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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
37 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Iconic Jersey
Buster is joined by ESPN's Baseball Tonight Host Karl Ravech to discuss Buster’s Great 8 for the Home Run Derby and why he was chastised for not including Yordan Alvarez. Karl also comments on whether or not the Astros have the best offense in baseball. Then, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
49 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff joins Buster to discuss question he posed to Gerrit Cole that led to his non-answer on Spider Tack and his reaction to Pete Alonso’s allegations of conspiracy by MLB to influence free agent spending. Then, Orioles centerfielder Cedric Mullins joins the show to get into the difficulty of maintaining two swings, his relationship with Adam Jones and what it would mean to be an All-Star in 2021. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her dream Home Run Derby field. Finally, Buster’s brother Sam shares his thoughts on how to deal with bears in the wild.
38 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Gerrit Cole’s non-answer about using Spider Tack, if the Giants can hang with with the Padres and Dodgers, potential suitors for Max Scherzer as the Nationals struggle, Ke’Bryan Hayes stepping over first base and losing a home run, and Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. running neck-and-neck for the AL MVP. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about the Jesse Winker hive, Kris Bryant turning back time and the importance of spin rate.
48 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Soft Suburban Man
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Cubs’ conundrum, pitchers already thinking of ways to avoid being punished in the impending foreign substance crackdown and the MLBPA’s response to the enforcement of the rules. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about her NL MVP 10 weeks into the season, Jesse Winker, Shohei Ohtani stealing bases and why you should watch Tyler Glasnow tonight.
45 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the details of MLB’s impending crackdown on foreign substances including when and how players will be checked, players turning in other players, the dossier being compiled for umpires, and the potential punishments. Plus, the guys get into Patrick Wisdom’s out of nowhere tear for the Cubs, the Yankees getting booed off the field, the Red Sox continuing to win and Tony La Russa passing John McGraw for second most wins by a manager.
45 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss MLB moving forward with its crackdown on foreign substances used by pitchers, the MLBPA and the league being in lockstep on the issue, the challenges facing enforcement and changing locker room cultures, the Yankees and Red Sox facing off for the first time this weekend, the seismic shifts in the NL Central, and the scrappy Royals. Then, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
37 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Analyzed in a Lab
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss the foreign substance issue seemingly coming to a head, what a Diamondbacks sell-off looks like and why moving Ketel Marte is the barometer for how Arizona’s rebuild could proceed, and the lack of daylight between the Dodgers and Padres. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to discuss Lou Gehrig being robbed of the 1934 MVP, Dodgers’ fast start in the first inning against the Cardinals, Gerrit Cole and the Cubs’ turnaround.
40 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Dave Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Jack Flaherty’s injury and who the Cardinals might target to bolster its rotation, if the Yankees should move Gio Urshela to shortstop and Gleyber Torres to second base, Jared Kelenic struggling, the Fightin' Franconas’ consistency, and if the Brewers can generate more offense to support its starting pitching. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about Lou Gehrig Day and her efforts in the fight against ALS, the Cubs’ strong month of May, and if the Giants will stick around. Later, Hembo on Cal Ripken Jr.’s reverence for Gehrig, Jesse Winker mashing and the Yankee outfield’s negative value.
48 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss things they've blindly run into à la Rob Refsnyder running into the wall while tracking a home run, the Yankees’ stinky offense, Jacob deGrom being spectacular again, Marcell Ozuna getting arrested for domestic violence and the proliferation of foreign substances being use by pitchers. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the percentage of division leaders on June 1 that go on to win the division, the home run leaderboard and deGrom doing things we’ve never seen before.
51 minutes | May 28, 2021
Legalize and Regulate
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Alex Manoah’s dazzling debut for the Blue Jays, Noah Syndergaard’s path forward after being shutdown again and Joe Girardi overcomplicating things for himself. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about what MLB should do about pitchers using foreign substances, Jacob deGrom, what’s wrong with Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez’s wild baserunning. Later, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
52 minutes | May 27, 2021
Jeweler to the Stars
Chris Singleton joins Buster for a deep dive on the umpires forcing Giovanny Gallegos to change his cap after seeing a dark spot under the brim, Mike Shildt's postgame rant on how MLB enforces its foreign substance rule and if this is the start of a league-wide crackdown. Then, jeweler to baseball’s stars Jorge Rodriguez stops by to discuss how he started designing jewelry, creating a grill for his favorite player José Reyes, working with Fernando Tatis Jr. and getting to know him before he was a superstar, and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s quiet off-field personality. Later, Sarah Langs on Yasmani Grandal's weird season at the plate, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the double double-header in New York.
60 minutes | May 26, 2021
Harry Caray’s Cooler
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand joins Jesse Rogers to discuss the decisions the Twins will make based on the next 10 days of play, why Oakland could be the perfect fit for Trevor Story, if Mike Rizzo of Jed Hoyer will be more popular at the trade deadline and protecting the health of hitters. Then, Joe West stops by after breaking the record for most games umped to talk about the tributes to him at last night’s game, embracing replay and a text from Kevin Costner. Later, White Sox GM Rick Hahn on his clubhouse rallying in the face of major injuries, Jose Abreu’s leadership, load management and sportsmanship.
50 minutes | May 25, 2021
Language of Dismissal
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Joe West preparing to break the record for most games umpired, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s breakout and Yadier Molina’s offensive consistency. Then, Doug Glanville reflects on the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, his essay “Just” and how baseball has changed since. Later, Sarah Langs on Jacob deGrom’s return, the Rays’ 7-run 11th inning and the youngsters leading the home run race.
45 minutes | May 24, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the strange strike zone in the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Cardinals and Cubs, Adam Wainwright’s career renaissance, the epidemic of strikeouts across the league, CC Sabathia going off on Tony La Russa, and the Padres and Dodgers righting their respective ships. Plus, Buster’s full interview with Nolan Arenado for Sunday Night Baseball.
37 minutes | May 21, 2021
McSorely’s Ale House
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss the conventional wisdom surrounding Shohei Ohtani as the early AL MVP favorite, the Blue Jays seriously contenting in the AL East, pitchers dominating the game, if the Dodgers are still the clear favorites in the NL West and if the Old School is fading in baseball. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Indianapolis Hoosiers for his Forgotten Franchise and to administer the weekly quiz.
34 minutes | May 20, 2021
Joon Lee joins Buster to discuss yet another no-hitter, if no-hitters are truly losing their luster, Corey Kluber performing as the Yankees had hoped and the four-team battle in the AL East. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Clayton Kershaw saying the flood of no-hitters is bad for the game, numbers on the no-nos this season and her anxiety over Shohei Ohtani’s drop in velocity.
45 minutes | May 19, 2021
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Tony La Russa throwing Yermín Mercedes under the bus for swinging on a 3-0 count, Mike Trout’s injury and Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull throwing a no-hitter. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about carrying the torch for the Old School, the tidal wave of no-hitters, and the dust-up between Joe Girardi and Jean Segura.
41 minutes | May 18, 2021
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Kevin Pillar getting his in the face by a pitch, theories on why HBPs are on pace for a modern record, the rat race in the NL East and the Rangers will snag a big shortstop in the offseason. Then, Sarah Langs stop by to talk about Shohei Ohtani currently being the best player in baseball, other athletes hyping Ohtani and the White Sox appearing to be the class of the AL Central.
33 minutes | May 17, 2021
An Enormous Number
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport to discuss Jean Segura and Joe Girardi arguing in the dugout, the Dodgers’ depth being compromised and the team signing Albert Pujols, Jarred Kelenic homering in his Mariners debut, another instant league replay debacle this time involving the White Sox and the Royals, and Shohei Ohtani stunning the Red Sox in the 9th inning.
48 minutes | May 14, 2021
Buster Olney looks back at Thursday night's action before chatting with ESPN's Jessica Mendoza about Tim Tebow, Jarred Kelenic's debut, Ronald Acuna Jr's style of play and much more. Then, White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn joins the podcast to discuss launch angle, the importance of starting pitchers and a whole lot more. And, Todd Radom is back for some baseball history and trivia.
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