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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney


ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.


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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.



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Up In Arms

Tim Kurkjian fills in for a traveling Buster, who calls in from the Atlanta airport to talk about the missed Alec Bohm replay call in Sunday’s Phillies-Braves game and why MLB should say it was wrong, his emotional interview with Freddie Freeman and Freeman’s family, Joe Musgrove grabbing the Padres’ first no-hitter, the versatility of the Red Sox, and Dave Roberts suggesting MLB is targeting Trevor Bauer under its new rule. Later, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper.


Shadow War

Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Michael Conforto getting hit by a pitch to win the game against the Phillies, the Angels continuing its strong start, Yermín Mercedes flat out raking, Trevor Bauer being investigated under the new foreign substance rule and Freddie Freeman. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Chicago American Giants for his Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.


Little Roller

Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss being the new guy on the Cubs broadcast team, his read on the squad, his thoughts on the mushball, if they believe the story A.J. Preller is telling about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury and Vin Scully’s call of Hank Aaron breaking the home run record. Then, ESPN’s injury expert Stephanie Bell talks about Tatis’ injury and why she’s skeptical he’ll make it through the season. Later, Sarah Langs on the Reds catching her eye, Giancarlo Stanton coming out hot,...


Least Favorite Player in the Majors

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going to the 10-day IL, Nate Lowe’s tear, the budding legend of Akil Baddoo, the Yankees trading for Rougned Odor, the Red Sox’s Patriots Day uniforms and which division will finish with the current standings. Then, Hembo on data points for the mushball, why Odor could be interesting in New York, J.T. Realmuto and Pete Alonso’s defense.


Friend of Clint Frazier

Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going down with an injury, MLB avoiding a slow-drip disaster with the players by moving the All-Star Game, the Angels bandwagon, a strong start for Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom’s excellent debut in a losing effort and the Royals’ lineup. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Francisco Lindor’s historic salary, deGrom’s 100 mph pitches, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homering in the same game, and if the A’s are in trouble. Later,...


Polite Fight

Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport to discuss Shohei Ohtani’s historic debut on the mound and at the plate, Yermín Mercedes’ monster weekend, the Astros’ sweep of the A’s, a rough weekend for the Red Sox, the Phillies’ promising start, and the dust up between the Cardinals and Reds.


A Homecoming and a Reunion

Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss an exciting Opening Day, the catharsis of having fans in the stands, Ke’Bryan Hayes announcing his presence, the Yankees getting booed, Nationals-Mets being postponed and Karl’s conversation with Rob Manfred. Then, Buster talks to Francisco Lindor about his hair. Todd Radom stops by for this week’s Forgotten Franchise and quiz. Later, MASN’s Roch Kubatko finishes the team-by-team previews with the 2021 Orioles.


Opening Day 2021

Matt Vasgersian joins Buster on Opening Day to discuss the Nationals’ positive COVID-19 tests, Francisco Lindor signing with the Mets for 10 years and $341 million, Max Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom and their excitement to watch Shohei Otani pitch on Sunday. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Lindor signing, a Padres Opening Day record that could fall, Albert Pujols’ goal of cracking the top-10 in hits and Yankees vs. Mets in New York City. Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin...


Deep Breath

David Schoenfield joins Buster on the eve of Opening Day to discuss Steve Cohen publicly putting pressure on Francisco Lindor to sign with the Mets, and David’s bold predictions for the Dodgers, Padres and Cardinals. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the risk for Lindor to turn down the Mets’ offer, Max Scherzer’s strikeout efficiency and why using last year’s results to predict this year is a fool’s errand. Later, Joon Lee previews the 2021 Red Sox.


An Offer That Starts with Three

Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindor’s $325 million decision, Anthony Rizzo turning down an offer from the Cubs, Dustin May getting the No. 5 starter slot over David Price with the Dodgers, and MLB and the MLBPA’s 85 percent vaccination threshold to loosen COVID-19 protocol among teams. Then, a double dose of AL East previews with Meredith Marakovits on the Yankees and Dan Shulman on the Blue Jays.



Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the passing of Twins bench coach Mike Bell, the Red Sox scratching Eduardo Rodriguez as its Opening Day starter, Luke Voit’s partial meniscus tear, a seemingly imminent deal for Francisco Lindor, the lack of extension talks for the Cubs’ stars, Joc Pederson’s great spring and if Shohei Otani will bat second. Then, Buster asks Dave Martinez about protecting Juan Soto in the lineup. Later, The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel previews the 2021 Pirates.


Major League Initiation

Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Eloy Jimenez and Nick Anderson’s injuries, why this season could be a war of attrition, and his playoff picks. Then, it’s the debut of the podcast’s feature series with a story on Alex Verdugo. Next, Todd Radom with Forgotten Franchises on the Chicago Whales and the weekly quiz. Later, The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale Jr. previews the 2021 Reds.



Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Lance McCullers signing an $85 million extension, Carlos Correa turning down a $120 million offer from the Astros, MLB trying to identify egregious offenders of the foreign substance rule and its attempt to also get rid of the traditional mud that players use on baseballs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Aaron Nola, Ian Anderson as a dark horse Cy Young candidate and her chalky award picks. Next, Tim Kurkjian goes Rapid Fire with...


Give Me the Designated Hitter!

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss more pitchers getting hurt while batting, MLB using analytics to police foreign substances used by pitchers, Scott Servais throwing shade a Trevor Bauer and ESPN’s top 100 players of 2021. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Jacob deGrom vs. Gerrit Cole, his playoff teams and which pitchers MLB may keep tabs on as it looks into foreign substance use. Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Gould on the 2021 Cardinals.


RBI or RBIs?

Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss bullpen breakout candidates for the Blue Jays with Kirby Yates sidelined for multiple weeks, Tim Anderson as a potential MVP candidate, the best outfield arms in the game and a reset for Gary Sanchez. Then, author Andrew Maraniss stops by to talk about his new book “The Singled Out: The True story of Glenn Burke,” the inspiring and tragic story of the first openly gay player in MLB. Later, Marquee Sports Network’s Taylor McGregor previews the 2021 Cubs.


Too Big to Play Baseball

Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Royals extending Salvador Perez and GM Dayton Moore’s thinking behind the move, the battle for the Dodgers’ fifth starting spot, Shohei Otani pitching and leading off, Jacob deGrom’s perfect pitcher’s body, and Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter throwing a no-hitter. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Andrew McCutchen. Later, The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant previews the 2021 Rangers.


Death to Flying Things

Karl Ravech joins Buster to solve MLB’s problems, discussing the lack of central authority and decision making in baseball on fans in the stands, the baseballs themselves, the lack of a universal DH and why it seems like none of last year’s changes will be implemented. Then, Todd Radom returns for his new segment “Forgotten Franchises” spotlighting the Hartford Dark Blues and the weekly quiz. Later, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jessica Kleinschmidt previews the 2021 Athletics.


Sitting at an In-N-Out Burger

Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the specifics of in-game video returning to the dugout, the uncertainty surrounding the universal DH and if it could be implemented at the 11th hour, and the expectation of injuries after a short season. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on a fantasy baseball recommendation, Jose Alvarado’s Spring Training and Bobby Witt Jr. Later, the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish previews the 2021 Mariners.


I Thought He Was a Yankees Fan?

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss LeBron James buying into the Red Sox and the clear need more minority owners, Cody Bellinger’s batting new stance, the Royals’ willingness to play Bobby Witt Jr., and which top prospects could make Opening Day rosters. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about who shows poorly in the Crush Quotient and March Madness comparisons for the upcoming season. Later, radio analyst Steve Sparks previews the 2021 Astros.


Stay Out of My Dreams

Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Sixto Sanchez making his Spring Training debut, Ryan Braun’s legacy as he considers retirement, Nick Markakis setting up a ping pong table in the Orioles’ locker room and Shohei Otani launching two home runs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Buster’s Crush Quotient, the Astros’ Opening Day win streak and Mike Trout’s absurd career WAR. Later, Matt Vasgersian previews the 2021 Angels.