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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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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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Bristol, CT

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Hall of Famers vs. Island of Misfits Toys

10/20/2020
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to preview the World Series, discussing the payroll disparity between the Dodgers and Rays, the Rays bullpen advantage, the potential for the Dodgers to explode offensively, what’s at stake for Clayton Kershaw, and how the Dodgers should pitch to Randy Arozarena (7:13). Plus, Hembo on Arozarena being the toughest out in this World Series, what stands out about both lineups and why he thinks we’ll see some crazy endings (25:56).

Duration:00:43:28

Hotel Parking Lot Rocky

10/19/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss an exciting game seven between the Dodgers and the Braves, Mookie Betts’ brilliant defense, Dave Roberts leaving Julio Urías in for the 9th inning, the bright future for the Braves, Charlie Morton’s dominance in game seven against the Astros, Randy Arozarena winning the ALCS MVP, if the off days in the World Series advantages either team and the 2021 class of free agent shortstops (14:56). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and talks about the best...

Duration:00:48:50

Buster T. Bison

10/16/2020
Mark Teixeira joins Buster to discuss the regular season-feel to the postseason with teams playing every day, Bryce Wilson attacking the strike zone, Dave Roberts leaving Clayton Kershaw out too long, Kershaw’s legacy, the ying and yang of watching Dusty Baker and the Astros, expectations for the upcoming free agent market, and what he would do with Gary Sanchez this offseason (13:24). Later, the pod’s ballpark tour ends as Todd Radom and the guys visit Sahlen Field in Buffalo and knock out...

Duration:00:39:32

Someone Punched Me in the Face

10/15/2020
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to talk about her assessment of Jose Altuve, George Springer coming up clutch in game four, how the Braves should arrange its starting rotation going forward in the series and the Dodgers hitters looking relieved (9:45). Then, Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi hops on to discuss Dusty Baker keeping Zack Greinke in the game, how the Dodgers attacked Kyle Wright, what he would say to Wright after the game three shelling, and what he’ll be watching from Clayton Kershaw as...

Duration:00:42:54

How Late Were You Up?

10/14/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Jose Altuve’s fielding yips, the Rays’ suffocating defense, if the Dodgers’ near-comeback was a moral victory, Walker Buehler’s back spasms, Freddie Freeman being locked in and if A.J. Hinch will land with the White Sox (11:25). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Tuesday night’s games (29:04).

Duration:00:36:53

Tight Pants

10/13/2020
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why Joe Morgan was the perfect player, the White Sox basically firing Rick Renteria and if they’d considering hiring A.J. Hinch, the Braves’ no longer middling pitching, the Dodgers’ bullpen, the Rays taking control of the series, and Jose Altuve’s defense (11:37). Plus, Hembo hops on to talk about Morgan having greatest two-year stretch of any modern infielder, and his takeaways from Monday’s games (29:17).

Duration:00:46:59

Karmic Revenge

10/12/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Tampa Bay’s win over Houston in game one of the ALCS, how the Rays finally halted the Astros’ offense, the palpable tension in game 5 of the ALDS, what’s next for the Yankees this offseason, the Braves’ chances to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS and Alex Anthopoulos’ patience bearing fruit (6:11). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game (25:47).

Duration:00:40:15

Sexy, Attractive, Electrifying

10/9/2020
Michael Kay joins Buster to discuss game five of the ALDS between the Yankees and Rays, why he’s confident in Gerrit Cole on short rest, how a win tonight will rescue Aaron Boone’s game two platooning, what he expects from Tyler Glasgow, Tampa needing Brandon Lowe to breakout and the Astros advancing to the ALCS (12:41). Later, Todd Radom hops on to talk about his new hockey (?!) book, baseball needing a polarizing villain like Houston and if the AL teams should fear the Dodgers or Braves...

Duration:00:34:02

Sense of Smell

10/8/2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster Olney to discuss calling games on the radio for the first time since college, the emotion of Dodgers-Padres, the A’s coming back from the dead, Randy Arozarena’s tear, second-guessing Aaron Boone’s decision to platoon his pitchers in game two and Ian Anderson’s confidence (16:19). Later, The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin hops on to talk about the hunger for a title in L.A., MLB’s plan to allow fans in the stands at the World Series and the reorganization of the...

Duration:00:52:28

Purest Form of Playoff Baseball

10/7/2020
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss putting himself in place of a pitcher when watching the postseason, the Yankees overthinking using Deivi García as an opener, the challenge of playing without days off in a series, how to pitch to Giancarlo Stanton when he’s on a tear, why he’s not surprised the Astros are on the verge of another ALCS, Ronald Acuña Jr. getting hit and the market for his services this offseason (15:33). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game...

Duration:00:50:55

Boxing Analogies

10/6/2020
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Theo Epstein signaling he’s in the twilight of his time with the Cubs, the Brewers cutting payroll, the Yankees raking through three playoff games, the Rays’ bullpen management, Deivi García starting for New York in game two, Houston’s bullpen bouncing back and Fernando Tatis Jr. vs. the Dodgers’ pitching (11:57). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about major offseason changes looming for the Cubs, Marlins-Braves, Padres-Dodgers and what kind of GM he’d...

Duration:00:41:49

Fearsome and Ferocious

10/5/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster Olney to discuss the passing of Cardinals legend Bob Gibson, renaming the MVP award for Frank Robinson, Phillies GM Matt Klentak “resigning,” the big questions facing the Cubs in the offseason and the division series ranked by animus between the teams (7:10). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and gives her picks for the division series (33:02).

Duration:00:44:45

Bare-Knuckle Brawl

10/2/2020
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Padres’ comeback win, how a homer in an empty ballpark plays differently, vintage Clayton Kershaw, Matt’s relief the A’s won an elimination game and calling two marathon playoff games in one day (11:55). Later, Todd Radom hops on to analyze a clip of Lou Gehrig “confirming” Babe Ruth called his shot, talk about Target field and administer the weekly quiz (34:36).

Duration:00:48:57

The Adventures of Vasgersian, A-Rod & Buster

10/1/2020
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss a marathon day of baseball, a spectacular game between the Yankees and Indians, the competitive arrogance of the Rays, Carlos Correa embracing his inner villain, the Twins’ 18-straight playoff losses, and Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger going down for San Diego (13:50). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the A’s winner-take-all losing streak, the strikeouts in Reds-Braves and Minnesota’s postseason futility (33:29).

Duration:00:44:21

Fall Frenzy

9/30/2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Yankees shelling Shane Bieber, the Astros surviving against the Twins despite appearing to be on the ropes, Yuli Gurriel signing a one-year deal to stay in Houston, the Rays being the Rays making hitters miss and the White Sox impressing after limping into the playoffs (9:51). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the NL series (26:52).

Duration:00:39:19

Who Turned Off the WiFi?

9/29/2020
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why the Red Sox would be crazy not to bring Alex Cora back, the duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, Jesús Luzardo starting for the A’s in game one, the Blue Jays’ pitching strategy, and if the Twins can snap its 16-game postseason losing streak (7:36). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the AL series (26:52).

Duration:00:41:05

Regular Season Finish Line

9/28/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if the Red Sox will hire Alex Cora after firing Ron Roenicke, if Dave Dombrowski is a lock to be the newest GM of the Angels, what’s next for the Phillies, why there’s no excuse for the Mets missing the playoffs and the most intriguing postseason matchups (6:44). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers game with notes on the baby Blue Jays, Juan Soto’s batting title and the best pitcher on the planet (27:06).

Duration:00:44:09

Staying Relevant

9/25/2020
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays clinching a postseason berth, the White Sox floundering, NL teams scrapping for the final playoff spots, Walker Buehler’s performance against the A’s, Yadier Molina’s 2,000th hit and which of Vin Scully’s memorabilia he would buy (10:13). Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold stops by to talk about the Cardinals’ playoff permutations and how their pitching depth has kept them in the hunt (27:25).

Duration:00:42:18

Soft

9/24/2020
Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Trevor Bauer taking the NL Cy Young mantle, what Jacob deGrom needs to do in his last start to surpass Bauer, another gem from Shane Bieber, Sandy Alderson’s return to the Mets under Steve Cohen, Mike Clevinger’s injury and the fight for the final playoff spots in the NL (6:02).

Duration:00:37:44

Ted Williams of 2020

9/23/2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Andrelton Simmons opting out with a few games to play, if the Yankees’ historical dominance over the Twins in the playoffs will mean anything if they meet in the postseason, the most disappointing teams this season, Juan Soto’s killer year and who he likes for MVP in each league (6:05). Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Guaranteed Rate Field and to administer the weekly quiz (26:06).

Duration:00:40:06