian McCann soon, but their payro...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Atlanta Braves have a big decision on the horizon with catcher Brian McCann, who will be a free agent after the 2013 season. Problem is, salaries in baseball are increasing, while the Braves' budget fails to grow.

    Blog | Conversation | March 08, 2012
  14. For Ian Kinsler, instinct outweighs speed

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The base-stealing opportunities for the Rangers, Ron Washington told his players before the World Series began, would be dictated by the St. Louis pitchers. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina throws as well as anyone at his position,...

    Blog | October 22, 2011
  15. Ian Kinsler's instincts fuel his base-stealing ability for Texas ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that for Texas' Ian Kinsler, whose stolen base in the ninth inning of Game 2 set the table for the Rangers' rally, instincts matter over speed when it comes to stealing bases.

    Blog | Conversation | October 22, 2011