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