Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
New Changes to the MLB Draft: 3/30/20
Kyle Peterson joins Buster to discuss the major changes to the MLB Draft including the hard decisions college baseball players and coaches have to make in this time of uncertainty, the $20,000 cap on signing bonuses for undrafted players, teams that might look to save money by dumping players and what Kyle would do to help increase interest in baseball (1:40). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to talk about which players might've never made the big leagues under the new draft format and how players on short-term deals are likely to be hurt the most by teams looking to cut payroll (28:20).
What Trevor Bauer Really Thinks About MLB: 3/30/20
We should be in the first week of baseball season, but...try not to think about that. Instead, ponder the future with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan. On the heels of MLB's hiatus deal with players around pay, service time and other issues, hear how it sets up the 2021 collective bargaining agreement. Plus, Bauer gets into the issues with training during all this uncertainty, whether baseball is too slow, and the sport's need for a media makeover.
"A Story That Needs to Be Told": 3/27/20
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).
Aaron Boone on His Playing Day with the Yankees: 3/26/20
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).
Shane Victorino on the '08 Phillies: 3/25/20
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).
Bill Ripken on Blood Blisters and Power Drills: 3/24/20
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).
Dave Roberts on the '04 Red Sox: 3/23/20
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).
David Wells on the '98 Yankees: 3/20/20
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.
The Italian Scout: Baseball and the Center of the Pandemic: 3/20/20
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.
The Sandlot Isn't on the List: 3/19/20
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).
David Freese on Game 6 of the 2011 World Series: 3/18/20
Buster talks to David Freese about one of the greatest games ever played, game 6 of the 2011 World Series (4:31).
NL Central Preview: 3/17/20
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).
AL West Preview: 3/16/20
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).
Suspended Season: 3/13/20
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).
NL East Preview: 3/12/20
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).
No Naming Rights: 3/11/20
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).
AL Central Preview: 3/10/20
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).
Greatest Trip Around the Bases: 3/9/20
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).
Catcher for the Expos: 3/6/20
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 for finding value to fill out the roster (21:53).
NL West Preview: 3/5/20
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).
Fishing in Khakis: 3/4/20
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).
AL East Preview: 3/3/20
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).
Reliever Anarchy: 3/2/20
Buster and David Schoenfield explore the strategies around the three-batter minimum for pitchers (2:51). Plus, why predicting the World Series champ is harder than you think, who might be this year's Washington Nationals and what's the latest on Aaron Judge. Later, Sarah Langs joins the show to discuss Mike Trout checking in as the highest-paid player in baseball and Miguel Cabrera's outlook for the season (25:41).
Big League Spring Debut: 2/28/20
Karl Ravech says there's no margin for error with the Angels in the AL West and the news of Griffin Canning undergoing an MRI on his elbow raises a yellow flag for the team (1:17). Plus, he and Buster discuss Madison Bumgarner dodging rodeo questions and what's going on with the Red Sox investigation. Later, Pedro Gomez joins the pod to talk about his son Rio Gomez's first spring training outing and managers in new places (25:26).
Live Free or Die: 2/27/20
Who loves the Dodgers? Tim Kurkjian loves the Dodgers (4:26). He also loves the Indians' depth, while he and Buster are concerned about Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton. Plus, is the league really going to crack down on pine tar? Probably not.
Cutter Cattivo: 2/26/20
How much of a bodyblow is losing Luis Severino for the Yankees? Jeff Passan (1:51) and Hembo (28:13) share their thoughts with Buster. Plus, Passan on spending 15 fascinating days in Astros camp and Hembo on two youngsters to keep an eye on.
Marathon Listening: 2/25/20
Step away from social media, Astros players! That's David Schoenfield's advice as Houston continues to take heat. He and Buster also hit on the energy Gerrit Cole is bringing to Yankees camp, the status of James Paxton and Luis Severino, and how the Red Sox's rotation is shaping up (3:54). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to discuss the Braves attempting to replace Josh Donaldson's production, the White Sox taking a jump in win total and her thoughts on the Cubs' lineup construction (19:47).
Big Boy Pants: 2/24/20
Madison Bumgarner is rodeo guy. Who knew? Definitely not the Diamondbacks. Buster talks to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller about "Mason Saunders" and how Arizona is likely to take this news. Plus, the guys talk about Yoenis Céspedes announcing his return, the Vanderbilt baseball factory, how Red Sox ownership is handling fan reaction to the Mookie Betts trade and Astros players receiving death threats.
White Sox Fan From Nepal: 2/21/20
Luis Severino's status is unclear, David Ortiz takes a shot at Mike Fiers and Mike Trout is finding his voice. Alden Gonzalez calls into to talk about all of this, plus his piece on Francisco Lindor possibly being trading, the excitement at Dodgers camp and the anxiety at Angels camp, and his thoughts on why the White Sox could be a lot of fun to watch this season.
The Struggle Is Real and Great: 2/20/20
Karl Ravech stops by to discuss Kris Bryant leading off for the Cubs, lineup configurations for the Angels, when the NL will have a DH, yellow flags around Aaron Judge, a deep Rays team and his thoughts on Rob Manfred handling the Astros scandal.
Censure the Astros: 2/19/20
Tim Kurkjian demands to talk baseball, so he and Buster hit on Miles Mikolas missing the start of the season, the continuing drama with Nolan Arenado and the Rockies, and the Reds and the Diamondbacks at the NL's most improved teams. Later, Hembo drops by to discuss Buster's proposal to censure the Astros' World Series.
A Rabbit Chasing Its Tail: 2/18/20
Rob Manfred roiled baseball with his comments about the Astros, Justin Turner responded and Mike Trout has something to say about all of this. Buster gets David Schoenfield's take on the continuing war of words across baseball and they run through the best players at each position in the league. Later, Sarah Langs joins the show to talk about where the Dodgers, Yankees and Angels stand after their big offseason acquisitions.
Firing Squad: 2/13/20
Astros owner Jim Crane gave doozy of a press conference. Marly Rivera was on the ground and talks to Buster about how it went down and what Astros players had to say about the sign-stealing scandal in the locker room.
Free Fallin': 2/12/20
The Red Sox name Ron Roenicke as interim manager, the league floats out a controversial new playoff format and the fallout from the Astros sign-stealing scandal continues. Buster and Tim Kurkjian break it all down and much more in the final podcast of the offseason.
Betts On It: 2/5/20
It's official: Mookie Betts and David Price are off to Los Angeles. Buster Olney gives his thoughts on the trade with the help of Tim Kurkjian (6:23), along with conversation on the move from the perspective of the Twins and Angels, the Mets sale, if the Astros understand how they'll be treated on the road, and why Tim thinks Pete Rose's latest attempt to be reinstated won't go anywhere. Later, Paul Hembekides stops by to sort through season win totals (25:12) and the guys close with #BleacherTweets (35:01).
Derek Jeter: Number Two: 1/22/20
With Derek Jeter and Larry Walker making up the 2020 Hall of Fame class, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Jeter's legacy, Walker's emotional reaction, the need for transparency from the voters, if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will ever make the cut, Nolan Arenado's standing with the Rockies and more (8:05). Plus, a laundry list of Bleacher Tweets on the HOF elections and the sign-stealing scandal (29:40).
Mets Island: 1/16/20
Buster Olney talks to ESPN national baseball writer Marly Rivera in the wake of the Mets parting ways with Carlos Beltrán. They discuss how the Mets got to this point, what Beltrán should do to move past this (7:03), why the timing worked out for the Mets, A.J. Hinch being available in 2021 (15:46), Alex Cora being labeled a cheater and what the reaction will be around baseball when the season starts (20:42).
The Rise and Fall of Baseball's Hottest Young Manager: 1/16/20
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is out on sign-stealing allegations from the MLB. The charges date back to 2017, when he was the bench coach for the Houston Astros. It's a stunning downfall for a man considered one of the most talented young managers in the game. ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney joins Mina Kimes to explore Cora's career, and his role in this huge baseball scandal.
In an emergency podcast, Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with ESPN's Jeff Passan about Rob Manfred's ruling on the Astros, why the sign-stealing scandal evokes memories of the PED craze and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian discusses the historical significance of these "unprecedented" punishments, the role of technology in the game and if the 2017 championship is tainted (11:56).
Catch 22: 1/7/20
Before analyzing the changing nature of the catcher position with Padres front office assistant AJ Ellis (16:10), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss sneaky Nationals signings, the Josh Donaldson market and how the White Sox's moves will affect the 2020 AL Central race. Plus, ESPN's Eduardo Perez explains how Juan Soto can get even better (29:44) before Buster asks Hembo a very tough question (41:46).
Christmas in New York: 12/19/19
In what will likely be the final podcast of the decade, Buster welcomes Tyler Kepner of The New York Times to talk about the Yankees' potential for next season, the latest research on the baseball and MLB's investigation into the Astros. Then, The Boston Globe's Alex Speier discusses how the Gerrit Cole signing impacts Boston's rebuilding process (30:26). Plus, Hembo evaluates the NL East (30:26) and Rena Banena makes her return (38:45).
Best in the West?: 12/17/19
With Troy's Rangers finally making moves, Buster and Dave Schoenfield analyze the Corey Kluber trade and its impact on the AL West (32:29). But before that, Tim Kurkjian discusses Madison Bumgarner's deal with the Diamondbacks, the league's decision to alter drug testing and Anthony Rendon's comments about the Dodgers. Plus, Sarah Langs on remaining free agents and why her mom is angry (32:29).
Winter Meetings: Day 3: 12/11/19
Nine years. $324 million. Karl Ravech reacts to Gerrit Cole's record deal with the Yankees, its impact on the AL East and how the signing makes the Yankees the biggest World Series favorite in years. Then, New York Post's Joel Sherman on what Cole's decision ultimately came down to (19:15) and ESPN's Marly Rivera with a story on the moment she found out about the signing (37:23). And, SNY's Steve Gelbs with the latest on the Mets and how MLB's investigation into the Astros will impact new manager Carlos Beltran (37:23).
Winter Meetings: Day 2: 12/10/19
Buster and Hembo analyze Stephen Strasburg's 7-year/$245M deal and how it impacts the free agency of Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole. Then, ESPN's Clinton Yates (and Nationals homer) offers his own reaction to the signing before discussing the trade market for Kris Bryant and why it's important for baseball's sake that Madison Bumgarner remain with the Giants (12:55). Plus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' offseason plans (22:37) and...does Scott Boras deserve a spot in Cooperstown?
Winter Meetings: Day 1: 12/9/19
With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).
Around the Horn: 12/4/19
With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).
Stealing the Signs: How Allegations Against the Astros Could Change Baseball: 11/20/19
Major League Baseball has promised a thorough investigation into the Astros' stealing of pitching signs during their 2017 championship run, using a live video feed and...trash cans. At the owners meetings, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no reason to expand the case to other teams at this time. But the scandal has raised big questions, and could change the game itself. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan explores tough decisions for the league going forward.
Hall of Infamy: 11/19/19
Just weeks after losing the World Series, the Astros find themselves in trouble again. Mark Teixeira tells Buster how he thinks Rob Manfred should handle the situation and if he was surprised when this story first surfaced last week (28:10). But before that, Tim Kurkjian and Buster talk about Derek Jeter and if his career warrants a unanimous Hall of Fame selection (5:53). Plus, will this be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get in?
Offseason Preview: 11/5/19
Buster, Tim Kurkjian and Keith Law look ahead to 2020 by tackling the biggest questions swirling around some of the sport's biggest names this offseason. In a roundtable discussion, the guys talk about the Mets' hiring of Carlos Beltran, JD Martinez's contract and what it means for Boston, if Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon will return to the Nationals and more (5:27). Plus, Rena Banena's final "Bleacher Tweets" (29:39) and some final words from former Commissioner Bart Giamatti (41:21).
No Place Like...The Road: 10/31/19
Following the completion of one of the most improbable runs in postseason history, Buster and Jessica Mendoza discuss another Nationals comeback, Max Scherzer's ability to get out of sticky situations, Gerrit Cole's eerie postgame comments and more (38:32). But before that, Sarah Langs with some ridiculous numbers on the Nats (33:50) and Karl Ravech on Stephen Strasburg's evolution and AJ Hinch's questionable bullpen management (16:54).
A Game 7 will happen tonight thanks to the Nationals winning one of the most unforgettable, action-packed baseball games you'll ever see. Buster and Jessica Mendoza try to make sense of what happened by discussing Stephen Strasburg's amazing performance, Alex Bregman's troll jobs, the interference call that sent Dave Martinez into a frenzy and how Anthony Rendon saved the MLB from another controversy (20:14). Plus, they speculate about how much Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole can give their respective teams tonight. And, "Hembo Knows" (42:04) and Rob Manfred's latest comments on the possibility of automated strike zones (41:10).
Do or Die: 10/29/19
Justin Verlander has never won a World Series start, and Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to give his thoughts on how Verlander will fare tonight, if he expects to see Max Scherzer in Game 6 or in a potential Game 7, the need for an electronic strike zone and much more (7:45). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (24:43) and ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton previews tonight's game (30:57).
Flat Nats: 10/28/19
Because of what ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman labels the Astros' "unwavering" belief in themselves, Houston now holds a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Buster and Shulman discuss how the Astros are living up to their pedigree, how disappointing it was to see Max Scherzer miss his Game 5 start and more (13:38). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (33:28) and the season's final "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (42:55).
Friday Night Fight: 10/25/19
With Zack Greinke on the hill fighting to save Houston's championship hopes tonight, ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton talks with Buster about the pitching matchup, why Houston's offense has struggled, how the Astros can steal Game 3 and more (12:57). Plus, Karl Ravech on the biggest challenge facing David Ross and the Cubs and if Joe Girardi will be able to connect with his players in Philadelphia (35:28). And, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (30:02).
With the Astros collapsing both on and off the field, Buster and Keith Law discuss Houston's underwhelming performance so far and the organization's lack-luster response to the incident involving assistant GM Brandon Taubman (39:59). But before that, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (25:00) and Jessica Mendoza on the World Series and some new manager hires (11:10). Plus, Buster's interviews with Max Scherzer (30:45) and George Springer (56:40) and an excerpt from today's ESPN Daily podcast on the Astros' front office situation (35:45).
Fountain of Youth: 10/23/19
After the Nats steal Game 1 from the Astros and Gerrit Cole, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Juan Soto's big performance, Ryan Zimmerman's special moment and more (13:52). Plus, a pregame interview with Zimmerman (32:57), "Hembo Knows" (37:02) and the latest on Houston's troubling front office situation (25:56).
Team of Destiny?: 10/22/19
How prepared will the Nationals be for tonight's Game 1 of the World Series? The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli tells Buster whether the seven days off have helped or harmed this "team of destiny" (31:10). ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman also discusses the overwhelming amount of talent playing in this series, each team's readiness for baseball's biggest stage and his sense of Max Scherzer's demeanor ahead of tonight's start (7:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (25:06).
The Little Engine That Could: 10/21/19
Calling it "one of the craziest ninth innings" he's ever seen, USA Today's Bob Nightengale talks with Buster about ALCS Game 6, Jose Altuve's ability to stay calm in big moments, if Aaron Judge is right to label the Yankees season a "failure" and more (11:25). Plus, "Hembo Knows" featuring a shocking proclamation (30:31) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom, the man behind the design of the Nationals logo (37:05).
Never Say Never: 10/18/19
With the Yankees now facing elimination, ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman talks about New York's string of missed opportunities at the plate and what must happen for the Yankees to get back in this series (14:09). Karl Ravech also discusses Aaron Boone's bullpen management and the legacy of CC Sabathia, who likely threw his final MLB pitch after leaving with an injury last night (31:29). Plus, an emotional Joe Girardi sends a special message to Sabathia (30:31).
Silent Assassin: 10/17/19
The Yankees need Masahiro Tanaka to be a "silent assassin" in tonight's Game 4 against Houston, says ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton, who also discusses New York's inability to drive in runs, how poor weather conditions will impact tonight's game, Joe Maddon's fit with the Angels and more (6:39). Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (21:34) and Keith Law talks about some of the game's top prospects and how they'll affect the futures of teams like the Rays, Twins, Rangers and Mariners (29:41).
National Treasure: 10/16/19
The Nationals advance to the franchise's first World Series and Jon Sciambi joins Buster to discuss how Washington overcame a sub-par bullpen to "obliterate" the Cardinals and if they'll match up better with the Yankees or Astros (10:12). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (28:05), Josh Reddick calls out Yankees fans (33:04) and ESPN's Marly Rivera on New York's bullpen issues and struggles against Gerrit Cole last night (34:34).
Storm's A-Brewin': 10/15/19
With the Nationals one win away from advancing to the franchise's first World Series, Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss Stephen Strasburg's postseason dominance, how Bryce Harper looms over this team, if the media has underrated the Nationals and more (12:10). KBME's Steve Sparks also explains why Gerrit Cole is so good and if a canceled Game 3 (weather) would benefit the Astros or Yankees more (32:20). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (27:48).
Arms Race: 10/14/19
The Astros and Yankees split the weekend and the Cardinals already find themselves in must-win mode. Sarah Langs fills in for Buster, who joins Sarah from the road to discuss Carlos Correa's big moment, Aaron Boone's managing of New York's bullpen and each team's path to winning the ALCS (17:16). Tim Kurkjian also preview's tonight's NLCS Game 3 matchup between Stephen Strasburg and Jack Flaherty (33:47). Plus, Todd Radom and "Cap Talk" (43:36).
Cole-d Blooded: 10/11/19
Another dominant Gerrit Cole playoffs performance has Buster and Karl Ravech comparing the Houston ace to another all-time great (14:32). The guys also discuss Tyler Glasnow's pitch-tipping, X-factors in each championship series, the firing of Gabe Kapler and more. Plus, Rena Banena's "Bleacher Tweets" and some jovial conversations about underage drinking and baseball sitcoms (31:33).
Down Goes LA!: 10/10/19
After the Dodgers fall short in October once again, Buster and Keith Law talk about Dave Roberts' handling of the bullpen and how Clayton Kershaw's poor performance affects his career narrative (20:43). Plus, they discuss Stephen Strasburg's resilience and the Cardinals' thrashing of the Braves. Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (38:47) and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan previews tonight's ALDS Game 5 between the Astros and Rays (45:22).
...Get More Popcorn: 10/9/19
With three winner-take-all Game 5's now set, Buster and Jon Sciambi break down Tampa's win last night, the Walker Buehler/Stephen Strasburg pitching matchup, Freddie Freeman's struggles and more (11:32). Plus, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch discusses the compelling Braves/Cardinals series, the making of Jack Flaherty and the X-factors for tonight's game (28:38). And, "Hembo Knows" (36:02).
Grab Your Popcorn: 10/8/19
Max Scherzer wills himself and the Nationals to a Wednesday Game 5 showdown against the Dodgers, who Buster and Dave Schoenfield say face more pressure to win than any other playoff team (16:34). They also discuss Houston's decision to start Justin Verlander today, Yadier Molina's clutch gene and why they're happy Stephen Strasburg will get the ball tomorrow against Walker Buehler. Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (38:45).
Born for October: 10/7/19
The Braves pull off a stunning comeback and the Dodgers shell Patrick Corbin. Buster and Tim Kurkjian recap a wild divisional series weekend by discussing Atlanta's clutch gene, the Yankees' plate discipline, if the Rays can salvage a game against the confident Astros and more (14:22). Plus, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez previews tonight's Dodgers/Nationals Game 4 (34:04) and Todd Radom joins for a playoff-themed "Cap Talk" (42:56).
Just Not Enough: 10/4/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss a series-altering blunder by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Walker Buehler's dominance (13:33). Plus, Joel Sherman of The New York Post talks about the Mets' future following the firing of Mickey Callaway and also names some potential managerial replacements (31:52).
Sting Like a Ray: 10/3/19
Can the Rays go to Houston and take down the Astros? Buster and Keith Law discuss that after reacting to the triumphant return of Yandy Diaz, Charlie Morton's strong start and Oakland's stumble in another winner-take-all game (14:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (41:13).
AL Wild Card Preview: 10/2/19
A top reliever melts down, a young star emerges and one team moves on. With that, Buster welcomes Dave Schoenfield to break down the wild NL Wild Card game that was (11:05). Then, ESPN's Matt Vasgersian talks about the crazy atmosphere expected for tonight's AL Wild Card (27:11) and Susan Sussman of the San Fransisco Chronicle (34:53) and Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times (39:20) preview tonight's A's/Rays showdown. Plus, "Hembo Knows" (43:50).
NL Wild Card Preview: 10/1/19
With the Brewers and Nationals set to face off in tonight's winner-take-all NL Wild Card game, Buster speaks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak about Milwauke's swath of injuries (27:43) and MASN's Mark Zuckerman about Washington's pitching approach (34:01). But before that, Buster and Jon Sciambi discuss what kind of deal Anthony Rendon will command in the offseason, the firing of Brad Ausmus and more (3:37). Plus, Sarah Langs and a NL Wild Card-centric "Numbers Game" (22:50).
So Long, Farewell: 9/30/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian relive the top 10 moments from an emotional weekend in baseball (5:48). They also discuss Joe Maddon's firing, the future of Brad Ausmus in Anaheim and some other names linked to managerial vacancies. Plus, Todd Radom rejoins Buster and Troy for "Cap Talk" (29:28) and an American figure says goodbye to a great American ballpark (36:19).
Baseball Royalty: 9/27/19
After a night in which two larger-than-life baseball figures said goodbye, Buster speaks to Karl Ravech (13:53) and Jon Sciambi (32:38) about an emotional night for Felix Hernandez and if his career resume is enough to get him in to the Hall of Fame. Plus, a new addition to baseball's unwritten rules, more stories from Bruce Bochy (28:41) and a heartfelt tribute to Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman (52:30).
Down to the Wire: 9/26/19
Buster and Keith Law discuss the Brewers' hot streak and how the organization's recent success stems from the top-down (12:49). Plus, Keith defends Gabe Kapler's managing style and also speculates on the future of the Phillies and Indians. Nationals OF Adam Eaton also explains what's so special about his team (32:45) before Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (36:36) and before MLB.com's Mandy Bell explains why tonight is a must-win for the Indians (40:58).
Marathon Tuesday: 9/25/19
ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers talks about the Cubs' epic collapse (33:35) but before that, Buster speaks with Jessica Mendoza about Gabe Kapler's future, the return of Jose Ramirez, Washington's incredible second half and why the league must figure out a way to shorten extra-inning games (15:34). Plus, a newly-married Hembo joins for "Hembo Knows" (27:42) and Buster and Troy give the season's final "Power 10" (42:28).
Old School: 9/24/19
Before Giants manager Bruce Bochy tells some of his favorite stories from his legendary career (29:25), Buster speaks with Dave Schoenfield about Ned Yost's retirement, Tampa's resiliency, Yadier Molina's Hall of Fame case and more (10:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (43:07).
Race to the Finish: 9/23/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Cubs' cloudy future following a season-altering sweep suffered at the hands of the Cardinals (13:11). They also discuss the Cardinals turnaround, if the Astros are the team to beat and if the Braves could get past the Dodgers in the playoffs. Plus, an interview with Indians manager Terry Francona (33:10) and a special appearance from Troy's older brother, Brady, in "Cap Talk" (37:12).
Midwest Meet-Up: 9/20/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss Anthony Rizzo's unexpected return to the Cubs lineup as Chicago faces St. Louis in a crucial NL Central matchup (11:39). Plus, Buster compares Jack Flaherty to a Hall of Famer and Karl talks about Joe Maddon's personality clash with the Chicago front office. Jessica Mendoza also previews this weekend's Phillies/Indians series (33:40) and Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" and some love advice (45:12).
Giant Accomplishments: 9/19/19
Before an open and honest interview with former MLB pitcher Barry Zito (33:14), Buster talks to Tyler Kepner of The New York Times about Bruce Bochy's 2000th win, an emotional night for the Yastrzemski family and Giancarlo Stanton's return to the Yankees (14:44). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (28:18).
'Fraid of Changin': 9/18/19
After a record-breaking night in Boston, Buster and Keith Law criticize the state of the game and explain why so many people close to the sport can't stand the product (13:27). Then, the two discuss the season-ending injury to Dellin Betances and who could earn the next $400M contract. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also talks to Buster about the Brewers and how they've overcome the loss of Christian Yelich (36:27). Plus, this week's "Power 10" (45:06).
In the Zone: 9/17/19
Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss how the Brewers have responded since the Christian Yelich injury, as well as Cody Bellinger's drop-off and Anthony Rendon's surge in the race for NL MVP (9:48). They also talk about a few of the question marks surrounding the Dodgers. Then, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (32:15).
Injured Party: 9/16/19
Before speaking with Dodgers P Walker Buehler about LA's culture, Justin Verlander comparisons and a valuable lesson from his grandfather (33:39), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Mike Trout's season-ending injury and how it affects his MVP chances, if Anthony Rizzo's injury kills Chicago's playoff hopes, Charlie Culberson's injury impact on the Braves and more (15:44). Plus, a minor league edition of "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (41:22).
In the Medical Tent: 9/13/19
Buster speaks with Karl Ravech about the rash of injuries facing the Yankees and what it means for the return of Giancarlo Stanton (11:00). They also explain why no teams should want to face the A's or Rays in the postseason. Then, Jessica Mendoza previews this weekend's Dodgers/Mets series and also lends her insights on the Noah Syndergaard/Wilson Ramos situation (30:56). Plus, Rena Banena's Bleacher Tweets (42:13).
A Ray of Hope: 9/12/19
Buster talks to Keith Law about the debut of Oakland's top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo (10:36). Plus, Keith fills Buster in on the stellar seasons enjoyed by three of the game's top prospects. Then, Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (34:10) before Rays OF Tommy Pham discusses Tampa Bay's impressive season, why they're so hungry and how hitters have adjusted to the juiced ball (39:16).
Blue Crew: 9/11/19
Buster talks to USA Today's Bob Nightengale about Christian Yelich's season-ending injury and its impact on the NL wild card race and his second consecutive NL MVP (10:55). Then, "Hembo Knows" (27:03) and Joel Sherman of The New York Post discusses his report on the alleged rift between Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos (32:13). Plus, this week's "Power 10" (45:04).
Thank You, Next...: 9/10/19
Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss the ugly ending for Dave Dombrowski in Boston, James Paxton's importance to the Yankees, a sticky situation involving Noah Syndergaard and more (10:02). Then, Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (28:38) and The Athletic's Peter Gammons takes Buster inside the firing of Dombrowski before giving his opinion on how desirable that job really is (34:28).
End of an Era: 9/9/19
Buster welcomes Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe to discuss where the relationship between Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox went wrong (11:22). Then, Tim Kurkjian comes up with some potential replacements for Dombrowski before talking about the future of the Red Sox and specifically, Mookie Betts (18:55). Plus, an interview with Yankees OF Mike Tauchman (34:22) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (38:12).
Little vs. Big Town: 9/6/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the biggest threats to the Yankees, Dodgers and Astros and what makes the Rays and A's so special (11:27). Then, Boog Sciambi discusses the MLBPA's perception of the juiced ball and how Aaron Boone should manage his lineup once all of his players return (29:54). Plus, Rena Banena brings the Bleacher Tweets (43:22).
The Future Is Now: 9/5/19
Buster speaks with Keith Law and Bias Cat about how baseball's top prospects will impact the postseason (11:18). They also discuss the futures of the Padres, Giants and Angels (23:46). Plus, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on his first season in Minnesota (37:11) and Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (41:58).
Who's Your Natty?: 9/4/19
Before Bryce Harper shares some childhood stories with Boog Sciambi (30:24), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about last night's Mets/Nationals game, Jack Flaherty's amazing second half and how history will remember the core of this Cubs team (15:14). Plus, "Hembo Knows" and this week's Power 10 (39:17).
No-No Brainer?: 9/3/19
Before hearing from Justin Verlander about his third career no-hitter (23:44), Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about the AL Cy Young race, Verlander's career revival, the debut of Gavin Lux and more (7:56). Plus, Sarah Langs risks her life for a special edition of "The Numbers Game" (26:44) and some Phillies "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (37:25).
A Crushing in Flushing: 8/30/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about Jeff Luhnow's surprising comments, the disappearance of the save and the outlook for the rest of the Mets' season (9:37). Then, Jessica Mendoza offers insights into the Mets clubhouse and the mindset of New York's front office before and after July 31 (31:21). Plus, Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" (43:54).
Arms and a Leg: 8/29/19
Before talking to former MLB slugger Prince Fielder about his early retirement and the state of the game (30:02), Buster speaks with Keith Law about Gerrit Cole's earning potential in free agency and the Dodgers' bullpen struggles (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (45:07).
August and Everything After: 8/28/19
Buster talks to ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton about the diminished meaning of home run records, Pete Alonso's impact on the Mets and the most likely landing spots for Gerrit Cole (10:15). Then, Jesse Rogers delivers some "Inside Heat" on the Cubs' playoff push and Yu Darvish's turnaround (31:22). After that, "Hembo Knows" (37:54) and this week's controversial Power 10 (44:27).
Hot 'Lanta: 8/27/19
Before speaking with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos about how he's built his roster for a postseason run (24:36), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about Josh Donaldson's resurgence, the AL Cy Young race and an idea for a new MLB logo (8:11). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (36:59).
Not So Black-and-White: 8/26/19
After discussing the outrage over the Players Weekend uniforms, the impact of the Jose Ramirez injury and the bewildering Cubs, Buster and Tim Kurkjian imagine how social media would have reacted to the unexpected retirement of Sandy Koufax in 1966 (11:06). Plus, Buster interviews Clayton Kershaw (30:04) and then Buster, Troy and Todd Radom weigh in on the uniform craze in "Cap Talk" (38:23).
Shooting Stars: 8/23/19
Before speaking with Astros OF George Springer about his rise to stardom (30:55), Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the LLWS and Gerrit Cole's earning potential when he hits the open market this offseason (9:57).
Home Sweet Home: 8/22/19
Buster talks with Keith Law about the Mets' road to the postseason, the Dodgers' player development system and Lucas Giolito's growth (15:17). Then, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (35:23) and Alex Speier, author of "Homegrown," discusses the Red Sox's offseason plans and Mookie Betts' rise through the system (39:58).
Living Legends: 8/21/19
Buster talks to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller about the evolution of Clayton Kershaw, how the Dodgers will manage their playoffs rotation, the significance of Carlos Correa's injury and more (13:12). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (31:24) and the latest Power 10 (38:16).
The Red Scare: 8/20/19
Buster talks to The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy about the handling of Chris Sale's elbow injury, Dave Dombrowski's cloudy future, Alex Cora's unusual influence and more (10:43). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (24:38) and Dave Schoenfield on Billy Hamilton's deal with the Braves and Carlos Correa's back issues (29:52).
Young and Old: 8/19/19
Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about Brian Snitker's decision to pull Ronald Acuna Jr., the severity of Chris Sale's elbow injury and the Yankees' ongoing feud with umpires (14:36). Plus, a quick interview with Anthony Rizzo (35:00) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (38:02).
Sprinting to the Finish: 8/16/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss league-wide bullpen struggles, Pete Alonso's versatility and if Bryce Harper's heroics last night will launch the turning point for him and the Phillies (12:14). Then, Jessica Mendoza provides the latest on the LLWS before previewing this weekend's Williamsport Classic (25:54). Plus, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies and Charlie Manuel's impact on the team (40:52).
Hollywood's Finest: 8/15/19
Buster returns from vacation and speaks to Keith Law about the historical significance of Albert Pujols' record for most hits by a foreign-born player, if Jake Arrieta will ever reclaim his former glory and how the home run boom has made talent evaluation more difficult (10:16). Then, Sarah Langs brings "The Numbers Game" (38:01) and Pirates OF Bryan Reynolds talks about his big year (42:42).
Devers Delivers: 8/14/19
Buster Olney appears as a guest on his podcast for the first time and speaks with Sarah Langs about Charlie Manuel returning to the Phillies as their new hitting coach, Josh Hader's struggles, and the injury to Jeff McNeil (9:56). Mandy Bell joins to discuss how the Indians turned their season around in June (26:13). Plus, Hembo Knows (36:03.
Lessons from the Past: 8/12/19
Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with Tim Kurkjian about the NL Wild Card race, the magic of Terry Francona, and what he learned in his reporting on the 25th Anniversary of the strike in 1994 (13:42). Plus, a conversation with Bruce Bochy (54:45) and Eddie Matz on the Nationals and what he learned from going to a game in the Atlantic League (30:50).
Field of Teams: 8/9/19
Tim Kurkjian fills in for Buster and speaks with Karl Ravech about Bo Bichette's record start, the significance of Chris Sale's big night and the magic of Terry Francona (10:07). Plus, Ravech boasts of Tim's prowess on the dance floor. Todd Radom also makes his weekly appearance for "Cap Talk" (34:17).
Crushed Hopes: 8/8/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and speaks to Eric Karabell about last night's Chris Davis meltdown, tight playoff races and more (1:26). Plus, Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus discusses the Mets' playoff hopes (23:59).
Keith Law fills in for Buster and opens the show by discussing his takeaways from watching OF Luis Robert, the top prospect in the White Sox organization, last night. Then, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe tells some stories from his new book, "Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up" (6:41).
Surprise, Surprise: 8/6/19
Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with his old friends Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft about DJ LeMahieu's surprise season, Bo Bichette's hot start and if the Mets can really make a run at the postseason (11:54). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (35:44).
Team Effort: 8/5/19
With Buster on vacation, Dave Schoenfield fills in and speaks with ESPN's Bradford Doolittle about the Yankees and their knack for the injury bug, the falling Red Sox, expectations for the Cubs and more (18:04). Plus, a surprise guest joins Troy and Todd Radom for "Cap Talk" (43:37).
Grudge Matches: 8/2/19
Buster and Jon Sciambi discuss the suspensions for those involved in the Pirates/Reds brawl before talking about the deterioration of Trevor Bauer's relationship with the Indians (11:02). Plus, Jessica Mendoza offers her insights on the Mets' trade deadline approach and this weekend's crucial series between the Red Sox and Yankees (31:59).
Trade Deadline Special: 7/31/19
Buster Olney, Sarah Langs & Dave Schoenfield identify today's biggest winners after offering instant reactions to the flurry of deals that happened at today's trade deadline.
Fear Amir: 7/31/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss how the MLB should come down on the players and coaches involved in last night's melee between the Reds and Pirates (17:39). They also talk about the Trevor Bauer trade and how it will impact the three teams involved. Plus, "The Numbers Game" (42:43) and this week's Power 10 (48:51).
All or Nothing: 7/30/19
Buster and USA Today's Bob Nightengale go around the trade rumor mill, discussing which available pieces could help contending teams down the stretch of the season (9:43). Then, new Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman addresses the media (26:50) before another edition of "Hembo Knows" (29:24). Plus, Buster talks to Orioles OF Stevie Wilkerson about his record-breaking pitching performance last week and how it could spur a revolution in baseball (37:02).
Trades and Tirades: 7/29/19
Two days before the trade deadline, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Trevor Bauer's outburst, the bewildering Marcus Stroman trade and potential trade targets for the Yankees and Red Sox. (17:35). Plus, an interview with Alex Cora (38:34) and Todd Radom's "Cap Talk" (41:53).
The Fall of Troy: 7/26/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the historic finish in last night's Orioles/Angels game, Troy Tulowitzki's retirement and how the Blake Snell injury will affect the Rays (11:01). Then, Jessica Mendoza previews the storylines surrounding this weekend's Yankees/Red Sox series, like the future of JD Martinez and DJ LeMahieu's monster season (38:35).
So...What Happened?: 7/25/19
Buster and Keith Law discuss the trade market after trying to make sense of the lineup confusion in the Rays and Red Sox game yesterday (14:57). Then, an interview with Nelson Cruz (42:23) and a special edition of "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs focused on the best 10 pitches in baseball (44:54).
Super Tuesday: 7/24/19
Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about the craziest night of the season thus far, the Yankees' pitching situation, Rays' struggles, and who the Dodgers should target at the trade deadline (18:19). Plus, a fascinating round of "Hembo Knows" (41:18) and this week's Power 10 (50:08).
Giant Obstacles: 7/23/19
Before speaking to Red Sox groundskeeper Dave Mellor about the incredible story of his fight against PTSD (36:05), Buster talks to USA Today's Bob Nightengale about San Francisco's remarkable turnaround, if the Red Sox should consider selling and robot umpires in the Atlantic League (12:30). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (30:00).
Closing Time: 7/22/19
Before hearing some snippets from Sunday's Hall of Fame speeches (48:59), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss next year's ballot, Matt Harvey's fall from grace and how the trade deadline hinges on the Giants (12:14). Plus, an interview with Freddie Freeman (35:39) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (39:15).
Savages in That Box!: 7/19/19
Before speaking with Edgar Martinez about his favorite Mariners memories (33:18), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about how the Giants should approach the deadline, Aaron Boone's legendary rant and the career of Martinez (12:04). Plus, A-Rod tells Buster about the difficulties of hitting against Mike Mussina (48:16).
Mr. Roboto: 7/18/19
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his memories of playing with Mariano Rivera (43:42), Buster talks to Keith Law about the suspensions handed to Brad Ausmus and Noe Ramirez, if robot umpires are coming soon and some possible deadline moves for the Dodgers (11:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (38:23).
Sweet Revenge: 7/17/19
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his time spent playing with Edgar Martinez (46:07), Buster talks to Joel Sherman of the NY Post about the Angels/Astros scuffle and which teams should make aggressive pushes at the trade deadline (16:17). Plus, Hembo tells Buster why Bryce Harper isn't a bust (39:45) and Buster and Troy disagree on the Power 10 (58:51).
Feeling Blue: 7/16/19
Buster talks to Jon Sciambi about the continued downward spiral of the Mets and the pitching market (10:46). Plus, he sounds off on baseball's perceived "home run problem." Marly Rivera also discusses Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s struggles and the dominance of the Dodgers (40:24). And, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (33:22).
Trade Carousel: 7/15/19
Before hearing from Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts (40:38), Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about an unforgettable Friday night for the Angels, weekend trades and the amazing Fernando Tatis Jr. (11:55). Plus, a Chicago White Sox edition of "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (32:04).
Ranger Danger: 7/12/19
Before speaking with former MLB OF Kenny Lofton about his memories in Cleveland, the Steroid Era, his Hall of Fame case and the time he smashed a thermometer (31:47), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about which teams should buy, sell or hold at the trade deadline (5:39). Plus, Rangers manager Chris Woodward discusses his team's strong first half (26:29).
Ball Four: 7/11/19
Before speaking with his old friend Scott Miller of Bleacher Report (29:06), Buster talks to Keith Law about his favorite moments from the Futures Game as well as Jim Bouton's impact on baseball (2:14). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (23:06) and "One Last Thing" on the life of Bouton (52:05).
Bieber Fever: 7/10/19
Buster speaks with USA Today's Bob Nightengale about his favorite moments from last night's All-Star Game and which teams will be aggressive at the trade deadline (11:12). Plus, Buster's postgame interviews with C.C. Sabathia and Francisco Lindor (26:55) followed by "Hembo Knows" (30:04) and this week's Power 10, where Troy Farkas reveals the real reason he's a Texas Rangers fan (35:56).
For Pete's Sake!: 7/9/19
Before speaking with MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig about his thoughts on the current state of league/player relations and other topics (38:46), Buster talks to Boog Sciambi about last night's record-setting HR Derby and Justin Verlander's fiery comments (10:27). Plus, a special HR Derby edition of "Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (30:35).
Derby Day: 7/8/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Jake Arrieta injury and the controversy surrounding the Jake Marisnick slide (13:06). Then, Karl Ravech previews tonight's HR Derby before looking back on the biggest storylines from the first half of the season (33:38). Plus, the new guy makes his debut on "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (45:16) and Buster presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (55:02).
Angel in the Outfield: 7/3/19
Before talking to Boog Sciambi about his impressions of the London Series and the new roles for Nate Eovaldi and Steven Matz (21:41), Buster speaks with reporter Alden Gonzalez about his time spent covering Tyler Skaggs (12:55). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (40:14) and the latest Power 10 (45:42). Lastly, Buster announces an exciting ESPYs experience (47:55).
For Whom the Bell Tolls: 7/2/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and begins by remembering the life of Tyler Skaggs. Then, Keith speaks with sports data scientist Meredith Wills about her controversial work regarding changes to the baseball (3:30). Then, we hear from Rob Manfred (24:20) and Sarah Langs highlights the youth movement across baseball in "Numbers Game" (33:02). Plus, a once-in-a-lifetime ESPYs experience is announced (55:00).
Battle Royale: 7/1/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and speaks with Eric Karabell about the electric BOS/NYY series in London, the All-Star voting process and the laughable Mets (1:14). Plus, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs discusses the Futures Game (20:45) and JD Martinez briefly talks about his performance thus far (46:20).
London Calling: 6/28/19
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss ANOTHER Mets implosion, the London Series, All-Star selections and more (11:33). Plus, sound from the All-Stars (29:14) and Josh Macri's farewell as the show's producer (35:58).
Champs And Chumps: 6/27/19
Buster & Keith Law discuss the College World Series, the next layer of the Mets' dysfunction and much more (14:02). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (40:34).
Stellar Sellers: 6/26/19
Buster speaks with Boog Sciambi about the upcoming London series, All-Star voting and the guy he'd want over Madison Bumgarner at the trade deadline (13:15). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (37:02) and a surprising Power 10 (44:40).
New York Mess: 6/25/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the ongoing dysfunction in the Mets clubhouse, the Jordan Hicks injury and fans rushing the field (12:36). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (45:15).
Highs and Lows: 6/24/19
Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis, the Mets' continued issues and the sinking Phillies (17:10). Plus, an interview with Angels IF Tommy La Stella (34:18) and a "Uni Quiz" with Todd Radom (36:37).
Foreign Threat: 6/21/19
Before a conversation with Rays OF Austin Meadows (41:32), Buster discusses the possibility of the Rays splitting time between TB and Montreal with Marc Topkin (10:04) & Boog Sciambi (18:04). Plus, Boog weighs in on Madison Bumgarner's future, Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis & more.
Max Effort: 6/20/19
Before hearing from Xander Bogaerts (34:31) and Hunter Pence (49:48), Buster talks to Keith Law about Max Scherzer's toughness, if the Nationals should sell at the deadline and "extraterrestrial" baseballs (12:35). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (42:46).
South Side Story: 6/19/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the emergence of Eloy Jimenez, the Yankees' powerful lineup and the umpire union's response to Manny Machado (12:58). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals (33:00), "Hembo Knows" (47:48) and the latest Power 10 (53:18).
Take Two: 6/18/19
Before speaking with Yankees GM Brian Cashman about the Encarnacion trade and the pitching market (31:55), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about Manny Machado's suspension and the Mets' struggles (12:36). Plus, Buster plays "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (46:01).
Power Purchase: 6/17/19
Before hearing from Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (32:05), Buster and Tim Kurkjian assess the Edwin Encarnacion trade from both sides and talk about Hyun-jin Ryu's dominance (12:52). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (44:24).
The Way It Is: 6/14/19
Buster speaks to Karl Ravech about covering the College World Series and ASG voting (10:34). Plus, Jessica Mendoza previews the weekend (35:16).
Before a discussion with Twins P Jake Odorizzi (34:35), Buster and Joel Sherman discuss the red hot Braves, the developing trade market and more (13:16). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:19).
Deal With It: 6/12/19
Before talking to Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos (24:16), Buster and Boog Sciambi discuss Boston's struggles, Corey Seager's injury and more (10:49). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (34:52) and the latest Power 10 (41:16).
Status Check: 6/11/19
After getting the latest on David Ortiz's condition from Marly Rivera (11:23), Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the ridiculous power surge in the majors, the Dodgers' bullpen weaknesses and more (18:50). Plus, David Ross on Big Papi (34:10) and Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:34).
Before hearing from Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt (28:02) Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the latest with David Ortiz, the war of words between Madison Bumgarner & Max Muncy, Dallas Keuchel's pointed words about his negotiations and more (10:15). Plus, Cap Talk with Todd Radom (31:40).
Brave New World: 6/7/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the Dallas Keuchel deal, Craig Kimbrel and more (10:18). Plus, Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to talk about his dad, Cody Bellinger & more (31:20).
Done Deal: 6/6/19
Buster talks to Bob Nightengale about the Craig Kimbrel signing, what it means for Dallas Keuchel and more (11:20). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (23:03) and Keith Law with thoughts on the Kimbrel deal as well as a draft recap (28:59).
The Good Guys: 6/5/19
Buster talks to Matt Vasgersian about a major milestone for Bruce Bochy, where the Phillies go from here and more (10:24). Plus, Boog Sciambi on the Clint Frazier controversy and more (25:10), Paul Hembekides (46:31) and the latest Power 10 rankings (51:46).
Present & Future: 6/4/19
After chatting with Keith Law about Monday's draft (7:11), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Andrew McCutchen's injury, the Yankees' chemistry & much more (15:04). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (37:03).
Making Moves: 6/3/19
Before hearing from Aaron Boone (33:56) & Xander Bogaerts (37:38), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss the amateur draft, the Keuchel/Kimbrel sweepstakes and much more (9:23). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom and the weekly uniform quiz (40:58).
Surprise, Surprise: 5/31/19
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss the early-season awards winners, the biggest surprises & disappointments so far and much more (10:06). Plus, Little League CEO Steve Keener hops on to discuss exciting new developments (33:48).
Enough Is Enough: 5/30/19
After talking with Jesse Rogers about the horrible incident in Houston on Wednesday (13:19), Buster & Keith Law discuss fan safety, Keith's latest mock draft and more (18:15). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (36:51) and Michael Kay with some "Inside Heat" on the Yankees (41:54).
Conspiracy Juice: 5/29/19
Before a "Call To The Legend" with Dodgers great Rick Monday (34:21), Buster talks to Paul Hembekides (10:06) & Boog Sciambi (17:37) about Joe Maddon's comments on potentially juiced baseballs, the overall weakness of the AL and more. Plus the latest Power 10 rankings (56:22).
Goodbye For Now: 5/28/19
After a conversation with Indians manager Terry Francona (9:04), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Dustin Pedroia's future, Bill Buckner's legacy, Manny Machado's annoyance with the media and more (12:54). Plus, Cardinals P Jack Flaherty (32:23) and Cap Talk with Todd Radom (36:39).
Make The Call: 5/24/19
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss the most desirable HR Derby field, the Nationals' struggles and more (12:20). Plus, Jake Kaplan on the Astros (32:00) and Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on the recovery of the museum after last summer's vandalism (39:21).
Throw The Damn Towel: 5/23/19
Before catching up with Pirates slugger Josh Bell (35:33), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss the Orioles' brutal season, SF's rebuilding efforts and more (11:31). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (30:42).
Challenge The System: 5/22/19
Buster & Keith Law discuss the potential ramifications involving Braves prospect Carter Stewart, the best and worst college programs for pitchers and more (13:19). Plus, Mandy Bell with some "Inside Heat" on the Indians (38:09), Paul Hembekides (49:21) and the latest Power 10 rankings (54:35).
That's The Story: 5/21/19
After Buster & Tyler Kepner break down an all-time day for the Mets (10:00), Tim Kurkjian joins to weigh in on the Mets, Vlad Jr.'s controversial off day, a tough moment for Andrelton Simmons and more (32:52). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (25:22).
Winning Ugly: 5/20/19
Before hearing from Kris Bryant (38:25) and Kyle Hendricks (43:15), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss the mess with the Mets, the Astros' climb, "Buster's" Presidents' Race win, Anthony Rendon's impact on this season and much more (15:24). Plus, Cap Talk with Todd Radom and the weekly uniform quiz (49:04).
Stay Classy: 5/17/19
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss the rumors surrounding Mickey Callaway, Ian Kinsler's emotional outburst and much more (7:48). Plus, Jessica Mendoza looks ahead to the weekend (25:24) and a "Call To The Legend" with iconic Padres announcer Ted Leitner who shares tales of Tony Gwynn and answers the question of whether he's the inspiration for Ron Burgundy (36:10).
West Coast Bias: 5/16/19
Buster & Keith Law reset some of the young stars to keep tabs on this year and much more (7:45). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (33:08) and Alden Gonzalez with a deep dive on the Dodgers, Angels and Padres (39:48).
Before catching up with Yankees manager Aaron Boone (26:51), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Chris Sale's progress, Vlad Jr., the Brewers and more (8:39). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (35:11) and this week's "Power 10" rankings (40:28).
Talk About The Weather: 5/14/19
Before a conversation with Brewers manager Craig Counsell (30:22), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss scheduling issues caused by weather, the Astros' surge, Madison Bumgarner's future and more (6:16). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (34:27).
They Are Who We Thought They Were: 5/13/19
Before conversations with Christian Yelich (29:15) & Jon Lester (31:59), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Madison Bumgarner's future, the tightening of the AL East and more (8:43). Plus, Todd Radom's "Cap Talk" and weekly quiz (41:44).
Presence Of Greatness: 5/10/19
After a conversation with Angels OF Mike Trout (9:00), Buster & Karl Ravech discuss Albert Pujols' 2,000th RBI, Boston's visit to the White House & more (19:44). Plus, author Ron Rapoport on his fascinating book profiling the great Ernie Banks (46:18).
What Are We Talkin' About?: 5/9/19
Before a conversation with Brewers P Jhoulys Chacin (42:38), Buster & Keith Law discuss the debate about foreign substances in the game, Tim Anderson's comments about baseball being "boring" and more (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (33:40).
Fiers Fest: 5/8/19
Before catching up with Rays P Tyler Glasnow (36:22), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss Mike Fiers' no-hitter, Dallas Keuchel's decision, the future of the Angels & more (11:41). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (29:15) and this week's Power 10 rankings (46:00).
Mr. Negative: 5/7/19
Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Chris Paddack's gem, issues in Queens and more examples of the Marlins being the Marlins (9:51). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (37:32), and Jesse Rogers with some "Inside Heat" on the Cubs (42:47).
They're Baaaack!: 5/6/19
Before hearing from Cubs manager Joe Maddon (33:40), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the resurgence of the Cubs & Red Sox, why the Cardinals are in good shape, Tyler Glasnow and more (8:20). Plus, Todd Radom's Cap Talk and weekly trivia (37:26).
Thor Returns: 5/3/19
Before catching up with World Series champ Chase Utley (52:46), Buster & Karl Ravech discuss Noah Syndergaard's dominant performance, the rise of the Twins, changes to the Nationals' staff and more (9:24). Plus, Jessica Mendoza looks ahead to the weekend (35:52).
Broken Dreams: 5/2/19
Before a conversation with Astros manager AJ Hinch (27:30), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Corey Kluber's devastating injury, the red hot Twins and more (11:23). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (38:06) and Derrick Goold with some Inside Heat on the surging Cardinals (43:59).
Mr. 3,000: 5/1/19
Buster & Keith Law discuss CC Sabathia's milestone, the HR surge, Addison Russell and more (10:14). Plus, Paul Hembekides (36:58) and this week's "Power 10" rankings (43:32).
Power Up: 4/30/19
Before catching up with Braves P Max Fried (34:39), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss the power around the big leagues, Tim Anderson's hot stretch and more (9:40). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (28:04).
Dodger Damage: 4/29/19
Before Boog Sciambi's conversation with George Springer (34:41), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Cody Bellinger's hot month, the Yankees' perseverance and more (12:31). Plus, Todd Radom's weekly quiz and a discussion on the ugliest caps ever (39:25).
Family Matters: 4/26/19
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss Vlad Jr., the first families of baseball and much more (7:51). Plus, Jessica Mendoza (30:19) and a great conversation with HOF President Jeff Idelson (40:39).
Smack Back: 4/25/19
Buster & David Schoenfield discuss Rhys Hoskins' leisurely HR trot, Vlad Jr.'s call-up, a budding star in San Diego and much more (14:12). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (33:36) and the latest Power 10 rankings (39:28).
Emotions Runneth Over: 4/24/19
Before in-depth conversations with Dave Roberts (27:14) and Andrew McCutchen (42:06), Buster talks to Boog Sciambi about the Mets-Phillies gripes, Mike Trout, Chris Sale & more (8:46). Plus, a dive into the numbers with Paul Hembekides (36:49).
Fightin' Phillie: 4/23/19
Buster talks to Bob Nightengale (10:11) & Keith Law (31:02) about Bryce Harper's ejection, Jake Arrieta's reaction to it, Vlad Jr.'s status and much more. Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (25:02).
Young And Successful: 4/22/19
Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the incredible potential of Max Fried, the plethora of Yankees injuries and much more (10:22). Plus, a fascinating conversation with Terry Francona (38:50) and Todd Radom's weekly quiz and Cap Talk (47:40).
Make Your Pitch: 4/19/19
Buster & Karl Ravech debate their Mt. Rushmore of pitchers, discuss the possibility of Mookie Betts getting traded and much more (6:53). Plus, Jess Mendoza looks ahead to the weekend (32:03) and Wayne Coffey discusses his new book chronicling the '69 Mets (47:27).
Let The Kids Play?: 4/18/19
Before a conversation with CC Sabathia (30:55), Buster & Keith Law discuss the KC-CWS fracas, panic in Boston and more (10:33). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (39:04).
Another Level: 4/17/19
After getting some Inside Heat from Alex Speier on another bad outing from the Red Sox (10:11), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Christian Yelich's demolition of the Cardinals, Anthony Rendon's contract negotiations and much more (17:32). Plus, Paul Hembekides weighs in on Mt. Rushmore with "Hembo Knows" (38:53).
Almost Like He's Psychic: 4/16/19
Before hearing from Hank Aaron (33:10), Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Yasiel Puig's bizarre night, Clayton Kershaw's return to the mound, and Christian Yelich's dominance of the Cardinals (12:57). Plus, the "Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (8:01) and Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon on the impact her father had on society (30:53).
Before an enlightening conversation with Jacob deGrom (49:22), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Jackie Robinson Day, the red hot Astros, dominant pitching staffs & more (11:38). Plus, Negro Leagues Museum President Bob Kendrick (38:36) and Todd Radom's Cap Talk and latest uniform quiz (41:44).
Young Gronk: 4/12/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the impact that Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron had on MLB, the avalanche of criticism about Ozzie Albies' extension, and the early season success of Mets rookie Pete Alonso (9:13). Plus, NY Times' Tyler Kepner with stories on Steve Carlton's slider, Madison Bumgarner's fastball, and Mike Mussina's curveball (38:54).
Let's Make A Deal: 4/11/19
Buster talks to Keith Law about the "emotional leverage" in Matt Carpenter's new extension with the Cardinals, other players who should be looking for extensions and the trend of "poor" baserunning in the league (9:48). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (37:40), Jessica Mendoza on Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and more (43:13) as well as your "Bleacher Tweets" (59:53).
Palpable Frustration: 4/10/19
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the Mariners' hot start, Alex Cora's honesty about the early struggles for the Red Sox, and the 2018 playoff team that's in the most trouble (8:33). Plus, "Hembo Knows" on Max Fried's electric stuff (30:40) and some "Inside Heat" from Marc Topkin on the 1st place Rays (38:02).
Sunk Cost: 4/9/19
Buster and Boog Sciambi discuss the Yankees rotation, the Chris Davis coverage, the best players under the age of 22, and the always interesting Alex Bregman (7:50). Plus, the "Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (27:21), Steve Wulf on Michael Jordan's career in the minor leagues (32:54), and Eddie Matz on Justin Verlander's quest to pitch into his mid-40s (43:11).
Phenomenally Good: 4/8/19
Before hearing from Cody Bellinger (36:44), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the brawl in Pittsburgh, the Dodgers' new hitting plan, the Cubs' slow start, and why the Orioles should just move on from Chris Davis (11:20). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom and the weekly uniform/logo quiz (41:03).
Kings Of The Hill: 4/5/19
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss Thursday's stellar pitching performances, the implosion of the Cubs and more (12:03). Plus, Jessica Mendoza stops by (34:35) and Coley Harvey brings some Inside Heat on the Yankees (50:26).
Center Stage: 4/4/19
Buster talks to Keith Law about Jacob deGrom's dominance, the Acuna deal, the Ump Show in Texas and more (14:49). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (49:10) and a tribute to Bobby Cox (54:28).
Phlipped Off: 4/3/19
After the best highlights of the day and a dive into the numbers with Paul Hembekides (17:26), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Bryce Harper's bat flip, Ronald Acuna Jr.'s new deal and more (24:28). Plus, the 2019 debut of the Power 10 Rankings (51:13).
War Of Words, War Of Attrition: 4/2/19
Buster talks to David Schoenfield about the injury issues that are already presenting themselves around the game, the war of words between Ron Darling & Lenny Dykstra and much more (13:35). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (43:56) and Steve Buckley with some Inside Heat on the struggling Red Sox (48:20).
Weekend Observations: 4/1/19
Before hearing from Bryce Harper (33:03), Freddie Freeman (44:16) and Gabe Kapler (47:06), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the biggest surprises of the weekend, Christian Yelich's scorching start, cause for concern in Boston and Chicago and much more (9:27). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom and the weekly uniform/logo quiz (36:15).
Episode 4: Jessica Mendoza: 3/27/19
On the next stop on the Laughter Permitted party train, Julie Foudy catches up with her longtime pal Jessica Mendoza, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in softball and an analyst on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Jessica tells the story of how a post-game interview during her playing days led to her current career in TV. She also delves into what it's like being a woman calling MLB in primetime, how a cockroach in a Dominican Republic bathroom helped her out of a hitting slump, what it's like homeschooling her sons and why scotch is her preferred drink of choice. Jessica's 9-year-old son, Caleb, joins the conversation and is so good on the mic that he has been invited to be on every episode going forward.
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