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Halo Headlines: Angels release Yoslan Herrera, Olney calls Halos sixth-best team

The January 20th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels release Yoslan Herrera, Olney calls Halos sixth-best team and much more… The Story: The Angels released Yoslan Herrea so that he could sign in Japan.The Monkey Says: A minor hit to the Angels’ bullpen depth, but Herrera was an older pitcher likely to get leapfrogged by younger players anyway. At best...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Ranked Fifth Overall By Buster Olney

Buster Olney has been providing his top ten rankings in various categories over the last week and the Pittsburgh Pirates have received some very favorable ratings, so their overall ranking shouldn’t surprise anyone. On Monday morning, he posted his top ten teams in baseball and had the Pirates fifth overall. The balance of power has swayed to the National League this year, as the...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors

Buster Olney continued his Major League rankings, going with the best outfields in baseball(subscription required) on Sunday. He ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield as the second best in the Majors, trailing only the Florida Marlins. Olney said that the Pirates could have the best outfield in baseball next year if Gregory Polanco takes a step forward. That shouldn’t be difficult...
Via Pirates Prospects
10 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN's Olney: Red Sox Line-Up Best In MLB

According to's respected baseball writer Buster Olney, the 2015 Red Sox line-up is the best in major league baseball. Referring to both its "firepower" and "depth", Olney says the cadre of Carmine Hose hitters will be "formidable again"—as they were in 2013. The free agent signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are duly noted by Olney—but he also expects big things...
Via FenwayNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams

As was mentioned here yesterday, Buster Olney gave some very favorable rankings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, rating them near the top in baseball for their starting rotation, bullpen and lineup. I mentioned yesterday that their bench would likely rank very high once Jung Ho Kang is signed, but I missed out on the defensive side of things. Olney ranks the Pirates’ defense as the...
Via Pirates Prospects
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates With One of the Top Lineups, Bullpens, and Rotations

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been getting some favorable ratings in Buster Olney’s rankings of all the MLB teams this week. So far, Olney has rated the top rotations, top bullpens and today he released the top lineups around the game. It hasn’t been covered yet, but the Pirates would also have to rank high among the top benches in the game once Jung-Ho Kang is officially signed...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians pitching rotation ranked tenth best

Buster Olney of ESPN is ranking MLB starting rotations as we get closer and closer to pitchers and catchers reporting. The Cleveland Indians staff was really strong in the second half of last season, obviously led by eventual Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. That means that the Tribe’s rotation is decent no matter what, but how top-heavy does the rest of the world consider the Indians’...
Via Waiting For Next Year
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Have No. 5 Ranked Rotation In MLB, Could Develop Into Best

In a feature for ESPN Insider, Buster Olney ranked the top 10 starting rotations in baseball. He ranks the Washington Nationals at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them at No. 2. Olney placed the Mets rotation at No. 5 in the majors but also added that it could develop into the top rotation in the majors. Here’s what he wrote: “Matt Harvey was out all of last season...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A second baseball writer is abstaining from Hall of Fame voting

Last week, we brought you the story that ESPN’s Buster Olney would abstain from voting on the Baseball Hall of Fame this year due to a backlog in candidates and the Hall’s refusal to remove the ten player cap on ballots. My general conclusion was that while Olney was going down the right path with his actions, they’d ultimately be meaningless unless more writers followed him...
Via Awful Announcing
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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