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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

"A Story That Needs to Be Told"

3/27/2020
Jason Grimsley pulled off a Mission Impossible-style heist for teammate Albert Bell. He recounts the tale with Buster and the two reveal the previously unknown role played by commissioner Bud Selig (2:28). Plus, Todd Radom on Citizens Bank Park and this week's quiz (23:33).

Duration:00:36:08

Aaron Boone on His Playing Day with the Yankees

3/26/2020
Aaron Boone talks to Buster about his playing days with the Yankees, playing along Derek Jeter, dropping into the middle of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, his walk-off home run against the Boston in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS and if he thinks he'd have the job managing the Yankees if he didn't hit that home run (2:03).

Duration:00:34:44

Shane Victorino on the '08 Phillies

3/25/2020
Shane Victorino joins Buster to talk about how scouts spotted him in Hawaii, learning to switch-hit when he was 20, why Chase Utley was the toughest guy he ever played with, how Charlie Manuel hides behind his West Virginia accent and his grand slam off CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS. Later, Hembo hops on to discuss Noah Syndergaard's injury and to debrief on the Victorino interview as a Phillies fan (31:26).

Duration:00:47:38

Bill Ripken on Blood Blisters and Power Drills

3/24/2020
Bill Ripken joins Buster to talk about his new book "State Of Play: The Old School Guide To New School Baseball." Bill talks about his plan to avoid robot umpires, why the term launch angle drives him nuts, Cal Ripken Jr.'s "special healing powers" and power drills as a medical device in the Ripken household (3:41).

Duration:00:38:46

Dave Roberts on the '04 Red Sox

3/23/2020
Dave Roberts stole second base in game four of the 2004 ALCS, sparking an 0-3 comeback by the Red Sox. Buster talks to Roberts about being traded to Boston midseason, the stolen base that turned the series around, why David Ortiz was so clutch and what Derek Jeter told him about the play years later (2:11). Plus, Sarah Langs on the biggest stolen bases in baseball history and Buster reads a text from Theo Epstein about the trade for Roberts (39:38).

Duration:00:51:39

David Wells on the '98 Yankees

3/20/2020
David Wells joins Buster to talk about the 1998 Yankees team that won 125 games (4:28). They discuss when Wells knew the team was special, butting heads with Joe Torre, pitching a perfect game hung over after a night of partying with Jimmy Fallon, the loudest punch he's ever heard, El Duque's big game against Cleveland in the ALCS and getting hit by toilet paper during the championship parade.

Duration:00:44:08

The Italian Scout: Baseball and the Center of the Pandemic

3/20/2020
Major League Baseball's season went on indefinite hiatus last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In parts of the world beyond the US, that chaos had already brought life and work to a halt. ESPN's Jeff Passan brings us the story of René Saggiadi, a Red Sox scout based in the Italian city of Bari. As his country deals with increasing contagion, we hear what happens when life and baseball pause, and how he's staying connected to the sport he loves.

Duration:00:20:54

The Sandlot Isn't on the List

3/19/2020
Boog Sciambi dissects Buster's lists of top baseball movies and books to consume in self-isolation, and the guys discuss which classic games you should check out on YouTube (1:55).

Duration:00:34:44

David Freese on Game 6 of the 2011 World Series

3/18/2020
Buster talks to David Freese about one of the greatest games ever played, game 6 of the 2011 World Series (4:31).

Duration:00:46:51

NL Central Preview

3/17/2020
It's NL Central preview day! Buster talks Reds with radio analyst Jeff Piecoro (3:31), Cubs with ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers (8:15), Brewers with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak (15:21), Pirates with The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel (21:52 and Cardinals with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold (29:10).

Duration:00:46:26

AL West Preview

3/16/2020
It's AL West preview day! Buster talks Astros with radio analyst Steve Sparks (4:17), Angels with ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (9:51), Athletics with the San Fransisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser (16:39), Mariners with The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish (23:43) and Rangers with the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant (30:04).

Duration:00:41:14

Suspended Season

3/13/2020
MLB suspends the start of the season. Buster and Karl Ravech talk about a historic day in baseball (3:02). Later, Hembo drops by to lighten the mood as the guys talk biggest home runs, golf-foursomes and what they're most looking forward to when the season starts (19:08).

Duration:00:33:17

NL East Preview

3/12/2020
It's NL East preview day! Buster talks Braves with MLB.com's Mark Bowman (3:26), Marlins with the Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson (11:31), Mets with SNY's Steve Gelbs (15:36), Phillies with The Philadelphia Inquirer Scott Lauber (23:47) and Nationals with The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli (33:23).

Duration:00:46:02

No Naming Rights

3/11/2020
The Braves are taking a flyer on Felix Hernandez, while Gerrit Cole is looking like Gerrit Cole. Buster talks to David Schoenfield about all of that (3:29), plus, the Rays' experimenting with a four-man outfield, Blake Snell returning, the impact of coronavirus on baseball coverage and Barry Bonds' comments on MLB giving him a "death sentence." Later, Todd Radom hops on to discuss Nationals Park for to deliver the weekly quiz (25:26).

Duration:00:37:49

AL Central Preview

3/10/2020
It's AL Central preview day! Buster talks White Sox with play-by-play voice Jason Benetti (5:17), Indians with MLB.com's Mandy Bell (9:44), Tigers with MLB.com's Jason Beck (16:39), Royals with the Kansas City Star's Lynn Worthy (21:43) and Twins with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Patrick Reusse (27:40).

Duration:00:40:24

Greatest Trip Around the Bases

3/9/2020
Buster and Tim Kurkjian make the case that MLB needs to mic up players during the regular season (2:05). Plus, the guys talk about Trey Mancini undergoing a non-baseball medical procedure, Aaron Judge's cracked rib and Justin Verlander's sore tricep. Later, Sarah Langs joins the pod to discuss the Braves starting pitching vs. Mets bullpen, how Chris Sale's injury affects the Red Sox's win total and the Blue Jays' Nate Pearson as a rookie of the year candidate (18:22).

Duration:00:26:06

Catcher for the Expos

3/6/2020
Kiley McDaniel's top 100 prospects for 2020 is out. He and Buster dive into the list (1:54), discussing how analytics has factored into generating the rankings, when Wander Franco might manifest in the big leagues, why he's bullish on Julio Rodriguez and if the Padres' young talent will manifest fast enough to satisfy ownership. Later, Hembo hops on to talk about Yoan Moncada and the White Sox's rebuild, Christian Yelich's team-friendly extension, and why Brian Cashman deserves more credit...

Duration:00:31:51

NL West Preview

3/5/2020
It's NL West preview day! Buster talks Arizona Diamondbacks with the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro (6:00), Colorado Rockies with the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders (12:18), Los Angeles Dodgers with Spectrum SportsNet LA's Alanna Rizzo (16:46), San Diego Padres with Padres TV and radio analyst Tony Gwynn, Jr. (24:42), and San Francisco Giants with Giants play-by-play voice Duane Kuiper (29:21).

Duration:00:40:18

Fishing in Khakis

3/4/2020
A-Rod shares his thoughts on the Astros, Chris Sale is trending toward Tommy John surgery, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton won't be ready to start the season. Buster and Tim Kurkjian hit on all of that (5:16), plus, Christian Yelich is working toward an extension with the Brewers and baseball has started to buzz about coronavirus. Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Citi Field and for a quiz (18:07).

Duration:00:29:19

AL East Preview

3/3/2020
It's AL East preview day! Buster talks Baltimore Orioles with MASN's Roch Kubatko (6:43), Boston Red Sox with the Boston Globe's Alex Speier (13:43), New York Yankees with WFAN's Sweeny Murti (19:41), Tampa Bay Rays with the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin (25:44) and Toronto Blue Jays with the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley (32:58).

Duration:00:43:49