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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

Location:

Bristol, CT

Description:

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

Language:

English


Episodes

Hermetically Sealed Baseballs

7/2/2020
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the possibility of calling Sunday Night Baseball at home, Sean Doolittle’s apprehension of playing, continued mistrust between the players and MLB, what seems unrealistic under the health and safety protocols, and field mics (4:01). Plus, Todd Radom drops by to mourn the loss of the minor league season, talk Tropicana Field and administer the weekly quiz (27:36).

Duration:00:43:58

Minor League Season Canceled, Front Office Diversity, Differences Between KBO and MLB

7/1/2020
Buster is joined by Hembo to discuss the Minor League Baseball season's cancellation, the existential threat to the minors and why taking Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ name off the MVP trophy is a no-brainer (2:20). Then, Karl Ravech drops by to talk about the differences between covering MLB and the KBO, and keeping an eye on the COVID-19 positive test rate as players report to camp. Finally, Joon Lee joins the show to get into the lack of diversity in front offices, treating players as...

Duration:00:47:22

Presidential Name-Drops, Ian Desmond Opts out

6/30/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to name-drop his meetings with presidents and trips to the White House (7:07). Then the guys discuss the players who have opted out of the season, the need for complete transparency with testing results, Ian Desmond's decision not to play and his thoughts on race in baseball, and changes that need to be made to make baseball more accessible.

Duration:00:34:48

Candidates to Hit .400, Already a Lost Season for Many

6/29/2020
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss which players might be able to finish the shortened baseball season batting .400 (2:36). Later, Alden Gonzalez hops on to talk about his series examining how baseball has already been lost for the season for so many across the country, bracing for positive tests across baseball as players begin reporting, and what it would take for the commissioner to shut down the season (14:08).

Duration:00:39:37

A's Reliever Jake Diekman on Playing While Being High-Risk for COVID-19

6/26/2020
A's reliever Jake Diekman joins Buster to discuss his decision to play despite being high-risk for coronavirus. Diekman discusses why he didn't consider opting out, players policing their bubble and pitching relief with no crowd (2:20). Then, Eireann Dolan, wife of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle, hops on to talk about her concerns living under the baseball umbrella after growing up with respiratory issues, and MLB making players decide between salary and service time and family members...

Duration:00:39:14

Fantasy and Reality

6/25/2020
Marly Rivera and USA Today's Bob Nightengale join Buster to talk about the fantasy of baseball getting started smoothly and the reality of playing during a pandemic. Rivera talks about why youth may prevail in a short season and shares players' concerns about spikes in coronavirus across the country (3:04). Nightengale says he thinks every game will be treated like the postseason when it comes to pitching decisions and shares his advice for the next time the players and owners get into the...

Duration:00:36:06

Hardcore Baseball Talk

6/24/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk actual baseball (2:38), including the biggest baseball challenge for all teams getting started, why they're high on the Rays in a short season, pitchers and hitters to watch, and which teams may surprise the league. Plus, they share reactions they've heard around baseball to MLB's plan to start the season, and give their reactions to the new rules and health protocols.

Duration:00:32:08

A Theoretical 60-Game Season

6/23/2020
MLB is implementing a 60-game season. Buster and David Schoenfield react (4:33) to the news and discuss what the lack of an agreement between the two sides means going forward, sub-negotiations for things like universal DH and an expanded playoff, and the dynamics within teams during a shortened season. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about which players may sit out, Trevor Bauer's tweets and the folly of the players pursuing a grievance (20:55).

Duration:00:32:20

Hall of Fame Distractions, COVID-19 Closes Training Camps

6/22/2020
Buster goes full distraction by asking Sarah Langs (6:12) and Karl Ravech (15:54) about the Hall of Fame candidacies of Yadier Molina, Justin Verlander, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Plus, Ravy gives his thoughts on the latest financial and health negotiations between players and owners.

Duration:00:39:32

Tyler Glasnow on Getting His News, Being Ready to Throw Five, the Rays in a Short Season

6/19/2020
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow joins Buster to discuss getting the latest labor negotiation news from his mom, why he's not on social media, having free time in June for the first time since 7th grade, throwing live innings, why he thinks Tampa Bay would be dangerous in a shortened season and his his personal level of concern with the coronavirus (8:34). Plus, Jesse Rogers on the latest between MLB and the players (4:37). And Todd Radom on Wrigley Field and the weekly quiz (26:16).

Duration:00:38:15

Hannah Keyser on Rank-and-File MLB Staffers; Roger Ehrenberg on How He'd Advise Players and Owners

6/18/2020
Yahoo! Sports' Hannah Keyser joins Buster to talk about Rob Manfred and Tony Clark's face-to-face meeting and her story on the feelings of rank-and-file staffers around MLB as negotiations drag on (3:18). Later, venture capitalist Roger Ehrenberg gives his read on the situation, and shares how he'd advise both the players and owners (19:20).

Duration:00:35:06

Clinton Yates on The Pandemic as a Bargaining Chip for the Owners

6/17/2020
Clinton Yates joins Buster to talk about spending time with LaTroy Hawkins, average baseball fans realizing the sport is in a bad place, the owners using the pandemic as a bargaining chip, why it seems like the owners don't actually like baseball and the players being over the drama (3:20). Plus, Hembo compares Rob Manfred to Adam Silver and Roger Goodell, and which players have the most to lose from missing a season (17:41).

Duration:00:33:22

Burn It All Down

6/16/2020
The podcast leads off with Mike Greenberg's full interview with Rob Manfred, who says there's a real risk of no baseball being played in 2020. Then, Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss what he's hearing from players and why they're feeling emboldened in these negotiations, the likelihood of the owners digging in and waiting for the union to collapse, this possibly being the start of a three-year labor war, and scenarios for what happens next (9:24).

Duration:00:30:20

Karl Ravech on "Long Gone Summer," Impasse Between Players and Owners

6/15/2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss ESPN's "Long Gone Summer" and their memories of the summer of 1998, other factors that revitalized baseball after the 1994 strike, and the latest impasse between players and owners in restarting baseball (8:17). Later, Sarah Langs on Buster Posey's Hall of Fame candidacy (34:26). Plus, SVP's conversation with Sammy Sosa (2:44).

Duration:00:47:05

ESPN's Tim Keown on Covering Mark McGwire in 1998

6/12/2020
ESPN's Tim Keown joins Buster to reflect on covering the home run chase of 1998 (14:46). The guys get into the weariness of Mark McGwire and how he never really embraced the moment, the crowds that showed up every game for batting practice, Keown's mental image of a cross-armed Barry Bonds that summer, trying to rundown the steroids story, and Keown's thoughts on baseball's restart negotiations. Plus, Todd Radom on Busch Stadium and the weekly quiz (3:22).

Duration:00:39:03

Kiley McDaniel on Round 1 of the Draft; Mark McGwire on the '98 Home Run Chase

6/11/2020
Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to review the first round of the MLB Draft, discussing what the Orioles did at No. 2, Austin Martin sliding to No. 5, the biggest head scratching pick, the best player still left on the board, and the latest battleground between the players and owners (3:42). Later, in a never-before-heard interview from 2016, Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. talk to Mark McGwire about the 1998 home run chase, including the serendipitous moments of that season, the pressure he felt...

Duration:00:40:59

Former MLB Pitcher Andy Benes on Giving Up HRs to McGwire and Sosa in '98

6/10/2020
Longtime MLB pitcher Andy Benes joins Buster to discuss giving up home runs to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the summer of 1998 (16:00). Benes talks about his scouting reports on McGwire and Sosa, fans and teammates watching McGwire's batting practice, the daily pressure on McGwire on and off the field, and why he's made peace with players who used PEDs. Plus, Hembo on Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. claiming baseball isn't that profitable and which teams lead the league in WAR with draft...

Duration:00:55:34

Bleacher Tweeters on Baseball Restart Talks, Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin

6/9/2020
An All-Star lineup of Bleacher Tweeters join Buster to discuss how they feel about the stalled restart talks between players and owners, and how it impacts their feelings as consumers of Major League Baseball (3:16). Plus, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin talks about Austin Martin, the five-round draft, the $20k cap on undrafted players and the virtual baseball cards he's created honoring medical professionals (25:27).

Duration:00:44:27

Kiley McDaniel Previews the MLB Draft

6/8/2020
Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to talk about how his preparation for the draft is different with the pandemic, how teams are gathering information on players, drafting strategy with only five rounds, teams possibly avoiding paying for draft picks and the scouting report on potential No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson (5:47). Plus, Sarah Langs on which colleges and high schools produce the most major league talent, and how her mom is feeling about getting a baseball season this year (30:36).

Duration:00:44:47

Tim Kurkjian on His Daily Baseball Fix, Bad Blood Between Players and MLB

6/5/2020
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk about the process behind his Daily Baseball Fix (2:23). Then the guys express disbelief and embarrassment at the state restart negotiations between players and the league, and discuss how the disagreements between the two sides date back to the 2016 CBA. Later, Todd Radom joins to talk about the Great American Ball Park and to administer the weekly quiz (21:42).

Duration:00:34:49