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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
34 minutes | 3 days ago
A Tremendous Void
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and Tim Kurkjian join Buster to remember the life of Henry Aaron. Kendrick shares how Aaron was his childhood idol growing up in Georgia, stories from time they spent together, and the weight Aaron carried performing at a high level while facing hatred and death threats. And Kurkjian details the time Aaron joined him and the ESPN team in the broadcasting booth. Then, Eduardo Pérez stops by to talk about telling his father — Hall of Famer Tony Pérez — the news of Aaron’s passing, his memories of that night in the broadcast booth with Aaron, Aaron’s front office legacy, what he’ll remember about him as a player, asking for his autograph and the doors Aaron opened for others.
69 minutes | 5 days ago
It’s Not Good Enough
Jess Mendoza talks to Buster about the Mets firing Jared Porter for sexually harassing a reporter, the emotions she felt when the story broke, why more women don’t speak up similar situations, the need for structural changes in the sport and her belief that things will be different going forward (6:40). Next, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about life as a grandparent, Porter, the Blue Jays signing George Springer, if the Yankees are done making additions, his top five teams right now and the passing of Don Sutton (25:46). Then, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on the Porter situation and teams under the most pressure to make moves before the season (41:41). Finally, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on when he heard the Blake Snell news, the dynamic between the Padres and Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr. can push himself to be even better and building on the 2020 season (52:55).
57 minutes | 11 days ago
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Spring Training starting on schedule, Corey Kluber trying to prove that he’s healthy and the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor. Then, 12-year MLB veteran Alex Avila hops on to talk about his godfather Tommy Lasorda, staying patient in free agency, his outlook on another pandemic season and catching for Justin Verlander in Detroit. Later, Hembo quibbles with Buster’s top 10 position rankings.
55 minutes | 19 days ago
I Can’t Find My…
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss to being named the new play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, his run-in with Harry Caray in a restroom, the Padres looking like a superhero team-up and the slow winter market. Then Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about when Spring Training may start, the arms race between the Padres and Dodgers and if Los Angeles will re-sign Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger. Later, Hembo on no players being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals at an impasse and Trevor Story.
61 minutes | a month ago
Baseball with Snow on the Ground
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Negro League’s recognition by MLB, Cleveland officially dropping the “Indians” nickname, the Mets, Phillies and Ranges hiring new GMs, standout moves from the offseason thus far and the continued labor strife. Then, Sarah Langs gets into Curt Schilling likely falling short of the Hall of Fame, Ke'Bryan Hayes’ under-the-radar season and another astounding Juan Soto stat. Later, Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino talks about his published photos from the pandemic-shortened season, his favorite pictures and D.J. LeMahieu.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Not as Bad of a Blood Bath
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss free agency, the official dismantling of the Cubs World Series core, the Yankees tendering Gary Sanchez and Charlie Morton’s one-year deal with the Braves (2:50). Then, Dan Shulman hops on to talk about what the Blue Jays will do this offseason, which free agents would fit the best in Toronto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s weight loss (17:48). Later, Hembo stops by to hit on Kyle Schwarber, frontrunners in NL East and Central and if there’s any hope for the Angels under new management (26:44).
51 minutes | 2 months ago
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to discuss new Mets owners Steve Cohen declaring war on the NL East, the excitement level of Mets fans and who the team could land in free agency with its new resources (6:40). Then, Jeff Passan stops by to talk about Devin Williams winning NL Rookie of the Year, the non-tender date being a ticking time bomb, which teams are going to spend money this winter and the Phillies confusing front office situation (14:29). Plus, Hembo on why he thinks the writers got the MVPs wrong (39:10).
60 minutes | 3 months ago
One Last Time
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Justin Turner refusing to stay isolated during the postgame celebration, his take on the Blake Snell situation after covering the Rays during the World Series and free agency already looking ugly for the players (8:15). Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about the wackiest season ever, giving credit to the teams for adapting to an usual lifestyle while playing, their concern for the sport and if Turner will be suspended (22:33). Next, Hembo stops by to be the only person in civilization to defend Kevin Cash (35:14). And finally, Todd Radom administers the last quiz of the season (42:31).
57 minutes | 3 months ago
Married to Analytics
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Kevin Cash’s decision to pull Blake Snell, how analytical decisions are dividing baseball fans, if the championship means more to Dave Roberts or Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner returning to the World Series celebration after a positive COVID test (12:55). Then, Jake Odorizzi talks about what he saw in Snell’s stuff early on, if he thought Cash would pull Snell, if the decision will cause a rift between player and manager, and where the game is as an entertainment product (31:41). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Dodgers’ winning percentage, Mookie Betts’ home run and her favorite stat of the entire season (45:08).
38 minutes | 3 months ago
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the consistent force of the Dodgers lineup, Blake Snell being pulled early if he gets into trouble, Dave Roberts’ pitching strategy, why Austin Barnes should start at catcher in game six, Manuel Margot being half an inch away from stealing home, layoffs in ticket offices and Tony LaRussa being rumored for the White Sox job (5:33). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about possible vindication for Clayton Kershaw and Snell’s magic number (21:40).
59 minutes | 3 months ago
I Shrieked, As I Often Do
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss calling a chaotic final play in Game 4 of the World Series, why the Rays walking off felt like a college basketball game, Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5, Dave Roberts’ move to replace Kershaw with Dustin May and Tyler Glasnow’s inability to command the strike zone (10:09). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the cost of failing to steal home, the Dodgers scoring with two outs and Tampa Bay’s homer-centric offense failing them in Game 5. (30:50) Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Walker Buehler being the Derek Jeter of postseason pitchers, struggling to describe the Game 4 ending, Manuel Margot’s failed steal of home and Randy Arozarena’s 28 playoff hits (37:16).
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Catch During Mud Season in Front of a Sugar House
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss pitching with Kevin Kiermaier as his center fielder, the Rays developmental philosophy, his thoughts on rule changes from the short season possibly becoming permanent and Charlie Morton’s cold-bloodedness (6:54). Then, Chris Singleton hops on to talk about Morton vs. Walker Buehler in game three, if the series pendulum has swung back toward the Rays and the first time he met Cody Bellinger (24:17). Plus, Todd Radom with the weekly quiz (34:31).
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Big, Long Exhale
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss why it’s driving her crazy she can’t be in the stadium, Brandon Lowe exhaling after breaking out of his slump and why the Rays need him to win the series, Charlie Morton’s advantage and Walker Buehler’s disadvantage going into game three, Blake Snell pitching in the strike zone, Aaron Loup striking out Cody Bellinger, and MadBum vs. Mr. October (9:19).
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Rays bringing a knife to a gun fight, Mookie Betts completing the circle with the Dodgers, Tyler Glasnow throwing balls in the dirt, Brandon Lowe’s struggles, Jeff Luhnow again denying he knew about the Astros cheating and Steve Cohen’s official approval to buy the Mets (8:00). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Betts (34:33).
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Hall of Famers vs. Island of Misfits Toys
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).
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Hotel Parking Lot Rocky
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 World Series player of all time (33:28).
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Buster T. Bison
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 one last weekly quiz (26:42).
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Someone Punched Me in the Face
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 he returns from back spasms (20:31).
37 minutes | 3 months ago
How Late Were You Up?
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).
48 minutes | 3 months ago
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).
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