Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"The Roy Halladay Story" Producers Brian Rivera and Mike Farrell on Halladay's Wife, His Anxiety and Pitchers Using Painkillers: 5/29/20
The producers of the E:60 special "Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story" Brian Rivera and Mike Farrell join Buster to talk about the program, including why Brandi Halladay chose to participate in the story, Halladay's fear of failure, his sense of humor, what was left on the cutting room floor they wish made it into the special, and shining a light on pitchers using painkillers (2:45). Plus, Todd Radom on PNC Park and the weekly quiz (29:35).
Mark Teixeira on Restart Talks, The Owners' Picasso, Free Agents Not Playing: 5/28/20
Mark Teixeira talks to Buster about the effectiveness of owners trying to drive a wedge between younger and older players, why this situation is akin to the owners having a Picasso in the basement, his thoughts on the public conversation between the two sides, and if free agents on bad teams might not play a shortened season (5:24). Plus, longtime Mets media relations director Jay Horwitz on his new book "Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers." (23:51)
Yankees 3B Coach Phil Nevin on Aaron Boone's Impressions, Fighting A GM: 5/27/20
Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin talks to Buster about Aaron Boone's impressions, the most intense managers he's worked with, why Paul Goldschmidt is the best baserunner in baseball right now, doing nothing for the first three weeks of his Major League career and an altercation with GM Kevin Towers (15:53). Plus, Hembo on MLB's opening salvo in restart talks, Goldschmidt and his review of "War of The Roses." (3:39)
Matt Vasgersian on a Big Week for Baseball Restart Talks, His Favorite HR Calls: 5/26/20
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to talk about a big week ahead for talks between players and MLB, some players hiding their financial concerns behind safety rhetoric and his five favorite home run calls (4:22). Plus, Sarah Langs on the factors that will come into play during shortened season and players who've turned in historic performances playing 82 games or less (28:43).
Orioles P Coach Doug Brocail on Embracing Analytics, His On-Field Near-Death Experience: 5/22/20
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail joins Buster to talk about his journey to embracing analytics as a coach, what he could've done differently while playing if he had today's information, Trevor Hoffman's change-up, Tony Gwynn calling his own shots, playing with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and his near-death experience on the field (11:01). Plus, Todd Radom on Miller Park and the weekly quiz (2:04).
Padres 3B Coach Wayne Kirby on Having Fun, Albert Belle, Manny Machado: 5/21/20
Padres third base coach Wayne Kirby talks to Buster about the different ways to break in a glove, watching his brother play in the NFL, giving Adam Jones a hard time, the true importance of having fun, Albert Belle smashing plates after an 0-4 game and the lessons he's imparted on Manny Machado after going to San Diego (15:09). Plus, Marly Rivera on Alex Bregman firing his agent, and players' concerns about MLB's proposed health and safety protocols (2:50).
Ron Washington on Working with Josh Hamilton, The Pain of Losing Two World Series: 5/20/20
Braves third base coach Ron Washington talks to Buster about missing out on the manager job in San Diego and his desire to manage again, what it was like seeing himself playing in "Money Ball," his work with Marcus Semien, the energy of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies, motivating Josh Hamilton, and coming so close to winning a World Series with the Rangers (17:47). Plus, Hembo on the latest drama between the union and MLB, and why Josh Hamilton is the most gifted baseball player he's ever watched (4:08).
Dodgers 3B Coach Dino Ebel on Challenging Mike Trout, Albert Pujols as the Best Slow Baserunner: 5/19/20
Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel joins Buster to talk about how Mike Trout challenged him, what he's seen from Cody Bellinger after working with him for a season, the most difficult judgements to make as a third coach coach and why Albert Pujols is the best slow baserunner in the game (23:56). Plus, Anika Orrock on her new book "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League." (4:04)
Mariners Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Sims on Perfect Games and No-Hitters, Home Run Calls, Griffey: 5/18/20
Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims talks to Buster about openly discussing ongoing no-hitters and perfect games, his interactions with Ken Griffey, Jr., watching the artistry of Felix Hernandez, the origins of his memorable home run calls, and being up-close and personal for a brawl between Dee Gordon and Jean Segura (10:27). Plus, Sarah Langs on some of the best individualized home run calls (3:12).
Mets Play-By-Play Man Gary Cohen on Colón's HR, Flores Weeping, Alonso's Emergence: 5/15/20
Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen joined Buster to talk about his Bartolo Colón home run call and Colón's clubhouse presence, Wilmer Flores weeping on the field, Johan Santana's no-hitter, Pete Alonso's emergence and Matt Harvey (20:31). Plus, Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper joins the pod to talk about a basebrawl with him and his brother, Candlestick Park and Oracle Park, and take the weekly quiz with Todd Radom (5:08).
Charles Barkley on Being Starstruck, Calling Trout to Share His COVID-19 Test, Scherzer: 5/14/20
Charles Barkley talks to Buster about calling Mike Trout after getting his COVID-19 test, being starstruck by Wille Mays and Hank Aaron, and his love for Max Scherzer.
Mike Greenberg on Getting Tossed From a Clubhouse, A Shuttle Ride with Bo Jackson: 5/13/20
Charles Barkley joins Buster to talk about why hitting a pitch is the most difficult thing to do in sports, being starstruck by Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, calling Mike Trout and Patrick Ewing after he got his coronavirus test results, Tim Kurkjian's basketball skills, going to Auburn the same time as Bo Jackson, people not understanding how hard it is to win, and his love for Max Scherzer (16:56). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Blake Snell's comments, who he projects to be the top three picks in the draft and the prospect of scouts being laid off after the draft (5:11).
Dan Shulman on Calling Bartman, Freese, Bautista Bat Flip: 5/12/20
Dan Shulman talks to Buster about calling play-by-play for big baseball moments. The guys discuss the air being sucked out of Wrigley in the Bartman game, calling Sunday Night Baseball when Osama Bin Laden was killed, David Freese's heroic World Series game six, the good and the bad of the Jose Bautista bat flip game, and being stuck in an elevator when Joe Carter won the World Series (17:57). Plus, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on the players' reaction the MLB's proposed plan to play, and the current animosity between players and owners as this is sorted out (2:20).
Chris Antonetti on "Stalking" Brian Cashman, Game 7 of the '16 World Series, Tito Wagering on Scrabble: 5/11/20
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti talks to Buster about how CC Sabathia nearly landed with the Dodgers, trading for Andrew Miller, how the 9th inning of game seven in 2016 World Series was nearly postponed to the next night and the first time he saw Francisco Lindor (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on that game seven and the Cubs' shifting win probability throughout (4:31).
Terry Francona on Michael Jordan's Time with the Birmingham Barons: 5/8/20
Terry Francona talks to Buster about his days as manager of the Birmingham Barons with Michael Jordan on the squad. Francona dishes stories on the first time he met Jordan, the first time he saw his swing, what Jordan's goals were playing baseball, the famous team bus and setting a screen for Jordan while playing pickup basketball (13:58). Plus, Todd Radom on Chase Field and the weekly quiz (4:01).
Jim Leyland on Miguel Cabrera, Barry Bonds and Justin Verlander: 5/7/20
Former big league manager Jim Leyland looks back on his memories of a young Miguel Cabrera, what it was like meeting the likes of Barry Bonds and Justin Verlander for the first time, and his long-standing relationship with the late Al Kaline (8:55). Plus, ESPN's Marly Rivera on the latest in negotiations between the MLBPA and the owners. Tim Kurkjian also gives his Daily Baseball Fix (33:04).
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on His Big Toronto Trades, Creating Baseball Fans and His "Coronacut": 5/6/20
Current Braves and former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos joins Buster to talk about getting the baseball bug because of the '92 Expos, having to leave a Raptors game when he traded for Josh Donaldson, pacing around Cherry Beach waiting for the Troy Tulowitzki and David Price trade to be completed, and the Jose Bautista bat flip (11:11). Plus, Hembo on the '15 and '16 Blue Jays, and Kerry Woods' 20-strikeout game (5:08).
A's SS Marcus Semien on Playing for His Hometown Team: 5/5/20
A's shortstop Marcus Semien joins Buster to talk about helping his community in the East Bay, Ricky Henderson's not-that-helpful advice on how to steal a base, working with Ron Washington to get out of a fielding slump, his family's legacy at Cal, playing against Gerrit Cole in college and what it's like playing for his hometown team (15:57). Plus, ESPN senior programming manager Rick Mace on landing the KBO broadcasting deal (2:41).
Former Baseball HOF President Jeff Idelson on Rubbing Elbows with Baseball Legends: 5/4/20
Former Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson joins Buster to talk about his experiences with Hall of Famers, including golfing with Johnny Bench, sipping coffee with Yogi Berra, Ichiro Suzuki's secret rookie of the year phone call, Eddie Murray not telling his wife he made it into the Hall and how Derek Jeter made him "cool" in the eyes of his daughter (13:51). Plus, Sarah Langs on the Nationals waiting to celebrate the World Series with their fans, which Jeter game she would pick to run on TV and building the ultimate five-tool player (2:58).
Janet Marie Smith on Designing Camden Yards: 5/1/20
The designer of Camden Yards Janet Marie Smith joins Buster to talk about the current renovations to Dodger Stadium, her friendship with Frank Robinson, constructing a "fair" ballpark, the joy of the first Opening Day at Camden Yards and executing the vision for Eutaw Street (10:56). Plus, Todd Radom on why Smith should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dodger Stadium and the weekly quiz (2:26).
Bill James on Starting the Modern Analytics Movement: 4/30/20
The godfather of modern day analytics Bill James joins Buster to talk about putting his early analytics into practice working on arbitration cases, which teams were ahead of the curve utilizing numbers to run their teams, why he never finished reading "Money Ball" and the problems with objectively analyzing defense (2:42). Later, Kiley McDaniel drops by (29:53) to discuss his new book "Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar."
Red Sox Groundskeeper David Mellor on Fish in Fenway and Helicopter Field Drying: 4/29/20
Red Sox Senior Director of Grounds David Mellor joins Buster to talk about his battle with PTSD, using a helicopter to dry a field, finding fish in Fenway after a rainstorm and why he loves dandelions (11:46). Plus, Hembo on the fragility of the plans to restart baseball, Camden Yards and why former Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson should be inducted into the hall (3:44).
The Mystery of Baseball Star Don Mattingly's Birthday: 4/29/20
Collecting baseball cards is a cherished pastime. ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller first got hooked on the game by studying the backs of cards growing up. And when he learned about a Don Mattingly card with a curious factoid on Mattingly's alleged birth year, Miller began a quest to uncover the truth. When was the former Yankees star first baseman born? And did this one baseball card have the inside scoop, or a crucial error? Miller tells us how he solved the mystery of Mattingly's real birth date.
Umpire Joe West on President George H. W. Bush, the A-Rod Slap, His "Feud" with Buster: 4/28/20
Umpire Joe West joins Buster to discuss their "feud," Ted Turner threatening to turn the lights off at Fulton County Stadium, nearing the all-time games umpired record, giving President George H. W. Bush a hat and umpiring the Alex Rodriguez slap game (3:17). Plus, Hembo on Bill James' impact on baseball, fans returning to baseball and if we'll see baseball around mid-June (29:22).
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick on Josh Gibson, Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige: 4/27/20
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick joins Buster to talk about why he thinks Josh Gibson is the best player of all time, being star struck by Hank Aaron and one of his favorite Satchel Paige stories (9:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on the top-five best Negro Leagues players (4:04).
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on Manny, Kershaw and Puig: 4/24/20
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti joins Buster to talk about his own attempts to trade for CC Sabathia in 2008, trading for Manny Ramirez and how he galvanized the clubhouse, when he found out Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance, the first time he saw Clayton Kershaw, and introducing Yasiel Puig to Kobe Bryant (12:15). Plus, Todd Radom on Coors Field and the weekly quiz (1:45).
Former GM Doug Melvin on Engineering Sabathia to Milwaukee and Pursuing A-Rod: 4/23/20
Former Rangers and Brewers GM Doug Melvin joins Buster to discuss his attempts to trade for Roger Clemens before he went to the Yankees, engineering the CC Sabathia trade to Milwaukee, Sabathia's unselfish play in the Brewers' push to the playoff and pursuing Alex Rodriguez (20:03). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on how he came up with the concept for his book new book "Future Value," MLB's punishment for Alex Cora and the Red Sox, and the lay of the land on the future of the minor league teams (1:54).
J.P. Ricciardi on Roy Halladay, Deals in the Dirt of Fenway and Paul DePodesta: 4/22/20
Former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi talks to Buster about trying to trade Roy Halladay a year before it happened, the deal he worked out in the dirt of Fenway Park, his memories of Halladay, when he realized he had something with Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso, scouting reports on other GMs, and introducing Billy Beane to Paul DePodesta (10:34). Plus, Hembo on A-Rod making a play for the Mets, teams paying employees through May 31, and numbers on Ichiro and Halladay (1:38).
Sandy Alderson on Rickey Henderson, Moneyball and Michael Jordan: 4/21/20
Longtime baseball executive and current A's senior advisor Sandy Alderson joins Buster to talk about why he's described trading Rickey Henderson has his only hobby, acquiring Dennis Eckersley and moving him to the bullpen, the earthquake during the 1989 World Series, Moneyball leading a top-down revolution of the game, and a deal for Michael Jordan in Oakland that never materialized (4:42).
Pat Gillick on Ichiro and the Blockbuster Roberto Alomar Trade: 4/20/20
Longtime executive Pat Gillick leads off for General Managers Week, talking to Buster about the early scouting reports on Ichiro Suzuki, the blockbuster trade he engineered for Roberto Alomar with the Blue Jays and personal scouting reports on his fellow GMs (13:48). Plus, Sarah Langs on other all-time blockbuster trades (5:01).
Randy Johnson on Fear and The Bird: 4/17/20
Randy Johnson joins Buster to talk about why batters were fearful of facing him, accidentally throwing at John Kruk's head in the '93 All-Star, how people always ask him about hitting a bird with a pitch and his legendary performance in the '01 World Series (3:07). Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Pepco Park and deliver the weekly quiz (49:09).
George Brett on Chasing .400: 4/16/20
Hall of Famer George Brett joins Buster to discuss the thought process - or lack there of - involved with hitting, chasing down a .400 batting average and how he still gets goosebumps listening to his three-run homer off Goose Gossage in the 1980 ALCS (13:58). Plus, Marly Rivera talks about which players are currently out on MLB's proposal to play in Arizona, her story on Venezuelan players stuck in the States after spring training shut down and her friend Anthony Causi (4:06).
Jim Palmer on Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Hitting Batters: 4/15/20
Hall of Famer, Orioles legend and broadcaster Jim Palmer joins Buster to discuss how he just wanted to avoid embarrassment when facing Sandy Koufax, Earl Weaver discouraging him from hitting batters, pitching to Mickey Mantle after watching him while growing up, the lesson he learned from Al Kaline early in his career and his parents making the suggestion he play in Baltimore (5:13). Plus, Hembo's thoughts on the Palmer interview and Jackie Robinson (41:23).
The Day Baseball Stood Still for Clayton Kershaw: 4/15/20
ESPN's Wright Thompson was set to profile Clayton Kershaw ahead of the 2020 season, with a focus on Kershaw and the Dodgers recovering from their 2019 postseason collapse. They spent the day together just as spring training got shut down, and Thompson witnessed firsthand as Kershaw reacted to the news that MLB would delay its season. Thompson tells the story of Kershaw's fate in baseball through the lens of what this stalled time means for his life and legacy.
Mike Mussina on the Jeter "Flip Play," Urban Legend of the Camden Yards Outfield: 4/14/20
Mike Mussina talks to Buster about throwing a new pitch in a World Series, the Derek Jeter "flip play," his three scoreless innings in game 7 of the '03 ALCS, the urban legend of how big the outfield in Camden Yards actually is and a prominent baseball fight he regrets starting (3:54).
Johnny Bench on The Big Red Machine: 4/13/20
Johnny Bench talks to Buster about his advice to fellow Oklahoman J.T. Realmuto on understanding pitchers, his thoughts on electronic strike zones, Joe Morgan being the best player he's ever seen, where the '76 Cincinnati Reds stand among the best teams ever, his first memory of Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Reds trading for Tom Seaver (8:46). Plus, Sarah Langs on some of the other greatest teams of all time and her favorite Jim Palmer stat (2:49).
Dave Martinez on the Nationals' 2019 World Series Title: 4/10/20
Dave Martinez joins Buster to talk about the Nationals' run to the 2019 World Series title (2:18). They get into how he learned carpentry, how the team getting healthy turned the season around, GM Mike Rizzo's bolstering of the relief corps, not seeing Trent Grisham's error on Juan Soto's hit in the wild card game, hearing from Bryce Harper throughout the postseason, the Game 5 rally in the NLDS and his quest to get a piece of Minute Maid Park's right field foul pole. Plus, Todd Radom highlights Truist Park and administers the weekly quiz (33:23).
Buck Showalter on Deion Sanders, Don Mattingly and Randy Johnson: 4/9/20
Long-time MLB manager Buck Showalter joins Buster to look back on when he called up Deion Sanders, thinking the dugout would collapse after Don Mattingly's home run in the '95 ALDS, seeing Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera for the first time, and the Alex Rodriguez-trade saga in Texas (13:23). Plus, Joon Lee hops on to talk about baseball players keeping in touch through video games (2:58).
Bruce Bochy on Pete Rose, Tony Gwynn and Madison Bumgarner: 4/8/20
Bruce Bochy joins Buster to talk about what he remembers about being the catcher when Pete Rose broke the all-time hit record, how Tony Gwynn helped him establish credibility as a manager after the strike, why he can't tell his favorite off-field Madison Bumgarner story, his thoughts the first time he saw Tim Lincecum, and watching Buster Posey break his leg (14:17). Plus, Hembo's thoughts on MLB's plan to resume in May, reflections on Al Kaline and his favorite Bochy numbers (4:28).
Ben McDonald on Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Consecutive Game Streak: 4/7/20
Ben McDonald chats with Buster about playing with Cal Ripken, Jr. when he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak (3:25). The guys discuss how the streak was relatable to the average fan, if Cal had special healing powers, wrestling in the locker room, how Cal signed an absurd amount of autographs that season and his commitment to playing hard even without any stakes. Later, Sarah Langs tallies up how many current consecutive game streaks would need to be added together to match Cal's (29:19). Plus, MLB eyes a May return and Buster shares a story about the late-Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline.
MLB Has Plan to Play in May & Lessons from Korean Baseball: 4/7/20
Sources tell ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan that Major League Baseball has a plan to resume in May, gathering all teams and isolating them in Arizona to minimize coronavirus risk. Hear the story of how that might work, and who's on board. Then, a firsthand look at how baseball has returned to South Korea. Scrimmages there are leading up to preseason games slated for later this month. Jeff Passan talks to pitcher Dan Straily, formerly of MLB, now of the Korean Baseball Organization's Lotte Giants, to detail the precautions his team is taking to keep their season on track amidst the pandemic.
Joe Maddon on the Cubs '16 World Series, Last Day of the '11 Season: 4/6/20
Joe Maddon talks to Buster about his relationship with Mike Trout, what sticks out the most about the last day of the 2011 season, the unique passion of Cubs fans, when he plans on rewatching game 7 of the World Series and talking to his mom after winning a championship (1:58).
Craig Biggio on His Hall of Fame Career: 4/3/20
Craig Biggio joins Buster to talk about being welcomed into the Baseball Hall of Fame fraternity, the Astros passing over Derek Jeter in the draft, watching his son Cavan hit his first big league home run, why he wasn't scared catching for Nolan Ryan as a young player and being the hit-by-pitch record holder (10:34). Plus, Todd Radom hops on to discuss Justin Turner's extra-innings home run derby idea and Marlins Park, and to administer the weekly quiz (2:15).
Jameson Taillon on Rehabbing During Coronavirus: 4/2/20
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon joins Buster to discuss rehabbing while social distancing, staying connected with teammates, playing Fortnite, why there are no bad ideas in figuring out how to play games this season and growing up an Astros fan (2:08). Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about how the suspensions for Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch will end later this year, regardless of whether any games are played, and his his daily baseball fix videos (22:39).
Jim Kaat on Playing Across Four Decades: 4/1/20
Buster talks to former pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Kaat about playing across four decades with legends like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax (2:13). Plus, his thoughts on what sets Gerrit Cole, Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom apart from other pitchers. Then, Hembo reacts to the Kaat interview shines some light on Koufax's dominant stretch of play (32:04). Plus, Tim Kurkjian's Baseball Fix (38:24).
Darryl Strawberry on the '86 Mets vs. the '98 Yankees: 3/31/20
Darryl Strawberry joins Buster to discuss what he would tell his 18-year-old self now, what he remembers about the 16-inning game 6 of the '86 NLCS, why they came out flat against the Red Sox in the World Series, and the differences between that Mets team and the '98 Yankees (2:47).
New Changes to the MLB Draft: 3/30/20
Kyle Peterson joins Buster to discuss the major changes to the MLB Draft including the hard decisions college baseball players and coaches have to make in this time of uncertainty, the $20,000 cap on signing bonuses for undrafted players, teams that might look to save money by dumping players and what Kyle would do to help increase interest in baseball (1:40). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to talk about which players might've never made the big leagues under the new draft format and how players on short-term deals are likely to be hurt the most by teams looking to cut payroll (28:20).
What Trevor Bauer Really Thinks About MLB: 3/30/20
We should be in the first week of baseball season, but...try not to think about that. Instead, ponder the future with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan. On the heels of MLB's hiatus deal with players around pay, service time and other issues, hear how it sets up the 2021 collective bargaining agreement. Plus, Bauer gets into the issues with training during all this uncertainty, whether baseball is too slow, and the sport's need for a media makeover.
"A Story That Needs to Be Told": 3/27/20
Jason Grimsley pulled off a Mission Impossible-style heist for teammate Albert Bell. He recounts the tale with Buster and the two reveal the previously unknown role played by commissioner Bud Selig (2:28). Plus, Todd Radom on Citizens Bank Park and this week's quiz (23:33).
Aaron Boone on His Playing Day with the Yankees: 3/26/20
Aaron Boone talks to Buster about his playing days with the Yankees, playing along Derek Jeter, dropping into the middle of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, his walk-off home run against the Boston in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS and if he thinks he'd have the job managing the Yankees if he didn't hit that home run (2:03).
Shane Victorino on the '08 Phillies: 3/25/20
Shane Victorino joins Buster to talk about how scouts spotted him in Hawaii, learning to switch-hit when he was 20, why Chase Utley was the toughest guy he ever played with, how Charlie Manuel hides behind his West Virginia accent and his grand slam off CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS. Later, Hembo hops on to discuss Noah Syndergaard's injury and to debrief on the Victorino interview as a Phillies fan (31:26).
Bill Ripken on Blood Blisters and Power Drills: 3/24/20
Bill Ripken joins Buster to talk about his new book "State Of Play: The Old School Guide To New School Baseball." Bill talks about his plan to avoid robot umpires, why the term launch angle drives him nuts, Cal Ripken Jr.'s "special healing powers" and power drills as a medical device in the Ripken household (3:41).
Dave Roberts on the '04 Red Sox: 3/23/20
Dave Roberts stole second base in game four of the 2004 ALCS, sparking an 0-3 comeback by the Red Sox. Buster talks to Roberts about being traded to Boston midseason, the stolen base that turned the series around, why David Ortiz was so clutch and what Derek Jeter told him about the play years later (2:11). Plus, Sarah Langs on the biggest stolen bases in baseball history and Buster reads a text from Theo Epstein about the trade for Roberts (39:38).
David Wells on the '98 Yankees: 3/20/20
David Wells joins Buster to talk about the 1998 Yankees team that won 125 games (4:28). They discuss when Wells knew the team was special, butting heads with Joe Torre, pitching a perfect game hung over after a night of partying with Jimmy Fallon, the loudest punch he's ever heard, El Duque's big game against Cleveland in the ALCS and getting hit by toilet paper during the championship parade.
The Italian Scout: Baseball and the Center of the Pandemic: 3/20/20
Major League Baseball's season went on indefinite hiatus last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In parts of the world beyond the US, that chaos had already brought life and work to a halt. ESPN's Jeff Passan brings us the story of René Saggiadi, a Red Sox scout based in the Italian city of Bari. As his country deals with increasing contagion, we hear what happens when life and baseball pause, and how he's staying connected to the sport he loves.
The Sandlot Isn't on the List: 3/19/20
Boog Sciambi dissects Buster's lists of top baseball movies and books to consume in self-isolation, and the guys discuss which classic games you should check out on YouTube (1:55).
David Freese on Game 6 of the 2011 World Series: 3/18/20
Buster talks to David Freese about one of the greatest games ever played, game 6 of the 2011 World Series (4:31).
NL Central Preview: 3/17/20
It's NL Central preview day! Buster talks Reds with radio analyst Jeff Piecoro (3:31), Cubs with ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers (8:15), Brewers with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak (15:21), Pirates with The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel (21:52 and Cardinals with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold (29:10).
AL West Preview: 3/16/20
It's AL West preview day! Buster talks Astros with radio analyst Steve Sparks (4:17), Angels with ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (9:51), Athletics with the San Fransisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser (16:39), Mariners with The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish (23:43) and Rangers with the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant (30:04).
Suspended Season: 3/13/20
MLB suspends the start of the season. Buster and Karl Ravech talk about a historic day in baseball (3:02). Later, Hembo drops by to lighten the mood as the guys talk biggest home runs, golf-foursomes and what they're most looking forward to when the season starts (19:08).
NL East Preview: 3/12/20
It's NL East preview day! Buster talks Braves with MLB.com's Mark Bowman (3:26), Marlins with the Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson (11:31), Mets with SNY's Steve Gelbs (15:36), Phillies with The Philadelphia Inquirer Scott Lauber (23:47) and Nationals with The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli (33:23).
No Naming Rights: 3/11/20
The Braves are taking a flyer on Felix Hernandez, while Gerrit Cole is looking like Gerrit Cole. Buster talks to David Schoenfield about all of that (3:29), plus, the Rays' experimenting with a four-man outfield, Blake Snell returning, the impact of coronavirus on baseball coverage and Barry Bonds' comments on MLB giving him a "death sentence." Later, Todd Radom hops on to discuss Nationals Park for to deliver the weekly quiz (25:26).
AL Central Preview: 3/10/20
It's AL Central preview day! Buster talks White Sox with play-by-play voice Jason Benetti (5:17), Indians with MLB.com's Mandy Bell (9:44), Tigers with MLB.com's Jason Beck (16:39), Royals with the Kansas City Star's Lynn Worthy (21:43) and Twins with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Patrick Reusse (27:40).
Greatest Trip Around the Bases: 3/9/20
Buster and Tim Kurkjian make the case that MLB needs to mic up players during the regular season (2:05). Plus, the guys talk about Trey Mancini undergoing a non-baseball medical procedure, Aaron Judge's cracked rib and Justin Verlander's sore tricep. Later, Sarah Langs joins the pod to discuss the Braves starting pitching vs. Mets bullpen, how Chris Sale's injury affects the Red Sox's win total and the Blue Jays' Nate Pearson as a rookie of the year candidate (18:22).
Catcher for the Expos: 3/6/20
Kiley McDaniel's top 100 prospects for 2020 is out. He and Buster dive into the list (1:54), discussing how analytics has factored into generating the rankings, when Wander Franco might manifest in the big leagues, why he's bullish on Julio Rodriguez and if the Padres' young talent will manifest fast enough to satisfy ownership. Later, Hembo hops on to talk about Yoan Moncada and the White Sox's rebuild, Christian Yelich's team-friendly extension, and why Brian Cashman deserves more credit for finding value to fill out the roster (21:53).
NL West Preview: 3/5/20
It's NL West preview day! Buster talks Arizona Diamondbacks with the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro (6:00), Colorado Rockies with the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders (12:18), Los Angeles Dodgers with Spectrum SportsNet LA's Alanna Rizzo (16:46), San Diego Padres with Padres TV and radio analyst Tony Gwynn, Jr. (24:42), and San Francisco Giants with Giants play-by-play voice Duane Kuiper (29:21).
Fishing in Khakis: 3/4/20
A-Rod shares his thoughts on the Astros, Chris Sale is trending toward Tommy John surgery, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton won't be ready to start the season. Buster and Tim Kurkjian hit on all of that (5:16), plus, Christian Yelich is working toward an extension with the Brewers and baseball has started to buzz about coronavirus. Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Citi Field and for a quiz (18:07).
AL East Preview: 3/3/20
It's AL East preview day! Buster talks Baltimore Orioles with MASN's Roch Kubatko (6:43), Boston Red Sox with the Boston Globe's Alex Speier (13:43), New York Yankees with WFAN's Sweeny Murti (19:41), Tampa Bay Rays with the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin (25:44) and Toronto Blue Jays with the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley (32:58).
Reliever Anarchy: 3/2/20
Buster and David Schoenfield explore the strategies around the three-batter minimum for pitchers (2:51). Plus, why predicting the World Series champ is harder than you think, who might be this year's Washington Nationals and what's the latest on Aaron Judge. Later, Sarah Langs joins the show to discuss Mike Trout checking in as the highest-paid player in baseball and Miguel Cabrera's outlook for the season (25:41).
Big League Spring Debut: 2/28/20
Karl Ravech says there's no margin for error with the Angels in the AL West and the news of Griffin Canning undergoing an MRI on his elbow raises a yellow flag for the team (1:17). Plus, he and Buster discuss Madison Bumgarner dodging rodeo questions and what's going on with the Red Sox investigation. Later, Pedro Gomez joins the pod to talk about his son Rio Gomez's first spring training outing and managers in new places (25:26).
Live Free or Die: 2/27/20
Who loves the Dodgers? Tim Kurkjian loves the Dodgers (4:26). He also loves the Indians' depth, while he and Buster are concerned about Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton. Plus, is the league really going to crack down on pine tar? Probably not.
Cutter Cattivo: 2/26/20
How much of a bodyblow is losing Luis Severino for the Yankees? Jeff Passan (1:51) and Hembo (28:13) share their thoughts with Buster. Plus, Passan on spending 15 fascinating days in Astros camp and Hembo on two youngsters to keep an eye on.
Marathon Listening: 2/25/20
Step away from social media, Astros players! That's David Schoenfield's advice as Houston continues to take heat. He and Buster also hit on the energy Gerrit Cole is bringing to Yankees camp, the status of James Paxton and Luis Severino, and how the Red Sox's rotation is shaping up (3:54). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to discuss the Braves attempting to replace Josh Donaldson's production, the White Sox taking a jump in win total and her thoughts on the Cubs' lineup construction (19:47).
Big Boy Pants: 2/24/20
Madison Bumgarner is rodeo guy. Who knew? Definitely not the Diamondbacks. Buster talks to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller about "Mason Saunders" and how Arizona is likely to take this news. Plus, the guys talk about Yoenis Céspedes announcing his return, the Vanderbilt baseball factory, how Red Sox ownership is handling fan reaction to the Mookie Betts trade and Astros players receiving death threats.
White Sox Fan From Nepal: 2/21/20
Luis Severino's status is unclear, David Ortiz takes a shot at Mike Fiers and Mike Trout is finding his voice. Alden Gonzalez calls into to talk about all of this, plus his piece on Francisco Lindor possibly being trading, the excitement at Dodgers camp and the anxiety at Angels camp, and his thoughts on why the White Sox could be a lot of fun to watch this season.
The Struggle Is Real and Great: 2/20/20
Karl Ravech stops by to discuss Kris Bryant leading off for the Cubs, lineup configurations for the Angels, when the NL will have a DH, yellow flags around Aaron Judge, a deep Rays team and his thoughts on Rob Manfred handling the Astros scandal.
Censure the Astros: 2/19/20
Tim Kurkjian demands to talk baseball, so he and Buster hit on Miles Mikolas missing the start of the season, the continuing drama with Nolan Arenado and the Rockies, and the Reds and the Diamondbacks at the NL's most improved teams. Later, Hembo drops by to discuss Buster's proposal to censure the Astros' World Series.
A Rabbit Chasing Its Tail: 2/18/20
Rob Manfred roiled baseball with his comments about the Astros, Justin Turner responded and Mike Trout has something to say about all of this. Buster gets David Schoenfield's take on the continuing war of words across baseball and they run through the best players at each position in the league. Later, Sarah Langs joins the show to talk about where the Dodgers, Yankees and Angels stand after their big offseason acquisitions.
Firing Squad: 2/13/20
Astros owner Jim Crane gave doozy of a press conference. Marly Rivera was on the ground and talks to Buster about how it went down and what Astros players had to say about the sign-stealing scandal in the locker room.
Free Fallin': 2/12/20
The Red Sox name Ron Roenicke as interim manager, the league floats out a controversial new playoff format and the fallout from the Astros sign-stealing scandal continues. Buster and Tim Kurkjian break it all down and much more in the final podcast of the offseason.
Betts On It: 2/5/20
It's official: Mookie Betts and David Price are off to Los Angeles. Buster Olney gives his thoughts on the trade with the help of Tim Kurkjian (6:23), along with conversation on the move from the perspective of the Twins and Angels, the Mets sale, if the Astros understand how they'll be treated on the road, and why Tim thinks Pete Rose's latest attempt to be reinstated won't go anywhere. Later, Paul Hembekides stops by to sort through season win totals (25:12) and the guys close with #BleacherTweets (35:01).
Derek Jeter: Number Two: 1/22/20
With Derek Jeter and Larry Walker making up the 2020 Hall of Fame class, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Jeter's legacy, Walker's emotional reaction, the need for transparency from the voters, if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will ever make the cut, Nolan Arenado's standing with the Rockies and more (8:05). Plus, a laundry list of Bleacher Tweets on the HOF elections and the sign-stealing scandal (29:40).
Mets Island: 1/16/20
Buster Olney talks to ESPN national baseball writer Marly Rivera in the wake of the Mets parting ways with Carlos Beltrán. They discuss how the Mets got to this point, what Beltrán should do to move past this (7:03), why the timing worked out for the Mets, A.J. Hinch being available in 2021 (15:46), Alex Cora being labeled a cheater and what the reaction will be around baseball when the season starts (20:42).
The Rise and Fall of Baseball's Hottest Young Manager: 1/16/20
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is out on sign-stealing allegations from the MLB. The charges date back to 2017, when he was the bench coach for the Houston Astros. It's a stunning downfall for a man considered one of the most talented young managers in the game. ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney joins Mina Kimes to explore Cora's career, and his role in this huge baseball scandal.
In an emergency podcast, Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with ESPN's Jeff Passan about Rob Manfred's ruling on the Astros, why the sign-stealing scandal evokes memories of the PED craze and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian discusses the historical significance of these "unprecedented" punishments, the role of technology in the game and if the 2017 championship is tainted (11:56).
Catch 22: 1/7/20
Before analyzing the changing nature of the catcher position with Padres front office assistant AJ Ellis (16:10), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss sneaky Nationals signings, the Josh Donaldson market and how the White Sox's moves will affect the 2020 AL Central race. Plus, ESPN's Eduardo Perez explains how Juan Soto can get even better (29:44) before Buster asks Hembo a very tough question (41:46).
Christmas in New York: 12/19/19
In what will likely be the final podcast of the decade, Buster welcomes Tyler Kepner of The New York Times to talk about the Yankees' potential for next season, the latest research on the baseball and MLB's investigation into the Astros. Then, The Boston Globe's Alex Speier discusses how the Gerrit Cole signing impacts Boston's rebuilding process (30:26). Plus, Hembo evaluates the NL East (30:26) and Rena Banena makes her return (38:45).
Best in the West?: 12/17/19
With Troy's Rangers finally making moves, Buster and Dave Schoenfield analyze the Corey Kluber trade and its impact on the AL West (32:29). But before that, Tim Kurkjian discusses Madison Bumgarner's deal with the Diamondbacks, the league's decision to alter drug testing and Anthony Rendon's comments about the Dodgers. Plus, Sarah Langs on remaining free agents and why her mom is angry (32:29).
Winter Meetings: Day 3: 12/11/19
Nine years. $324 million. Karl Ravech reacts to Gerrit Cole's record deal with the Yankees, its impact on the AL East and how the signing makes the Yankees the biggest World Series favorite in years. Then, New York Post's Joel Sherman on what Cole's decision ultimately came down to (19:15) and ESPN's Marly Rivera with a story on the moment she found out about the signing (37:23). And, SNY's Steve Gelbs with the latest on the Mets and how MLB's investigation into the Astros will impact new manager Carlos Beltran (37:23).
Winter Meetings: Day 2: 12/10/19
Buster and Hembo analyze Stephen Strasburg's 7-year/$245M deal and how it impacts the free agency of Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole. Then, ESPN's Clinton Yates (and Nationals homer) offers his own reaction to the signing before discussing the trade market for Kris Bryant and why it's important for baseball's sake that Madison Bumgarner remain with the Giants (12:55). Plus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' offseason plans (22:37) and...does Scott Boras deserve a spot in Cooperstown?
Winter Meetings: Day 1: 12/9/19
With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).
Around the Horn: 12/4/19
With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).
Stealing the Signs: How Allegations Against the Astros Could Change Baseball: 11/20/19
Major League Baseball has promised a thorough investigation into the Astros' stealing of pitching signs during their 2017 championship run, using a live video feed and...trash cans. At the owners meetings, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no reason to expand the case to other teams at this time. But the scandal has raised big questions, and could change the game itself. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan explores tough decisions for the league going forward.
Hall of Infamy: 11/19/19
Just weeks after losing the World Series, the Astros find themselves in trouble again. Mark Teixeira tells Buster how he thinks Rob Manfred should handle the situation and if he was surprised when this story first surfaced last week (28:10). But before that, Tim Kurkjian and Buster talk about Derek Jeter and if his career warrants a unanimous Hall of Fame selection (5:53). Plus, will this be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get in?
Offseason Preview: 11/5/19
Buster, Tim Kurkjian and Keith Law look ahead to 2020 by tackling the biggest questions swirling around some of the sport's biggest names this offseason. In a roundtable discussion, the guys talk about the Mets' hiring of Carlos Beltran, JD Martinez's contract and what it means for Boston, if Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon will return to the Nationals and more (5:27). Plus, Rena Banena's final "Bleacher Tweets" (29:39) and some final words from former Commissioner Bart Giamatti (41:21).
No Place Like...The Road: 10/31/19
Following the completion of one of the most improbable runs in postseason history, Buster and Jessica Mendoza discuss another Nationals comeback, Max Scherzer's ability to get out of sticky situations, Gerrit Cole's eerie postgame comments and more (38:32). But before that, Sarah Langs with some ridiculous numbers on the Nats (33:50) and Karl Ravech on Stephen Strasburg's evolution and AJ Hinch's questionable bullpen management (16:54).
A Game 7 will happen tonight thanks to the Nationals winning one of the most unforgettable, action-packed baseball games you'll ever see. Buster and Jessica Mendoza try to make sense of what happened by discussing Stephen Strasburg's amazing performance, Alex Bregman's troll jobs, the interference call that sent Dave Martinez into a frenzy and how Anthony Rendon saved the MLB from another controversy (20:14). Plus, they speculate about how much Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole can give their respective teams tonight. And, "Hembo Knows" (42:04) and Rob Manfred's latest comments on the possibility of automated strike zones (41:10).
Do or Die: 10/29/19
Justin Verlander has never won a World Series start, and Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to give his thoughts on how Verlander will fare tonight, if he expects to see Max Scherzer in Game 6 or in a potential Game 7, the need for an electronic strike zone and much more (7:45). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (24:43) and ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton previews tonight's game (30:57).
Flat Nats: 10/28/19
Because of what ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman labels the Astros' "unwavering" belief in themselves, Houston now holds a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Buster and Shulman discuss how the Astros are living up to their pedigree, how disappointing it was to see Max Scherzer miss his Game 5 start and more (13:38). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (33:28) and the season's final "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (42:55).
Friday Night Fight: 10/25/19
With Zack Greinke on the hill fighting to save Houston's championship hopes tonight, ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton talks with Buster about the pitching matchup, why Houston's offense has struggled, how the Astros can steal Game 3 and more (12:57). Plus, Karl Ravech on the biggest challenge facing David Ross and the Cubs and if Joe Girardi will be able to connect with his players in Philadelphia (35:28). And, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (30:02).
With the Astros collapsing both on and off the field, Buster and Keith Law discuss Houston's underwhelming performance so far and the organization's lack-luster response to the incident involving assistant GM Brandon Taubman (39:59). But before that, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (25:00) and Jessica Mendoza on the World Series and some new manager hires (11:10). Plus, Buster's interviews with Max Scherzer (30:45) and George Springer (56:40) and an excerpt from today's ESPN Daily podcast on the Astros' front office situation (35:45).
Fountain of Youth: 10/23/19
After the Nats steal Game 1 from the Astros and Gerrit Cole, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Juan Soto's big performance, Ryan Zimmerman's special moment and more (13:52). Plus, a pregame interview with Zimmerman (32:57), "Hembo Knows" (37:02) and the latest on Houston's troubling front office situation (25:56).
Team of Destiny?: 10/22/19
How prepared will the Nationals be for tonight's Game 1 of the World Series? The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli tells Buster whether the seven days off have helped or harmed this "team of destiny" (31:10). ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman also discusses the overwhelming amount of talent playing in this series, each team's readiness for baseball's biggest stage and his sense of Max Scherzer's demeanor ahead of tonight's start (7:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (25:06).
The Little Engine That Could: 10/21/19
Calling it "one of the craziest ninth innings" he's ever seen, USA Today's Bob Nightengale talks with Buster about ALCS Game 6, Jose Altuve's ability to stay calm in big moments, if Aaron Judge is right to label the Yankees season a "failure" and more (11:25). Plus, "Hembo Knows" featuring a shocking proclamation (30:31) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom, the man behind the design of the Nationals logo (37:05).
Never Say Never: 10/18/19
With the Yankees now facing elimination, ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman talks about New York's string of missed opportunities at the plate and what must happen for the Yankees to get back in this series (14:09). Karl Ravech also discusses Aaron Boone's bullpen management and the legacy of CC Sabathia, who likely threw his final MLB pitch after leaving with an injury last night (31:29). Plus, an emotional Joe Girardi sends a special message to Sabathia (30:31).
Silent Assassin: 10/17/19
The Yankees need Masahiro Tanaka to be a "silent assassin" in tonight's Game 4 against Houston, says ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton, who also discusses New York's inability to drive in runs, how poor weather conditions will impact tonight's game, Joe Maddon's fit with the Angels and more (6:39). Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (21:34) and Keith Law talks about some of the game's top prospects and how they'll affect the futures of teams like the Rays, Twins, Rangers and Mariners (29:41).
National Treasure: 10/16/19
The Nationals advance to the franchise's first World Series and Jon Sciambi joins Buster to discuss how Washington overcame a sub-par bullpen to "obliterate" the Cardinals and if they'll match up better with the Yankees or Astros (10:12). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (28:05), Josh Reddick calls out Yankees fans (33:04) and ESPN's Marly Rivera on New York's bullpen issues and struggles against Gerrit Cole last night (34:34).
Storm's A-Brewin': 10/15/19
With the Nationals one win away from advancing to the franchise's first World Series, Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss Stephen Strasburg's postseason dominance, how Bryce Harper looms over this team, if the media has underrated the Nationals and more (12:10). KBME's Steve Sparks also explains why Gerrit Cole is so good and if a canceled Game 3 (weather) would benefit the Astros or Yankees more (32:20). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (27:48).
Arms Race: 10/14/19
The Astros and Yankees split the weekend and the Cardinals already find themselves in must-win mode. Sarah Langs fills in for Buster, who joins Sarah from the road to discuss Carlos Correa's big moment, Aaron Boone's managing of New York's bullpen and each team's path to winning the ALCS (17:16). Tim Kurkjian also preview's tonight's NLCS Game 3 matchup between Stephen Strasburg and Jack Flaherty (33:47). Plus, Todd Radom and "Cap Talk" (43:36).
Cole-d Blooded: 10/11/19
Another dominant Gerrit Cole playoffs performance has Buster and Karl Ravech comparing the Houston ace to another all-time great (14:32). The guys also discuss Tyler Glasnow's pitch-tipping, X-factors in each championship series, the firing of Gabe Kapler and more. Plus, Rena Banena's "Bleacher Tweets" and some jovial conversations about underage drinking and baseball sitcoms (31:33).
Down Goes LA!: 10/10/19
After the Dodgers fall short in October once again, Buster and Keith Law talk about Dave Roberts' handling of the bullpen and how Clayton Kershaw's poor performance affects his career narrative (20:43). Plus, they discuss Stephen Strasburg's resilience and the Cardinals' thrashing of the Braves. Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (38:47) and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan previews tonight's ALDS Game 5 between the Astros and Rays (45:22).
...Get More Popcorn: 10/9/19
With three winner-take-all Game 5's now set, Buster and Jon Sciambi break down Tampa's win last night, the Walker Buehler/Stephen Strasburg pitching matchup, Freddie Freeman's struggles and more (11:32). Plus, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch discusses the compelling Braves/Cardinals series, the making of Jack Flaherty and the X-factors for tonight's game (28:38). And, "Hembo Knows" (36:02).
Grab Your Popcorn: 10/8/19
Max Scherzer wills himself and the Nationals to a Wednesday Game 5 showdown against the Dodgers, who Buster and Dave Schoenfield say face more pressure to win than any other playoff team (16:34). They also discuss Houston's decision to start Justin Verlander today, Yadier Molina's clutch gene and why they're happy Stephen Strasburg will get the ball tomorrow against Walker Buehler. Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (38:45).
Born for October: 10/7/19
The Braves pull off a stunning comeback and the Dodgers shell Patrick Corbin. Buster and Tim Kurkjian recap a wild divisional series weekend by discussing Atlanta's clutch gene, the Yankees' plate discipline, if the Rays can salvage a game against the confident Astros and more (14:22). Plus, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez previews tonight's Dodgers/Nationals Game 4 (34:04) and Todd Radom joins for a playoff-themed "Cap Talk" (42:56).
Just Not Enough: 10/4/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss a series-altering blunder by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Walker Buehler's dominance (13:33). Plus, Joel Sherman of The New York Post talks about the Mets' future following the firing of Mickey Callaway and also names some potential managerial replacements (31:52).
Sting Like a Ray: 10/3/19
Can the Rays go to Houston and take down the Astros? Buster and Keith Law discuss that after reacting to the triumphant return of Yandy Diaz, Charlie Morton's strong start and Oakland's stumble in another winner-take-all game (14:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (41:13).
AL Wild Card Preview: 10/2/19
A top reliever melts down, a young star emerges and one team moves on. With that, Buster welcomes Dave Schoenfield to break down the wild NL Wild Card game that was (11:05). Then, ESPN's Matt Vasgersian talks about the crazy atmosphere expected for tonight's AL Wild Card (27:11) and Susan Sussman of the San Fransisco Chronicle (34:53) and Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times (39:20) preview tonight's A's/Rays showdown. Plus, "Hembo Knows" (43:50).
NL Wild Card Preview: 10/1/19
With the Brewers and Nationals set to face off in tonight's winner-take-all NL Wild Card game, Buster speaks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak about Milwauke's swath of injuries (27:43) and MASN's Mark Zuckerman about Washington's pitching approach (34:01). But before that, Buster and Jon Sciambi discuss what kind of deal Anthony Rendon will command in the offseason, the firing of Brad Ausmus and more (3:37). Plus, Sarah Langs and a NL Wild Card-centric "Numbers Game" (22:50).
So Long, Farewell: 9/30/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian relive the top 10 moments from an emotional weekend in baseball (5:48). They also discuss Joe Maddon's firing, the future of Brad Ausmus in Anaheim and some other names linked to managerial vacancies. Plus, Todd Radom rejoins Buster and Troy for "Cap Talk" (29:28) and an American figure says goodbye to a great American ballpark (36:19).
Baseball Royalty: 9/27/19
After a night in which two larger-than-life baseball figures said goodbye, Buster speaks to Karl Ravech (13:53) and Jon Sciambi (32:38) about an emotional night for Felix Hernandez and if his career resume is enough to get him in to the Hall of Fame. Plus, a new addition to baseball's unwritten rules, more stories from Bruce Bochy (28:41) and a heartfelt tribute to Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman (52:30).
Down to the Wire: 9/26/19
Buster and Keith Law discuss the Brewers' hot streak and how the organization's recent success stems from the top-down (12:49). Plus, Keith defends Gabe Kapler's managing style and also speculates on the future of the Phillies and Indians. Nationals OF Adam Eaton also explains what's so special about his team (32:45) before Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (36:36) and before MLB.com's Mandy Bell explains why tonight is a must-win for the Indians (40:58).
Marathon Tuesday: 9/25/19
ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers talks about the Cubs' epic collapse (33:35) but before that, Buster speaks with Jessica Mendoza about Gabe Kapler's future, the return of Jose Ramirez, Washington's incredible second half and why the league must figure out a way to shorten extra-inning games (15:34). Plus, a newly-married Hembo joins for "Hembo Knows" (27:42) and Buster and Troy give the season's final "Power 10" (42:28).
Old School: 9/24/19
Before Giants manager Bruce Bochy tells some of his favorite stories from his legendary career (29:25), Buster speaks with Dave Schoenfield about Ned Yost's retirement, Tampa's resiliency, Yadier Molina's Hall of Fame case and more (10:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (43:07).
Race to the Finish: 9/23/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Cubs' cloudy future following a season-altering sweep suffered at the hands of the Cardinals (13:11). They also discuss the Cardinals turnaround, if the Astros are the team to beat and if the Braves could get past the Dodgers in the playoffs. Plus, an interview with Indians manager Terry Francona (33:10) and a special appearance from Troy's older brother, Brady, in "Cap Talk" (37:12).
Midwest Meet-Up: 9/20/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss Anthony Rizzo's unexpected return to the Cubs lineup as Chicago faces St. Louis in a crucial NL Central matchup (11:39). Plus, Buster compares Jack Flaherty to a Hall of Famer and Karl talks about Joe Maddon's personality clash with the Chicago front office. Jessica Mendoza also previews this weekend's Phillies/Indians series (33:40) and Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" and some love advice (45:12).
Giant Accomplishments: 9/19/19
Before an open and honest interview with former MLB pitcher Barry Zito (33:14), Buster talks to Tyler Kepner of The New York Times about Bruce Bochy's 2000th win, an emotional night for the Yastrzemski family and Giancarlo Stanton's return to the Yankees (14:44). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (28:18).
'Fraid of Changin': 9/18/19
After a record-breaking night in Boston, Buster and Keith Law criticize the state of the game and explain why so many people close to the sport can't stand the product (13:27). Then, the two discuss the season-ending injury to Dellin Betances and who could earn the next $400M contract. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also talks to Buster about the Brewers and how they've overcome the loss of Christian Yelich (36:27). Plus, this week's "Power 10" (45:06).
In the Zone: 9/17/19
Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss how the Brewers have responded since the Christian Yelich injury, as well as Cody Bellinger's drop-off and Anthony Rendon's surge in the race for NL MVP (9:48). They also talk about a few of the question marks surrounding the Dodgers. Then, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (32:15).
Injured Party: 9/16/19
Before speaking with Dodgers P Walker Buehler about LA's culture, Justin Verlander comparisons and a valuable lesson from his grandfather (33:39), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Mike Trout's season-ending injury and how it affects his MVP chances, if Anthony Rizzo's injury kills Chicago's playoff hopes, Charlie Culberson's injury impact on the Braves and more (15:44). Plus, a minor league edition of "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (41:22).
In the Medical Tent: 9/13/19
Buster speaks with Karl Ravech about the rash of injuries facing the Yankees and what it means for the return of Giancarlo Stanton (11:00). They also explain why no teams should want to face the A's or Rays in the postseason. Then, Jessica Mendoza previews this weekend's Dodgers/Mets series and also lends her insights on the Noah Syndergaard/Wilson Ramos situation (30:56). Plus, Rena Banena's Bleacher Tweets (42:13).
A Ray of Hope: 9/12/19
Buster talks to Keith Law about the debut of Oakland's top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo (10:36). Plus, Keith fills Buster in on the stellar seasons enjoyed by three of the game's top prospects. Then, Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (34:10) before Rays OF Tommy Pham discusses Tampa Bay's impressive season, why they're so hungry and how hitters have adjusted to the juiced ball (39:16).
Blue Crew: 9/11/19
Buster talks to USA Today's Bob Nightengale about Christian Yelich's season-ending injury and its impact on the NL wild card race and his second consecutive NL MVP (10:55). Then, "Hembo Knows" (27:03) and Joel Sherman of The New York Post discusses his report on the alleged rift between Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos (32:13). Plus, this week's "Power 10" (45:04).
Thank You, Next...: 9/10/19
Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss the ugly ending for Dave Dombrowski in Boston, James Paxton's importance to the Yankees, a sticky situation involving Noah Syndergaard and more (10:02). Then, Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (28:38) and The Athletic's Peter Gammons takes Buster inside the firing of Dombrowski before giving his opinion on how desirable that job really is (34:28).
End of an Era: 9/9/19
Buster welcomes Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe to discuss where the relationship between Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox went wrong (11:22). Then, Tim Kurkjian comes up with some potential replacements for Dombrowski before talking about the future of the Red Sox and specifically, Mookie Betts (18:55). Plus, an interview with Yankees OF Mike Tauchman (34:22) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (38:12).
Little vs. Big Town: 9/6/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the biggest threats to the Yankees, Dodgers and Astros and what makes the Rays and A's so special (11:27). Then, Boog Sciambi discusses the MLBPA's perception of the juiced ball and how Aaron Boone should manage his lineup once all of his players return (29:54). Plus, Rena Banena brings the Bleacher Tweets (43:22).
The Future Is Now: 9/5/19
Buster speaks with Keith Law and Bias Cat about how baseball's top prospects will impact the postseason (11:18). They also discuss the futures of the Padres, Giants and Angels (23:46). Plus, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on his first season in Minnesota (37:11) and Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (41:58).
Who's Your Natty?: 9/4/19
Before Bryce Harper shares some childhood stories with Boog Sciambi (30:24), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about last night's Mets/Nationals game, Jack Flaherty's amazing second half and how history will remember the core of this Cubs team (15:14). Plus, "Hembo Knows" and this week's Power 10 (39:17).
No-No Brainer?: 9/3/19
Before hearing from Justin Verlander about his third career no-hitter (23:44), Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about the AL Cy Young race, Verlander's career revival, the debut of Gavin Lux and more (7:56). Plus, Sarah Langs risks her life for a special edition of "The Numbers Game" (26:44) and some Phillies "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (37:25).
A Crushing in Flushing: 8/30/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about Jeff Luhnow's surprising comments, the disappearance of the save and the outlook for the rest of the Mets' season (9:37). Then, Jessica Mendoza offers insights into the Mets clubhouse and the mindset of New York's front office before and after July 31 (31:21). Plus, Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" (43:54).
Arms and a Leg: 8/29/19
Before talking to former MLB slugger Prince Fielder about his early retirement and the state of the game (30:02), Buster speaks with Keith Law about Gerrit Cole's earning potential in free agency and the Dodgers' bullpen struggles (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (45:07).
August and Everything After: 8/28/19
Buster talks to ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton about the diminished meaning of home run records, Pete Alonso's impact on the Mets and the most likely landing spots for Gerrit Cole (10:15). Then, Jesse Rogers delivers some "Inside Heat" on the Cubs' playoff push and Yu Darvish's turnaround (31:22). After that, "Hembo Knows" (37:54) and this week's controversial Power 10 (44:27).
Hot 'Lanta: 8/27/19
Before speaking with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos about how he's built his roster for a postseason run (24:36), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about Josh Donaldson's resurgence, the AL Cy Young race and an idea for a new MLB logo (8:11). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (36:59).
Not So Black-and-White: 8/26/19
After discussing the outrage over the Players Weekend uniforms, the impact of the Jose Ramirez injury and the bewildering Cubs, Buster and Tim Kurkjian imagine how social media would have reacted to the unexpected retirement of Sandy Koufax in 1966 (11:06). Plus, Buster interviews Clayton Kershaw (30:04) and then Buster, Troy and Todd Radom weigh in on the uniform craze in "Cap Talk" (38:23).
Shooting Stars: 8/23/19
Before speaking with Astros OF George Springer about his rise to stardom (30:55), Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the LLWS and Gerrit Cole's earning potential when he hits the open market this offseason (9:57).
Home Sweet Home: 8/22/19
Buster talks with Keith Law about the Mets' road to the postseason, the Dodgers' player development system and Lucas Giolito's growth (15:17). Then, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (35:23) and Alex Speier, author of "Homegrown," discusses the Red Sox's offseason plans and Mookie Betts' rise through the system (39:58).
Living Legends: 8/21/19
Buster talks to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller about the evolution of Clayton Kershaw, how the Dodgers will manage their playoffs rotation, the significance of Carlos Correa's injury and more (13:12). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (31:24) and the latest Power 10 (38:16).
The Red Scare: 8/20/19
Buster talks to The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy about the handling of Chris Sale's elbow injury, Dave Dombrowski's cloudy future, Alex Cora's unusual influence and more (10:43). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (24:38) and Dave Schoenfield on Billy Hamilton's deal with the Braves and Carlos Correa's back issues (29:52).
Young and Old: 8/19/19
Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about Brian Snitker's decision to pull Ronald Acuna Jr., the severity of Chris Sale's elbow injury and the Yankees' ongoing feud with umpires (14:36). Plus, a quick interview with Anthony Rizzo (35:00) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (38:02).
Sprinting to the Finish: 8/16/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss league-wide bullpen struggles, Pete Alonso's versatility and if Bryce Harper's heroics last night will launch the turning point for him and the Phillies (12:14). Then, Jessica Mendoza provides the latest on the LLWS before previewing this weekend's Williamsport Classic (25:54). Plus, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies and Charlie Manuel's impact on the team (40:52).
Hollywood's Finest: 8/15/19
Buster returns from vacation and speaks to Keith Law about the historical significance of Albert Pujols' record for most hits by a foreign-born player, if Jake Arrieta will ever reclaim his former glory and how the home run boom has made talent evaluation more difficult (10:16). Then, Sarah Langs brings "The Numbers Game" (38:01) and Pirates OF Bryan Reynolds talks about his big year (42:42).
Devers Delivers: 8/14/19
Buster Olney appears as a guest on his podcast for the first time and speaks with Sarah Langs about Charlie Manuel returning to the Phillies as their new hitting coach, Josh Hader's struggles, and the injury to Jeff McNeil (9:56). Mandy Bell joins to discuss how the Indians turned their season around in June (26:13). Plus, Hembo Knows (36:03.
Lessons from the Past: 8/12/19
Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with Tim Kurkjian about the NL Wild Card race, the magic of Terry Francona, and what he learned in his reporting on the 25th Anniversary of the strike in 1994 (13:42). Plus, a conversation with Bruce Bochy (54:45) and Eddie Matz on the Nationals and what he learned from going to a game in the Atlantic League (30:50).
Field of Teams: 8/9/19
Tim Kurkjian fills in for Buster and speaks with Karl Ravech about Bo Bichette's record start, the significance of Chris Sale's big night and the magic of Terry Francona (10:07). Plus, Ravech boasts of Tim's prowess on the dance floor. Todd Radom also makes his weekly appearance for "Cap Talk" (34:17).
Crushed Hopes: 8/8/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and speaks to Eric Karabell about last night's Chris Davis meltdown, tight playoff races and more (1:26). Plus, Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus discusses the Mets' playoff hopes (23:59).
Keith Law fills in for Buster and opens the show by discussing his takeaways from watching OF Luis Robert, the top prospect in the White Sox organization, last night. Then, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe tells some stories from his new book, "Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up" (6:41).
Surprise, Surprise: 8/6/19
Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with his old friends Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft about DJ LeMahieu's surprise season, Bo Bichette's hot start and if the Mets can really make a run at the postseason (11:54). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (35:44).
Team Effort: 8/5/19
With Buster on vacation, Dave Schoenfield fills in and speaks with ESPN's Bradford Doolittle about the Yankees and their knack for the injury bug, the falling Red Sox, expectations for the Cubs and more (18:04). Plus, a surprise guest joins Troy and Todd Radom for "Cap Talk" (43:37).
Grudge Matches: 8/2/19
Buster and Jon Sciambi discuss the suspensions for those involved in the Pirates/Reds brawl before talking about the deterioration of Trevor Bauer's relationship with the Indians (11:02). Plus, Jessica Mendoza offers her insights on the Mets' trade deadline approach and this weekend's crucial series between the Red Sox and Yankees (31:59).
Trade Deadline Special: 7/31/19
Buster Olney, Sarah Langs & Dave Schoenfield identify today's biggest winners after offering instant reactions to the flurry of deals that happened at today's trade deadline.
Fear Amir: 7/31/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss how the MLB should come down on the players and coaches involved in last night's melee between the Reds and Pirates (17:39). They also talk about the Trevor Bauer trade and how it will impact the three teams involved. Plus, "The Numbers Game" (42:43) and this week's Power 10 (48:51).
All or Nothing: 7/30/19
Buster and USA Today's Bob Nightengale go around the trade rumor mill, discussing which available pieces could help contending teams down the stretch of the season (9:43). Then, new Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman addresses the media (26:50) before another edition of "Hembo Knows" (29:24). Plus, Buster talks to Orioles OF Stevie Wilkerson about his record-breaking pitching performance last week and how it could spur a revolution in baseball (37:02).
Trades and Tirades: 7/29/19
Two days before the trade deadline, Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss Trevor Bauer's outburst, the bewildering Marcus Stroman trade and potential trade targets for the Yankees and Red Sox. (17:35). Plus, an interview with Alex Cora (38:34) and Todd Radom's "Cap Talk" (41:53).
The Fall of Troy: 7/26/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the historic finish in last night's Orioles/Angels game, Troy Tulowitzki's retirement and how the Blake Snell injury will affect the Rays (11:01). Then, Jessica Mendoza previews the storylines surrounding this weekend's Yankees/Red Sox series, like the future of JD Martinez and DJ LeMahieu's monster season (38:35).
So...What Happened?: 7/25/19
Buster and Keith Law discuss the trade market after trying to make sense of the lineup confusion in the Rays and Red Sox game yesterday (14:57). Then, an interview with Nelson Cruz (42:23) and a special edition of "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs focused on the best 10 pitches in baseball (44:54).
Super Tuesday: 7/24/19
Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about the craziest night of the season thus far, the Yankees' pitching situation, Rays' struggles, and who the Dodgers should target at the trade deadline (18:19). Plus, a fascinating round of "Hembo Knows" (41:18) and this week's Power 10 (50:08).
Giant Obstacles: 7/23/19
Before speaking to Red Sox groundskeeper Dave Mellor about the incredible story of his fight against PTSD (36:05), Buster talks to USA Today's Bob Nightengale about San Francisco's remarkable turnaround, if the Red Sox should consider selling and robot umpires in the Atlantic League (12:30). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (30:00).
Closing Time: 7/22/19
Before hearing some snippets from Sunday's Hall of Fame speeches (48:59), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss next year's ballot, Matt Harvey's fall from grace and how the trade deadline hinges on the Giants (12:14). Plus, an interview with Freddie Freeman (35:39) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (39:15).
Savages in That Box!: 7/19/19
Before speaking with Edgar Martinez about his favorite Mariners memories (33:18), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about how the Giants should approach the deadline, Aaron Boone's legendary rant and the career of Martinez (12:04). Plus, A-Rod tells Buster about the difficulties of hitting against Mike Mussina (48:16).
Mr. Roboto: 7/18/19
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his memories of playing with Mariano Rivera (43:42), Buster talks to Keith Law about the suspensions handed to Brad Ausmus and Noe Ramirez, if robot umpires are coming soon and some possible deadline moves for the Dodgers (11:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (38:23).
Sweet Revenge: 7/17/19
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his time spent playing with Edgar Martinez (46:07), Buster talks to Joel Sherman of the NY Post about the Angels/Astros scuffle and which teams should make aggressive pushes at the trade deadline (16:17). Plus, Hembo tells Buster why Bryce Harper isn't a bust (39:45) and Buster and Troy disagree on the Power 10 (58:51).
Feeling Blue: 7/16/19
Buster talks to Jon Sciambi about the continued downward spiral of the Mets and the pitching market (10:46). Plus, he sounds off on baseball's perceived "home run problem." Marly Rivera also discusses Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s struggles and the dominance of the Dodgers (40:24). And, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (33:22).
Trade Carousel: 7/15/19
Before hearing from Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts (40:38), Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about an unforgettable Friday night for the Angels, weekend trades and the amazing Fernando Tatis Jr. (11:55). Plus, a Chicago White Sox edition of "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (32:04).
Ranger Danger: 7/12/19
Before speaking with former MLB OF Kenny Lofton about his memories in Cleveland, the Steroid Era, his Hall of Fame case and the time he smashed a thermometer (31:47), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about which teams should buy, sell or hold at the trade deadline (5:39). Plus, Rangers manager Chris Woodward discusses his team's strong first half (26:29).
Ball Four: 7/11/19
Before speaking with his old friend Scott Miller of Bleacher Report (29:06), Buster talks to Keith Law about his favorite moments from the Futures Game as well as Jim Bouton's impact on baseball (2:14). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (23:06) and "One Last Thing" on the life of Bouton (52:05).
Bieber Fever: 7/10/19
Buster speaks with USA Today's Bob Nightengale about his favorite moments from last night's All-Star Game and which teams will be aggressive at the trade deadline (11:12). Plus, Buster's postgame interviews with C.C. Sabathia and Francisco Lindor (26:55) followed by "Hembo Knows" (30:04) and this week's Power 10, where Troy Farkas reveals the real reason he's a Texas Rangers fan (35:56).
For Pete's Sake!: 7/9/19
Before speaking with MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig about his thoughts on the current state of league/player relations and other topics (38:46), Buster talks to Boog Sciambi about last night's record-setting HR Derby and Justin Verlander's fiery comments (10:27). Plus, a special HR Derby edition of "Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (30:35).
Derby Day: 7/8/19
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Jake Arrieta injury and the controversy surrounding the Jake Marisnick slide (13:06). Then, Karl Ravech previews tonight's HR Derby before looking back on the biggest storylines from the first half of the season (33:38). Plus, the new guy makes his debut on "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (45:16) and Buster presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (55:02).
Angel in the Outfield: 7/3/19
Before talking to Boog Sciambi about his impressions of the London Series and the new roles for Nate Eovaldi and Steven Matz (21:41), Buster speaks with reporter Alden Gonzalez about his time spent covering Tyler Skaggs (12:55). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (40:14) and the latest Power 10 (45:42). Lastly, Buster announces an exciting ESPYs experience (47:55).
For Whom the Bell Tolls: 7/2/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and begins by remembering the life of Tyler Skaggs. Then, Keith speaks with sports data scientist Meredith Wills about her controversial work regarding changes to the baseball (3:30). Then, we hear from Rob Manfred (24:20) and Sarah Langs highlights the youth movement across baseball in "Numbers Game" (33:02). Plus, a once-in-a-lifetime ESPYs experience is announced (55:00).
Battle Royale: 7/1/19
Keith Law fills in for Buster and speaks with Eric Karabell about the electric BOS/NYY series in London, the All-Star voting process and the laughable Mets (1:14). Plus, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs discusses the Futures Game (20:45) and JD Martinez briefly talks about his performance thus far (46:20).
London Calling: 6/28/19
Buster and David Schoenfield discuss ANOTHER Mets implosion, the London Series, All-Star selections and more (11:33). Plus, sound from the All-Stars (29:14) and Josh Macri's farewell as the show's producer (35:58).
Champs And Chumps: 6/27/19
Buster & Keith Law discuss the College World Series, the next layer of the Mets' dysfunction and much more (14:02). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (40:34).
Stellar Sellers: 6/26/19
Buster speaks with Boog Sciambi about the upcoming London series, All-Star voting and the guy he'd want over Madison Bumgarner at the trade deadline (13:15). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (37:02) and a surprising Power 10 (44:40).
New York Mess: 6/25/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the ongoing dysfunction in the Mets clubhouse, the Jordan Hicks injury and fans rushing the field (12:36). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (45:15).
Highs and Lows: 6/24/19
Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis, the Mets' continued issues and the sinking Phillies (17:10). Plus, an interview with Angels IF Tommy La Stella (34:18) and a "Uni Quiz" with Todd Radom (36:37).
Foreign Threat: 6/21/19
Before a conversation with Rays OF Austin Meadows (41:32), Buster discusses the possibility of the Rays splitting time between TB and Montreal with Marc Topkin (10:04) & Boog Sciambi (18:04). Plus, Boog weighs in on Madison Bumgarner's future, Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis & more.
Max Effort: 6/20/19
Before hearing from Xander Bogaerts (34:31) and Hunter Pence (49:48), Buster talks to Keith Law about Max Scherzer's toughness, if the Nationals should sell at the deadline and "extraterrestrial" baseballs (12:35). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (42:46).
South Side Story: 6/19/19
Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the emergence of Eloy Jimenez, the Yankees' powerful lineup and the umpire union's response to Manny Machado (12:58). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals (33:00), "Hembo Knows" (47:48) and the latest Power 10 (53:18).
Take Two: 6/18/19
Before speaking with Yankees GM Brian Cashman about the Encarnacion trade and the pitching market (31:55), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about Manny Machado's suspension and the Mets' struggles (12:36). Plus, Buster plays "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (46:01).
Power Purchase: 6/17/19
Before hearing from Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (32:05), Buster and Tim Kurkjian assess the Edwin Encarnacion trade from both sides and talk about Hyun-jin Ryu's dominance (12:52). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (44:24).
The Way It Is: 6/14/19
Buster speaks to Karl Ravech about covering the College World Series and ASG voting (10:34). Plus, Jessica Mendoza previews the weekend (35:16).
Before a discussion with Twins P Jake Odorizzi (34:35), Buster and Joel Sherman discuss the red hot Braves, the developing trade market and more (13:16). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:19).
Deal With It: 6/12/19
Before talking to Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos (24:16), Buster and Boog Sciambi discuss Boston's struggles, Corey Seager's injury and more (10:49). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (34:52) and the latest Power 10 (41:16).
Status Check: 6/11/19
After getting the latest on David Ortiz's condition from Marly Rivera (11:23), Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the ridiculous power surge in the majors, the Dodgers' bullpen weaknesses and more (18:50). Plus, David Ross on Big Papi (34:10) and Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:34).
Before hearing from Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt (28:02) Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the latest with David Ortiz, the war of words between Madison Bumgarner & Max Muncy, Dallas Keuchel's pointed words about his negotiations and more (10:15). Plus, Cap Talk with Todd Radom (31:40).
Brave New World: 6/7/19
Buster talks to Karl Ravech about the Dallas Keuchel deal, Craig Kimbrel and more (10:18). Plus, Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to talk about his dad, Cody Bellinger & more (31:20).
Done Deal: 6/6/19
Buster talks to Bob Nightengale about the Craig Kimbrel signing, what it means for Dallas Keuchel and more (11:20). Plus, Sarah Langs' Numbers Game (23:03) and Keith Law with thoughts on the Kimbrel deal as well as a draft recap (28:59).
The Good Guys: 6/5/19
Buster talks to Matt Vasgersian about a major milestone for Bruce Bochy, where the Phillies go from here and more (10:24). Plus, Boog Sciambi on the Clint Frazier controversy and more (25:10), Paul Hembekides (46:31) and the latest Power 10 rankings (51:46).
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