Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
Everything is a Resource: 5/26/23
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the dominance of Spencer Strider, which pitcher is the best on the planet, if the Padres or Blue Jays are in bigger trouble and the latest in the As stadium saga. Then, Braves pitcher Spencer Strider stops by to talk about how he analyzes each start, refining his fastball, which pitchers he admired growing up, sharing notes with Kevin Pillar and why he wears No. 99. Next, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Field and to administer the quiz. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with a note on Aaron Boones latest ejection.
Pet Squirrels: 5/24/23
Doug Glanville and Buster discuss the force of Christopher Morel, who Doug would take with the second pick of an MLB redraft and the managerial art of arguing with an umpire. Then, MASNs Melanie Newman stops by to talk about the playoff atmosphere between the Yankees and Orioles, her second pick in an MLB redraft, Adley Rutschman walking off with pitchers after an inning, Gunnar Henderson building Lego sets to separate from the game, Cedric Mullins slow heart rate and a squirrel surprising fans at Yankee Stadium.
Flush with Information and Anecdotes: 5/22/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how games are now too short for Tims trek home from Bristol, if the Mets are back, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander pitching the same day, Max Muncy claiming Willson Contreras is bullying umpires and something special going on in Baltimore. Then, Sarah Langs on if the Guardians should trade Shane Bieber, another Bryce Miller stat, the pitching duel on Sunday Night Baseball and the AL Easts run differential.
Legit Babies: 5/19/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Guardians gradual improvement and the need for an offensive injection, which New York shortstop will end the season with more home runs, if the Padres or Mets are in more trouble, a big series win for the Yankees over the Blue Jays, and Domingo Germáns 10-game suspension. Then, Rays shortstop Wander Franco stops by to talk about Tampas offense, the ball flip and his love of cars. Next, Sarah Langs has notes on Pete Alonsos 16th home run, Ronald Acuña Jr.s current tear and which team is the second best in baseball. Later, Guardians manager Terry Francona on his teams historically improving each month, his current assessment of the squad and how he would tweak the new rules. Finally, Todd Radom has thoughts on hat culture, delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the quiz. Plus, does Buster hate the Orioles? An investigation.
Get Back to Catcher: 5/17/23
Joon Lee joins Buster to discuss the Mets crowd letting Justin Verlander have it and the Mets rotation missing last years dependability, the brewing rivalry between the Yankees and Blue Jays, and Kenley Jansens fight against anxiety. Then, the St. Louis Post-Dispatchs Derrick Goold stops by to talk about which Cardinals player will end the season with the most starts at catcher, Andrew Kninzers place in the clubhouse, Willson Contreras professionalism, if Jack Flaherty can get on a roll and the NL Central not putting St. Louis away when it had the chance.
He's a Crier: 5/15/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Mothers Day surprise for Lars Nootbar on Sunday Night Baseball, Bryce Harper charging the Rockies dugout, the Padres looking shaky after a sweep by the Dodgers, if Drew Rasmussens injury will matter for the Rays and Busters advice for the Cardinals. Then, Buster was in the locker room after Kenley Jansens pitch clock violations. Later, Sarah Langs on Zack Greinke striking out a thousand different batters, Josh Naylors late-game heroics, a Bryce Miller update and the Blue Jays first shut out in a while.
Trickle-Down Effect: 5/12/23
Karl Ravech joins to discuss the impact of Willson Contreras moving from catcher to designated hitter, the pleasant surprise of the Red Sox, and if this is the year the Angels get Trout and Ohtani to the post season. Then, Sarah Langs hops on to break down the amazing career start for Casey Schmitt, Nathan Eovaldi stepping up, and her mom's impact on her in honor of Mothers Day. Later, Todd Radom joins for this weeks Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz.
Grandpa Yogi: 5/10/23
Boog Sciambi and Buster discuss the Cardinals Willson Contreras problem, the stark number of pitching injuries across the league and the worst-case-scenario. Then, Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic on the offseason adjustments he made to his swing, the best compliment someone can give him, the new rules bringing competing in the box back to the game and his read on the AL West. Later, Lindsay Berra, executive producer of It Aint Over and granddaughter of Yogi Berra, stops by to talk about memories with her grandparents, the character of Yogi overshadowing the man, how his experience in combat changed his outlook on the game, his self-confidence and his complicated relationship with George Steinbrenner.
Say Hi to Greg Ostertag: 5/8/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the passing of Vida Blue and why he was such a big deal in the majors, The Cardinals deciding to pull Willson Contreras from catching duties, The Rays no long have to mix and match their lineups, The Rays no long have to mix and match their lineups, The Rays no long have to mix and match their lineups. Then, Sarah Langs on Bryce Millers second start, Fernando Tatis Jr.s two home runs against Clayton Kershaw and if the Padres took it too far with the crying Kershaw meme. Plus, John Anderson talks to Mookie Betts after L.A. beat San Diego on Sunday Night Baseball. And, ESPN Radio interviews with Freddie Freeman, Bob Melvin and Dave Roberts.
Localized Intensity: 5/5/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss how the Padres are measured by their performance against the Dodgers, Oli Marmols angry press conference, the Red Sox playing a lot better than expected, Brian Cashman taking blame for the Yankees woes, the Braves lack of blemishes and the Rays level of dominance. Then, Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom stops by to talk about his comfortability wearing a mic on the field, how Dansby Swanson makes it look easy, what he attributes to his start to the season, if he checks the flags at Wrigley and if hes ever talked dancing with David Ross. Later, Todd Radom is back from South Korea to share his KBO experiences and to deliver the weekly quiz.
When Does It Stop Being Early?: 5/3/23
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss Sarahs day at Yankee Stadium, her #FistBumps4ALS campaign, Bryce Millers perfect bid in his MLB debut and why you dont want the Rays to score first. Next, Bruce Bochy talks about his first place Rangers, the teams resiliency, injury updates on Corey Seager and Jacob deGrom, how he pushed the Buster Posey Rule, and his best Madison Bumgarner story. Then, Buster asks Xavier Scruggs on whats wrong with the Cardinals? Later, Jessica Mendoza on why Bryce Harpers return is so shocking, Brandon Marshs increased plate productivity and the most exciting player in baseball.
A Great Note and How to Find It: 5/2/23
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss Sarahs 30th birthday and why birthdays are so important, Alex Verdugos walk-offs, Ronald Acuña Jr.s 440-foot home runs, and the fastest ever return from Tommy John surgery. Then, Tim Kurkjian on what makes Langs great at her job, Bryce Harper returning to the Phillies lineup and Philadelphia looking ready to launch, the lack of starting pitching available in the trade market, the Yankees' mounting problems in a tough division, the Padres and piñatas, and the Cardinals Mike Shannon passing away.
Paternity Leave: 4/28/23
Karl Ravech joins Buster to play a game of Panic, Patience or Party for a litany of teams including the Astros, Phillies, Pirates and White Sox. Then, Pittsburgh pitcher Rich Hill stops by to talk about a fun start to the season, Brian Reynolds new deal, how he can get his hands on the home run sword and why MLB cant find a baseball that pitchers can work with. Then, Buster plays an epic rant from a White Sox fan calling into ESPN1000 in Chicago. Next, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Later, Hembo makes a special appearance on the pod.
Running Backs: 4/26/23
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss injuries hampering the league to start the season, baseballs biggest potential looming crisis, the Rays perfect combination of analytics and process, how the Cardinals can right the ship, and Bryan Reynolds' new contract. Then, Todd Radom delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz.
Collective Personality: 4/24/23
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss David Cones rosin experiment, the Rays and the As on the extremes of the league, Logan OHoppes injury and Drew Maggis call-up. Then, Marcus Semien stops by to talk about his feel for the Rangers during spring training, the differences between this years team and last years, how theyre celebrating home runs and victories, and how he feels about the Athletics leaving Oakland. Later, Sarah Langs on the Rays 13-0 start to the season at home, Masataka Yoshidas two homer game and the opposing batters average when facing Ohtani. Plus, Roxy Bernsteins interview with Brandon Nimmo.
Can You Hear the Runs, Fernando?: 4/21/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Max Scherzers sticky stuff suspension, Pete Alonso betting on himself, the Giants lack of defense, whats next for Madison Bumgarner, the beauty of the Brewers and the As moving to Las Vegas. Next, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the metrics that prove the rule changes are working as intended, the Rays shutouts to start the season and the Pirates 27 home runs. Then, Hembo on the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. to the Padres lineup, if Clayton Kershaw is the best regular pitcher ever, and his thoughts on The Beatles. Plus, the gang lays out a few weekend wagers.
Cold When Im Supposed to Be Warm: 4/19/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Buster waking up to more snow in Bozeman Clayton Kershaws 200th win and why he should go into the Hall of Fame with a unanimous vote, their top-three teams right now, Mookie Betts possibly playing shortstop, and Hunter Greenes extension. Then, Buster talks to Bob Melvin, Xander Bogaerts, Juan Soto and Manny Machado about where they prefer to hit in the lineup. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on Chris Sale, delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz.
Entered a Girl, Left a Woman: 4/18/23
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss injuries to Corbin Burnes, Jacob deGrom and Jeffrey Springs, the Dodgers and Mariners starting 8-9, Dave flip-flopping on the Diamondbacks, Yordan Álvarezs easy swing, if Fernando Tatis Jr. could walk more, and the Athletics staining Major League Baseball. Then, Karl Ravechs full interview with Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy. Later, Sarah Abbott recaps the Taylor Swift concert and Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game.
Glitz and Glamour: 4/14/23
Hembo and Buster discuss the undefeated Rays baseball operation, Jared Kelenic and Gleyber Torres improved approaches at the plate, how the Padres should order their lineup when Fernando Tatis Jr. returns, and Bryce Harper volunteering to play first base. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about how many innings the Tampa Bay has trailed, Luis Arráez hitting .500 and Max Muncy pounding the Giants. Later, Karl Ravech on Martín Maldonado wearing the mic on Sunday Night Baseball, and the Tigers and Red Sox feeling like powder kegs early in the season. Plus, Elle Duncan interviews Brandon Lowe.
Welcome to the Happiness: 4/12/23
Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss the rise of home run celebrations, the undefeated Rays offense continuing to impress, how the pitch clock is helping dominant pitchers, Martín Maldonado on the mic for this weeks Sunday Night Baseball and the Giants trying to figure it out. Then, Todd Radom delivers this weeks Forgotten Field and administers the quiz. Later, Jesse Rogers on the Cubs strong start, misreading the Brewers and if the Cardinals will trade for a pitcher.
Break Up at the Airport: 4/10/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss the Rays 9-0 start, getting contributions from across the roster and how it could be difference-making in the AL East. They also get into Oneil Cruzs injury, Tims take on the Padres-Braves Hall of Fame conversation, the defensive metrics for the Brewers being off the charts, Shohei Ohtani hitting a ball at his ankles for a home run and the athleticism of the Diamondbacks. Then, Sarah Langs talks about Nick Castellanos, Jordan Walkers nine-game hit streak to start his career and Nelson Cruzs six RBI game. Plus, interviews with Bob Melvin and Cruz.
The Forgotten One: 4/7/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the star power of Braves-Padres, how many future Hall of Famers could be playing in this weekends series, AAA Sacramento pitcher Kade McClure calling Fernando Tatis Jr. a cheater, the Brewers sweeping the Mets and the Dodgers feeling just fine. Next, Sarah Langs talks about the Giants hitting 13 home runs against the White Sox, Vlad Guerrero Jr.s incredible start to the season, the undefeated Rays and Juan Sotos defense. Then, Hembo on his new book Got Your Number, patience or panic with the Phillies, why being single is cool again and a star catcher. Later, Taylor leads off the Bleacher Tweets with thoughts on the Oakland As.
Rust Rained Down: 4/5/23
Eduardo Pérez and Buster discuss Oliver Marmol calling out Tyler ONeill for getting thrown out at home, Manny Machados strikeout via pitch clock violation, whats wrong with the Mets and MLBs average salary going up 11 percent. Then, Jessica Mendoza with her takes on Marmol calling out ONeill and Machados pitch clock violation. Plus, her thoughts on the Dodgers rotation and the Orioles promoting Grayson Rodriguez. Later, Todd Radom delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz.
Too Much Ice Cream: 4/3/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Rangers looking like even-keeled professionals with Bruce Bochy at the helm, Robbie Ray going down, Jake Cronenworths extension, Kodai Senga's ghost fork, the undefeated Rays and Joey Gallo doing damage with the Twins. Then, Sarah Langs on if Juan Soto is in decline, Anthony Volpes first career hit and Tim Herrin making history in his MLB debut. Plus, interviews with Marcus Semien and Bryce Harper.
Overreaction Friday: 3/31/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Judge picking up where he left off, Shohei Ohtani dazzling on the mound in an Angels loss, if Dylan Cease is the best pitcher on the planet, their first impressions of the pitch clock, Red Sox fans booing, why they doubted the Dodgers and the AL MVP trifecta. Then, Sarah Langs on her favorite thing from Opening Day, Adley Rutschman and the pace of play. Plus, Buster finishes his team previews with the Yankees and Phillies.
Opening Day 2023: 3/30/23
Eduardo Pérez and Buster make rapid-fire predictions on home run numbers for Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge, if the Angels make the playoffs, if the Astros can repeat as champions, and how many wins the White Sox will notch. Plus, they touch on the tentative agreement between MiLB players and MLB. Then, Hembo on his best season-long bets, three player milestones to watch and the three most loaded jersey numbers in baseball history. Later, Todd Radom shares this weeks Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz. And, Buster previews the Brewers and the Royals.
Talking In Hotel Lobbies: 3/29/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the time Tim was pulled over while doing a radio hit, their picks for the playoffs, Cy Young and MVP, Anthony Volpe making the Yankees Opening Day roster, the Guardians extending Andrés Giménez, the Braves rotation looking vulnerable and JT Realmutos ridiculous ejection. Then, Sarah Langs clears out for Taylor to yell about Grayson Rodriguez, gives her picks and plays The Numbers Game. Plus, Buster previews the Rays and Tigers.
Blender With The Lid Off: 3/24/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss more injuries in the NL East, hockey star Connor McDavid wanting an international hockey tournament after watching the World Baseball Classic, and how theyd fix the WBCs pitching problem. Next, Roger Clemens talks about the Astros chances to repeat, Shohei Ohtanis preparation and how hed try to exploit the new rules on the mound. Then, Jessica Mendoza on Ohtani executing his best pitch in biggest moment, moving the WBC to July and what the Dodgers need from their starting shortstop. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on Ohtani, Masataka Yoshida and Matt Olson mashing in Spring Training. Plus, Buster previews the Red Sox and Marlins.
Hembo and Buster discuss Shohei Ohtani cementing himself as the face of baseball, the most significant moment of Ohtani and Mike Trouts careers, Bryce Harper staying off the 60-day IL and Hembos preseason superlatives. Then, Alden Gonzalez on the World Baseball Classic final being one of the best experiences hes had at a ballpark, the game ending in the matchup everyone wanted, Ohtanis growth as a pitcher and something hes never seen before on the field. Later, Todd Radom delivers this weeks Forgotten Field and administers the quiz. Plus, Buster previews the Cardinals and the Nationals.
Those Hands Are Magical: 3/20/23
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss Trea Turner's grand slam against Venezuela, Paul Goldschmidt hitting the ball hard in the World Baseball Classic and RMki Sasaki. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the Mets losing Edwin Díaz, how the Phillies could be the biggest benefactors of Diaz going down, if the Astros can manage without Jose Altuvé, where Fernando Tatis Jr.'s head will be at when he returns from suspension, agreeing on all six National League playoff teams, and the Cubs and the Angels looking improved in Spring Training. Plus, Buster previews the Padres and Pirates.
Ticket To Ride: 3/16/23
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss how an exciting Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic game was dampen by Edwin Diaz injuring himself in the celebration, his impressions of the World Baseball Classic, how it impacts the Mets bullpen and MLBs rules when signing players from Japan. Then, Todd Radom delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz. Next, Buster previews the Blue Jays. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game from the WBC with an even more exuberant crowd behind her. And, Buster asks Hal Steinbrenner about when he consults with Aaron Judge.Jeff Passan and Buster discuss how an exciting Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic game was dampen by Edwin Diaz injuring himself in the celebration, his impressions of the World Baseball Classic, how it impacts the Mets bullpen and MLBs rules when signing players from Japan. Then, Todd Radom delivers the Forgotten Field and administers the weekly quiz. Next, Buster previews the Blue Jays. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game from the WBC with an even more exuberant crowd behind her. And, Buster asks Hal Steinbrenner about when he consults with Aaron Judge.
International Pastime: 3/15/23
Xavier Scruggs and Buster Olney discuss if the 40/40 club will become less exclusive, which players could join the club, Shohei Ohtani growing the game through the World Baseball Classic and a conversation he had with Anthony Volpe. Then, Hembo brings a touch of March Madness to the pod with his No. 1 overall seed in MLB, a Cinderella team and a Diaper Dandy. Next, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game from the WBC. And, Buster previews the Diamondbacks.
Chapped Most Mornings: 3/13/23
Eduardo Pérez joins Buster to discuss the World Baseball Classic, Venezuela looking primed to come out of Pool D, a possible Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic showdown, Mexico crushing Team USA, losing his voice cheering on Puerto Rico and which Spring Training stats he looks at when evaluating young players. Then, Orioles pitcher Grayson Rodriguez stops by to talk about what he has left to prove in the AAA, working with Adley Rutschman, the first time he realized he could be pretty good at baseball and his passion for hunting. Then, Tim Kurkjian on Baltimores direction, the Diamondbacks inking Corbin Carroll to a longterm contract and what hes been seeing at Spring Training in Arizona. Plus, Buster previews the Angels and the Orioles.
Not Exactly Golfers: 3/10/23
Joey Votto joins Buster to for a wide-ranging discussion on the new rules, the market demanding a more efficient product, why he likes to know roughly how long a game will take and how hard it is to hit a ball directionally. Next, Buster previews the Reds. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about pulling a near-all-nighter, World Baseball Classic all-time leaders and why it feels like Shohei Ohtani is going to have an unbelievable season. Later, Karl Ravech on the Yankees shutting down Carlos Rodón and the Red Sox continuing to win in Spring Training. Plus, Mike Greenberg makes an appearance to take break from Aaron Rodgers speculation to talk baseball. Finally, Todd Radom debuts this season's weekly Forgotten Fields segment, along with the first quiz.
Seven-Tool Player: 3/8/23
Hembo and Buster discuss the numbers showing the rule changes in baseball are working as intended, the spending by the Padres versus the rest of the league, Aaron Judge's home run over/under, and the best stat you'll hear this week. Then, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto stops by to talk about the PECOTA win projection for his team, adding Kolten Wong and Teoscar Hernández, how A.J. Pollack can help Jared Kelenic, the next step for Julio Rodríguez, and his view of the AL West. Then, David Schoenfield on the United States and the Dominican Republic having some of the best lineups ever seen in baseball, injuries in the NL East, why he's backing off the Diamondbacks, and what would have to go wrong with the Angels to be out of the playoff chase by the trade deadline. Plus, Buster previews the Mariners and the Rockies.
Separation Monday: 3/6/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Shohei Ohtanis two home runs in an exhibition for Japan, the player intrigue around Ohtanis contract, if Chaim Bloom can dunk, Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzers differing approaches to the pitch clock, what rival executives are saying about Anthony Volpe, and the passing of Rays radio voice Dave Wills. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about why she was an outlier in the White Sox conversation, Shane Biebers fourth-straight Opening Day start, Trey Mancini, and how shed handle promoting a superstar prospect to start the season. Plus, Buster previews the Braves and the White Sox.
Im Picasso: 3/3/23
Follow Buster on Instagram: busterolney_espn Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss his prediction for a big year in baseball, the pitch clock moving the game at a better pace, Karls conversation with Tommy Edman, what Rafael Devers bought after signing his new deal, the best clubhouse guy in the league and a shout out to umpire Andy Fletcher. Then, Sarah Langs has updates on three young pitchers. Later, the return of Todd Radom. Plus, Buster previews the Dodgers and the Twins.
Internal Solutions: 3/1/23
Eduardo Pérez joins Buster to discuss how much he would pay for a Taylor Swift concert ticket, Eduardos idea for in-stadium beer sales with increased pace of play, Yordan Álvarezs lingering hand issue and Kodai Senga. Then, Buster previews the Oakland Athletics. Next, Alden Gonzalez on how the Dodgers replace Gavin Lux this season and Shohei Ohtani looking sharp in his preseason pitching debut. Later, Boog Sciambi stops by to talk about recording the voiceover for MLB: The Show, the pulse of the players on the rule changes and the Cubs.
Information Hound: 2/28/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Buster insulting Tim on TV, if too many rules have been instituted at once, Gavin Lux doing down, Red Sox-Braves ending in a pitch clock violation, Manny Machado signing a new contract with the Padres, Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker, and C.B. Bucknors beef with Oli Marmol. Then, Busters in-game interview with Walker from Monday Night Baseball. Next, Buster talks to Carlos Correa about educating teammates on analytics, failing two physicals and moving on from the offseason with the Twins. Later, Sarah Langs on Machados plate appearances since 2015, Sean Manaeas velocity and the spike in money in baseball.
The Great Unveiling: 2/23/23
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss exposing people to the pitch clock for the first time on a national broadcast, Fernando Tatis Jr.s motivation, players poised to have monster years, the Yankees mulling Aaron Judge playing in left field and a few season win totals. Then, Sarah Langs on the most shifted players last season and why she thinks Jesse Winker is primed bounce back with the Brewers. Plus, Buster talks to Dave Dombroski, Alex Cora and Brian Snitker at Spring Training.
Big Nasty Right-Hander: 2/21/23
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Harrison Bader flying under the radar for the Yankees, the Diamondbacks on the rise, Steve Cohens subtext and the Mets batters needing to stay in the batters box. Then, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick stops by to talk about how the museum is thriving after the early days of the pandemic, his favorite Satchel Paige story and Negro League players appearing in MLB: The Show. Plus, Buster previews the Cubs and the Rangers.
Life-Long Learner: 2/20/23
MLBs Joe Martinez joins Buster to answer listener questions on this seasons rule changes. Then, Tim Kurkjian discusses a life curveball thrown at him, who will be the Yankees Opening Day shortstop, three people who called Dusty Baker after winning the World Series, Corbin Burnes being at odds with the Brewers, the gap of money between Manny Machado and the Padres and his memories of Tim McCarver. Later, Diamondbacks rookie Corbin Carroll talks about his welcome to the big league moment, what he worked on in the offseason, wanting to positively impact people, and his family. Finally, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Plus, Buster previews the Mets and the Guardians.
Pitch Clock Operator Scrutiny: 2/16/23
Buster is joined by Jeff Passan to discuss Justin Turner wearing No. 2 for the Red sox, the impact of the new rules, landing spots for Shohei Ohtani, and the Trevor Bauer's future. Then, Hembo joins to discuss if he is qualified to be a pitch clock operator, who will win the NL West, and his bold prediction for Mike Trout this season. Next, Sarah Langs joins to play the Numbers Game, gives her thoughts on the pitch clock, and shares why she thinks the Padres will win the NL West. Later, Karl Ravech hops on to ruin Busters day. Then they discuss the latest injury news including Stephen Strasburgs setback and Jacob DeGroms debut as a Ranger being delayed. Plus, he shares insights to the nuances of the MLB conference call about the new rules.
Bilbo Baggins: 2/14/23
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Mickey Rivers attempting to shakedown Tim at his first spring training, Justin Verlander reuniting with Max Scherzer and why the ghost runner rule really bothers Tim. Then, Alex Anthopoulous talks about the chaos of extra-innings games, if he looks at win projections and Dana Brown leaving for the Astros. Next, Sarah Langs on Cedric Mullins and Jorge Mateo stealing bases, and Yu Darvish signing another six-year deal. Later, Vinnie Pasquantino gets into the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl, an awkward moment at radio row, Arizona not changing its clocks and his Joey Votto-like command of the strike zone.
Big Spenders: 2/9/23
Buster is joined by Jess Mendoza to break down what to expect from the Dodgers going into spring training, the Dodger's retiring Fernando Valenzuela's jersey, and her experience coaching in Europe. Next, Buster is joined by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discussing who will be the starting shortstop this season, the turnover of personalities in the clubhouse, and the Dodgers - Padres rivalry. Then, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Ben Cherington joins to discuss the nuance of trade conversations, talks with Bryan Reynolds, and Oneil Cruzs progression. Next, Sarah Langs joins to play the numbers game and Buster quizzes her movie knowledge. Plus, Doug Glanville hops on to grade his career in the big leagues, what team is intriguing this winter, how Tatís will navigate whats next following his suspension, what team has befuddled him, and shares the impact of his Sports and Society class.
On The Dais: 2/2/23
Hembo and Buster discuss falling in love with the Mariners offseason, bets with the best value for MVP and Cy Young, and when he knew Rob Thomson was the guy for the Phillies. Next, new Astros GM Dana Brown stops by to talk about finally landing a GM job, scouting Michael Harris II and how to improve his championship roster. Then, Rob Thomson on Bryce Harpers healing process, courting Trae Turner and the keys to making a World Series return. Later, Padres GM A.J. Preller shares insights on contract talks with Juan Soto and Manny Machado. And finally, Sarah Langs talks about receiving the You Can Look It Up Award and meeting Julio Rodríguez.
The Logic Pretzel Twists Tighter : 1/26/23
Hembo and Buster discuss Scott Rolens admittance into the Baseball Hall of Fame, how Hall of Fame voting has become like instant replay, the Twins-Marlins trade and which teams Hembo thinks will be the last four standing in 2023. Then, Miami GM Kim Ng stops by to talk about how the Luis Arráez trade went down, Skip Schumaker getting the best out of players, being in a division with Goliaths and Sandy Alcántara. Next, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Later, Angels GM Perry Minasian on Arte Moreno deciding to hold onto the franchise, improving the defense and where negotiations stand with Shohei Ohtani.
Betting On A Birth Date: 1/19/23
Description: Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss how much money Shohei Ohtani could score in free agency, what the Angels should do as they try to re-sign Ohtani, which teams could afford Ohtani, if Trevor Bauer will land on a team this season and the automatic strike zone coming to AAA. Then, Sarah Langs talks about if Corey Seager is underrated, a down year for Juan Soto, and rubbing elbows with Sandy Alcántara and Aaron Judge. Later, Hembo on why $500 million is merely the get-in price for Ohtani, baseballs Jaguars in 2023 and appreciating Andrew McCutchen.
Worried About Finishing Last: 1/12/23
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers trading for Miguel Rojas, if Trevor Bauer will pitch again and how theyve never seen anything like the Carlos Correa saga. Then, Hembo on Steve Cohen and the Mets deciding they werent paying for damaged goods, plus notes on Dusty Baker. Later, Dylan Cease stops by to talk about Liam Hendriks cancer diagnosis, Buster picking him to win the Cy Young in 2022, his drive to constantly improve, his dominant slider, how he figured out that pitch, when he knew the slider was a special pitch for him and pitchers he learned from growing up. Finally, Sarah Langs gets into Mandy Bells final fundraising haul for ALS research, Nelson Cruz signing with the Padres, Adley Rutschman and the Blue Jays balancing their lineup.
Until He Says Yes You Just Don't Know: 1/6/23
Buster and Yankees GM Brian Cashman discuss his teams roster, whos going to play left field, if he had any idea Aaron Judge would return to New York after the season ended, Hal Steinbrenners involvement with Judge, media reports Judge was signing with San Francisco and Cashmans additions to the front office. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about what the Dodgers will do with Trevor Bauer, why Rafael Devers is a worthwhile investment for the Red Sox and Carlos Correa's next move if he doesnt sign a long term deal. Later, Sarah Langs on coaching up Mandy Bell for a half marathon, Rich Hills 12th team, and if the Rogers twins will pull pranks while playing for the Giants.
Baseballs Darth Vader and Death Star: 12/21/22
Buster is joined by Karl Ravech breaking down todays shocking news of Carlos Correa heading to the New York Mets and how Steve Cohen has changed the equation for MLB owners. Next, Sarah Langs joins sharing her moms conspiracy theory on Correa to the Mets and how she would line up the Mets star hitters if she were Buck Showalter. Then, Cubs manager David Ross hops on to share how the Dansby Swanson deal went down, ways Dansby impresses him on and off the field, and how their pitching is taking a step forward. Later, Hembo joins to breakdown why the Correa deal is fundamentally a shock to baseball and how Correa will take the Mets to the next level.
Trooper Glanville: 12/16/22
Doug Glanville joins Buster to discuss teams handing out huge deals, players seeking the biggest pile of money possible, Carlos Correa signing with the Giants, Carlos Rodóns injury questions after signing with the Yankees and where Dansby Swanson could land as the last big piece on the board. Then, Hembo stops by to declare that the Yankees leveled the playing field against the Astros and Rodón will provide Gerrit Cole a safety net, plus a round of Big, Bigger, Biggest. Later, Terry Francona on the one thing he likes to brag about, playing Cribbage in the clubhouse, unintended consequences of the rule changes, and what Josh Bell and Mike Zunino bring to the Guardians. Finally, Sarah Langs answers your #BleacherTweets.
Credit Card Bill Due: 12/8/22
The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy joins Buster to discuss his full autopsy on the Red Sox, it being dark day for Boston fans losing Xander Bogaerts, and his advice for the organization moving forward. Next, Sarah Langs hops on to play The Numbers Game and give her insight on what a Shohei Ohtani contract might look like this winter. Then, Karl Ravech joins to break down Red Sox's confusing decisions, Willson Contreras heading to the Cardinals, and Aaron Judges crystal ball. Later, Hembo comes on to analyze the trump card Carlos Correa has over the Red Sox and Bogaerts running wild with the Padres lineup.
Total Surrender: 12/7/22
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Aaron Judge re-signing with the Yankees to a 9-year, $360 million deal, New York rolling over, Judges bet on himself paying off, the Padres in cost-be-damned mode, where San Francisco should turn after missing out on Judge, and why the Cubs should be involved in landing an elite shortstop. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about if Judge made the right decision, why Rob Manfred is fist pumping today, Judge elevating his team and why the Giants Plan B should be Carlos Correa.
Earthquake In My Mind: 12/6/22
Hembo and Buster discuss the Phillies signing Trea Turner, Hembos thoughts on the short and long term implications of the signing, San Diego having the biggest offer on the table for Turner and if this signals the Padres will take another big swing in free agency. Then, Sarah Langs talks about the Padres willingness to spend, Philadelphia with two contracts of at least 11 years on the books, and Justin Verlander joining Max Scherzer and the Mets. Later, Tim Kurkjian on the Phillies lineup with Turner, Verlanders contract matching Scherzers and the Yankees re-signing Brian Cashman.
The Word Is: Complicated: 12/5/22
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss how Jacob deGrom landed with the Rangers, the Brewers trading Kolten Wong to the Mariners for Jesse Winker and Abraham Toro, Brian Reynolds demanding a trade, what kind of push are .500 teams willing to make in free agency, the ever-changing game of musical shortstops, Fred McGriff heading to the Hall of Fame, and another mess with selection for the Hall. Then, Sarah Langs on how the Hall created a more difficult ballot for its new committee, Aaron Judge looking for a nine-year contract in his age 31 season, projecting Trea Turners legs and deGroms sub-.190 opponent batting average.
The Pulpit and The Hanger: 12/1/22
Scott Servais joins Buster to discuss his thoughts on the postseason, the Astros pitching staff, what Teoscar Hernandez brings to the Mariners and if hell play with two outfielders. Sarah Langs talks about the Astros signing José Abreu, the rarity of players winning a Cy Young or an MVP and then changing teams, and which team is under the most pressure to make a big signing. Later, Hembo explains why his Philly brethren are misguided in who they want playing shortstop. Plus, Hembo and Buster embrace the season of giving.
Too Much Cinnamon: 11/23/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss Aaron Judge meeting with the Giants and the tremendous pressure on the Yankees, the Red Sox fan base in pure revolt, the Brewers trading Hunter Renfroe to the Angels, and Hall of Fame voting angst. Plus, Sarah Langs on the video of Judge in San Francisco, Albert Pujols winning Comeback Player of the Year, unanimous Cy Young winners and her favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Best Product, Every Night: 11/16/22
Theo Epstein joins Buster to discuss the overlooked aspect of banning the shift, seeing stolen base attempts go up, when he decided to leave the Cubs, players disliking downtime and analytic trends pushing the game in the wrong direction. Then, Sarah Langs shares how she met Steph Curry and Steve Kerr, and plays The Numbers Game. Later, Hembo on Jeff Saturdays Dusty Baker-like touch in the locker room, hitters that will benefit from the regulations against the shift and, why hed sign Justin Verlander over Jacob deGrom. Later, Alden Gonzalez talks about Yasiel Puigs guilty plea, the erosion of trust between the Astros and James Click and the players being talked about at last weeks GM meetings.
Short Cuts Lead to Long Cuts: 11/8/22
Doug Glanville and Buster discuss the Astros legacy after winning the 2022 World Series, the incredible postseason performance from Houstons pitching staff, and Dougs thoughts on Dusty Baker winning his first championship as a manager. Next, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about her post-baseball to-do list, the stat she started writing before it happened, the dominance of the Astros' bullpen and the years between championships for Baker. Then, David Schoenfield on Rob Thomson pulling Zack Wheeler early, how the Astros and Phillies move forward into the offseason, the Angels declaring they wont trade Shohei Ohtani, and the Mets signing Edwin Diaz for five years. Later, Todd Radom delivers his thoughts on watching a World Series game in Philadelphia and administers one last quiz. Finally, the show ends with Bart Giamatti's The Green Fields of the Mind.
I Had A Couple...: 11/4/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Busters interesting postgame interview with Justin Verlander, Verlander getting his first World Series win, Verlanders embrace with Dusty Baker, big defensive moments from Chas McCormick and Trey Mancini, if Jeremy Peña is the frontrunner for World Series MVP, and Zack Wheeler on extra rest. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the last time a team hit a lead off home run after being no-hit in the playoffs, the streak of teams clinching on the road in the playoffs and who the Astros should start in a potential Game 7.
El Reptíl: 11/3/22
Hembo and Buster discuss the dramatic swing of emotions for Phillies fans, one of the most dominant pitching performances theyve ever seen and the Phillies game plan against Justin Verlander. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks Cristian Javier cold-bloodedness, the relationship among the Astro pitchers, why the Phillies struggled with Javiers fastball and Verlander taking the mound for the second time. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and shares some Langs family baseball superstitions. Plus, Buster and Dan Shulman talked to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Whispers in the Wind: 11/2/22
Dan Shulman joins Buster to break down game three of the World Series, if Lance McCullers was truly tipping pitches, and what Bryce Harper really said to Alec Bohm. Then, Sarah Langs hops on to share her interaction with Justin Turner, the electric atmosphere in Philly, the record-setting five homers, and the significance of game three in the World Series. Later, New York Mets manager Buck Showalter joins to discuss how October baseball is a roll of the dice, how locked in he is to this years World Series, and his opinion on lineup projections.
Higher Quality of Wood: 10/31/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting pair of games that has the World Series knotted at 1-1, what happened to Zack Wheeler in Game 2, the Phillies punching back in Game 1, José Altuve turning it around quickly, sticky stuff questions with Framber Valdez and the Royals hiring Matt Quatraro as manager. Then, new Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy stops by to talk about the whole world weighing in on decisions made while managing in the Fall Classic, why the crowd isnt a huge factor at this point in the postseason, his return to the dugout and the Rangers free agency plans. Later, Sarah Langs on her belief in something thats unquantifiable, Yuli Gurriel avoiding strikeouts and Wheelers drop in velocity.
Hungry Hungry Hembos: 10/28/22
Hembo and Buster discuss Hembos Phillies delirium, how Rob Thomson lined up his pitching and the biggest home-field advantage in baseball history. Next, Tigers and former Astros manager A.J. Hinch stops by to talk about the buzz in Houston, what Astro fans ask when they recognize him, if hed rather pitch to Alex Bregman or Yordan Álvarez, and why hes rooting for J.T. Realmuto. Then, Astros broadcaster Steve Sparks on how the Astros assembled a complete pitching staff, needing to keep the Phillies in the ballpark and how José Altuve gets back on track. Later, Karl Ravech on David Stearns stepping away as head of baseball operations with the Brewers and what games one and two of the World Series hinge on. Finally, Sarah Langs on Justin Verlanders 12th postseason start and Jean Segura playing in his first postseason.
Jeff Passan and Buster start by examining the Astros weakness and the Phillies' path to a World Series championship. Then, they discuss their early feel for free agency including the Giants spending big, if the Orioles should be in the shortstop market, Texas being on everyone and the Cardinals looking for an elite starter. Later, Sarah Langs on which great pitcher is comparable to the Astros pitching staff, Dusty Baker, and the difference between the Astros and Phillies regular season wins.
Cosmic Event: 10/24/22
Tim Kurkjian hops on to break down how the baseball gods favored the Phillies, Bryce Harper embracing the heart and soul of Philly, and the Houston dominating New York. Next, Tim and Buster discuss the Yankees post-season failure tax, if Judge will re-sign, and the impact Bruce Bochy will have on the Rangers. Then, voice of the Phillies Scott Franzke joins to share the evolution of NLCS MVP Harper as a leader, the improvements in the bullpen, and the electric atmosphere in Philly. Later, Sarah Langs joins to share ultimately what led to the Yankees demise, Harpers career capping moment, and the Phillies record after 50 games.
Tentacles Concept: 10/21/22
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss how much of the ALCS is Houston dominance versus New York futility, the Astros tight run differential, Framber Valdezs swings and misses, and Joe Musgrove thriving on the road. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about watching games in Bristol with people who really know baseball, the Astros all looking at iPads in the dugout, the Yankees roster transitioning at a bad time, what they would do with the Yankee lineup and Ravy giving a slight edge to the Phillies in the NLCS.
Read the Room: 10/20/22
Eduardo Pérez joins Buster to break down Justin Verlanders rocky start to finding his groove last night, the uphill battle for the Yankees, Dusty Baker flexing bullpen muscles, and the coin flip in the NLCS. Then, Buster surprises Eduardo with a game of musical chairs of possible landing spots for elite short stops Dansby Swanson, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Trea Turner. Next, Sarah Langs hops on to analyze Josh Haders first 100 mph strikeout of his career, Jeremy Peña becoming the fifth rookie in postseason history with three extra base hits in a game, the strikeout difference between the Yankees and Astros, and give her answers for shortstop musical chairs. Later, Hembo hops on to share the importance of ownership, the value of the trade deadline, if the Astros own the Yankees, and to compares Justin Verlander to Tom Brady.
Logic Ladder: 10/19/22
Sarah Langs and Buster talk about how for the first time it feels like the Phillies could win the World Series, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stantons home runs in winner-take-all games and Kyle Schwarbers 488-foot blast. Then, Boog Sciambi discusses being called The Legend in a hotel lobby, Schwarbers no-doubter and his personality, Manny Machado needing to stay in the zone, if the Astros can make the ALCS a short series, Shohei Ohtani's drawing a line and the Dodgers hoping Clayton Kershaw will return.
Nola Bowl: 10/18/22
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Nola brothers going head-to-head in the NLCS, starters pitching on short rest, two playoff rounds being played on the same day, and the (not real) momentum of the Phillies and Padres. Then, Jessica Mendoza on MLB trying to get game five of the ALDS in last night, what changes about the pitching between these teams, if Shane Bieber will be available tonight, x-factors for Philadelphia and San Diego, and what the Dodgers need to upgrade in the offseason. Later, Braves manager Brian Snitker calls in to talk about if he watches the playoffs after getting bounced, how Ronald Acuña Jr. was affected by his knee this season, rooting for Rob Thomson and the most difficult thing about managing in the playoffs.
Dragon Up North: 10/17/22
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the quality of the weekend crowds, the Padres beating the Dodgers after losing every regular season series, the Astros-Mariners 18-inning affair and Sarahs favorite stat about winner-take-all games. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the major cracks that led to this week's biggest upsets, questioning if the Dodgers are a dynasty, and the circle of trust between Aaron Boone and his bullpen. Later, Padres coach Ryan Flaherty on the emotion in the clubhouse after defeating Los Angeles in the NLDS, the difference between a young Manny Machado in Baltimore versus 30-year-old Manny in San Diego, the best way to communicate information to players, and his takeaways from working and playing under great managers.
That Guy: 10/14/22
Sarah Langs and Buster talk about the Astros winning ways, Yordan Álvarez with another home run while his team trailed and the Phillies winning despite being out-homered. Then, Karl Ravech discusses Busters Álvarez comparison, Dansby Swansons catch and Manny Machados maturity. Next, Hembo on the average fastball velocity in the playoffs, Framer Valdezs diabolical curveball and why Carlos Correa is the prize of another loaded shortstop class. Later, Mandy Bell on how the rainout actually helps the Guardians rotation, the most important bat in Clevelands lineup and the half marathon shes running for Sarah. You can donate to support Sarah here.
Nuggets Not Dissertations: 10/13/22
Sarah Langs and Buster discuss if Austin Riley or Dansby Swanson had the better catch, Josh Hader nailing down a four-out save, the Guardians needing to find other ways to score and the importance of Seattle scoring first. Then, Joe Maddon stops by to discuss Yu Darvish keeping his composure, the Padres being tired of getting beat up by the Dodgers, his new book The Book of Joe, the differences from managing through the decades, the theory and reality or analytics and if this conversation will hurt his chances to manage again. Later, Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrín on retiring after 64 years in the booth, his favorite moment that he called, how he came up with his home run call, Fernando Valenzuelas incredible 1981 season and baseball coursing through his veins.
Pursuit of Perfection: 10/12/22
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the decision to use Robbie Ray as a reliever, pressure-packed moments in the playoffs and plays the numbers game. Plus, Buster surprises her with a message from Bruce Bochy. Then, Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch hops on to break down managing under high-pressure playoff moments, where he lands on using starters as relievers, Yordan Alvarez being the best pure hitter in baseball, the burden of Garret Cole as a Yankee ace, and the vision for the future of the Tigers. Later, Todd Radom joins to discuss Buck Showalter's decision to check Joe Musgrove's suspiciously shiny ears and administers the weekly quiz.
Free Ride: 10/11/22
Alex Cora and Buster discuss Cora watching his brother Joey coach third base for the Mets, the Mets losing in the first round after winning 101 games, and the toughest and easiest things about managing in the postseason. Then, Cora tells Sarah Langs what she taught him while they worked together, before Langs plays The Numbers Game. Later, Boog Sciambi on the Guardians defense, how the Padres can beat the Dodgers and the sticky substance problem baseball has created.
The Cream and The Clear: 10/10/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting Wild Card weekend, Tims tough time getting through the border from Toronto, Joe Musgroves smart outing, Buck Showalter calling for a substance check, the Padres figuring it out, something special happening in Seattle, the similar dynamics at play in the San Diego-Los Angeles and Seattle-Houston series, and Buster driving the Guardians-over-the-Yankees bandwagon. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to share her thoughts on Musgrove allowing one hit, the 14 scoreless innings between the Guardians and Rays, and the Mariners epic comeback.
Ms. Locked-In: 10/7/22
Sarah Langs joins Buster and Karl Ravech to talk about publicly announcing her ALS diagnosis, the outpouring of support from the baseball community and what it is about baseball that she loves. Then, Langs plays The Numbers Game with thoughts on Juan Soto being the young veteran, out-homering your opponent, Max Scherzers 10K games in the postseason and which of the wild card weekend teams has the best chance to make the World Series. Next, Ravech on the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with Mets-Padres, the Mets pitching strategy, the Soto antidote, Torontos home field advantage and his concern for Shane McClanahan. Later, Hembo makes his to triumphant return to the pod to discuss parenting twin girls, the Rays-Guardians rock fight, the Phillies starting pitching advantage and his lack of confidence in San Diego.
The End of the Chase: 10/5/22
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to breakdown Aaron Judges historic achievement, settle the debate of if Barry Bonds is still the home run king with Judges clean season milestone, project what Judges next contract will look like, and give his picks for the wildcard games. Then, Todd Radom joins to administer the weekly quiz and share the final phantom franchise of the season.
Seismic Change: 10/3/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss a huge weekend in baseball, if the Guardians are true contenders in the AL, Dansby Swansons handling big moments, how the Mets will use Jacob deGrom heading into the postseason, the Mariners returning to the playoffs, Albert Pujols hitting 702 and Tony La Russa announcing his retirement. Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game.
It's Great to Watch Greatness with Charles Barkley: 9/29/22
NBA superstar Charles Barkley joins Buster to discuss why Aaron Judge is so special, how Judge bets on himself, debate if players caught in the steroid era should be considered the greatest, and what he would do if he was Judge's advisor. Then, Karl Ravech hops on to discuss why Judge's record is nothing but joy for the sport, the memorable moments between Judge and his mom, and the most sincere form of respect shown to Judge from other players. Plus, they discuss the "it's Until death does us part" mentality of Mets fans.
People Can Change: 9/27/22
Dan Shulman joins Buster to break down the Blue Jays being one of the top five offenses despite being right-handed heavy, the pressure on Aaron Judge to end his drought and hit 61 homers, and preparing to call the historic home run from the visiting rival Aaron Judge. Then, Alden Alden Gonzalez joins to break down the best remaining race in baseball the NL East, covering the game where Pujols hits 700 home run, Pujolss impact on the Dodgers, and the state of the Dodgers Bullpen. Later, Todd Radom joins to walk through the process of uniform changes, share this weeks Phantom Franchise, and administer the weekly quiz.
Lets Have Some Fun Today: 9/26/22
Jeff Passan joins Buster on Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Albert Pujols hitting his 700th career home run in Los Angeles, sharing a story about Alex Rodriguez seeking Pujols for advice, and the chase continues for Aaron Judges 61st home run. Then, they discuss if Aaron Judge is having the greatest season of all time, Judges future contract, and Don Mattinglys tenure as Marlins manager comes to an end. Plus, everyone knows about Judges homers, but his teammates weigh in with Buster about his other skills that separate him as a player. Later, Sarah Langs joins to discuss Pujols season, Dodgers winning their 106th game, and if the Guardians can win the world series.
The Greatest Home Run Hitter Ever: 9/23/22
Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down Aaron Judges hunt for 62 homers, discuss if Judge is having the greatest single season ever, breaking down the Royals firing Dayton Moore, and share what team has the highest steaks in the NL East. Then, Jess Mendoza joins discussing her take on Dave Robert's comments on Craig Kimbrel's performance, how she almost crashed her car following Aaron Judges historic year, and shares who her key player is in the Mariners playoff race.
Free Safety Mike Trout: 9/21/22
Mike Trout hops on the podcast today to discuss his seven-game homer streak, Aaron Judges incredible year, the difficulty of being a hitter in this era, and comparing Ohtani's performance last year to this season. Then, play-by-play man Michael Kay joins to discuss calling a historic performance by Aaron Judge, how is preparing for a potential Judge record-breaking game, and his favorite call of a milestone baseball moment. Later, Todd Radom joins for this weeks phantom franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Biggest Number Wins: 9/19/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Mike Trout and Tims disinterest in talking about themselves, Aaron Judge hitting 60 home runs, why they think Judge will land in San Francisco this offseason, the upcoming musical chairs of shortstops, the NL East and the Guardians. Then, Buster talks to Freddie Freeman from the Dodgers clubhouse. Later, Sarah Langs on consecutive sacs in a game, Ahmed Rosarios big Saturday and Hunter Green lighting up the radar gun.
History in the Making: 9/16/22
Karl Ravech hops on to discuss the impact of Roberto Clemente Day in the MLB, the significance of the Roberto Clemente Award for the players, Sandy Alderson stepping down as president of the Mets, and if the Dodgers have the best 1-2-3 hitting combination in baseball history. Next, Jess Mendoza joins to share what Roberto Clemente means to her and how his legacy impacts her life. Then, she shares insight on how Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner help each other and set the tone for being a teammate. Plus, they discuss who is the Astros' biggest threat in the American League, and should the Twins have pulled Joe Ryan seven innings into flirting with a no-hitter? Later, Aaron Boone discusses if Aaron Judge will hit at least 62 homers, why Judge is the AL MVP, and the possibility of Judge leaving the Yankees.
Pool Party: 9/14/22
ESPN writer Marly Rivera hops on with Buster to discuss Aaron Judges path to breaking Roger Maris American League single-season record of 61 homers and his price tag to stay at the Yankees. Then, they discuss the Dodgers clinching the National League West and the Diamondbacks guarding their pool against the Dodgers' celebrations. Plus, they discuss the legacy of Albert Pujols and the impact of Eduardo Pérez stepping down from Puerto Ricos World Baseball Classic team. Next, Manager of the Detroit Tigers A.J. Hinch joins to break down the American League, whats next for the Tigers, the discipline of Aaron Judge, and discuss who benefits from the rule changes. Later, Todd Radom joins to share this weeks Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Facing Trouble, They Will Adjust: 9/13/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Bo Bichette driving a hot Blue Jays team, why you dont want to play the Mariners in the wild card, Derek Jeter not cracking Tims Mt. Rushmore of Yankees, the pitch clock, players recognizing the game needs an adjustment, the Dodgers fake-clinching the playoffs on Sunday and Mike Trouts pregame texting routine. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the practical effects of the banning the shift, the Dodgers rolling into the postseason, Trouts consecutive homers and more on Bichette.
One of the Great American Lives: 9/9/22
Karl Ravech and Buster go through MLBs rule changes one-by-one, whether they accomplish their goals and whether they actually like them. Then, Yankees play-by-play voice Michael Kay stops by to discuss the Kay Rod Cast of Sunday Night Baseball with Alex Rodriguez, Rodriguez and Jeters interaction on SNB, his thoughts on The Captain, why they think Jeter came across as angry in the docuseries, how concerned he is with the Yankees as they come down the stretch and Aaron Judges otherworldly season.
Switzerland-Like Perspective: 9/7/22
David Schoenfield and Todd Radom discuss Max Scherzer heading to the IL, Oneil Cruzs line drive into the Allegheny River, if theyre believers in the strength of schedule metric coming down the stretch, if the Mets are in trouble, the Phillies chugging along toward the playoffs, and the Mariners nine good relief pitchers. Then Todd Radom stops by to offer his thoughts on Busters Xander Boegarts to the Dodgers-hypothetical, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Spit Takes: 9/6/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the momentum and deep rotation of the Astros, the potential of the biggest collapse in baseball history, and Shohei Ohtani complicating the equation in the MVP race. Then, Sarah Langs on whether Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine, Bo Bichettes three home run game, Aaron Judges 54th home run, Zach Gallens scoreless streak, and the New York teams losing their division leads. Later, Marly Rivera talks to Carlos Correa.
The Longest Game : 9/5/22
Baseball holds its records sacred. Most home runs, strikeouts, career wins. But what about the longest game ever? That honor goes to a 1981 AAA game, when the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings slugged it out from dusk to dawn. The record-breaking 33 innings brought hope, despair and drama on and off the field. Radio Diaries and 30 for 30 Podcasts take listeners to that frigid, surreal night with the voices who lived it including Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. Most heroes of The Longest Game never made it big, but their unflagging endurance made history.
There Is No Shade: 9/2/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Dodgers and Padres playing on Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets taking two of three games from the Dodgers, Brandon Nimmos home run robbery, if Karl would take Michael Harris II or Spencer Strider for NL rookie of the year, Gunnar Henderson impressing for the Orioles after his call-up and Shohei Ohtani putting a dent in Aaron Judges AL MVP chances. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks about the Dodgers bullpen, Edwin Díaz putting the past behind him, if shes buying the Cardinals and how she would advise the incoming owner of the Angels on what to do with Ohtani.
Security Cam Video: 8/31/22
Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss Jesses routine interaction with Tony La Russa before he missed the game for an unspecified medical issue, La Russa sucking the oxygen out of the White Sox conversation in Chicago, how the White Sox might proceed into next season, Albert Pujols chipping away at his 700th home run, if the Mets are uniquely setup well for a short playoff series, Timmy Trumpet ready to perform live for an Edwin Diaz appearance, things not looking good for Shane McClanahan, Justin Verlander hitting the IL and which teams the guys think can win the World Series. Then, Buster talks to Kevin Plawecki from the Red Sox clubhouse about game planning for Aaron Judge and whats different about him this year. Later, Todd Radom shares the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Makes His Own Iced Tea: 8/30/22
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss shaving lightning bolt into his hair if the Cardinals win the World Series, Aaron Judge hitting home run No. 50, the Mariners signing Julio Rodríguez to a monster deal, if Atlanta and St. Louis could challenge the Dodgers, Adam Wainwright micd up during his pregame warmup, Sam Kennedys vote of confidence for Alex Cora and Chaim Bloom, and the MLBPA advocating for minor leaguers to unionize. Then, listen to the entirety of Wainwrights warmup with David Cone from Sunday Night Baseball. Later, Sarah Langs on Mookie Betts multi-home run games from the leadoff spot, the Dodgers run differential, Albert Pujols pitcher-related milestone and old timers day at Citi Field.
Binge Worthy Television: 8/26/22
Hembo joins Buster to discuss being on the verge of fatherhood, lineup protection, Albert Pujols renaissance, a 39-year-old pitcher at the peak of his powers and Bryce Harpers return. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Hawaiis dominance in the Little League World Series, Paul Goldschmidt in the hunt for the triple crown, if the NL Central race is officially over, whether the Red Sox are dead or alive and Nestor Cortezs groin issue.
Sign the Check: 8/24/22
Alden González joins Buster to discuss Arte Moreno taking offers for the Angels. Then, they discuss the criticism of Moreno for the lack of investment in player development, the failure to run a linear chain of command, and getting too involved with baseball operations. Next, they discuss the need for the next owner to build a team around Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Then, they discuss Fernando Tatís Jr. apologizing after testing for PED use, his upcoming shoulder surgery, and how he can rebuild the trust of the organization and fanbase. Plus, who is the MVP in the American League? Later, Todd Radom hops on for this weeks Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Led The League in Dishwashing: 8/22/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim just missing out on talking to George W. Bush, Alex Cora going down the hill in Williamsport, how Brandon Hyde characterizes this year's Orioles, the Red Sox giving the game away on Sunday, Aaron Boone and Gerrit Coles theatrics, Wander Francos hand soreness, the Padres removing Josh Hader from the closer role, and if its too early to talk about the Dodgers magic number. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Albert Pujols multi-home run games, Riley Greenes home run off of Shohei Ohtani and Sundays crazy game between the Mets and Phillies.
75 to 100 Pizza Rolls: 8/19/22
Howard Bryant and Jeff Passan discuss if anyone cares about Fernando Tatis Jr.s PED suspension, why Howard wasnt sold on the Yankees hot start, MLB deciding to not play World Series games on Sundays and a story from Howards book Rickey that didnt make the cut. Then, Foolish Baseball stops by to discuss his love of Adley Rutschman, how he got his start making baseball videos, the Braves, how pitch clock will making a big difference in the game, Vinnie Pasquantino and his thoughts on Weezers iconic albums. Later, Hembo on Alex Bregman returning to form and looking better than ever, and why the Guardians already won the Francisco Lindor trade.
Butternut Squash Soup: 8/17/22
Sarah Langs and Mandy Bell discuss the surging Guardians, the teams never say die attitude and youthful inexperience, the strange AL Central, the White Sox revival, and if they jinxed the Mets. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about calling the Little League World Series, the Braves signing Michael Harris II to an eight-year contract and Alex Anthopoulos continuing to impress. Later, MLB.coms Juan Toribio on Walker Buehlers season-ending surgery, the level of concern with Craig Kimbrel and the expectation for Dustin Mays return.
Are You a Treasure?: 8/15/22
Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the two hour and fifteen minute Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, Boston doing a good job pitching to Aaron Judge, Fernando Tatis Jr.s gets an 80-game PED suspension and the relatability of the Little League World Series. Then, Kyle Peterson calls in en route to Williamsport to talk about teaching kids how to rob home runs, how players at the LLWS have changed through the years, how Mone Davis transformed the country, watching the Japanese players take the infield and what will be served at Kyle annual cookout.
Decaying Tooth: 8/11/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Tigers firing GM Al Avila, Detroit owner Chris Ilitch taking no responsibility for the state of the club, if the Yankees need home field advantage in the playoffs, the difference between the AL and NL wild card pictures, and Vaughn Grissoms rookie debut for the Braves. Then, Hembo has an NFL comparison for teams not pitching around Aaron Judge, explains how Adley Rutschmans among the best players in baseball and explores a possible blue blood final four. Later, Jessica Mendoza on her hometown involvement with the Little League World Series, the Dodgers offensive production, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freemans friendship, and Luis Castillo.
Back Pocket: 8/10/22
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss a big Mariners win, the Yankees base running blunders, Gerrit Coles bounce back performance, Pirates rookie Rodolfo Castro losing his phone on the field, the Astros tying the Yankees for best record in the AL, the Dodgers winning in another blowout and Keith Hernandez refusing to call Phillies games. Then, Todd Radom stops by to share his thoughts on Chris Sales bike accident, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Playing Trumpets: 8/9/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Busters gripe about teams not utilizing intentional walks, if Edwin Díaz could win the Cy Young, the the Dodgers throttling the Padres, why San Diego shouldn't panic, the Orioles, Pete Rose stepping in it again, Jason Heywards legacy, Dennis Eckersley is leaving the booth and Tims Mount Rushmore of baseball broadcasters. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on two 101 mph pitches in the same game, Aaron Judge continuing to crush and the Dodgers eight-straight wins by multiple runs. Later, Juan Soto was mic'd up on Sunday Night Baseball.
Remembering Vin Scully: 8/5/22
Buster is joined by Karl Ravech to discuss the legacy of Vin Scully, their wild-card round predictions, and Derek Jeters reaction to Busters comments in The Captain. Next, Jess Mendoza hops on to share her time with Vin Scully, how the Dodgers broadcast is honoring his memory and gives the level of concern about Clayton Kershaws injury. Plus, Hembo on Vin Scully, the Padres as a science experiment, the new postseason format driving the trade market, and the best chess player in baseball. Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Red Sox at a crossroads, share the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
We Can All Relax: 2022 Trade Deadline Special: 8/2/22
Buster, Tim Kurkjian and Jeff Passan convene in Bristol to look back at a wild trade deadline. They discuss the Padres big move for Juan Soto, A.J. Preller sending it, which teams got better late, the weird dynamic with the Cubs and Wilson Contreras, the disconnect in Boston, the Orioles sticking to the plan, the improved Astros and the Reds suddenly restocked farm system. Later, Sarah Langs muses about San Diegos lineup, plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Soto trade and shares if shes bitter the Mets didnt go big.
Package Deal: 8/1/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Aaron Judge going absolutely nuts, if theres a world in which the Yankees let Judge walk, the Mariners scoring Luis Castillo, the Rays needing a bat and what to expect in Jacob deGroms return. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about Juan Soto muddying the trade market, why he thinks its Dodgers or bust for Soto, if the Giants will trade Carlos Rodón, the market for Wilson Contreras and how much money Boston is willing to eat to make a deal.
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 7/29/22
USA Todays Bob Nightengale joins Buster to discuss the chances Shohei Ohtani gets traded, how Ohtani would fill two needs for the Cardinals, suitors for Juan Soto, where Luis Castillo will land, if the Orioles will make moves, the Giants being in no-mans land and the market for Wilson Contreras. Then, Karl Ravech on Mike Rizzo, the Angels facing the reality of needing to trade Ohtani, Andrew Benintendi, to the Yankees and the Red Sox caught between a rock and a hard place. Plus, a round of Flesh Wound or Fatal with Hembo.
Wind-Up Toy: 7/27/22
Jeff Passan and Buster dive into the latest on the Juan Soto trade market, including the Padres motivation and the risk for the Rays. Then, the guys enter a rapid-fire discussion what theyre hearing around the league as the Tuesday deadline approaches. Later, Todd Radom wants the Red Sox to sell, shares this weeks Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Johnny Bench The Photographer: 7/26/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss Tims induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his interactions with other Hall of Famers, the surprise lunch celebration and how many time he practiced his speech. Then, they get into the latest on where Juan Soto may land, and what they think the Guardians, Orioles, White Sox and Red Sox will do at the trade deadline. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about getting emotional celebrating Tim in Cooperstown, Sotos walks, Aaron Judges multi-home run games and this weeks Subway Series. Plus, Tims Hall of Fame speech, in its entirety.
Tim Kurkjian: A Baseball Life: 7/22/22
There are many ways to describe ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian: Brilliant. Hilarious. Competitive. And above all, passionate. Passionate about the game of baseball. But as of tomorrow, theres another way to describe Tim Kurkjian: Hall of Famer. This weekend, as baseball inducts a new class into the Hall of Fame, Kurkjian will receive the Career Excellence Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America. So today, we celebrate the life and career of our favorite baseball nerd: the story of a short, skinny kid who took a love of baseball, and not much else, and made it all the way to Cooperstown.
All-Star Week Festivities: 7/21/22
Hembo joins Buster to break down why the downfall of viewership for the All-Star game, updates on deGrom's injury, and possible landing spots for Juan Soto. Next, Joon Lee hops on to talk about his insights from talking with Derek Jeter on Instagram Live, memorable moments from The Captain, and Jeters vulnerability and depth shown in the documentary. Plus, Buster answers your Bleacher Tweets.
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Home Run Derby, Julio Rodríguez announcing his arrival, Pete Alonsos off night, Albert Pujols stealing the show, Juan Soto looking comfortable on the field and what Busters hearing on the possibility of a Soto trade. Then, Kylie McDaniel on the MLB Draft, the betting odds shifting before the first pick and the curious case of Kumar Rocker. Later, Todd Radom stops by to share his thoughts on the All-Star uniforms, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Favorite Day of the Year, Non-Birthday Edition: 7/18/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how Tim is going to handle being inducted into the Hall of Fame, if Busters been cut from Tims speech, Juan Soto rejecting a contract offer from the Nationals, D.C. exploring trade options for Soto, a Scott Boras-Texas Rangers-Kumar Rocker conspiracy theory, what Tim remembers from seeing Jackson Holliday as a kid and All-Star Game dropouts. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to deliver Home Run Derby notes on Pete Alonso, Julio Rodríguez and Soto. Later, Dodgers broadcaster Tim Neverett on his new book COVID Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season, keeping a diary during the 2020 season, the weirdness of the Justin Turner situation after winning the World Series, if he thinks the Dodgers will get involved with Soto and why he doesnt think the Red Sox will be aggressive at the trade deadline.
The Mythical Home Run: 7/15/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the popularity and importance of the Home Run Derby, Ronald Acuña Jr. wanting to show hes back, the divisional rivalry within the Derby, which team is the hottest in baseball, the steel cage match in the AL East for the Wild Card spots, the Yankees needing to make an addition at the deadline, and the Blue Jays firing Charlie Montoyo. Later, Jeff Fletcher, author of Sho-Time: The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani and the Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played, stops by to talk about the Angels initial rules around when Ohtani could pitch and hit, when Jeff knew Ohtani was going to have a monster 2021 season, how Ohtani handled that season behind the scenes, if theres a future for two-way players, Ohtanis relationship with Billy Eppler and speculation about Ohtanis future.
Baseballs Botox: 7/13/22
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Orioles nine-game winning streak and if Baltimore should add to the team at the trade deadline, Daves Mariners charging into the playoff picture, if Albert Pujols could get into a groove at the Home Run Derby, who they want to see added to the All-Star rosters, the pie-slice experiment, and Ozzie Guillen criticizing Tony La Russa. Then, Buster talks to top MLB draft prospect Elijah Green about his plans for draft day, which teams hes hearing from, why he quit football at age 14, Mike Trouts defense, his dads advice from playing in the NFL and the best bat flipper in the league. Later, Todd sets the record straight on Saras quiz wins, delivers this weeks quiz and shares the Phantom Franchise.
Mischievous Instigator: 7/11/22
Buster is joined by newly elected Hall of Famer Tim Kurkjian to discuss the Orioles' eight game winning streak, their observations about the All-Star roster, which names would make this year's Home Run Derby the best one yet, and the Yankees massive lead in the AL East. Then, they discuss the series of the season and if Tim has changed since his Hall of Fame election. Plus, Sarah Langs joins to play the numbers game and discuss who got snubbed in this year's All-Star roster.
Standard Operating Procedure: 7/8/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss whether it was ok for Chris Sale to destroy a TV after his rehab start in Worcester, if theyre concerned with Gerrit Cole, Hal Steinbrenner muzzling Aaron Judge contract talks in public, where Shohei Ohtani may sign once his contract with the Angels is up and being at the front of the Spencer Strider bandwagon. Then, Hembo with a second half preview and why the Mike Trout-Ohtani Angels are the ultimate baseball tragedy. Later, Jessica Mendoza fresh off of her first time hosting Get Up.
Contesting The Results: 7/6/22
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss the state of starting pitching around the league, its declining relevance and the grim expectations for the position. Then, they get into the trade deadline including the Twins and Cardinals dire need for a starting pitcher, the Dodgers prioritizing bullpen help, what the Yankees really need, off-the-chart interest for Andrew Benintendi, and if the Pirates will move Bryan Reynolds. Later, Sara confronts Todd Radom about the quiz standings. Finally, Todd shares the Phantom Franchise and administers this weeks quiz.
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Twins 8-5 triple play, whats going to happen with Juan Soto, the extra playoff spot adding intrigue to this seasons trade deadline, the Cardinals clear need for a front of the rotation starter and if the Astros could run down the Yankees for the best record in the AL. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on St. Louis position players occupying the top-three in WAR, Julio Rodríguezs 15th home run and Houston winning on back-to-back walk off home runs. Later, interviews from the weekend with Oliver Marmol and Kevin Cash.
The Summer He Turned 13: 7/1/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Mr. Sunday Night, an intriguing Cardinals team, Freddie Freeman firing his agent and the subsequent fallout, and rumblings of a Juan Soto deal. Then, Hembo swings by to talk about Sandy Alcantara bucking trends, the best futures bet in Vegas, Aaron Judges strike zone, if the Phillies can overcome Bryce Harpers injury and the Orioles first winning month since 2017. Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the AL MVP race, Kyle Schwarber torching the month of June and Chris Taylors clinical throw to get Trent Grisham out at home.
Creative Solutions: 6/29/22
Xavier Scruggs and Buster discuss the Blue Jays walk-off win over the Red Sox, the conversation in the Red Sox clubhouse with Tanner Houck back in Boston, Freddie Freeman firing his agent, if Phil Nevins suspension is MLB cracking down on retaliation, the worst fight Xavier was ever in and how the Padres should deploy Fernando Tatis Jr. when he returns. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Red Sox, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Sheer Volume of Emotion: 6/27/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting weekend series between the Yankees and Astros, Houston no-hitting New York on Saturday, Aaron Judges walk-off home run, Judge settling with the Yankees, Freddie Freemans emotional return to Atlanta, the Dodgers gentle reminder for Freeman, Bryce Harpers broken thumb, and the brawl between Seattle and Anaheim. Later, Sarah Langs on if shes ever been in a physical altercation, Shohei Ohtanis 118 mph home run, why the Yankees 16 hit-less innings bodes well for them and Brusdar Graterol throwing heat three days in a row.
Aaron Judge Judgement: 6/24/22
Hembo and Buster dive deep on Aaron Judges arbitration hearing and play a game of Reminds Me Of&. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to discuss the College World Series final between Ole Miss and Oklahoma, Freddie Freemans return to Atlanta, the Yankees magic formula, Judges walk off hit against the Astros, and if Yordan Álvarez will participate in the Home Run Derby. Later, Busters conversation with Adam Wainwright on the intricacies of his curveball grip, working on his command, learning pitching from his brother, strike percentage, whats next for him and if hes thinking about the Hall of Fame.
We Dont Talk Like We Used To: 6/22/22
Boog Sciambi and Buster discuss the struggling Cubs, Oneil Cruz showing off his tools, Boogs indifference to immaculate innings and hitting for the cycle, Max Scherzer giving the quote of the year, how the Mets could up the price for Aaron Judge this offseason, Jack Flahertys weak outing, and the Brewers vulnerability. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about his trip to Toronto, share this weeks Phantom Franchise and administer the quiz.
Hand Over My Heart: 6/20/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the likely end of Lorenzo Cains career, their concern over a raft of injury news, Tony La Russa and Dusty Bakers relationship, the Nationals retiring Ryan Zimmermans number, and a fan negotiating with the Astros to give up J.J. Matijevics first home run ball. Later, Sarah Langs calls in from Citi Field to talk about her go-to ballpark food, Jack Suwinskis three home run afternoon, Sandy Alcántara going deep into games, and two players hitting grand slams for their first MLB home runs.
Paralysis By Analysis: 6/17/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the College World Series, Chris Sales injury update, why the Red Sox are feeling good, the AL East teams occupying the Wild Card slots, everything and nothing changing for the Astros, if the Astros cheating scandal will impact José Altuves Hall of Fame case, and which teams are the biggest non-Yankee contenders to nab Aaron Judge in free agency. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how the Yankees can own this summer, Manny Machados Hall of Fame track and the unicorn in our midst. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Yordan Álvarez thriving and Alex Bregman struggling, Dansby Swansons improved hitting, and the Padres seven-man rotation.
Portrayal of a Human Being: 6/16/22
Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss if the Astros immaculate innings matter, Tyler Andersons near no-hitter and mid-career emergence, if Walker Buehler returns this season, the Dodgers early vulnerability, Manny Machados evolution as a leader, and the update on Fernando Tatis Jr.s injury. Then, director of ESPNs Derek Jeter docuseries The Captain Randy Wilkins stops by to talk about Jeters reaction to the final product, telling a balanced story about Jeters life, not shying away from difficult moments, coming up under Spike Lee, interviewing Michael Jordan for the doc, what he heard from other shortstops about Jeter and his prediction on whats next for the former Yankee captain. Later, Todd Radom shares this weeks Phantom Franchise and administers the quiz.
WAR is Confusing to Me, Still: 6/14/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Ozzie Albies breaking his foot, the Braves 12-game winning streak, Buster previously declaring the NL East over, the Padres moving into a tie with the Dodgers in the NL West, why Alek Manoah is like a position player, the Cardinals following Paul Goldschmidts lead, José Ramírezs season so far, Tony La Russa explaining his decision to walk Trea Turner, if the Angelos family feud could restrict the Orioles spending and Mike Trout on the mic during Sunday Night Baseball. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Matt Carpenter, Joe Musgrove, the wins streaks in the NL East and Byron Buxton. Plus, highlights from Trouts night on the mic, and Phil Nevin with Mike Couzens.
Baseball's Most Valuable Currency: 6/10/22
Hembo and Buster discuss if Tony La Russa made the right decision walking Trea Turner and the significance of his coaching career. Next, Jess Mendoza breaks down the importance of the waited runs created stat and the impact of walk-up songs. Then, Karl Ravech joins to debate the value of analytics, and they discuss the family feud between the Angelos brothers fighting over control of the Baltimore Orioles. Later, Buster answers this week's Bleacher Tweets.
A Place to Park His RV: 6/8/22
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Angels firing Joe Maddon, what ultimately led to his ouster, if Maddon will manage again, Aaron Judges home run pace, the Yankees doubling their opponents home run total, Michael Kopech or Alex Manoah and Michael Harris amazing grab. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Busters trip to Fenway for a concert, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
An Unfathomable Geek: 6/6/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tims gigantic life win, Patrick Wisdom on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Cardinals balance of youth and experience, the Yankees continuing to win with fixable problems, the Braves winning streak, the Angels long streak, the Phillies firing Joe Girardi, and Rays players refusing to wear rainbow-colored logos for Pride Night. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about covering the 2016 World Series for ESPN, Andrew McCutcheon snapping his 0-32 streak with a walk-off single, the Yankees perfect game-bids and Noah Syndergaards struggles. Plus, Boog Sciambi with David Ross and Oliver Marmol.
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss if Adam Wainwright should hang it up, the Hall of Fame case for David Cone, Tim Kurkjians piece about his brother Matt, the Yankees sweeping a double-header against the Angels, if Aaron Judge could hit 60 home runs and a raft of injury news. Later, Jesse Rogers talks about why hes less optimistic than most when it comes to the White Sox, Josh Donaldsons hurt feelings, Christopher Morels it-factor, when Wilson Contreras could move on from the Cubs, and Grayson Rodriguezs lat injury and the Orioles manipulating his service time.
Mina Kimes and the First Pitch: 6/3/22
The ceremonial first pitch is a tradition almost as old as baseball itself, with presidents, celebrities and non-MLB athletes taking to the mound to aim for home plate. But the only person who may truly care about any first pitch&is the one throwing it, with the gut-wrenching feeling that they might biff. Our very own Mina Kimes will be in that position soon, throwing a first pitch for her beloved Seattle Mariners. So we called up MLB Insider Jeff Passan and enlisted legendary pitching coach Tom House to help us understand just what Minas getting into.
Los Angeles Browns: 6/1/22
Joon Lee and Buster discuss Joey Vottos improbable Fenway feat, the Red Sox continuing to struggle, the Mets across the board competence, if the Phillies are DEAD OR ALIVE, Derek Jeter joining social media and Colorados City Connect uniforms. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Fantasy Umpire Ejection League: 5/31/22
Buster takes a look at the Joc Peterson-Tommy Pham fantasy football feud. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to discuss Pederson vs. Pham and the weirdest stories hes ever covered, the Phillies needing a defensive shakeup, if the NL East race is already over, Jacob deGroms shoulder, Paul Goldschmidts hot May, the Rangers creeping toward .500, Gabe Kaplers national anthem protest, and what the Yankees should do with Joey Gallo. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on Nick Plummers first career starts, Jesús Sánchezs 496 foot moon shot at Coors Field and Mookie Betts 12 home runs in May.
Picturing Yukiko Ueno: 5/27/22
Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting a bomb off Shohei Ohtani, a home run Jessica that still revels in, Mookie Betts not being so hard on himself, Freddie Freeman finding his power and the poor state of facilities for women on coaching staffs across the league. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Pete Alonso on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and if hell defend his Home Run Derby title, the Rowan Wick-Joey Votto feud, and the Red Soxs offensive turnaround. Later, Hembo on the Dylan Cease hype-train, handicapping the Aaron Judge sweepstakes and Adley Rutschman wearing No. 35. Finally, listen to part of Bomani Jones conversation with Tim Anderson from The Right Time.
Old Time Tag-Team: 5/25/22
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how theyve come around on Joc Pederson, if well see more offense as the weather turns, Josh Donaldsons one-game suspension for calling Tim Anderson Jackie, Rob Manfreds lack of leadership in the Donaldson decision, most disappointing teams to start the season and Busters Home Run Derby gimmick. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Sick Of It: 5/23/22
Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Josh Donaldson calling Tim Anderson Jackie, why Donaldson hasnt issued a mea culpa, what to expect when Trevor Bauer goes before an arbitrator to appeal his suspension, the Orioles calling up Adley Rutschman, the Yankees in flux bullpen and who is currently the best player in baseball. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about who shed pick as the Yankees closer, Johnny Cuetos resurgence and the Dodgers struggles in close games.
Spray Paint on a Work of Art: 5/20/22
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Mets losing Max Scherzer, if the Braves miss Freddie Freemans at-bats, the White Sox seemingly being a sleeping giant, if the Yankees have a hole, AJ Pollack on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and Build-A-Park at Camden Yards. Then, Hembo on Bryce Harpers hat exchange, his newest baseball crush and the lack of precedent for a team potentially trading a talent like Juan Soto. Next, Bob Ryan stops by to talk about his new book In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair, scoring every baseball game hes attended since 1977, witnessing the confrontation between Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson, playing HORSE against Jackson at his house, Roger Clemens dominant performances, and a dinner with John Henry. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Oklahoma softballs utter dominance, Tim Anderson igniting the White Soxs comeback, the Diamondbacks progress and if Madison Bumgarner could be moved to the Mets.
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: 5/13/22
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. Check out our favorite episodes of 2022. Subscribe to ESPN Daily: Spotify Apple Podcasts Amazon Music iHeartRadio TuneIn ESPN PodCenter Download the ESPN App
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.
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