Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
Complete Hypothetical: 5/18/22
Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss the Red Sox as mid-season sellers, if it makes sense for the Nationals to trade Juan Soto, the Angels starting pitching and Shohei Ohtanis fastball command. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Boston being 13 games out of first place in the AL East, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Later, Buster talks to Jason Heyward about the baseball academy hes building on Chicagos West Side.
Please, Give Me More: 5/16/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Albert Pujols making his pitching debut and how it looks like hes having more fun than ever, Adam Wainwrights stellar start, if Harrison Bader froze the glove from his Gold Glove season, and Shohei Ohantis amazing weekend. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the most fun moments in baseball so far this season, Pirates winning without registering a hit and Ohtanis 100th home run.
Gabe Kapler: The Most Interesting Man in Baseball: 5/14/22
Picture a baseball manager. Whatever image youve conjured in your mind of, say, a slightly out of shape, older man whos all business - it probably doesnt match Gabe Kapler, who manages the San Francisco Giants. Kapler is an enigma: an uber-buff fitness geek who only eats red meat. He sports well manicured facial hair and speaks in verse, sounding more like a poet than a baseball player. Tim Keown introduces us to Kapler, and how hes rewriting baseballs unwritten rules&and reimagining what it means to be a manager.
Bet on Yourself: 5/13/22
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster for a special edition of Baggage Claim Monday on a Friday to discuss the Bryce Harper injury update and what this means for the future of the Phillies. Plus, they break down the impact of Aaron Judge and why he is an early leader for MVP. Then, Jessica Mendoza joins to give her take on the electronic strike zone and how it could bring in a younger viewership. Later, Buster answers your Bleacher Tweets.
More of an Oval: 5/12/22
Buster looks back at last nights Red Sox-Braves game where another blown strike call was a deciding factor in the outcome. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to discuss Reid Detmers no-hitter, Justin Verlanders productive fastball, if Christian Yelich is turning a corner, the Yankees secondary players stepping up, Jim Cranes hypocrisy and Busters idea to improve the umpiring situation. Later, Todd Radom delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Sorry Fellow Travelers: 5/9/22
Buster Olney joins Karl Ravech to discuss why it felt like the Cubs had no chance against the Dodgers this weekend, if Los Angeles will run away with the National League, the number of teams on pace to win 100 games and Trevor Story getting booed in Boston. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to wax nostalgic about her time in Chicago, and talk about Walker Buehlers career WHIP, Wilmer Flores bases loaded at-bats and Sundays bonanza of games.
Guttural Laugh: 5/6/22
Hembo and Buster discuss the Phillies collapse against the Mets, if panic or patience is needed for Philadelphia, the White Sox and Red Sox, and the only thing holding back the Blue Jays lineup. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the Mets comeback, the Buck Showalter-Aaron Boone dynamic in New York, Madison Bumgarner getting tossed and the Reds unique ugliness. Later, Jessica Mendoza on a huge college softball series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this weekend, Shohei Ohtanis terrific outing in Boston and the issues festering in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Something Special Brewing: 5/4/22
Aaron Boone and Buster Olney discuss Boones unconscious superstitions while hes on a winning streak, the energy in the Yankees clubhouse, why he wasnt worried about Aaron Judge after he turned down New York's contract offer, his teams defense and Dusty Baker. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to talk about Bakers 2,000th managerial win, Brian Cashmans offseason moves panning out, Judges torrid start, if the Blue Jays need to add depth to their lineup and which division race will be more fun: AL East or NL West? Later, Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the worst stadiums hes ever visited, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Chicken Salad: 5/2/22
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindors micd up performance on Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets six game lead in the NL East and the upcoming series against the Braves, Bryce Harper looking off, the Angels' beach head of pitching, the Red Sox finding themselves in a deep hole after losing a series in Baltimore, and if Trevor Bauer will play in MLB again. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Kevin Gausman not yet allowing a walk, Clayton Kershaw breaking the Dodgers all-time strikeout record and Max Scherzers swings-and-misses.
Stick to Words: 4/28/22
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss calling Dodger games, the Braves activating Ronald Acuña Jr., concern for Gavin Lux, Eric Hosmers concentration and Joe Wests comments on Angel Hernandez. Then, Hembo drops by to defend his scorching hot Albert Pujols take, contextualize the Pirates and Orioles spending, and lay out how exactly Buck Showalter makes an impact.
Still Talking About The Balls: 4/27/22
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Chris Bassitts tough words for MLB about the baseballs, the year-over-year changes to the balls, their scorching hot takes, why the Yankees letter was a nothingburger and how we havent yet seen the best of the Blue Jays. Then, Xavier Scruggs stops by to talk about the conversation in the Mets clubhouse after Pete Alonso was hit again, what the Mets pitching staff is doing so well thus far and Cody Bellinger hitting off speed pitches up the middle of the field. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts the umpires wearing logos on their uniforms, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Double Z: 4/25/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Angel Hernandezs strike zone and Kyle Schwarbers meltdown, Bryce Harper wearing the mic for seven innings on Sunday Night Baseball, Eric Lauers rising velocity, Miguel Cabreras legacy after notching 3,000 hits, if Cabrera will be the last player to reach that milestone, Yankee fans throwing garbage on the field, and Eloy Jiménez going down. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Jazz Newsome and Ozzie Albies first-pitch home runs, Byron Buxtons walk-off homer, Cody Bellinger, and Cabrera.
I Don't Drink Tap Water: 4/22/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Boone walking Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Phillies escaping a sweep in Colorado, the Brewers needing Christian Yelich to perform to become a complete team and attendance bottoming out in Oakland. Then, Hembo on why hes upset about the lack of Cabrera coverage, the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and the ugly consequences of non-competitive behavior. Later, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about joining the Dodgers broadcast as an analyst, if Cody Bellinger is stabilizing, Bob Melvins credibility in the Padres clubhouse and a fun start to the season for the Mariners.
A Cold Night in Queens: 4/20/22
Buster examines the Mets 9-3 start, coming on the heels of a forgettable 2021 season. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to discuss the similarities of Joe Maddons culture change with the Cubs in the mid-2010s to Buck Showalters culture change with the Mets, the Cubs putting the ball in play, the White Soxs depth, Gerrit Coles rough night out and the minor league pitch clock shaving off 20 minutes of game time. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Padres uniform ads, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Kiké Hernandez and Shakespeare: 4/19/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim moving heavy things, baseball not disappointing with Freddie Freemans home run against the Braves, Ronald Acuña Jr. starting his minor league rehab assignment, the Angels intentionally walking Corey Seager to score a run, the Red Sox leaving players behind as they head to Toronto and Jake Arrieta big-timing Tim in a Starbucks. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on sock height, Seiya Suzukis low chase rate, Hunter Greens 100 mph pitches, the Mets rotation ERA and a confused Mike Trout.
The Impact of Jackie Robinson : 4/15/22
Buster Olney pays tribute to Jackie Robinson and discusses the legacy he leaves behind on the game. Then, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down if Clayton Kershaw should have been pulled after pitching a perfect game through seven innings and the instability of the Padres. Plus, Jessica Mendoza shares what Jackie Robinson means to her and the struggles of Gerrit Cole. Later, Hembo joins Buster to discuss the emerging star of Steven Kwan and the games hes excited for this weekend.
After Jackie: What Happened with Baseball and Black America?: 4/15/22
Its been 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, becoming the first Black player to take the field in Major League Baseball in 1947. Jackie was a specific player chosen at a specific time, when baseball was highly aligned with Black popular culture. But what happened between baseball and Black America in the decades after Jackies pivotal act? Why didnt baseball become a majority Black sport, like basketball and football? Why didnt MLB follow the culture into hip hop or grow its Black fan base? Jesse Washington uses his own lapsed baseball fandom to explore these questions with guests like Public Enemys Chuck D, Jackies son David Robinson, and current players and executives.
Sara Smile: 4/13/22
Buster Olney discusses what makes Guardians rookie Steven Kwan special, his record-breaking performance, and Kwans biggest hit of the season thus far. Then, Alden Gonzalez breaks down future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols homer and mission to prove himself, the standing ovation Alec Bohm received from the Philadelphia crowd, and if the Dodgers are truly the best team in baseball. Later, Todd Radom shares this weeks Phantom Franchise and quiz.
First Weekend Overreactions: 4/11/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster look back on the first weekend and discuss the Guardians Steven Kwan looking like the best player in baseball, Rob Manfred gifting all the players headphones, a culture shift within the Mets' locker room, Red Sox hitters complaining how fast Yankee pitchers were working with PitchCom, if Cody Bellinger is in trouble, which side blew it in Aaron Judges contract negotiations and the Braves championship rings. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Hunter Greenes heat, Kwan, and the Twins consecutive runs via the homer.
Midlife Crisis Guy: 4/8/22
Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss how they took in Opening Day, how PitchCom is already speeding up the game, Bobby Witt Jr.s big league debut, the best part of Shohei Ohtanis Opening Day, and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freemans clash in Atlanta. Then, Buster takes a closer look at Joey Votto turning over a new leaf on social media and his micd up performance during last nights broadcast. Later, Todd Radom has this weeks Phantom Franchise and quiz.
Opening Day 2022: 4/7/22
Buster Olney and Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos discuss celebrating the World Series in Atlanta with the fans on Opening Day, the process of designing the championship rings, when Ronald Acuña Jr. may return, early impressions of Matt Olson and his thoughts on PitchCom. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about his excitement for the season to start, the potential reception for Olson, how the Braves are feeling heading into a title defense, Joey Vottos TikToks and José Ramírezs new contract with the Guardians. Later, Hembo on Ramírez, the three most important players this season and potentially the best player in baseball through April.
Master of Ceremonies: 4/4/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tims duties at Brian Cashmans Catholic University Hall of Fame induction, the Padres trading for Sean Manaea, if the As are retooling or tanking, the Mets pitching woes with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer's injuries, deGrom still insisting hes going to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, where Buster thinks deGrom will end up, and the White Sox trading Craig Kimbrel for AJ Pollock from the Dodgers. Then, Buster talks to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about Tims handling of his Hall of Fame induction, making trades during the weekends festivities, his comments about the 2017 ALCS, recommending Carlos Beltrán for the YES Network, improving the teams defense and Josh Donaldson. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game.
Phantom Franchise: 4/1/22
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Matt Olson, Jacob deGroms shoulder tightness, the Mets need for pitching security, whether the Cardinals or Brewers will win the NL Central and why Brian Cashman shouldve kept his thoughts on the 2017 Yankees to himself. Then, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Nationals cherry blossom uniforms, delivers the first Phantom Franchise entry and administers the weekly quiz.
Slam Dunk Selection: 3/30/22
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Oneil Cruz being sent to the minors, how the Cruz move underscores the lack of substantive changes in service time manipulation and tanking, if Bobby Witt Jr. is the favorite for AL rookie of the year, and offseason grades for the Braves, Yankees and the NL Central. Then, Hembo makes that case for an all-time great season from the Dodgers lineup, explains why hes picking the White Sox to win the World Series and shares which players he thinks will be break out stars.
Does Tim Kurkjian Know?: 3/28/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss the Oscars slap heard around the world, the communication breakdown between Freddie Freeman and the Braves, Albert Pujols signing with the Cardinals, why Bobby Witt Jr. should be on the Royals Opening Day roster, MLB continuing to check for sticky stuff, and Max Scherzer looking ready to go. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Mets throwing two multi-time Cy Young winners, if Gerrit Cole can lead the AL in strikeouts, Shohei Ohtani pitching and hitting on Opening Day, and what St. Louis can expect from Pujols this season.
Always About Urgency: 3/24/22
Buster starts the show examining the Orioles continuing tank-a-thon as oddsmakers peg Baltimores 2022 win total at 62.5 games. Then, Todd Radom stops by to discuss Vanderbilts new logo and his new weekly series Phantom Franchises, as well as administer the first quiz of the year. Then, Karl Ravech on New York City lifting its vaccine mandate for athletes, the looming issue of needing to be vaccinated to travel to Toronto, wins totals for the AL East and NL West, and the return of the ghost runner in extra innings.
Sign, Sealed, Delivered: 3/22/22
Hembo joins Buster to give his three bold predictions for this season. Plus, Buster pays homage to Max Scherzer after his performance Monday. Then, Joon Lee joins Buster to discuss the suspected content in the letter that will be released by the courts from Rob Manfred to the Yankees. Later, Buster answers this weeks Bleacher Tweets.
Splitting Up: 3/21/22
Buster Olney reports on the historic class of free agent shortstops all finally finding homes. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to discuss the Twins signing Carlos Correa, Trevor Story landing with the Red Sox, Freddie Freeman making less money with the Dodgers than he wouldve with the Braves, how much of a difference Bob Melvin will make on the Padres and potential bubble teams in MLBs expanded playoffs. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on which team still needs starting pitching, the Braves bullpen, the Yankees defense and the Tigers defense.
School Systems: 3/17/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Freddie Freeman landing with the Dodgers, L.A. and Atlanta's contract numbers for Freeman not being far off, Kris Bryant signing with Colorado making no sense, Chris Sales broken ribs, and their surprised that the Red Sox haven't been more aggressive. Then, Buster examines the hyper-competitive AL East. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about why the Braves moving on from Freeman in favor of Matt Olson was a smart move, if Bryant will still be in Colorado in seven years, why he thinks the Yankees are going to finish fourth in the division, his lack of enthusiasm for Kyle Schwarber in Philadelphia and the Mariners.
"Not Even Close": 3/15/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.s wrist injury and how the Padres are going to have trouble scoring runs, the Mariners trading for Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez, Joe Maddon bungled attempt to move Mike Trout to right field, the Yankees improving defensively, the Braves trading for Matt Olson and closing the door on signing Freddie Freeman. Then, Buster gets reaction from Dansby Swanson, Ian Anderson, Ozzie Albies and Alex Anthopoulos on the Freeman news. Later, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about Josh Donaldson and Gerrit Cole ironing out their differences, Donaldson bringing a spark to the Yankees clubhouse, and how Max Scherzer and Buck Showalter will be good for Francisco Lindor.
Blockbuster Deal: 3/14/22
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the competitive advantage of the vaccination status of players. Then, they break down the blockbuster deal of the Yankees acquiring Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela. Next, Austin Riley met with Buster and fellow reporters at camp discussing their chances of repeating a championship and the absence of Freddie Freeman. Finally, Buster answers this weeks bleacher tweets.
EMERGENCY POD: The Lockout Is Over: 3/10/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster convene for an emergency pod to discuss the end of the lockout, why theyre excited to see which moves the Yankees and Dodgers make, keeping an eye on the As, if the Brewers will deal Josh Hader for a bat, their thoughts on Carlos Correa and Trevor Story, if there will be backchannel conversations about other rule changes, if enough was done to combat tanking, and the mini-revolt among the players that forced the end of the lockout.
The Best We Can Do: 3/10/22
Red Sox pitcher and friend of the pod Rich Hill joins Buster to discuss potential rule changes in baseball, the need to streamline instant replay, if the pitch clock gives an advantage to hitters, whether the shift should be banned or tweaked, why bigger bases make sense and devaluing starting pitching. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about where labor negotiations stand, the qualifying offer creating a bottleneck, the conversation around the international draft being a bad look, Steve Cohens Twitter likes, Rob Manfreds job performance and Scott Boras assessment of the lockouts media coverage.
Feeling Sad: 3/2/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss MLB canceling games, the erosion of fan support this decision will cause, the shortsightedness of negotiations, handwringing over the luxury tax, the unions path of non-engagement, if the owners are trying to break the union and Tim having never played a single video game.
Lawn Chairs: 3/1/22
Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss how close the players and the league are to a labor deal, what its been like covering these negotiations, the remaining issues to be resolved, the leverage players have with playoff format proposals, Derrick Jeter steps down as Marlins CEO and the Jesse Rogers rule of owning a team. Then, Buster talks to a group of Bleacher Tweeters to get their thoughts on the labor fight, and what they'd say to owners and players. Later, Scott Van Pelt on why the Orioles' poor performance has led him to apathy about the strike.
Baseball-Type Things: 2/24/22
Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to discuss his top 100 prospect list, when the Orioles will debut Adley Rutschman, if theres more pressure on teams to call players up, the rhetoric surrounding Anthony Volpe, ONeil Cruzs potential impact for the Pirates, Kileys draft board and if Freddie Freeman stays with the Braves. Then, Busters conversation with a group of major leaguers who are working out in Nashville as they wait for the labor situation to be resolved. Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about uniform updates in 2022, the Yankees retiring Paul ONeils number, and Buster turns the table on the quiz.
Human Sigh: 2/16/22
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss the Eric Kay trial and opioid use among pitchers, why labor negotiations feel like falling in a dream down an infinite cavern, and the parallels to the 1981 strike. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about running into Kyle Schwarber decked out Bengals gear at the Super Bowl, the absurdity of negotiations taking place over short meetings on Zoom, and her thoughts on Rachel Balkovec and the wave of women being hired to important roles in MLB. Later, Hembo on which players will benefit most from the universal DH, this years Rams and Bengals in baseball, and which prospect will have the biggest impact.
Protect Your Investments: 2/8/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss updates in the labor negotiations, what team first baseman Freddie Freeman will sign with, and how stopping steroid testing will affect the game. Next, Buster sits down with the executive director for Advocates for Minor Leaguers Harry Marino and player Rhett Wiseman to shed light on the living conditions of minor league players and what changes need to be made. Later, Buster answers this week's Bleacher Tweets.
Bubble Screen: 2/1/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the state of the labor negotiations, if the owners should throw the players a bone after steamrolling them, the lack of consistent back-and-forth, the NFLs blockbuster playoffs looming in the background of the talks, ESPN unveiling its top-100 MLB players of all-time, their logic when assembling their rankings, and the debates that have emerged from Nos. 100-51. Later, Doug Glanville stops by to talk about his piece on why hes fine with Barry Bonds not making the Hall of Fame.
Like Bags of Sand: 1/26/22
Hembo and Buster discuss the relevancy and money MLB is losing as labor talks drag on, David Ortizs election to the Hall of Fame, and if his election will help Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez get into the Hall. Then, Rich Hill stops by to talk about signing for his 18th season with the Boston Red Sox, the AL East, involving his son with team activities, his worry for the sports health if a labor agreement is not reached soon, his concerns with a potentially shortened spring training and the automated strike zone.
Sky is the Limit: 1/19/22
Buster Olney discusses the latest news in the MLB. Then, Sarah Langs joins Buster to share her top three Australian-born players in honor of Busters special guest this week, Genevieve Beacom. Then, Buster talks with the 17-year old Beacom, who is the first woman to pitch professionally in Australia. Plus, Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the updates in the labor negotiations. Finally, Buster answers your questions with this weeks bleacher tweets.
Breaking News: 1/12/22
Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss the career of Jon Lester following his retirement announcement this morning. Plus, they break down if Lester has the possibility of entering the Hall of Fame. Then, Buster and Jesse discuss the labor situation and if there is any progress being made on the path to an agreement. Later, Buster is joined by Hembo to debate who is in their top ten player positional rankings.
On the Ballot: 1/6/22
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss the chances of Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Curt Schilling, David Ortiz and others being elected to the Hall of Fame this year. Then, Derrick Goold stops by to talk about the negativity surrounding the Hall of Fame voting process, the slow-drip of results, what they would change about the voting process and if writers should even participate.
The Most Important Puerto Rican Ever: 12/23/21
Buster Olney remembers the life and tragic passing of Roberto Clemente on New Years Eve of 1972 with three distinct voices. First, Buster talks to former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass about meeting Clemente as an 18-year-old minor leaguer, when he heard the news of the plane crash, spring training of 1973 feeling like an extension of the memorial, what Clemente was like in the clubhouse and why no one could take their eyes off of him. Then David Maraniss, author of Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, stops by to talk about his live broadcast relaying the news of Clementes death, why he decided to write a Clemente biography, the awe Clemente inspired in fellow players and Manny Sanguillén searching for Clementes body. Finally, longtime MLB player and coach Joey Cora discusses learning of Clementes death at the age of seven, Clemente putting Puerto Rico on the map, how Clemente paved the way for all Puerto Rican players in MLB and his favorite Clemente highlight.
1994 What Ifs&: 12/16/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss abstaining from Twitter, Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa in free agency limbo, the riskiness of the Mets not hiring Buck Showalter, and what comes to Davids mind when thinking about the 1994 Expos. Then, the GM for the 1994 Expos Kevin Malone stops by to talk about his work for the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, Montreal ownership forcing him to dismantle the 94 Expos as a result of the labor strike, why he thinks that dismantling was the beginning of the end of baseball in Montreal and what the free agency situation may look like once a labor agreement is reached. Later, Hembo has more on the 94 Expos and plays the Hall of Fame Game with Buster.
A Little Destiny Involved: 12/7/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss her favorite Tim Kurkjian story as hes up for the National Baseball Hall of Fames BBWAA Career Excellence Award, and her thoughts on the newest inductees to the Hall. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about how hes been feeling as he awaits word on the vote, his connection to Walter Johnson, the worst mistake hes ever made and the continued stalemate between owners and players in labor negotiations. Later, Jim Kaat on being elected to the Hall of Fame, what it was like waiting for the call, his fellow inductees and what he would change about Hall of Fame voting.
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the official start of the lockout, the forever fight over money, the poor working relationship between the players and owners, the importance of message discipline, each side's soft underbelly and how much spending will occur when the labor situation is resolved. Then, Hembo stops by to discuss his research on the middle class dilemma, his favorite free agent signing and his least favorite signing. Later, Buster and Tim Kurkjian suspend reality and hit on all the major signings from the last week.
Side Dish: 11/23/21
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the intrigue around this years Hall of Fame ballot, how they think voters will treat David Ortíz, if Curt Schilling will make it in, the expectation that there will be a lock out, how a lockout would crush the middle class of players, Carlos Correa contract predictions from executives, the biggest names that are likely to be traded this offseason and keeping an eye on the Rangers. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Comeback Player of the Year, Noah Syndergaard and Guerrero family MVP votes.
Introducing 'Man in the Arena': 11/20/21
Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, youve probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. Hes changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Toms friend. ÿListen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Clevelands official transition to the Guardians name, Bryce Harper winning a second MVP and growing into the face of the franchise, Freddie Freemans contract talks with the Braves, José Berríos signing for 7-years with the Blue Jays, the Angels grabbing Noah Syndergaard for one year, Justin Verlander returning to the Astros, Eduardo Rodríguez heading to Detroit, their advice for new Mets GM Billy Eppler, and Rob Manfreds lockout comments.
Family Program: 11/9/21
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss their feelings about the labor situation, Justin Verlander throwing 96 mph at his workout, the Dodgers not extending a qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw and signing Andrew Heaney, if Craig Kimbrel will be on the White Sox next season, and what surprised them about the awards list. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how hes handling his offseason sadness, if the Braves are serious contenders in 2022, Kershaw possibility being underrated this free agency, the Cubs picking up Wade Miley off waivers and J.T. Realmuto.
Hundreds of Dogs and Cats: 11/4/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss their personal recovery time following the postseason, Buster Poseys retirement and if hes a Hall of Famer, the dearth of catchers in the Hall, Jeffs rainbow of a bruise he received after catching for his son, the time someone confused Buster with Posey, and the progress or lack thereof of labor talks between the union and the league. Later, Todd Radom closes the podcast with his connection to late-commissioner Bart Giamatti and the final quiz of the season. Finally, an annual tradition to end the daily podcast for the 2021 season: A reading of The Green Fields of the Mind by Giamatti.
Fortune Favors the Bold: 11/3/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series, Jorge Soler earning the World Series MVP, Freddie Freeman affecting how other teams used their bullpens, Alex Anthopoulos making all-time great trade deadline moves, Max Fried being due for a good outing and baseball lifer Brian Snitker finally winning the big one. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Braves out-homering the Astros by a wide margin, the Atlantas bullpen, the innings discrepancy between relievers and starters, if Freeman is a Hall of Famer, and late endings to World Series games. Later, Sarah Langs on the Braves clinching on the road, Atlanta acquiring its NLCS and World Series MVPs at the trade deadline, and the chances of a Braves repeat.
Canadian Loonie: 11/1/21
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss the last time a team rallied from 3-1 down in the World Series, why the Braves still have the upper hand, Luis Garcia as a wild card and what to watch while Max Fried is pitching. Then, Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to share Barry Bonds stories and explain why he thinks Bonds should go into the Hall of Fame. Later, Sarah Langs on her favorite Bonds stat, Freddie Freeman, the Astros two-out offense and the last time a rookie started in the World Series on three games rest.
Caffeine Monday: 11/1/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Tims now-nixed travel plans he made after Adam Duvalls grand slam in the first inning of Game 5, the resiliency of the Astros, Brian Snitker waiting too long to call the bullpen, fears of Atlantas bullpen being worn out, how the Braves won Game 4 and Atlanta needing a big outing from Max Fried in Game 6. Plus, the guys remember Red Sox player and broadcaster Jerry Remy. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Dusty Bakers lineup changes, Alex Bregman breaking through, first inning grand slams and the success of teams with a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Contrived Controversy: 10/29/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Padres hiring Bob Melvin, if the As organization is happy to shed Melvins contract, the Mets watching traffic zoom by, the potential for a rainout throwing the World Series into complete disarray and the inevitability of Atlanta changing its name. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Astros offense thriving, the ballparks where the Braves have played home World Series games and Atlantas home losing streak in the Fall Classic. Later, Todd Radom stops by to weigh in on PETAs insistence that cows are offended by the term bullpen and to administer the weekly quiz.
Holding Myself Accountable: 10/28/21
Chris Singleton and Buster discuss the Astros Game 2 victory, the uncertainty when looking at the rest of the series, the buzz in Atlanta surrounding the Braves, Dusty Baker plugging in Jose Siri, José Urquidy pounding the strike zone, a two-part performance for Max Fried, why Brian Snitker didnt pull Fried after a rough start, if Kyle Wright can be a difference maker and José Altuve. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on rookie pitchers matching up, the importance of winning Game 3 and early runs in this series.
Tornado Warning: 10/27/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Charlie Morton going down with a broken leg, the pressure now on the Braves, the Atlanta bullpen hitting its stride and a head-scratcher from Framber Valdez. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by after a tornado warning in Houston to talk about wanting to record the podcast after last nights game, Morton pitching on a broken leg, whats happening with Alex Bregman, the World Series as an event and tales from the pregame dugout. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers game with notes on Jorge Solers leadoff home run, Eddie Rosarios hitting streak and the Astros home losing streak in the World Series.
Benefit of Divine Intervention: 10/26/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Dusty Baker getting a shot at a World Series, play a pre-World Series edition of The Numbers Game and make her series prediction. Then, Hembo stops by with context for the Braves and Astros World Series runs, and thoughts on who has the most to gain by winning the whole thing and which team has the Game 1 pitching advantage. Later, Xavier Scruggs on the general fan interest in the matchup, his favorite storylines going into the World Series, the Snitker family, and Chris Bassitts claim that Astros-like cheating is much more widespread.
Pure Joy: 10/25/21
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Astros defeating the Red Sox in the ALCS, Houstons pitching holding the line, Yordan Álvarez offensive explosion, the Braves defeating the Dodgers in the NLCS, Atlanta maintaining the best record in baseball since the trade deadline, the similarities between the Astros and Braves, whats next for the Red Sox and Dodgers, the Cardinals hiring Ollie Marmol, and the Padres hiring a pitching coach before a manager. Then, longtime MLB catcher Alex Avila stops by to talk about his recent retirement, how the Astros and Braves win in similar ways, his pitching plans for Eddie Rosario and Álvarez, his advice for how baseball should handle the sticky stuff conversation, and how he feels about the opener strategy.
We Didnt Get to the Pump: 10/22/21
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Chris Taylors three home run night, the Dodgers ability to get the most out of players, Nathan Eovaldi starting for the Red Sox, and a few Bleacher Tweets on the electronic strike zone, tying the DH to starting pitching and Alex Cora vs. Dusty Bakers managerial styles. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about Mad Max: Road Warrior, Taylors free agent value, his key for Game 6 of the ALCS, and his traditionalist thoughts on changes likely coming to MLB.
Ichabod Crane: 10/21/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Braves taking a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers, how Atlanta and Los Angeles feel like different teams compared to last years NLCS, Framber Valdezs ridiculous sinker, and Alex Coras mistake with Chris Sale. Plus, Sarah and Buster talk about the big changes coming soon to MLB.
Wet Pile of Leaves: 10/20/21
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss Cody Bellinger coming up big in the postseason, whether Bellinger is in position to make these big hits if Max Muncy doesnt get hurt, if the Braves will fold, the Astros bullpen salvaging the game, Boston failing to knockout Houston, José Altuve and Carlos Correa showing their toughness, Laz Diaz and the would-be strike three call, and the top-five free agent shortstops according to 11 baseball evaluators. Later, Todd Radom has the final Forgotten Franchise for the season and the weekly quiz.
Like a Christmas Present: 10/19/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Yankees signing Aaron Boone to a three-year contract, what could turn the NLCS series for the Dodgers, Walker Buehler, the emergence of Austin Riley and Alex Coras coaching moment with Eduardo Rodriguez. Then, the Boston Globes Alex Speier stops by to talk the Red Sox being locked in offensively, the hitting culture in Boston, Kyle Schwarbers relationship with Bobby Dalbec, if the Astros have a path back into the series and the Mets GM search.
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Braves back-to-back walk off wins to take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the feeling of something special happening in Atlanta, the Dodgers missing Max Muncy, Dave Roberts bringing in Julio Urias in Game 2, Austin Riley continuing to look like the best player in the NL, MLB increasing housing support for minor-leaguers and the Yankees managerial situation. Later, Dan Shulman stops by to talk about the ALCS, pitching injuries for the Astros, how Houston should handle its staff going forward, Tanner Houck and Nick Pivetta being difference-makers, and his free agency outlook for Toronto.
The Gambit: 10/15/21
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss an exciting Dodger victory over the Giants in Game 5 of the NLDS. They get into Logan Webbs dominant performance, Mookie Betts big night, Cody Bellinger redeeming himself after a dreadful season, Max Scherzer closing the game out and celebrating hard afterward, Dave Roberts bold decision to start Corey Knebel, and Busters cursed picks for the LCS series. Plus, the Cardinals make a surprising move dumping Mike Shildt and the Yankees fire third base coach Phil Nevin. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Dont Play For Tomorrow: 10/14/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to preview NLDS Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants. They discuss why each team should be exceeding confident with Logan Webb and Julio Urias on the mound, the Giants finding a way to set-up Camilo Doval, Chris Taylor possibly coming up clutch, home field advantage and how Sarahs mom is doing with a tense night ahead. Then, Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos stops by to talk about how hes watching tonights Game 5, the Braves preparation for the Giants or Dodgers, Atlantas turbulent season, something he previously took for granted and the importance of clubhouse culture.
Sources Tell Me: 10/13/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Giants going to Game 5, the Braves chances against Los Angeles or San Francisco, baseball needing a common sense test on whats reviewable, the Astros stalwarts stepping up, the White Sox faltering down the stretch, and the Yankees considering re-signing Aaron Boone. Later, Hembo on why Alex Cora is the best postseason manager since Bruce Bochy, why hes bullish on Atlanta, picking the Giants in Game 5 and candidates to accept qualifying offers.
The Reverend: 10/12/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss rookie reliever Camilo Doval coming up big for the Giants, Evan Longorias home run, San Francisco and Los Angeles playing nearly perfect ball, the Brewers complete offensive shutdown, the Red Sox sending the Rays home, Alex Coras impeccable playoff record, Bostons shrewd signing of Kiké Hernandez, the off-day controversy between the White Sox and Astros, and the 2021 all-intangibles team. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Joctober, Cora in clinchers and Buster Posey.
Reading The Rulebook: 10/11/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the controversial plays in both Game 3s in the ALDS- how the rulebook cost the Rays a run in the top of the 13th in Boston and whether or not Yasmani Grandal intentionally ran up the first base line to get in the way of a throw to the plate. Plus, Tim looks ahead to the full slate of Division Series games on the schedule today.
Stupid Catwalks: 10/8/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Tim Kurkjians belief in ghosts, Randy Arozarena stealing home, why the Rays will continue to be a bad matchup for the Red Sox, Lance Lynn getting blown up, Lance McCullers Jr.s dominance, Dusty Bakers Cooperstown destiny, if the Braves offense can overcome the Brewers strikeout staff and a monster NLDS series between the Giants and Dodgers. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Invoking Thomas Edison and Bobby Cox: 10/7/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers-Giants first-ever postseason meeting, Chris Taylors walk off against the Cardinals, the questions surrounding the White Sox, potentially a huge series from Wander Franco, the Rays starting rookie pitchers and if the Braves can overcome the Brewers three-headed monster. Then, Hembo stops by to defend Phil Nevin waving Aaron Judge home in the AL Wild Card game and share his X-factors for every playoff team.
Underlying Grumbling: 10/6/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Red Sox taking down the Yankees in the AL Wild Card, Xander Bogaerts getting Boston going, Gerrit Coles bad night, New Yorks lack of offense, Ryan Braiser playing a key role for the Red Sox, the Rays-Red Sox series in the ALDS and who the Dodgers will play at first base.
Mutant Fence Breaker: 10/5/21
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to preview the AL Wild Card Game between the Yankees and Red Sox, the Yankees distinct pitching advantage, keeping an eye on swings and misses, Rafael Devers and Giancarlo Stanton elevating their teams, if Joey Gallo can change the narrative around his Yankee career, and Joe West retiring after the postseason. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to give her picks for the wild card games, and plays The Numbers Game with notes on Postseason Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge homering in winner-take-all games, a pair of older pitchers matching up in Dodgers-Cardinals, and a promising stat for Los Angeles.
Best Day of Baseball in 10 Years: 10/4/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Yankees-Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game, Yankees bullpen advantage over the Red Sox, Boston needing a fast start, the Blue Jays coming up one game short, the Mariners momentum going into 2022, the Giants setting a franchise record for wins, Max Muncy going down and what amounts to a coin flip in the NL Wild Card game.
The Burn is Real: 10/1/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss champagne celebrations in clubhouses, how the Braves won the NL East after suffering major injuries, the Astros clinching the AL West and Carlos Correas great year, the Giants coming up clutch again, Adam Wainwright getting the start in the NL Wild Card game, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton putting the Yankees on their backs, and why Ryan Mountcastle should win AL Rookie of the Year. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Needless Loss: 9/30/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays hunting first-pitch fast balls on Gerrit Cole, the number of arms at the Yankees disposal, why Buster thinks the Red Sox may not lose again, the Braves on the verge of clinching the NL East, Devin Williams breaking his hand while celebrating the Brewers winning the NL Central, the Dodgers and Cardinals on a collision course in the NL Wild Card game, and Karl atoning for his worst preseason prediction.
Forgive Me Buster, For I Have Sinned: 9/29/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss their worst preseason predictions, the Cardinals clinching a playoff spot, the Mariners coming up clutch, the Yankees creating some breathing room, the feeling of 2011 for the Red Sox, AL Rookie of the Year and the Braves chances in the playoffs. Plus, Hembo on his worst preseason prediction, the definitive MVP case for Bryce Harper, the impact of the Giants losing Brandon Belt and why he thinks the Cardinals wont make waves in the playoffs.
Just Another Day: 9/28/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Mariners hovering around the back of the AL Wild Card pack, Brandon Belts broken thumb, Joey Vottos bombs, Juan Soto on the edge of a batting title and Bradley Zimmer homering off his brother Kyle. Then, Jessica Mendoza and Melanie Newman stop by to talk about calling Dodgers-Padres together on Wednesday as the first all-women broadcast duo for an MLB game on ESPN, the Dodgers still fighting for the NL West crown, if the Padres will play spoiler or roll over, Giancarlo Stantons swing and Shohei Ohtanis comments about winning.
Good Luck with the Couch: 9/27/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the exceptionally dangerous Rays clinching the AL East, why Kevin Cash should be AL manager of the year, the Brewers looking to surprise in the postseason, Juan Soto vs. Bryce Harper for NL MVP, the Yankees sweeping the Red Sox over the weekend and which teams they think make the AL Wild Card with a week left to play. Plus, Buster talks to Giancarlo Stanton after a Yankees victory on Sunday Night Baseball. And, Boog Sciambi chats with Alex Cora. Hone Health: For a limited time only, listeners get the at-home assessment and a doctor consultation for only $45. Click here to take advantage or visit HoneHealth.com/BBTN
Foggy Crystal Ball: 9/24/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss this weekends Yankees-Red Sox series, Bostons favorable schedule going forward, New York controlling its fate, the White Sox clinching the AL Central and how dangerous theyll be in the playoffs, Craig Kimbrels disappointing play since being traded, the Cardinals ripping off a 12th-straight win, Juan Sotos second half explosion, and MLB experimenting with pre-tacked baseballs. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and weekly quiz.
Wrapped in Cigars: 9/23/21
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the lamest bench clearing ever between the Rays and Blue Jays, the big Yankees-Red Sox series over the weekend, St. Louis rising from the ashes and if the Angels could be players for Max Scherzer in free agency. Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on two notable 22-year-olds knocking 40 home runs, Juan Soto and the Cardinals 11-game winning streak.
Gnat in Greenys Ear: 9/22/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Cardinals storming into the playoffs like Smarty Jones, the Padres official turn down Bitter Boulevard, Kevin Kiermaier scooping up the Blue Jays data card on the field and the need for a pitch clock to speed up the game. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Connor McGregors first pitch, the Phillies flailing down the stretch, not betting on San Diegos future, Salvador Perezs historic season and why Shohei Ohtani should unanimously win the AL MVP.
The Purrfect Tale of Baseballs Rally Cat: 9/22/21
Cats are making cameos all over sports right now, from a stray at Yankee Stadium to a dangling feline in Miami. But ESPNs Liz Merrill has the original wild and twisting tale of the St. Louis Cardinals Rally Cat. When the kitten crawled onto the field during the bottom of the sixth in a 2017 game against the Kansas City Royals, Yadier Molina proceeded to hit a go-ahead grand slam on the very next pitch. Hear the story of the all-out search that followed for the Rally Cat, and the heated fight over where it should live.
The Scoundrel Betrayed Me: 9/21/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss if Jon Lester if a Hall of Famer, if 200 career wins for pitchers is the new 300 wins, Shane Baz debuting for the Rays with a dominant performance and the challenges for the White Sox with the postseason on the horizon. Then, author and columnist George Will stops by to talk about why he thinks the game of baseball is boring, the need to consider all possible rule changes to bring young people back into the fold, his friendship with Tony La Russa, the Cubs squandering further success with its World Series-winning core and what he expects from labor talks this winter.
Pu Pu Platter: 9/20/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the AL MVP conversation shifting to Vlad Guerrero Jr. and how absurd that is with the way Shohei Ohtani is playing, Bryce Harper as the NL MVP, the confrontation between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout and the offseason reckoning facing the Padres, possibilities for the Mets GM job, if Aaron Boone could be fired if the Yankees miss the playoffs, and Andrew McCutcheon supporting improved conditions for minor leaguers. Plus, Buster goes rapid fire with J.T. Realmuto.
Bitter Boulevard: 9/17/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Steve Cohen getting wild on social media (again), the AL MVP, Bryce Harper and the Phillies, the Yankees regretful record against the Orioles, and Karls landing spots for the class of free agent shortstops. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
First Podcast Interview: 9/16/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss why all the players dont wear No. 21 for Roberto Clemente Day, the Cardinals slow climb into the NL Wild Card race, Robbie Rays continued dominance and matching up the premier shortstop free agents with their future teams. Later, Braves manager Brian Snitker stops by for his first podcast interview. He and Buster talk about how gratifying it is to being atop the NL East with challenges the team has faced this season, the impact of trading for Joc Pederson, Ozzie Albies maturity, Austin Riley coming up big and his connection to Bobby Cox.
With or Without the Bleeps: 9/15/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Roberto Clemente Day, their thoughts on part one of the new 30 for 30 Once Upon a Time in Queens, the Cardinals possibly sneaking into the NL Wild Card, if Shohei Ohtani could REALLY lose the AL MVP, the Rookie of the Year races and Ryan Brauns legacy. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about if Max Scherzer is the best trade deadline pick-up ever, Scherzer being historically underrated, Cody Bellingers disastrous season, and why he thinks Yankees and Red Sox wont win the AL East any time soon.
Bad Boys: 9/14/21
Darryl Strawberry joins Buster ahead of ESPN's new 30 for 30 Once Upon a Time in Queens about the World Series-winning 1986 New York Mets. Darryl and Buster discuss why Mets fans went so crazy for the 86 team, their famous curtain calls, being the bad boys of the league, Dwight Goodins delivery, Gary Carter playing with joy and what he was thinking during the Bill Buckner play. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her mom Lisse-Anne Pirofski to talk about her San Francisco Giants clinching a playoff spot, if she endorses the team celebrating with champagne and superstition vs. science. Plus, Langs on Adam Wainwright's phenomenal season at 40, the Blue Jays finally realizing their potential, the Yankees making big changes in the infield and the Red Soxs fielding disaster.
Classic Subway Series: 9/13/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the chirping between the Mets and Yankees over alleged sign-stealing, Francisco Lindors three home runs on Sunday Night Baseball, if either New York team makes the playoffs, Max Scherzers 3,000th strikeout, Corbin Burnes and the battle for NL Cy Young, and the Blue Jays surging into playoff position by laying waste to the Orioles.
Michael Kay joins Buster to discuss his memories of 9/11, being unsure if fans were ready to watch a silly game when baseball resumed, his moment of clarity when he realized what sports really means to people, the pride he felt after President George W. Bushs first pitch, and the desperation for the Yankees and Mets headed into the weekend. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about the Yankees lacking the vigor the Blue Jays are playing with, Jacob deGrom and Sandy Alderson not being on the same page with deGroms elbow, and Hunter Renfroes comments on the Red Soxs COVID-19 outbreak. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Diplomatically Chaotic: 9/9/21
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joins Buster to discuss Derek Jeters speech in Cooperstown, the state of his and Jeters relationship, his conversations with Joe Torre after 9/11 on what role the team should play in the New York City, the love shown to the Yankees throughout the league in the aftermath, and President George W. Bushs first pitch during the World Series. Later, Sarah Langs on the designation of being unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame, Max Scherzer becoming the second fastest ever to 3,000 strikeouts, the Blue Jays continuing to batter the Yankees and A.J. Pollack.
Strategic Retreat: 9/8/21
Stephanie Bell joins Buster to discuss Mets president Sandy Aldersons assertion that Jacob deGroms injury has resolved itself, how Fernando Tatis Jr. has been able to protect his shoulder and whether Tatis should have surgery. Then, David Schoenfield talks about the Padres looking like its in trouble, the Blue Jays busting out, Gerrit Coles seemingly strategic retreat, the second AL Wild Card spot and his top-three Derek Jeter plays. Later, Hembo stops by with notes on the Yankees benching Joey Gallo, Wander Franco being unfazed by big league pitching and Marcus Semien.
Best, Worst, Stupidest: 9/7/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss a wacky game between the Red Sox and Rays, if the Blue Jays could make the playoffs, the Yankees losing Jonathan Loaisiga, the Giants taking the weekend series against the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, if Max Scherzer is now the Cy Young favorite in the NL, Cody Bellingers struggles and Charlie Mortons one-year extension. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on another Scherzer 10 strikeout-no walk game, Wander Francos seemingly endless on-base streak and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Was That News?: 9/3/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss what they would do if they ran the Mets, why Steve Cohen should do everything he can to get Theo Epstein, the tie for first in the NL West, the wide-open race for NL CY Young, Bryce Harper as the favorite for NL MVP and Gerrit Cole closing in on AL Cy Young. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Living Corollary: 9/2/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers overtaking the Giants atop the NL West, why its the Dodgers division and World Series to lose, the Giants running into the Brewers buzzsaw, the Mets continuing to devolve, Steve Cohen having a conscience-free opportunity to clean house, who Cohen might look at to run the team, and a sliver of hope in labor negotiations. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her annual list of the 10-best pitches in baseball.
Highly Efficient and Very Poor: 9/1/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Xander Bogaerts hitting the COVID list, Bostons struggles over the last month, Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito heading to the IL, the apologizes from Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor, and Abraham Toro hitting a grand slam off of Kendall Graveman. Then, Hembo talks about booing, Baezs free agent prospects, why the Rays are the best organization in sports, the last time the Giants and Dodgers owned the top-two spots in the NL West, and strength of schedule for the teams battling for the second NL Wild Card.
It's Business: 8/31/21
Pete McConville is the actual head honcho on Get Up! and he joins Buster as a till death do us part Mets fan to discuss Javier Baez giving the thumbs down to Mets fans and what the team should expect at Citi Field tonight. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks about the frustrations Mets players must be feeling, the NL West race and Shohei Ohtani continuing to be locked in. Later, Sarah Langs on the Rays taking the mantle as best team in the American League.
The Mets Provide: 8/30/21
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the Javier Baez thumbs down to Mets fans, how this might impact Baez in free agency, Francisco Lindor needing to mend the relationship fans, the As saving the season after beating the Yankees on Saturday and Sunday, Starling Marte is tearing it up since being traded to Oakland, and Salvador Perez having all-time great offensive year from a catcher.
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the final weekend of the Little League World Series, the Padres losing ground fast, if they anointed the Dodgers too early and a possible Yankees-Red Sox wild card matchup. Plus, Karl and Buster play Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? to assess what the Mets should do in the offseason. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Morning Ribs: 8/26/21
Doug Glanville joins Buster to talk about Yadier Molina re-signing with the Cardinals for one final season before retiring and the Wild Card race getting turned upside down. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Zack Wheelers Cy Young hopes vanishing, why the Giants keep winning, Yordan Álvarez appreciation and the end of the Orioles losing streak. Plus, Sarah Langs plays the numbers game with notes on San Francisco unlocking Brandon Crawfords swing, the 16-inning Padres-Dodgers game and A.J. Pollacks underrated season.
Card Tricks: Why Topps Got Toppled + The $6.6mil Record-Setter: 8/26/21
In the world of trading cards, one companys loomed large: Topps. But this week a company known for sports apparel, Fanatics, outbid Topps for the right to make cards with Major League Baseball. It also made deals with the NBA and NFL, and this major shakeup in sports memorabilia is worth billions of dollars. Dan Hajducky covers collectibles for ESPN. He shares his reporting on the Fanatics coup, plus the Honus Wagner card that sold for $6.6 million.
Jumbo Package: 8/25/21
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss whether Freddie Freeman touched home plate in last nights game, the Yankees are wearing down starting pitchers, the improved Yankee outfield, AL Wild Card race, the Padres being closer to the Rockies than the Giants in the NL West, the Mets lacking a bedrock of players and the Os losing another one. Then, the Boston Globes Alex Speier stops by to talk about the outlook for the Red Sox and the bullpen.
Middle School Math Class: 8/24/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss the Padres firing Larry Rothschild, the Dodgers surging and the scene at the Little League World Series. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Yankee hitters commanding the strike zone, Wander Franco reaching base, San Diegos playoff odds plummeting and the Orioles going for 19 straight losses.
Out to Dinner: 8/23/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Miguel Cabreras 500th home run, being impressed by the players at Little League World Series, Shohei Ohtani hanging out with Little Leaguers, reasons to hope that Cleveland bounces back next year, the Reds overtaking the Padres in the Wild Card standings, if the Mets are done in the division race and Tims memories from the 1988 Orioles season marked by a similar losing streak. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Jared Walsh.
One Hundred Beers : 8/20/21
Buster starts off today's podcast with an interesting update on his producer, Taylor. Then, Karl Ravech joins the show to talk about Williamsport and the Little League Baseball World Series, the Phillies coming off a terrible series, and more. After that, Todd Radom has this weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Young Umpires : 8/19/21
MLB's Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Lance Lynn's ejection. They also discuss Shohei Ohtani and is full value. Then, Buster is joined by ESPN's Alden Gonzalez for an update on the Trevor Bauer hearing.
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Chris Bassitt getting hit on the mound the Yankees climbing out of a hole and tying the Red Sox in the AL East, the Orioles continuing to be a disgrace, Corbin Burns, and another day in court for Trevor Bauer. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about momentum, the Giants home run differential, Miguel Cabrera on the verge of history, betting on Detroits future and Baltimores impact on the pennant race.
Bring 'Em On In!: 8/17/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss Joey Vottos 2,000th hit, how the Reds are tied to the Padres in the playoff race, San Diego signing Jake Arrieta, how things got ugly in a hurry for the Mets and if Trevor Bauer will pitch again in the majors. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Fernando Tatís Jr.s 33 home runs in 88 games, Brandon Crawfords slugging percentage and Luis Gils scoreless start to his career.
Camp Olney: 8/16/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss tonights White Sox-As tilt and if Oakland can rundown Houston for the AL West, Fernando Tatis Jr.s return, the Braves grabbing first place in the NL East, if the Mets are done, Chris Sales debut and the Red Sox sweep of the Orioles, the Yankees showing some grit taking a series from the White Sox, and Trevor Bauer getting his first day in court. Plus, interviews with Trea Turner and Dave Roberts.
It Was Art : 8/13/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss what he loves about calling the Little League World Series, the magic of the Field of Dreams game, baseballs 7th-inning problem, the Red Sox, Shohei Ohtani striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Cubs releasing Jake Arrieta. Plus, a goodbye to Mr. Malibu.
Overalls and Barn Boots: 8/12/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Miguel Cabrera hitting home run No. 499, the short list of players with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs Miggy is about to join, the Field of Dreams game and if outfield fence shouldve been a cornfield, and Sarahs leaderboards for AL and NL Cy Young and MVP. Then, Todd Radom stops by with this weeks Forgotten Franchise and the quiz.
Victory Laps: 8/11/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss his read on the NL East, the Dodgers injuries still being an issue, Fernando Tatís Jr. moving to the outfield to protect his shoulder, if the expectations for Chris Sales return are too high and the drama Buster stirred up about the Orioles. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about why Bryce Harper is the most underrated player in baseball, the Red Soxs three fatal flaws and the Baltimores historically bad run.
They Have Everything: 8/10/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss how the White Sox appear to be the best team in baseball right now, Steve Cohens Twitter usage and the Angels looming budget crunch. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about Lewis Brinson answering questions on whether or not a fan yelled a racial slur in Denver, her take on the South Siders and the tanking Orioles.
Increasingly Frightening: 8/9/21
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the collapsing Mets, the Phillies climbing into first place in the NL East, the increasingly frightening Blue Jays and if playing in the AL Central will be a disadvantage for the White Sox in the playoffs. Plus, interviews with Liam Hendriks, Rick Hahn and Gabe Kapler.
Looking for Reinforcements: 8/6/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the frustration in Boston after not making a major addition at the trade deadline, the Mets offense stinking it up, and the Phillies surging behind Zack Wheeler and Bryce Harper. Then, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Later, Eduardo Pérez joins the show from Japan to talk about his MLB extended family, the passing of J.R. Richard and USA Baseball playing for a gold medal.
Curtain Call for a Pitcher?: 8/5/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Max Scherzer debuting Los Angeles, the Dodgers adding Cole Hammels, the Angels letting Shohei Ohtani play out the season and the Reds creeping up on the Padres in the wild card race. Then, Reds GM Kick Krall stops by to talk about getting his business done a few days before the trade deadline, how the team is handling the shortstop position, Joey Votto having fun and the emergence of Jonathan India. Later, Jesse Rogers on the response from fans to the Cubs selloff, and if the White Sox will have a closer controversy with Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks.
Trash Can Worth of Vodka: 8/4/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the scene in Los Angeles as the Astros played in front of Dodger fans for the first time since news of the sign-stealing scandal, whether the Mets or the Red Sox are in more trouble, the Braves hanging around in the NL East and Bostons starting pitchers struggling. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Blue Jays, the Dodgers pulling off a coup to add Trea Turner, and Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallos impact at the top of the Yankees lineup.
Terrible Article: 8/3/21
Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to discuss Kumar Rocker not being signed by the Mets and how the deck is heavily against young players in these situations, the quality of prospects the Cubs and Nationals received after big selloffs, and the state of the Padres farm system. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Yankees still failing to gain any traction, the Giants seemingly in command of the NL West, the Phillies having some momentum and why the Cubs made the right move to offload their sixth-year seniors.
Built to House a Podcast: 8/2/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster on a Baggage Claim Monday from the Tampa airport to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.s shoulder injury, who Buster likes in the NL MVP race, Tyler Glasnow being a candidate for Tommy John surgery, the Rays sweeping the Red Sox to takeover first place in the AL East, the Mets decision to not sign Kumar Rocker and Steve Cohens gross tweets about the situation. Plus, Nelson Cruz, Wander Franco and Alex Cora.
Trade Deadline Special: 7/30/21
Buster Olney, David Schoenfield, and Sarah Langs talk about one of the craziest trade deadlines ever. They break down the winners and losers and go division by division talking about what teams made the best moves.
Mass of Critters: 7/29/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss deals that are still on the table as the trade deadline approaches, including Max Scherzer looking to the West Coast, stipulations that could be involved with moving Scherzer, if the Cubs can offload its raft of players, why Anthony Rizzo makes too much sense for the Red Sox and the immense pressure the Mets are under to make a move and win the NL East. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about deals that have been made, including Joey Gallo joining the Yankees, the Marlins and As swapping Starling Marte for Jesus Luzardo and the Brewers moving for Eduardo Escobar. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Buster is in Big Trouble: 7/28/21
Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the Astros acquiring Kendall Graveman from the Mariners mid-series, the Yankees believing theyre good enough to make the playoffs, why the Nationals should at least listen to offers for Juan Soto as they declare themselves sellers, what confuses Karl about the trade deadline and why the Red Sox will make a big move.
Spicy Action: 7/27/21
Brad Doolittle joins David Schoenfield to discuss the Mariners playing above expectations, Eloy Jiménez returning for the White Sox, the As trading for Andrew Chafin from the Cubs, if the Yankees are realistically still in the playoff fight and the Brewers as a possible landing spot for Max Scherzer. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk more Mariners, why the Blue Jays cant get on a roll, a Scherzer to the Giants hypothetical, the Mets needing to look toward postseason situations when making any moves and if the Phillies are the team to challenge the Mets for the division.
Buffet Table: 7/26/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland baseball franchises deciding on the Guardians for its new name, the Padres trading for Adam Frazier, what the Yankees should do at the trade deadline after a gut-wrenching weekend, why its time for the Nationals to trade Max Scherzer and the need for the Rockies need to move Trevor Story. Then, Jessica Mendoza calls in from the Olympics to talk about the vibe in Tokyo, USA facing Japan in softball for the gold medal and Japans love of baseball. Plus, we hear from Brandon Woodruff, Lance Lynn and Craig Counsel.
Look It Up on MapQuest: 7/23/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the NFLs COVID-19 policy and how similar MLBs policy may be in 2022, the Rays trading for Nelson Cruz, how the Cruz move will force Boston to make an addition, what should the Yankees be doing and Kenley Jansen blowing another save. Then, Todd Radom stops by to share this weeks Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Worst in the World at Self-Promotion: 7/22/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss being a part of MLBs first all-women broadcast team, Kenley Jansen getting booed after a blown save despite having a great year, the Dodgers-Giants race in the NL West and the interesting ties between the AL manager of the year frontrunners. Then, White Sox radio play-by-play announcer Len Kasper stops by to talk about how Tony La Russa is adapting to todays game, Tim Anderson and José Abreu commanding the clubhouse, if he would start Lance Lynn or Carlos Rodón in the first game of a playoff series, and watching the Cubs flounder since winning a World Series.
Arguing Couple: 7/21/21
Buster opens the show talking about big stars going yard Tuesday night, injury updates across the league, and if Damian Lillard will be at Brewers games next year. Then, David Schoenfield joins to talk about Chris Sale's return, the deadline, and an update on baseball in Oakland. Later, Hembo discusses the best managers in baseball and what teams need to start making moves. Plus, a SportsCenter feature about the all-women broadcast team during last night's Orioles vs. Rays game.
Late Night Tweets: 7/20/21
Buster Olney is joined by Deesha Thosar to talk all things Mets including Steven Cohen's tweet, the level of concern around Jacob deGrom, Luis Rojas and potential players they might make a move for. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game to break down a night full of home runs. Later, Alden González discusses the future of the A's in Oakland and Trevor Bauer in Los Angeles.
Were There Enough Trumpets?: 7/19/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss being nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fames writers award, the Mets rough weekend, nearly every team in the NL East looking to add at the trade deadline, the Red Sox swooning a bit, the Yankees showing a pulse, if the league should ban fans from throwing balls back onto the field and if sticky stuff making a comeback. Later, Buster talks to Xander Bogaerts and Aaron Judge.
Not Spoken, Understood: 7/16/21
Buster opens the show recounting the scene at Yankee Stadium yesterday as the game against the Red Sox was canceled due to a COVID-19 concerns among the Yankees. Then, Hembo discusses coronavirus concerns after players gathered in Denver, the pressure Brian Cashman is under as the trade deadline approaches, Atlanta trading for Joc Pederson and second half over/unders. Later, Doug Glanville stops by to talk about Shohei Ohtani and the culture of nonverbal communication in baseball, the first domino of a Cubs selloff falling and if the Cubs couldve done more to sustain success after winning a World Series.
Super Bullpen: 7/15/21
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss being in the room as Tim Kurkjian's nomination for the Baseball Hall of Fame's writer's award was announced, players actually enjoying 7-inning doubleheaders, why he doesn't think any games will be missed next season with CBA negotiations, which teams will be aggressive at the trade deadline and the latest on Trevor Bauer. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Jacob deGrom and the Giants. Later, Todd Radom talks about the Kansas City Monarchs for this week's Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
High Fives All Around: 7/14/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss an awkward moment Buster had in the dugout with Aaron Judge, why Tim Kurkjian is a national treasure, the young talent shining through in the All-Star Game, the players being micd up, Shohei Ohtani having fun all weekend, players and team staff voicing their displeasure that so many players no-showed the game, and Rob Manfred saying new rules will be ditched next season.
Destroyed Everybody and Everything: 7/13/21
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Pete Alonso winning his second Home Run Derby, his stress-free demeanor, who could unseat him next year, players sticking around to watch Shohei Ohtani, the Ohtani-Juan Soto matchup in the first round, the joy of Trey Mancini and Karls excitement to see Fernando Tatis Jr. in the All-Star Game. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with a load of Derby notes.
Dancing with JoJo Siwa: 7/12/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss calling the Celebrity Softball Game with his son Jeff, the TikTok dance he learned, why hes picking Shohei Ohtani to win the Home Run Derby, Buster picking Pete Alonso to win it, Ronald Acuña Jr. tearing his ACL, the back-and-forth between Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve, the Reds push for the NL Central, and Kumar Rocker possibly pitching for the Mets in September. Then, Buster talks to Pete Alonso about the Derby.
Green Sox: 7/9/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarenas grand slam, why hes most excited about a potential Shohei Ohtani-Joey Gallo matchup in the Home Run Derby, José Altuve and Carlos Correa bailing on the All-Star Game, and why Javier Báez would be a great addition to the Mets. Then, Buster talks to Trey Mancini ahead of the Home Run Derby. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.
Does It Even Make a Sound?: 7/8/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGrom backing out of the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani never taking batting practice, division leaders separating themselves and if the Dodgers need to add starting pitching. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about potential deals the Cubs could make including Joc Pederson to the White Sox and Anthony Rizzo to the Brewers, and the Dodgers pulling all Trevor Bauer-related merch.
Weekend Goldmines: 7/7/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays moving quickly to plug holes, which NL East teams will be buyers or sellers, the Cubs continued mediocrity across the board, a bold Craig Kimbrel prediction and why Jacob deGrom should go to the All-Star Game. Then, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about Aroldis Chapman thriving on criticism, why she thinks Brian Cashmans job is likely safe through next season and what shes looking forward to in the Home Run Derby.
Inaccessible Wild Card: 7/6/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the promising future of the Mariners, Clevelands poor offense, the surging Brewers, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman struggling, and how the NL Wild Card race is basically over for teams not in the NL West. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Fernando Tatis Jr., Shohei Ohtani pitching and hitting in the All-Star Game and Jacob deGroms 179 (!) 100 mph pitches. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Rafael Devers defensive improvement and Craig Kimbrel being the perfect addition for the Red Sox.
Good, But Never Great: 7/2/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the All-Star Game starters, Hal Steinbrenner putting the onus on the players for the Yankees poor performance and Cubs likely selling at the trade deadline. Then, Todd Radom reviews the All-Star Game uniforms, talks about the Buffalo Bison for the Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Later, Hembo on the Brewers, Mets and Yankees, and what Chris Sale could bring to the Red Sox when he returns.
One-Stop-Shop Bonanza: 7/1/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Shohei Ohtani only pitching one inning, the Yankees taking its worst loss of the season, Aroldis Chapman blowing another save, how quickly the script has flipped on the Cubs, and the entertaining back-and-forth between Josh Donaldson and Lucas Giolito. Then, author Luke Epplin stops by to talk about his new book Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball, telling the story of the second African American to play in the majors Larry Doby, why Satchel Paige is the entrepreneurial athlete America has ever known, Bob Fellers origin story and the response from Cleveland fans to the book.
Bagel Delivery: 6/30/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Shohei Ohtani dropping two more bombs against the Yankees, Kyle Schwarber continuing to hit stupid, Hector Santiago appealing his 10-game foreign substance suspension, the Blue Jays plugging a hole in its bullpen and Trevor Bauer facing sexual assault accusations. Then, The New York Times reporter and fellow Vanderbilt alum Tyler Kepner stops by to talk about splitting TV time between Ohtani on the mound and the the Commodores in the deciding game of the College World Series, Brian Cashman bluntly stating the Yankees stink right now, what moves Cashman should make and Kepners analysis of this years All-Star Game uniforms.
Half of Nebraska: 6/29/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss if shes ever puked on the field like Dylan Bundy, Kyle Schwarber being un-pitchable, takeaways from the Giants and Dodgers battling in the NL West, and Garrett Richards saying hes learning new pitches midseason because of the foreign substance crackdown. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Schwarber, Fernando Tatis Jr. leading the NL in home runs and stolen bases, and Trevor Story committing to the Home Run Derby.
Notable Achievement: 6/28/21
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian on a Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Trevor Bauers candor on Sunday Night Baseball breaking down of the strife between players and the league revolving around foreign substances, Hector Santiago getting tossed from a game after a foreign substance check, the massive reassessment going on in the industry about pitching in aftermath of the crackdown, the clear difference between Yankees and Red Sox, and Trey Mancini committing to the Home Run Derby. Plus, that Sunday Night Baseball interview with Bauer, Buster going Rapid Fire with Albert Pujols, Joe Giradi and Dave Roberts.
Not Paying Attention : 6/25/21
David Schoenfield steps in for Buster today where he is joined by Todd Radom for this week's Forgotten Franchise and weekly trivia quiz! Then, Karl Ravech joins the show to discuss MLB no-hitters and the excitement surrounding the CWS in Omaha.
A-Rod Pod: 6/24/21
Buster is first joined by Sarah Langs from the airport to talk about working with greats and her top 4 ranked games. Then, Alex Rodriguez joins Buster to talk about his friendship with Kobe Bryant, how his deal with the Red Sox fell apart at the last moment, his wild night in New York City after the deal was killed, his fight with Jason Varitek, pushing Cal Ripken to shortstop in Ripkens final All-Star Game and what he was thinking when the Yankees won the 2009 World Series.
Neighborhood Watch: 6/23/21
Hembo joins Buster to discuss the Joe Girardi-Max Scherzer drama over foreign substance checks, if the league could institute a challenge system midseason, the Astros having the best offense in baseball and the Indians pitching development. Then, Orioles broadcaster Melanie Newman stops by to talk about making history as the second woman ever to do play-by-play for a nationally broadcast MLB game, her broadcasting influences, the AL West and the secret of Cedric Mullins. Later, David Schoenfield on a potential Scherzer-to-Tampa Bay trade, Wander Francos exciting debut, Houston flying under the radar and the Giants having an answer for everything.
Anytime, Mate: 6/22/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGroms surprise that foreign substance enforcement was unobtrusive, the Padres playing up to the Dodgers, Wander Francos big league debut, deGrom disguising pitches and what MLBs response should be to baseball reporter Kat OBrien saying she was raped by a player in 2002. Then, former Braves pitcher Peter Moylan shares his strong opinions on the foreign substance issue and how it will affect the game moving forward, as well as what it's like watching deGrom as a former pitcher. Finally, Sarah Langs on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.s All-Star votes, Shohei Ohtanis 70 home runs and 100 strikeouts, and deGroms 0.50 ERA.
Final Italian Exam: 6/21/21
The show leads off with Sunday Night Baseballs interview with longtime MLB umpire Bill Miller on how foreign substances will be policed in the game. Then, Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Rays calling up No. 1 prospect Wander Franco, Shohei Ohtani committing to the Home Run Derby, if pitchers are being pushed too hard and former baseball beat writer Kat OBrien writing in The New York Times that she was raped by a MLB player in 2002.
Fun Day of Baseball: 6/18/21
Hembo joins Buster to discuss a fun Thursday night of baseball, how he can prove Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the best hitter in the league, Tyler ONeils big step forward offensively and Hembos dream Derby field. Then, Todd Radom with this weeks Forgotten Franchise on the Seattle Pilots and the quiz. Later, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about the College World Series, Aaron Judge absolving Aaron Boone of blame for the Yankees slide, a Shohei Ohtani Day, Jose Altuve killing the ball and his thoughts ahead of Mondays foreign substance enforcement rollout.
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGrom leaving last nights game with an injury, Busters deGrom-Steve Prefontaine comparison and Gerrit Cole speaking out about MLBs foreign substance enforcement. Then, Michael Kay stops by to talk about his new book CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviewsfrom A-Rod to Jay-Z, his friendship with Larry David, when he thought he was going to get punched during an interview, turning down a president to appear on his show and whats wrong with the Yankees.
Morning Flow: 6/16/21
Buster gives his thoughts on Tyler Glasnows press conference about abruptly stopping using foreign substances for a grip on the baseball and blaming his injury on the cold stop. Then, David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the lack of productive dialogue between MLB and the MLBPA directly resulting in the mid-season policy change on foreign substance enforcement, why Trevor Bauer is putting too much blame on MLB, if we should call foreign substance-using pitchers cheaters, the impact of Glasnows injury on the AL East, and White Sox losing Nick Madrigal for the season.
Goofing Off: 6/15/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to go deep on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. going deep more than anyone in the league, big pitching injuries to Shane Bieber, Tyler Glasnow and Max Scherzer, and which pitcher will be the first checked for foreign substances when enforcement begins. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about the huge success of the Women's College World Series, why foreign substance enforcement seems like a parent threatening a child and Trevor Bauers drop in spin rate.
Frickin' Losin': 6/14/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss a heated Aaron Boone press conference, the Cubs and Cardinals trending in opposite directions, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looking like the best hitter in baseball, and the need for Rob Manfred to take a few lessons from the steroid-era as MLB begins cracking down on foreign substances. Plus, Buster goes rapid fire with Patrick Wisdom, and Marly Rivera talks to Fernando Tatis Jr.
The Iconic Jersey : 6/11/21
Buster is joined by ESPN's Baseball Tonight Host Karl Ravech to discuss Busters 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 weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
The New York Posts 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 Alonsos 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, Busters brother Sam shares his thoughts on how to deal with bears in the wild.
Ineffective Parent: 6/9/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Gerrit Coles 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, KeBryan 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.
Soft Suburban Man: 6/8/21
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 MLBPAs 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.
Mouth Agape: 6/7/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the details of MLBs 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 Wisdoms 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.
Healthful Loaf: 6/4/21
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 weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Analyzed in a Lab: 6/3/21
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 Arizonas 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.
Iron Horse: 6/2/21
Dave Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Jack Flahertys 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 outfields negative value.
Mythic Figure: 6/1/21
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 weve never seen before.
Legalize and Regulate: 5/28/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Alex Manoahs dazzling debut for the Blue Jays, Noah Syndergaards 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, whats wrong with Francisco Lindor and Javier Báezs wild baserunning. Later, Todd Radom has this weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Jeweler to the Stars: 5/27/21
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 baseballs 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.
Harry Carays Cooler : 5/26/21
MLB.coms 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 nights 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 Abreus leadership, load management and sportsmanship.
Language of Dismissal: 5/25/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Joe West preparing to break the record for most games umpired, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.s breakout and Yadier Molinas offensive consistency. Then, Doug Glanville reflects on the one year anniversary of George Floyds murder, his essay Just and how baseball has changed since. Later, Sarah Langs on Jacob deGroms return, the Rays 7-run 11th inning and the youngsters leading the home run race.
Mr. Magoo: 5/24/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the strange strike zone in the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Cardinals and Cubs, Adam Wainwrights 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, Busters full interview with Nolan Arenado for Sunday Night Baseball.
McSorelys Ale House: 5/21/21
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.
Trendy Overalls: 5/20/21
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 Ohtanis drop in velocity.
Current School: 5/19/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Tony La Russa throwing Yermín Mercedes under the bus for swinging on a 3-0 count, Mike Trouts injury and Detroits 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.
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.
An Enormous Number: 5/17/21
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.
Spiderman Catch: 5/14/21
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.
A Bachelor Party Reunion (sort of): 5/13/21
Buster Olney looks back at last night's action before talking with Jeff Passan about the White Sox taking off, Kevin Mather's zoom comments, the upcoming doc on Drew Robinson and what's next for Oakland. Plus, Sarah Langs is back for another Numbers Game and #bleachertweets questions from listeners.
Well-Coordinated Military Effort: 5/12/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss several Padres players and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin testing positive for COVID-19, Shohei Ohtani appearing to have figured it out, the state of the AL West, Luke Voits return and MLB instructing the Athletics to start looking for a new home. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Madison Bumgarner putting together a comeback season, the difficulty of hitting Ohtani with two strikes and the emergence of Jared Walsh.
Ice Fishing: 5/11/21
David Schoenfield pinch hits and joins Buster to discuss where the Rockies could trade Trevor Story, the incomplete picture surrounding Jacob deGroms injury, Todd Fraizer being designated for assignment, Jordan Zimmermann hanging it up, and if no-hitters are losing their luster. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Mariners promoting Jared Kelenic, Shohei Ohtanis home run and strikeout numbers, and Giancarlo Stantons best 15-game stretch as a Yankee.
Bogey Off The Leash: 5/10/21
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport on a Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Wade Miley throwing the fourth no-hitter of the season, serious concern for Jacob deGrom after he pulled himself from Sundays game, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeils wacky cover story for an in-game argument, Freddie Freeman calling his shot on Mothers Day, and potential landing spots for Albert Pujols. Plus, Busters full conversation with Freeman from Sunday Night Baseball.
Master Craftsman: 5/7/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Angels designating Albert Pujols for assignment, if Pujols would be interested in being a bench player, their favorite Pujols moments and the Rays sweeping the Angels. Plus, Todd Radom spins the tale of the Cleveland Spiders for this weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss why Tony LaRussa not knowing the extra-inning baserunner rule is an organizational coaching issue for the White Sox, the Dodgers championship hangover, Francisco Lindor benched for the second game of a doubleheader and John Means no-hitter. Then, Sarah Langs has notes on Means first pitch strike rate, Giancarlo Stantons recent tear and Shane Biebers 77 strikeouts. Plus, the Houston Chronicles Chandler Rome on fans jeering the Astros on the road.
Welcome to the Rest of Your Baseball Life: 5/5/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Yankee fans giving the Astros the business in the Bronx, how it affected Jose Altuve, if Yankee fans will inspire other opposing fans to taunt Houston, their level of concern for Jacob deGrom after being scratched and why Angel Hernandez deserves praise after botching a call. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about if Altuve will be a Hall of Famer, whats behind the Giants owning the best record in baseball and Corey Seagers defense.
I Dont Condone Booing: 5/4/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss the Mets panic-firing its hitting coach, if the move came from Steve Cohen, Kris Bryants tremendous start, Dustin May needing Tommy John and Shohei Ohtani hitting a home run after being scratched from his start. Plus, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on Chili Davis firing, Paul DeJong dominating the Mets, the Royals leading the division with a negative run differential and Jacob deGroms start tonight.
Socks on a Wooden Floor: 5/3/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss another exciting edition of Sunday Night Baseball with the Phillies making a bunch of mistakes, Joe Girardi abandoning his glass-half-full demeanor and Francisco Lindors continued struggles. They also get into Amir Garretts chirping, the Yankees and Red Sox, Jesús Luzardo breaking his hand playing a video game, and the guys losing to their kids in Wii baseball and pickup basketball.
Karl Ravech joins Buster to play director of baseball operations and discuss the direction he would take running the Yankees, Cubs, Giants and Red Sox at this point in the season. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Troy Trojans for this weeks Forgotten Franchise and to administer the weekly quiz.
Laughing Strike Out: 4/29/21
Charles Barkley joins Buster to discuss how much hes enjoying watching the Dodgers and Padres, why Fernando Tatis Jr. is the most exciting player to watch since Barry Bonds, San Diegos confidence as a team, and Mookie Betts performing under the weight of a big contract and expectations. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman, another stellar performance from Jacob deGrom in a losing effort, Francisco Lindor addressing his struggles and the bad obstruction call in Brewers-Marlins.
The Cement Has Been Poured: 4/28/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss potential concern after a 2-7 stretch for the Dodgers, if the Yankees are at a crossroads, Francisco Lindor getting booed and the new price tag for an expansion team. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about his love for the unwritten rules, Jacob deGrom beating batters anyway he pleases, Mike Trout honing his swing and the Yankees struggling against fastballs.
They Blew It: 4/27/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Padres increasing casual interest in baseball, San Diegos base running, missed call in As-Rays and the lack of confidence in MLBs instant replay system, and how the Shohei Ohtani show is overshadowing Mike Trout. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Rockies GM Jeff Bridich stepping down, Rhys Hoskins five home runs in four games, the Giants .652 winning percentage and Corbin Burnes going another start without a walk.
Bring Me a Belt: 4/26/21
Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the remarkable four-game series between the Dodgers and Padres, the Padres comeback on Sunday Night Baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. going off, the playful back-and-forth between Tatis and Trevor Bauer, and Madison Bumgarner throwing a 7-inning no-hitter. Plus, Buster's full conversation with Manny Machado from Sunday Night Baseball.
Kick the Door Down: 4/23/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Pete Alonso committing to the home run derby, players realizing they have a product to sell, the surprising starts from the Royals and Reds, and if the Padres can survive the Dodgers rotation this weekend. Then, Dodgers pitcher Dustin May stops by to talk about cracking 100 mph for the first time in the playoffs, what hes learned from Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, utilizing his emotions on the mound, competition among the teams pitchers and what motivates Los Angeles to repeat. Later, Todd Radom with the Forgotten Franchise and this weeks quiz.
Horror Movies: 4/22/21
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Chapter Two of Dodgers-Padres, Dinelson Lamets forearm tightness, whats motivating the Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr.s injury is progressing and the wild ending to As-Twins notching Oaklands 11th straight win. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Nelson Cruzs multi-homer gamers after turning 40, the As wild start, and Byron Buxton leading the way on power and speed stats.
My Radio Show: 4/21/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Corbin Burnes still not having walked anyone this season, Julio Urías brilliant performance, if Buster Posey a Hall of Famer, the league and players union meeting for the first time and if Oakland is the best team in the AL. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Yankees flimsy rotation and over-reliance on home runs, the young starters on Oakland taking an old school approach, and how many wins Mike Greenberg would cost the Dodgers if forced to play him every day.
Red Meat: 4/20/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss throwing out the first pitch at Mariners-Dodgers, Mookie Betts scary moment, Ronald Acuña Jr.s mild abdominal strain, Jed Lowrie tearing it up and the Cubs struggles against fastballs. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the last time the Yankees fired a manager mid-season, Shane Biebers 48 strikeouts and Corbin Burnes. Later, Marly Rivera on the Yankees struggles and Brian Cashmans press conference.
Between Concourses E and F: 4/19/21
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Padres living up to the hype, San Diego looking like the second best team in the league, what to make of Fernando Tatis Jr. playing through an injury, Ronald Acuña Jr.s abdominal strain, Sean Kazmar Jr. returning to the majors after 13 years in the minors andJavier Báez reportedly turning down a big contract before the 2020 season. Then, youll hear from Acuña and Ozzie Albies, David Ross, and Brian Snitker.
Complete Euphoria: 4/16/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. possibly returning against the Dodgers, Ronald Acuña Jr. continuing to dazzle, Vlad Guerrero Jr. putting in the work, animosity between the Yankees and Rays, and the lack of transparency with instant replay. Then, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick stops by to share his favorite Jackie Robinson stories. And later, Todd Radom has this weeks Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
American Royalty: 4/15/21
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Carlos Rodóns no-hitter, Zach Collins only catching 15 MLB games before Rodóns no-no, the Red Soxs 8-game winning streak, Corbin Burns, the Braves sliding and why the Atlantic Leagues latest rule tinkering is a waste of time. Then, 42 writer and director Brian Helgeland stops by on Jackie Robinson Day to talk with Buster about how he got involved with the project, meeting Rachel Robinson, what made Chadwick Boseman perfect to play Jackie, filming difficult scenes, his conversations with Ralph Branca, and Rachels reaction to the movie.
Face Value: 4/14/21
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers early season dominance and the teams similarities to the 2001 Mariners, if weve already seen the best pitching matchup of the year with Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito, and a game called Face Value. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how he is officially worried about Javier Baez and Gleyber Torres, and why he thinks Byron Buxton might be the most important player in baseball.
Chip Shots: 4/13/21
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Kevin Gausman putting it together with the Giants, how Aaron Hicks sitting out following the police shooting in Minnesota marks a shift in baseballs culture, the benefits of MLB admitting it gets calls wrong, Tyler Glasnow putting it all together, Wil Myers start in Atlanta, Mike Trouts consistency and the Cubs offense. Then, Sarah Langs talks about The Ronald Acuña Jr. Show, Glasnows induced swings and misses, and Shohei Ohtanis serious exit velocity.
Up In Arms: 4/12/21
Tim Kurkjian fills in for a traveling Buster, who calls in from the Atlanta airport to talk about the missed Alec Bohm replay call in Sundays Phillies-Braves game and why MLB should say it was wrong, his emotional interview with Freddie Freeman and Freemans family, Joe Musgrove grabbing the Padres first no-hitter, the versatility of the Red Sox, and Dave Roberts suggesting MLB is targeting Trevor Bauer under its new rule. Later, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper.
Shadow War: 4/9/21
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Michael Conforto getting hit by a pitch to win the game against the Phillies, the Angels continuing its strong start, Yermín Mercedes flat out raking, Trevor Bauer being investigated under the new foreign substance rule and Freddie Freeman. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Chicago American Giants for his Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
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