Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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

Episode Date
Complete Euphoria
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. possibly returning against the Dodgers, Ronald Acuña Jr. continuing to dazzle, Vlad Guerrero Jr. putting in the work, animosity between the Yankees and Rays, and the lack of transparency with instant replay. Then, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick stops by to share his favorite Jackie Robinson stories. And later, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Apr 16, 2021
American Royalty
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter, Zach Collins only catching 15 MLB games before Rodón’s no-no, the Red Sox’s 8-game winning streak, Corbin Burns, the Braves sliding and why the Atlantic League’s latest rule tinkering is a waste of time. Then, “42” writer and director Brian Helgeland stops by on Jackie Robinson Day to talk with Buster about how he got involved with the project, meeting Rachel Robinson, what made Chadwick Boseman perfect to play Jackie, filming difficult scenes, his conversations with Ralph Branca, and Rachel’s reaction to the movie.
Apr 15, 2021
Face Value
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers’ early season dominance and the team’s similarities to the 2001 Mariners, if we’ve already seen the best pitching matchup of the year with Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito, and a game called “Face Value.” Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how he is officially worried about Javier Baez and Gleyber Torres, and why he thinks Byron Buxton might be the most important player in baseball.
Apr 14, 2021
Chip Shots
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Kevin Gausman putting it together with the Giants, how Aaron Hicks sitting out following the police shooting in Minnesota marks a shift in baseball’s culture, the benefits of MLB admitting it gets calls wrong, Tyler Glasnow putting it all together, Wil Myers’ start in Atlanta, Mike Trout’s consistency and the Cubs’ offense. Then, Sarah Langs talks about “The Ronald Acuña Jr. Show,” Glasnow’s induced swings and misses, and Shohei Ohtani’s serious exit velocity.
Apr 13, 2021
Up In Arms
Tim Kurkjian fills in for a traveling Buster, who calls in from the Atlanta airport to talk about the missed Alec Bohm replay call in Sunday’s Phillies-Braves game and why MLB should say it was wrong, his emotional interview with Freddie Freeman and Freeman’s family, Joe Musgrove grabbing the Padres’ first no-hitter, the versatility of the Red Sox, and Dave Roberts suggesting MLB is targeting Trevor Bauer under its new rule. Later, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper.
Apr 12, 2021
Shadow War
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Michael Conforto getting hit by a pitch to win the game against the Phillies, the Angels continuing its strong start, Yermín Mercedes flat out raking, Trevor Bauer being investigated under the new foreign substance rule and Freddie Freeman. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Chicago American Giants for his Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Apr 09, 2021
Little Roller
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss being the new guy on the Cubs broadcast team, his read on the squad, his thoughts on the mushball, if they believe the story A.J. Preller is telling about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury and Vin Scully’s call of Hank Aaron breaking the home run record. Then, ESPN’s injury expert Stephanie Bell talks about Tatis’ injury and why she’s skeptical he’ll make it through the season. Later, Sarah Langs on the Reds catching her eye, Giancarlo Stanton coming out hot, shutouts at Coors Field and Pablo Sandoval.
Apr 08, 2021
Least Favorite Player in the Majors
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going to the 10-day IL, Nate Lowe’s tear, the budding legend of Akil Baddoo, the Yankees trading for Rougned Odor, the Red Sox’s Patriots Day uniforms and which division will finish with the current standings. Then, Hembo on data points for the mushball, why Odor could be interesting in New York, J.T. Realmuto and Pete Alonso’s defense.
Apr 07, 2021
Friend of Clint Frazier
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going down with an injury, MLB avoiding a slow-drip disaster with the players by moving the All-Star Game, the Angels bandwagon, a strong start for Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom’s excellent debut in a losing effort and the Royals’ lineup. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Francisco Lindor’s historic salary, deGrom’s 100 mph pitches, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homering in the same game, and if the A’s are in trouble. Later, Marly Rivera on the mushball, being back in the ballpark and Yankee fans booing Stanton.
Apr 06, 2021
Polite Fight
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport to discuss Shohei Ohtani’s historic debut on the mound and at the plate, Yermín Mercedes’ monster weekend, the Astros’ sweep of the A’s, a rough weekend for the Red Sox, the Phillies’ promising start, and the dust up between the Cardinals and Reds.
Apr 05, 2021
A Homecoming and a Reunion
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss an exciting Opening Day, the catharsis of having fans in the stands, Ke’Bryan Hayes announcing his presence, the Yankees getting booed, Nationals-Mets being postponed and Karl’s conversation with Rob Manfred. Then, Buster talks to Francisco Lindor about his hair. Todd Radom stops by for this week’s Forgotten Franchise and quiz. Later, MASN’s Roch Kubatko finishes the team-by-team previews with the 2021 Orioles.
Apr 02, 2021
Opening Day 2021
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster on Opening Day to discuss the Nationals’ positive COVID-19 tests, Francisco Lindor signing with the Mets for 10 years and $341 million, Max Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom and their excitement to watch Shohei Otani pitch on Sunday. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Lindor signing, a Padres Opening Day record that could fall, Albert Pujols’ goal of cracking the top-10 in hits and Yankees vs. Mets in New York City. Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin previews the 2021 Rays.
Apr 01, 2021
Deep Breath
David Schoenfield joins Buster on the eve of Opening Day to discuss Steve Cohen publicly putting pressure on Francisco Lindor to sign with the Mets, and David’s bold predictions for the Dodgers, Padres and Cardinals. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the risk for Lindor to turn down the Mets’ offer, Max Scherzer’s strikeout efficiency and why using last year’s results to predict this year is a fool’s errand. Later, Joon Lee previews the 2021 Red Sox.
Mar 31, 2021
An Offer That Starts with Three
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindor’s $325 million decision, Anthony Rizzo turning down an offer from the Cubs, Dustin May getting the No. 5 starter slot over David Price with the Dodgers, and MLB and the MLBPA’s 85 percent vaccination threshold to loosen COVID-19 protocol among teams. Then, a double dose of AL East previews with Meredith Marakovits on the Yankees and Dan Shulman on the Blue Jays.
Mar 30, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the passing of Twins bench coach Mike Bell, the Red Sox scratching Eduardo Rodriguez as its Opening Day starter, Luke Voit’s partial meniscus tear, a seemingly imminent deal for Francisco Lindor, the lack of extension talks for the Cubs’ stars, Joc Pederson’s great spring and if Shohei Otani will bat second. Then, Buster asks Dave Martinez about protecting Juan Soto in the lineup. Later, The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel previews the 2021 Pirates.
Mar 29, 2021
Major League Initiation
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Eloy Jimenez and Nick Anderson’s injuries, why this season could be a war of attrition, and his playoff picks. Then, it’s the debut of the podcast’s feature series with a story on Alex Verdugo. Next, Todd Radom with Forgotten Franchises on the Chicago Whales and the weekly quiz. Later, The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale Jr. previews the 2021 Reds.
Mar 26, 2021
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Lance McCullers signing an $85 million extension, Carlos Correa turning down a $120 million offer from the Astros, MLB trying to identify egregious offenders of the foreign substance rule and its attempt to also get rid of the traditional mud that players use on baseballs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Aaron Nola, Ian Anderson as a dark horse Cy Young candidate and her chalky award picks. Next, Tim Kurkjian goes Rapid Fire with Mookie Betts. Later, FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert previews the 2021 Brewers.
Mar 25, 2021
Give Me the Designated Hitter!
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss more pitchers getting hurt while batting, MLB using analytics to police foreign substances used by pitchers, Scott Servais throwing shade a Trevor Bauer and ESPN’s top 100 players of 2021. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Jacob deGrom vs. Gerrit Cole, his playoff teams and which pitchers MLB may keep tabs on as it looks into foreign substance use. Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Gould on the 2021 Cardinals.
Mar 24, 2021
RBI or RBIs?
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss bullpen breakout candidates for the Blue Jays with Kirby Yates sidelined for multiple weeks, Tim Anderson as a potential MVP candidate, the best outfield arms in the game and a reset for Gary Sanchez. Then, author Andrew Maraniss stops by to talk about his new book “The Singled Out: The True story of Glenn Burke,” the inspiring and tragic story of the first openly gay player in MLB. Later, Marquee Sports Network’s Taylor McGregor previews the 2021 Cubs.
Mar 23, 2021
Too Big to Play Baseball
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Royals extending Salvador Perez and GM Dayton Moore’s thinking behind the move, the battle for the Dodgers’ fifth starting spot, Shohei Otani pitching and leading off, Jacob deGrom’s perfect pitcher’s body, and Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter throwing a no-hitter. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Andrew McCutchen. Later, The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant previews the 2021 Rangers.
Mar 22, 2021
Death to Flying Things
Karl Ravech joins Buster to solve MLB’s problems, discussing the lack of central authority and decision making in baseball on fans in the stands, the baseballs themselves, the lack of a universal DH and why it seems like none of last year’s changes will be implemented. Then, Todd Radom returns for his new segment “Forgotten Franchises” spotlighting the Hartford Dark Blues and the weekly quiz. Later, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jessica Kleinschmidt previews the 2021 Athletics.
Mar 19, 2021
Sitting at an In-N-Out Burger
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the specifics of in-game video returning to the dugout, the uncertainty surrounding the universal DH and if it could be implemented at the 11th hour, and the expectation of injuries after a short season. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on a fantasy baseball recommendation, Jose Alvarado’s Spring Training and Bobby Witt Jr. Later, the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish previews the 2021 Mariners.
Mar 18, 2021
I Thought He Was a Yankees Fan?
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss LeBron James buying into the Red Sox and the clear need more minority owners, Cody Bellinger’s batting new stance, the Royals’ willingness to play Bobby Witt Jr., and which top prospects could make Opening Day rosters. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about who shows poorly in the Crush Quotient and March Madness comparisons for the upcoming season. Later, radio analyst Steve Sparks previews the 2021 Astros.
Mar 17, 2021
Stay Out of My Dreams
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Sixto Sanchez making his Spring Training debut, Ryan Braun’s legacy as he considers retirement, Nick Markakis setting up a ping pong table in the Orioles’ locker room and Shohei Otani launching two home runs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Buster’s Crush Quotient, the Astros’ Opening Day win streak and Mike Trout’s absurd career WAR. Later, Matt Vasgersian previews the 2021 Angels.
Mar 16, 2021
Crush Quotient
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss cleaning softball gear out of her parents’ house, a 22-pitch at bat, Joe Maddon letting Shohei Otani be himself and the Crush Quotient. Then, Buster goes Rapid Fire with Mike Trout on chasing .300, video games and playing golf. Later, AM 570 LA Sports’ David Vassegh stops by to preview the 2021 Dodgers.
Mar 15, 2021
They Don’t Make Stairway To Heavens Anymore
Karl Ravech joins Buster for a deep dive on the experimental rules announced for minor league play, what’s a big deal and what isn’t, spikes in the dirt, testing the automated strike zone, and the overall goal of shortening games. Then, Kiley McDaniel hops on to talk about if Kevin Mathers’ comments on service time manipulation will change anything in 2021, when we’ll see Wander Franco and Andrew Vaughn, and his top MLB Draft prospects. Later, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar stops by to preview the 2021 Rockies.
Mar 12, 2021
Old Man Total Hardo
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Rangers’ peculiar plan for fans in the stands on Opening Day, the Mets practicing a World Series-winning celebration, Juan Soto’s swing and the fragility of the Yankees’ bullpen. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the exciting 22-year-olds in the game, Giancarlo Stanton’s exit velocity and Joey Gallo’s new bat. Later, FOX Sports Arizona’s Steve Berthiaume stops by to preview the 2021 Diamondbacks.
Mar 11, 2021
Penny the Center Fielder
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the new baseball and if it will lead to a decrease in offense, Pete Alonso looking poised for a bounce back year, David Price pitching in whatever role is needed, and ranking the strength of each position. Then, Hembo talks about the three pitchers who stand to benefit the most from the new baseballs and he makes three bold predictions. Later, broadcaster Duane Kuiper stops by for some farm talk and to preview the 2021 Giants.
Mar 10, 2021
Build Your Own Playlist
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Marlins GM Kim Ng’s impact on baseball, Francisco Lindor’s leverage in contract talks, Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger, and José Iglesias bringing a needed edge to the Angels. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Jacob deGrom’s velocity, Shohei Otani’s pitching debut and Tim Anderson. Later, Fox Sports San Diego’s Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to preview the 2021 Padres.
Mar 09, 2021
Born In England
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss his thoughts Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah, Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez breaking COVID-19 protocol, injuries he’s worried about, Gary Sanchez’s teammates talking him up and Trevor Bauer pitching with one eye closed. Then, Kurkjian goes rapid fire with Clayton Kershaw on his drawing skills, NL West rivalries, his spin rate and building the perfect Dodgers pitcher. Later,'s Jason Beck stops by to preview the 2021 Detroit Tigers.
Mar 08, 2021
Thick Guy
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Juan Soto’s maturity, Francisco Lindor coaching up his teammates, Rio Gomez pushing for the big leagues, Pete Alonso looking sharp and the Astros possibly losing Framber Valdez for an extended period. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper on learning to be a dad during baseball’s shutdown, the importance of re-signing J.T. Realmuto and what has to happen for the Phillies to win the NL East. Later, Minnesota’s radio play-by-play voice Cory Provus stops by to preview the 2021 Twins.
Mar 05, 2021
Transition Year
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Jackie Bradley Jr. signing with the Brewers, Milwaukee doing good work on a smaller payroll, why the Cubs should be sellers even if they’re in the mix, Dave Dombrowski changing the Phillies’ culture and expanded playoffs being declared dead (for now). Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s projected home runs, Framber Valdez’s injury and the Nationals’ new-look offense. Finally, The Kansas City Star's Lynn Worthy on the 2021 Kansas City Royals.
Mar 04, 2021
Smelly Lines
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss if Andrew Vaughn could make the White Sox’s Opening Day roster, the best athletes in baseball history and more allegations facing Mickey Callaway. Then, Hembo tops by to talk about Cody Bellinger’s NL MVP odds, the Rays’ AL East odds and Jared Kelenic’s ROY odds. Finally, Len Kasper on the 2021 White Sox.
Mar 03, 2021
Pimple Amid Perfection
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss how the lack of routine hurt players last season, if the Cubs could be sellers at the trade deadline and her feature on Trevor Bauer’s agent Rachel Luba. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the last Yankees pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts, Zack Greinke joining the 10/10 club as a pitcher and Shane Bieber. Finally, Mandy Bell stops by to talk about the 2021 Cleveland Indians.
Mar 02, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Vi Ripken’s passing, Trey Mancini’s return, his schedule as Spring Training games are underway, the gap between the really good teams and really bad teams in baseball, and why the Royals will be better than people think. Then, Marlins’ play-by-play announcer Paul Severino stops by to talk about growing up in Bristol, CT, what changed for Miami last season, the organizational depth accumulated over the past few seasons, the team’s starting pitching and expectations for the Opening Day lineup.
Mar 01, 2021
Still Underrated
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss who would be good on a mic’d up Spring Training broadcast, expanding the playoff, MiLB teams being trimmed and Carlos Correa. Then, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about why Alex Cora is the perfect manager for Rafael Devers and the relaxed vibe at Yankees camp. Finally, Jeff Francoeur gets into the 2021 Braves, why Atlanta is the team to beat in the NL East, the biggest concern for the team, expectations for Ronald Acuña Jr. and re-signing Freddie Freeman.
Feb 26, 2021
A Fart in Church
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Shohei Otani's return and his future if he's shut down again, Jarred Kelenic's comments on the Mariners' service time manipulation and the Dodgers' willingly going over the luxury tax. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Juan Soto's OPS+, Otani and the Dodgers' odds of repeating. Later, Nationals' broadcaster F.P. Santangelo talks about confronting and then befriending Pedro Gomez, what’s left to conquer for Juan Soto as a hitter, keys for Washington's defense and that time he hosted Tom Brady after he was drafted by the Expos.
Feb 25, 2021
Dog Days of February
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss their collective confusion as to why the Yankees are making a big gamble with its rotation, the slow early days of Spring Training, Aaron Judge’s health and if the Mariners should put Jared Kelenic on the Opening Day roster. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about why Fernando Tatis Jr.’s contract is bad for baseball, teams he thinks will regress this season, and the record number of non-tendered players in 2019 and 2020. Finally, Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy hits on J.T. Realmuto’s control of the game, if an average Phillies bullpen makes them postseason contenders, the need for Rhys Hoskins to replicate his performance at the end of last season and why Bryce Harper has been the least of the Phillies’ worries.
Feb 24, 2021
Everybody Loves Freddie
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Freddie Freeman’s “twins with a twist,” Kevin Mathers resigning as CEO of the Mariners, if Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new deal makes it easier or more difficult for the Mets to sign Francisco Lindor and Mike Trout committing to improving his defense. Next, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Albert Pujols’ career WAR, the Mets’ playoff odds and what went wrong for Christian Yelich in 2020. Finally, SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins the show to talk about the Mets’ offseason moves, why the future is so bright for the team, how Lindor dramatically improves the defense and pitching, and where Noah Syndergaard stands coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 23, 2021
Willing To Spend
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if he’s related to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mathers’ offensive comments and his admission of service time manipulation, Clayton Kershaw saying he intends to pitch after 2021, the sustainability of what the Padres are doing, and Tim’s thoughts on the NL East. Then, The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli talks about her story of being sexually harassed by an Orioles player, the response to the story, why this is only the tip of the iceberg and the need for baseball to forge ahead with a zero-tolerance policy.
Feb 22, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci on 2021 MLB Outlook
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Buster to talk about his favorite baseball player, if we’ll see fans in the stands this season, what he would say to players who are reluctant to get vaccinated and staying on Max Scherzer’s good side. Then, Alden Gonzalez gets into the league’s reaction to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract, why it’s a triumph for the Padres and Tim Tebow hanging up his spikes. Next, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash compares this year’s Spring Training to Spring Training 2.0, what the win projections miss about his team, and moving on from Blake Snell and Charlie Morton. Finally, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discusses hearing from Mike Krzyzewski after winning the World Series, Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers-Padres rivalry and what he sees in Tatis as a young player.
Feb 19, 2021
Birthday Boy
Buster is joined by Hembo to discuss team win totals for the 2021 season, why this is the stingiest offseason ever and how free agency as we know it may be broken. Then, David Schoenfield hops on to talk about the Mets, Cardinals, Orioles and Angels’ offseasons, win totals that he’s interested in and Clayton Kershaw’s comments on “non-competitive behavior.” The Baseball Tonight Podcast will return to its daily format starting Friday, February 19 with special guest Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Feb 17, 2021
Remembering Pedro Gomez
ESPN producer Charlie Moynihan joins Buster to discuss the passing of Pedro Gomez, how Moynihan got to know Gomez, their good times together on the road, covering Barry Bonds and the BALCO scandal, and the outpouring of emotion following his death. Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Gomez, including meeting him while they were newspaper writers, Gomez never being afraid to ask difficult questions, his love for the Tigers growing up, his family and the pride he had for son getting to the major leagues. Tim and Buster also hit on the decisions made about another pandemic season, Trevor Bauer signing with the Dodgers and the risk Bauer is taking on by not signing for a long-term deal.
Feb 10, 2021
Rotten Core
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the latest between MLB and the players’ union, what they think the endgame for the union is, a brief history of the fight between the league and the union, his story on Drew Robinson, how he pursued Robinson’s story, his first conversation with Robinson over FaceTime and the vivid details Robinson remembers from trying to take his own life. Then, Sarah Langs hops on talk about the number of free agents still unsigned, the impact Nolan Arenado will have on the Cardinals and the Angels’ incremental moves. Finally, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold gives the full scoop on St. Louis trading for Arenado, what the Cardinals sent to Colorado and the PR nightmare facing the Rockies.
Feb 03, 2021
Not Very Much Fun Anymore
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk about no one being voted into the Hall of Fame, Curt Schilling requesting to be removed from the ballot, why the Hall should act as the moral arbiter not the writers, the Yankees’ latest moves and Marcus Semien signing in Toronto. Then, Jeff Passan hops on to discuss joining Buster in not voting for the Hall, J.T. Realmuto re-signing with the Phillies, who is left to sign Trevor Bauer and the league barreling toward a work-stoppage. Later, Hall of Fame Jim Palmer stops by to share stories of Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Bob Gibson and Tommy Lasorda. Finally, Hembo on Realmuto, his favorite Aaron stat, and George Springer’s big contract.
Jan 27, 2021
A Tremendous Void
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and Tim Kurkjian join Buster to remember the life of Henry Aaron. Kendrick shares how Aaron was his childhood idol growing up in Georgia, stories from time they spent together, and the weight Aaron carried performing at a high level while facing hatred and death threats. And Kurkjian details the time Aaron joined him and the ESPN team in the broadcasting booth. Then, Eduardo Pérez stops by to talk about telling his father — Hall of Famer Tony Pérez — the news of Aaron’s passing, his memories of that night in the broadcast booth with Aaron, Aaron’s front office legacy, what he’ll remember about him as a player, asking for his autograph and the doors Aaron opened for others. 
Jan 22, 2021
It’s Not Good Enough
Jess Mendoza talks to Buster about the Mets firing Jared Porter for sexually harassing a reporter, the emotions she felt when the story broke, why more women don’t speak up similar situations, the need for structural changes in the sport and her belief that things will be different going forward (6:40). Next, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about life as a grandparent, Porter, the Blue Jays signing George Springer, if the Yankees are done making additions, his top five teams right now and the passing of Don Sutton (25:46). Then, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on the Porter situation and teams under the most pressure to make moves before the season (41:41). Finally, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on when he heard the Blake Snell news, the dynamic between the Padres and Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr. can push himself to be even better and building on the 2020 season (52:55).
Jan 20, 2021
Understated Charisma
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Spring Training starting on schedule, Corey Kluber trying to prove that he’s healthy and the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor. Then, 12-year MLB veteran Alex Avila hops on to talk about his godfather Tommy Lasorda, staying patient in free agency, his outlook on another pandemic season and catching for Justin Verlander in Detroit. Later, Hembo quibbles with Buster’s top 10 position rankings.
Jan 14, 2021
I Can’t Find My…
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss to being named the new play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, his run-in with Harry Caray in a restroom, the Padres looking like a superhero team-up and the slow winter market. Then Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about when Spring Training may start, the arms race between the Padres and Dodgers and if Los Angeles will re-sign Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger. Later, Hembo on no players being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals at an impasse and Trevor Story.
Jan 06, 2021
Baseball with Snow on the Ground
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Negro League’s recognition by MLB, Cleveland officially dropping the “Indians” nickname, the Mets, Phillies and Ranges hiring new GMs, standout moves from the offseason thus far and the continued labor strife. Then, Sarah Langs gets into Curt Schilling likely falling short of the Hall of Fame, Ke'Bryan Hayes’ under-the-radar season and another astounding Juan Soto stat. Later, Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino talks about his published photos from the pandemic-shortened season, his favorite pictures and D.J. LeMahieu.
Dec 17, 2020
Not as Bad of a Blood Bath
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss free agency, the official dismantling of the Cubs World Series core, the Yankees tendering Gary Sanchez and Charlie Morton’s one-year deal with the Braves (2:50). Then, Dan Shulman hops on to talk about what the Blue Jays will do this offseason, which free agents would fit the best in Toronto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s weight loss (17:48). Later, Hembo stops by to hit on Kyle Schwarber, frontrunners in NL East and Central and if there’s any hope for the Angels under new management (26:44).
Dec 03, 2020
It’s Complicated
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to discuss new Mets owners Steve Cohen declaring war on the NL East, the excitement level of Mets fans and who the team could land in free agency with its new resources (6:40). Then, Jeff Passan stops by to talk about Devin Williams winning NL Rookie of the Year, the non-tender date being a ticking time bomb, which teams are going to spend money this winter and the Phillies confusing front office situation (14:29). Plus, Hembo on why he thinks the writers got the MVPs wrong (39:10).
Nov 13, 2020
One Last Time
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Justin Turner refusing to stay isolated during the postgame celebration, his take on the Blake Snell situation after covering the Rays during the World Series and free agency already looking ugly for the players (8:15). Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about the wackiest season ever, giving credit to the teams for adapting to an usual lifestyle while playing, their concern for the sport and if Turner will be suspended (22:33). Next, Hembo stops by to be the only person in civilization to defend Kevin Cash (35:14). And finally, Todd Radom administers the last quiz of the season (42:31).
Oct 29, 2020
Married to Analytics
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Kevin Cash’s decision to pull Blake Snell, how analytical decisions are dividing baseball fans, if the championship means more to Dave Roberts or Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner returning to the World Series celebration after a positive COVID test (12:55). Then, Jake Odorizzi talks about what he saw in Snell’s stuff early on, if he thought Cash would pull Snell, if the decision will cause a rift between player and manager, and where the game is as an entertainment product (31:41). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Dodgers’ winning percentage, Mookie Betts’ home run and her favorite stat of the entire season (45:08).
Oct 28, 2020
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the consistent force of the Dodgers lineup, Blake Snell being pulled early if he gets into trouble, Dave Roberts’ pitching strategy, why Austin Barnes should start at catcher in game six, Manuel Margot being half an inch away from stealing home, layoffs in ticket offices and Tony LaRussa being rumored for the White Sox job (5:33). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about possible vindication for Clayton Kershaw and Snell’s magic number (21:40). 
Oct 27, 2020
I Shrieked, As I Often Do
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss calling a chaotic final play in Game 4 of the World Series, why the Rays walking off felt like a college basketball game, Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5, Dave Roberts’ move to replace Kershaw with Dustin May and Tyler Glasnow’s inability to command the strike zone (10:09). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the cost of failing to steal home, the Dodgers scoring with two outs and Tampa Bay’s homer-centric offense failing them in Game 5. (30:50) Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Walker Buehler being the Derek Jeter of postseason pitchers, struggling to describe the Game 4 ending, Manuel Margot’s failed steal of home and Randy Arozarena’s 28 playoff hits (37:16). 
Oct 26, 2020
Catch During Mud Season in Front of a Sugar House
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss pitching with Kevin Kiermaier as his center fielder, the Rays developmental philosophy, his thoughts on rule changes from the short season possibly becoming permanent and Charlie Morton’s cold-bloodedness (6:54). Then, Chris Singleton hops on to talk about Morton vs. Walker Buehler in game three, if the series pendulum has swung back toward the Rays and the first time he met Cody Bellinger (24:17). Plus, Todd Radom with the weekly quiz (34:31).
Oct 23, 2020
Big, Long Exhale
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss why it’s driving her crazy she can’t be in the stadium, Brandon Lowe exhaling after breaking out of his slump and why the Rays need him to win the series, Charlie Morton’s advantage and Walker Buehler’s disadvantage going into game three, Blake Snell pitching in the strike zone, Aaron Loup striking out Cody Bellinger, and MadBum vs. Mr. October (9:19).
Oct 22, 2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Rays bringing a knife to a gun fight, Mookie Betts completing the circle with the Dodgers, Tyler Glasnow throwing balls in the dirt, Brandon Lowe’s struggles, Jeff Luhnow again denying he knew about the Astros cheating and Steve Cohen’s official approval to buy the Mets (8:00). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Betts (34:33).
Oct 21, 2020
Hall of Famers vs. Island of Misfits Toys
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to preview the World Series, discussing the payroll disparity between the Dodgers and Rays, the Rays bullpen advantage, the potential for the Dodgers to explode offensively, what’s at stake for Clayton Kershaw, and how the Dodgers should pitch to Randy Arozarena (7:13). Plus, Hembo on Arozarena being the toughest out in this World Series, what stands out about both lineups and why he thinks we’ll see some crazy endings (25:56).
Oct 20, 2020
Hotel Parking Lot Rocky
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss an exciting game seven between the Dodgers and the Braves, Mookie Betts’ brilliant defense, Dave Roberts leaving Julio Urías in for the 9th inning, the bright future for the Braves, Charlie Morton’s dominance in game seven against the Astros, Randy Arozarena winning the ALCS MVP, if the off days in the World Series advantages either team and the 2021 class of free agent shortstops (14:56). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and talks about the best World Series player of all time (33:28).
Oct 19, 2020
Buster T. Bison
Mark Teixeira joins Buster to discuss the regular season-feel to the postseason with teams playing every day, Bryce Wilson attacking the strike zone, Dave Roberts leaving Clayton Kershaw out too long, Kershaw’s legacy, the ying and yang of watching Dusty Baker and the Astros, expectations for the upcoming free agent market, and what he would do with Gary Sanchez this offseason (13:24). Later, the pod’s ballpark tour ends as Todd Radom and the guys visit Sahlen Field in Buffalo and knock out one last weekly quiz (26:42).
Oct 16, 2020
Someone Punched Me in the Face
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to talk about her assessment of Jose Altuve, George Springer coming up clutch in game four, how the Braves should arrange its starting rotation going forward in the series and the Dodgers hitters looking relieved (9:45). Then, Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi hops on to discuss Dusty Baker keeping Zack Greinke in the game, how the Dodgers attacked Kyle Wright, what he would say to Wright after the game three shelling, and what he’ll be watching from Clayton Kershaw as he returns from back spasms (20:31).
Oct 15, 2020
How Late Were You Up?
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Jose Altuve’s fielding yips, the Rays’ suffocating defense, if the Dodgers’ near-comeback was a moral victory, Walker Buehler’s back spasms, Freddie Freeman being locked in and if A.J. Hinch will land with the White Sox (11:25). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Tuesday night’s games (29:04).
Oct 14, 2020
Tight Pants
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why Joe Morgan was the perfect player, the White Sox basically firing Rick Renteria and if they’d considering hiring A.J. Hinch, the Braves’ no longer middling pitching, the Dodgers’ bullpen, the Rays taking control of the series, and Jose Altuve’s defense (11:37). Plus, Hembo hops on to talk about Morgan having greatest two-year stretch of any modern infielder, and his takeaways from Monday’s games (29:17).
Oct 13, 2020
Karmic Revenge
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Tampa Bay’s win over Houston in game one of the ALCS, how the Rays finally halted the Astros’ offense, the palpable tension in game 5 of the ALDS, what’s next for the Yankees this offseason, the Braves’ chances to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS and Alex Anthopoulos’ patience bearing fruit (6:11). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game (25:47).
Oct 12, 2020
Sexy, Attractive, Electrifying
Michael Kay joins Buster to discuss game five of the ALDS between the Yankees and Rays, why he’s confident in Gerrit Cole on short rest, how a win tonight will rescue Aaron Boone’s game two platooning, what he expects from Tyler Glasgow, Tampa needing Brandon Lowe to breakout and the Astros advancing to the ALCS (12:41). Later, Todd Radom hops on to talk about his new hockey (?!) book, baseball needing a polarizing villain like Houston and if the AL teams should fear the Dodgers or Braves more (24:02). 
Oct 09, 2020
Sense of Smell
Karl Ravech joins Buster Olney to discuss calling games on the radio for the first time since college, the emotion of Dodgers-Padres, the A’s coming back from the dead, Randy Arozarena’s tear, second-guessing Aaron Boone’s decision to platoon his pitchers in game two and Ian Anderson’s confidence (16:19). Later, The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin hops on to talk about the hunger for a title in L.A., MLB’s plan to allow fans in the stands at the World Series and the reorganization of the minor leagues (39:47).
Oct 08, 2020
Purest Form of Playoff Baseball
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss putting himself in place of a pitcher when watching the postseason, the Yankees overthinking using Deivi García as an opener, the challenge of playing without days off in a series, how to pitch to Giancarlo Stanton when he’s on a tear, why he’s not surprised the Astros are on the verge of another ALCS, Ronald Acuña Jr. getting hit and the market for his services this offseason (15:33). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game (40:07)
Oct 07, 2020
Boxing Analogies
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Theo Epstein signaling he’s in the twilight of his time with the Cubs, the Brewers cutting payroll, the Yankees raking through three playoff games, the Rays’ bullpen management, Deivi García starting for New York in game two, Houston’s bullpen bouncing back and Fernando Tatis Jr. vs. the Dodgers’ pitching (11:57). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about major offseason changes looming for the Cubs, Marlins-Braves, Padres-Dodgers and what kind of GM he’d like to see with the Phillies (28:17).
Oct 06, 2020
Fearsome and Ferocious
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster Olney to discuss the passing of Cardinals legend Bob Gibson, renaming the MVP award for Frank Robinson, Phillies GM Matt Klentak “resigning,” the big questions facing the Cubs in the offseason and the division series ranked by animus between the teams (7:10). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and gives her picks for the division series (33:02).
Oct 05, 2020
Bare-Knuckle Brawl
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Padres’ comeback win, how a homer in an empty ballpark plays differently, vintage Clayton Kershaw, Matt’s relief the A’s won an elimination game and calling two marathon playoff games in one day (11:55). Later, Todd Radom hops on to analyze a clip of Lou Gehrig “confirming” Babe Ruth called his shot, talk about Target field and administer the weekly quiz (34:36).
Oct 02, 2020
The Adventures of Vasgersian, A-Rod & Buster
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss a marathon day of baseball, a spectacular game between the Yankees and Indians, the competitive arrogance of the Rays, Carlos Correa embracing his inner villain, the Twins’ 18-straight playoff losses, and Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger going down for San Diego (13:50). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the A’s winner-take-all losing streak, the strikeouts in Reds-Braves and Minnesota’s postseason futility (33:29).
Oct 01, 2020
Fall Frenzy
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Yankees shelling Shane Bieber, the Astros surviving against the Twins despite appearing to be on the ropes, Yuli Gurriel signing a one-year deal to stay in Houston, the Rays being the Rays making hitters miss and the White Sox impressing after limping into the playoffs (9:51). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the NL series (26:52).
Sep 30, 2020
Who Turned Off the WiFi?
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why the Red Sox would be crazy not to bring Alex Cora back, the duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, Jesús Luzardo starting for the A’s in game one, the Blue Jays’ pitching strategy, and if the Twins can snap its 16-game postseason losing streak (7:36). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the AL series (26:52).
Sep 29, 2020
Regular Season Finish Line
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if the Red Sox will hire Alex Cora after firing Ron Roenicke, if Dave Dombrowski is a lock to be the newest GM of the Angels, what’s next for the Phillies, why there’s no excuse for the Mets missing the playoffs and the most intriguing postseason matchups (6:44). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers game with notes on the baby Blue Jays, Juan Soto’s batting title and the best pitcher on the planet (27:06). 
Sep 28, 2020
Staying Relevant
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays clinching a postseason berth, the White Sox floundering, NL teams scrapping for the final playoff spots, Walker Buehler’s performance against the A’s, Yadier Molina’s 2,000th hit and which of Vin Scully’s memorabilia he would buy (10:13). Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold stops by to talk about the Cardinals’ playoff permutations and how their pitching depth has kept them in the hunt (27:25).
Sep 25, 2020
Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Trevor Bauer taking the NL Cy Young mantle, what Jacob deGrom needs to do in his last start to surpass Bauer, another gem from Shane Bieber, Sandy Alderson’s return to the Mets under Steve Cohen, Mike Clevinger’s injury and the fight for the final playoff spots in the NL (6:02).
Sep 24, 2020
Ted Williams of 2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Andrelton Simmons opting out with a few games to play, if the Yankees’ historical dominance over the Twins in the playoffs will mean anything if they meet in the postseason, the most disappointing teams this season, Juan Soto’s killer year and who he likes for MVP in each league (6:05). Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Guaranteed Rate Field and to administer the weekly quiz (26:06).
Sep 23, 2020
The Legend of Alejandro Kirk
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss, Alejandro Kirk’s spectacular debut for the Blue Jays, why Justin Verlander’s injury may mark the beginning of the end of the Astros’ window and if the Rockies will try to dump Nolan Arenado’s salary in the offseason (7:12). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about why Jacob deGrom should be the NL Cy Young winner, a troubling trend for Gerrit Cole and what the loss of Matt Chapman means for the A’s.
Sep 22, 2020
Forget This Ever Happened
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss why he can’t take his eyes off the Marlins, why the Reds are the Indians of the NL, the NL Cy Young Race, anemic hitting across the league, night games at Wrigley, Josh Donaldson going off on umpires, Ron Gardenhire’s abrupt retirement and Justin Verlander undergoing Tommy John surgery. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Padres’ postseason drought, Luke Voit leading the league in homers and Garret Crochet’s debut.
Sep 21, 2020
Pit Stop in Kansas City
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss his pitching strategy for the first round of the playoffs, Josh Donaldson’s ejection after hitting a home run and kicking dirt on home plate, the White Sox clinching a playoff spot, Javier Baez rounding into form, the end of Jon Lester’s time with the Cubs, and another possible Yankees-Twins matchup in the postseason. Later, Todd Radom joins the show to talk about Kauffman Stadium and to administer the weekly quiz.
Sep 18, 2020
One Million
Eduardo Peréz joins Buster to discuss the jersey collection he’s amassed while calling games at home, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s poor September, why the Marlins are dangerous coming down the home stretch, and the pitching-catching combination of Gerrit Cole and Kyle Higashioka. Later, Jason Benetti drops by to talk about why the Yankees look like the biggest postseason threat to the White Sox and Tim Anderson’s development into an MVP candidate.
Sep 17, 2020
I Collect Art
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss his idea of Steve Cohen reaching out Brian Cashman for the Mets GM job, Kenley Jansen getting the save against San Diego, the rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres, the playoff bubble and new postseason strategies with teams playing every day, and Derek Jeter’s Tampa Bay house hitting the market for $29 million (8:36). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Yankees scoring 20, the Brewers’ offense and Jacob deGrom (28:42).
Sep 16, 2020
Concert Waiver
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Padres-Dodgers series, Trent Grisham’s home run off Clayton Kershaw, the White Sox increasing its division lead over the Twins, if seeding matters in the AL without a home field advantage, Yankees-Blue Jays and Steve Cohen set to purchase the Mets (9:31). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about his mixed feelings on Grisham “showing up” Kershaw, Cody Bellinger’s struggles at the plate, Cleveland’s historic pitching and historically bad outfield, and why Nelson Cruz is still at the peak of his powers (28:38).
Sep 15, 2020
Growth Spurt and Gym Membership
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Alec Mills' unlikely no-hitter, Matt Chapman's injury, the Rays being the best team in the AL despite hitting a snag, the Dodgers' eternal bitterness about losing the World Series to the Astros, why Ian Anderson is the most important rookie in the NL and Nelson Cruz leading the league in home runs (9:47). Then, Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about Albert Pujols and the how the Angels should handle its aging superstar, and the huge Dodgers-Padres series starting tonight (25:18).
Sep 14, 2020
Doubleheader Fatalist
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to talk about the Dodgers being a little too cute sticking Mookie Betts at second base, if we’ll see any ugliness between the Dodgers and Astros this weekend, if Zack Greinke is a Hall of Famer, why he’d take Juan Soto over Ronald Acuña Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., micing up players, and an interesting baseball memorabilia anniversary (8:25). Next, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Comerica Park and to administer the weekly quiz (30:24). Later, the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome calls in from the West Coast to hit on Dusty Baker navigating this strange season, the Astros’ lineup struggling to hit for power and Justin Verlander’s return (39:12).
Sep 11, 2020
You Seem Very Clean
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Atlanta’s 29-run night, the remarkable feat of completing a season during a pandemic, what changes implemented this year are here to stay, Trevor Bauer chirping, why he thinks the White Sox are the best team in the AL and Justin Timberlake leading the charge for a team in Nashville (8:29). Later, Michael Kay drops by to talk about Gleyber Torres’ poor play, Gary Sanchez’s inability to hit a middle-middle pitch, the Yankees resting players as they are spiraling, why he thinks the team will still make the playoffs and how Steve Cohen buying the Mets will affect business in the Bronx (26:40).
Sep 10, 2020
Bitterness Scale
Dave Schoenfield joins Buster to remember Roberto Clemente as he’s set to be honored by MLB (5:08). Then they get into Sixto Sanchez’s torrid start, the battle in the NL East, Dave’s thoughts on the playoff system, the Yankees playing everyone into contention, Gary Sanchez’s horrific season and the stars aligning for J.T. Realmuto in free agency. Later, Hembo stops by to discuss Sanchez’s stuff, how bitter he’ll be if Realmuto doesn’t re-sign with the Phillies, the versatility of the Rays and Clemente’s right arm (22:19).
Sep 09, 2020
We Don’t Smile Enough
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the passing of Lou Brock, the time he chatted up Tim and his son Jeff, his base stealing arrogance and why a player like him wouldn’t exist in today’s game. Then they get into MLB honoring Roberto Clemente, the Yankees’ tailspin, Mike Rizzo being tossed from a private box and his thoughts on the AL Central (5:18). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Games with notes on Kyle Hendricks, the Blue Jays’ 10-run inning and how Fernando Tatis Jr. could be the young MVP ever (23:18).
Sep 08, 2020
Beige Ballpark
Jesse Rogers joins Buster Olney to discuss the evolution of Yu Darvish since arriving in Chicago, how he’s come out of his shell and concerns for the Cubs as October looms (4:55). Plus, the guys get into the Yankees’ pitching woes, the Phillies honoring Dick Allen, Bert Blyleven exiting the Twins TV booth and why they feel the baseball has been bad this season. Later, Todd Radom talks about Angel Stadium of Anaheim and administers the weekly quiz (30:54).
Sep 04, 2020
Greatest Met of All Time
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss Tom Seaver’s passing, his larger than life presence, throwing a complete game for his 300th win and his connection with Mets fans (7:35). Plus, the guys get into how they felt about the suspensions handed down for the Yankees and Rays, and Boog’s work fighting ALS. Plus, Hembo on Seaver being traded in his prime, Jon Lester earning his contract, Alec Bohm’s outstanding contact and Bryce Harper mic’d up (24:39).
Sep 03, 2020
From Sapling to Booming Maple
Karl Ravech joins Sarah Langs to discuss psychological edge the Rays have on the Yankees and the postgame bench-clearing on Tuesday night, the Phillies pulling it together and making a run at the NL East crown, and the NL MVP race between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto (6:17). Later,’s Mandy Bell hops on to talk about Cleveland’s return for Mike Clevinger and how organization is always striving to keep the farm system stocked, the team’s offensive struggles, the tight race in the AL Central, and if Shane Bieber has any challengers for the Cy Young (30:14).
Sep 02, 2020
Teams on the Bubble
David Schoenfield and Sarah Langs join Buster after the trade deadline for a roundtable discussion. The gangs talks about how the Padres have emerged as a very strong No. 2 team in the NL, what Mike Clevinger brings to San Diego, the Reds trading for Archie Bradley and signaling it's still in the hunt, which Mike Minor the A's will see, why the Yankees were right to stand pat, Cleveland decreasing its World Series chances, the Braves not bolstering its starting pitching, the Rangers hanging onto Lance Lynn and their post-trade deadline World Series picks.
Sep 01, 2020
Deals That Are Already Done
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk about Steven Cohen reportedly buying the Mets and possibly making a splash in free agency, the Padres being aggressive at the deadline, the A’s trading for Tommy LaStella, Aaron Boone’s emotional press conference, and how Bryce Harper saved the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast (9:40).
Aug 31, 2020
Please Dear Leader, Do Not Hurt Us
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss baseball’s evolving response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the lack of a collective conversation in MLB that’s seen in the NBA, the Players Alliance, the need for collaborative conversation league-wide, how the disparate responses tie into the CBA, Brodie Van Wagenen’s hot mic moment and the Mets’ capitulating response, and the enormous frustration with Rob Manfred across baseball (9:46). Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Progressive Field and administer the weekly quiz (29:38).
Aug 28, 2020
Gas Pumps Shut Off East of the Highway
Marly Rivera joins Buster to talk about pivotal day in U.S. professional sports as MLB teams protested over the shooting of Jacob Blake (8:03). They get into how Black and African American players in baseball are often afraid to speak out, how Mookie Betts and the Dodgers are shaping the player protests, and Aaron Judge’s calf tweak. Then, Jesse Rogers drops by to discuss his eerie drive to Milwaukee after the Brewers announced they wouldn’t be playing, Anthony Rizzo hitting politicians in his postgame presser, and his interest in teams that might sell at the deadline and still be in the playoff hunt (18:42). Later, Jason Benetti shares what it was like to call Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter and this year’s exciting White Sox team (32:21).
Aug 27, 2020
Padres of the American League
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Giants making it tough on their front office as the team contends for the playoffs, Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter, Mike Clevinger’s return to Cleveland’s rotation, his report card grade for the season so far, and his top managers in the AL and NL about 30 games deep (9:58). Plus, Hembo on unusual conditions for Giolito’s no-hitter, Shane Bieber’s hot start, the most improved player in baseball and context for the Dodgers’ dominant first half (29:22). Here's the video of a laser-guided cow milking machine mention during the Bleacher Tweets.
Aug 26, 2020
Every Dollar Counts
Dave Shoenfield joins Buster to talk about how Shane Bieber is must-watch TV, why he thinks the Dodgers could’ve challenged for 116 wins in a normal season, Seattle being the only declared seller ahead of the trade deadline and which potential moves to keep an eye on (3:48). Later,’s Mandy Bell drops by to give an update on Terry Francona, what Cleveland could do at the deadline and what Bieber’s improved upon the most this season (22:09).
Aug 25, 2020
Run Like the Wind
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the joy of Freddie Freeman with a microphone, Cleveland possibly trading Mike Clevinger, Triston McKenzie’s debut, the A’s being the best team in the AL, and the Padres and White Sox being Tim’s most watchable teams (5:23). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Slam Diego, José Abreu’s home runs against the Cubs, and Mookie Betts’ absurd in-zone contact rate and slugging percentage (23:03).
Aug 24, 2020
Atlanta's Dansby Swanson on Playing Without Fans, Freddie Freeman and His Socially Distant Celebration
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson joins Buster to talk about playing during a pandemic, when he started re-preparing for the season, Freddie Freeman, why this year feels like a college season, the team’s talent level and his socially distant home run celebration (22:03). Matt Vasgersian also stops by to discuss missing the roar of a home crowd in a ballpark, the NL East race, MLB viewing each team as its own fiefdom with COVID-19 and Joe Maddon calling out Shaun Anderson’s command after throwing near Mike Trout’s head (5:36). Later, Matt sticks around to wax poetic about the Oakland Coliseum with Todd Radom and pinch hit for Buster in the weekly quiz (31:11).
Aug 21, 2020
Not Afraid of Gerrit Cole
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Casey Mize’s debut, Thom Brennaman using an anti-LGBTQ slur during the Reds broadcast, Trevor Bauer trying to wear cleats supporting Joe Kelly and the Rays having the Yankees’ number (7:27).
Aug 20, 2020
An Old Feud
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to talk about the baseball world's array of opinions on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s “violation” of the unwritten rules, Kenta Maeda’s near no-hitter, if the clock is already ticking on Boston GM Chaim Bloom and their old lineup protection feud (5:33). Later, Hembo stops by to discuss how offenses around the league have rounded into form and the Chicago Cubs’ stellar infield defense (27:42).
Aug 19, 2020
The Brothers Seager and Cousin Buster
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Seager brothers homering in the same game, how Fernando Tatis Jr.’s grand slam and Juan Soto briefly admiring his home run violated the unwritten rules of baseball, injuries piling up across the league, José Altuve looking terrible, and his read on the NL East (6:30). Later, The Athletic’s Dan Connolly hops on to talk about the Orioles thrusting themselves into the playoff conversation (25:04).
Aug 18, 2020
Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Buster returns from vacation and talks to Tim Kurkjian about which team is the best bet to win its division, the Nationals possibly missing the playoffs with Stephen Strasburg’s injury, the Yankees losing DJ LeMahieu and being extremely cautious with Aaron Judge, and Zach Plesac’s misguided anger toward the media (5:48). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the White Sox’s four-straight homers, the A’s grand slams and Franmil Reyes (26:22).
Aug 17, 2020
Tim Kurkjian fills in for Buster to talk with Karl Ravech about another magical night for Mookie Betts, a disastrous one for his former team, bad bullpens and the crazy schedule ahead of the Cardinals. Plus, Todd Radom tells Tim and Troy about Houston's ballparks before giving the weekly quiz (23:40).
Aug 14, 2020
Watch Out For The Bears
Marly Rivera joins Dave Schoenfield to talk about Joe Kelly’s anger over the Astros and his suspension, players punishing each other without fans at the games, more concern for the Yankees with Aaron Judge’s injury, and if the Marlins, Tigers and Orioles will make the playoffs (7:04). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Nate Pearson’s struggles, the Braves’ rotation and how their prospects fit into it, how teams are evaluating minor leaguers for trades, and why he doesn’t think any consequential trades will be made this season (23:53). 
Aug 13, 2020
A Real Host
Boog Sciambi joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the suspensions for Ramon Laureano and Alex Cintron, the lack of trust in the Cleveland locker room, what losing Giancarlo Stanton for a month means for the Yankees , and the challenges of calling games remotely (4:59). Later, Hembo gets into what stands out about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s start, Charlie Blackmon’s impressive batting average splits, the durability of Warren Spahn and Sarah Langs’ MLB debut in the booth as a win for researchers everywhere (26:53). Plus, Getting To Know Tim (37:51).
Aug 12, 2020
Accounting for the Federal League
David Schoenfield fills in for a vacationing Buster, talking to Joon Lee about MLB considering a playoff bubble, Mike Clevinger hanging out with Zach Plesac and what the Red Sox might do at the trade deadline as they languish at the bottom of the AL East (4:41). Later, Brad Doolittle stops by to discuss the Blue Jays playing in Buffalo, the history of baseball in Buffalo and San Diego’s offensive potential (18:41). Plus, who would Joon and Brad rather have for the next seven years: Mike Trout or Fernando Tatis Jr.?
Aug 11, 2020
Holding a Live Fish
Tim Kurkjian fills in for a vacationing Buster on today’s episode. First, he talks to Jeff Passan about how many games will Alex Cintrón and Ramón Laureano be suspended after inciting a brawl between the A’s and Astros, the Indians sending Zach Plesac home to quarantine after a night out, what MLB should do with the Cardinals, Oakland’s hot start, Fernando Tatis Jr. tearing it up, and Madison Bumgarner’s troublesome beginnings in Arizona (5:37). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to play the Numbers Game with notes on Tatis, Austin Slate and Óliver Pérez (28:30).
Aug 10, 2020
Being Famous and Not Being Famous
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to talk about Pete Alonso, his slow start, how the anger he harbors from being bullied drives him and what a genuine person he truly is (6:09). Next, Yahoo! Sports’ Hannah Keyser stops by to discuss profiling the Philly Phanatic, getting autographs from your heroes, the latest MLB’s health and safety protocol and the idea of a playoff bubble (19:54). Plus, Todd Radom administers the weekly quiz and talks ballparks in Texas (39:01).
Aug 07, 2020
Rake Every Time
Marly Rivera joins Buster to discuss the Marlins’ 5-1 start, the pulse of players as they live under MLB’s strict health and safety protocol, and Aaron Judge not thinking about his injuries (6:41). Later, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about lax protocol causing coronavirus outbreaks among the Cardinals and Marlins, the new rules put in place by the league, players utilizing pent up energy on the field, the Cubs’ great start and where the Cubs stand with their stars set to be free agents in 2021 (19:04).
Aug 06, 2020
Transistor Radio
Reds general manager Nick Krall joins Buster to discuss meeting Eddie Murray as a bat boy with the A’s, the process of signing Nicholas Castellanos as a free agent, a day in the life of a Major League Baseball GM, how he’s evaluating trades given the current circumstances and his assessment of the team at this early point in the season (20:40). Dave Schoenfield also hops on to “talk about the Rockies,” ponder whether closers are as necessary as we think, marvel at the excellence of Dustin May and declare the predictability of Mike Trout hitting a home run after returning from paternity leave (7:53). Later, Hembo stops by to give his review of the extra-innings rule and the three-batter minimum for pitchers (34:20).
Aug 05, 2020
A Hard Day
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss crushing injuries to Mike Soroka and Shohei Ohtani, San Diego's impressive start, Boston's "indescribably bad" pitching and Rob Manfred's handling of recent events (7:44). Plus, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak (25:04) and Derek Jeter explains how the virus infiltrated Miami's clubhouse (39:05).
Aug 04, 2020
You Will Get Burned
Karl Ravech joins Buster to talk about Aaron Judge looking like an absolute beast, Shohei Ohtani’s future as pitcher, the Cubs and Twins’ hot starts, and where things stand in MLB with positive coronavirus tests popping up (8:26). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to play the Numbers game and to discuss where Yoenis Céspedes’ disappearing act ranks among moments of Mets dysfunction (32:22).
Aug 03, 2020
(Not) Trade Deadline Day
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss tonight's postponed Brewers-Cardinals game, 7-inning doubleheaders, and where Shane Bieber ranks among the top pitchers in baseball (7:05). Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci assesses MLB's coronavirus strategy (20:25) and Todd Radom joins Buster and Troy to give the weekly quiz and provide some fun facts about Seattle (23:12).
Jul 31, 2020
Hall Monitor
An eight-game suspension for Joe Kelly has the baseball world fuming. Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss that, as well as new coronavirus safety protocol, anger toward the Marlins, Nate Pearson's strong debut and more (7:08). Plus, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe dives into the Red Sox's tailspin (20:40).
Jul 30, 2020
Sweet Revenge
After a day of fireworks across the league, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down what happened last night between the Dodgers and Astros (9:51). The guys also discuss more positive coronavirus tests in Miami, how players are now taking control of their health and safety, the early swath of pitching injuries and Patrick Mahomes' new stake in the Royals. Plus, a tribute to Orioles super fan Mo Gaba (35:38) and Hembo brings some fun stats on Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres (27:48).
Jul 29, 2020
Missing the Little Things
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss broadcasting from an empty Wrigley Field, MLB’s willingness to replace a whole team with a taxi squad, the untold story of how the Miami outbreak happened, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred leaving Don Mattingly flapping in the wind, David Price’s tweet and the potential for conflict in the Dodgers-Astros series (5:28). Later, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber stops by to talk about the level of concern within the Phillies after playing the Marlins during the weekend, cleaning the clubhouse and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner taking a shot at the Dodgers over the Mookie Betts deal (24:44).
Jul 28, 2020
Backyard Sport
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests among the Marlins, the strange balance of talking about baseball and talking about coronavirus, Justin Verlander’s injury, Daniel Bard coming back from the yips, Shohei Otani’s inability to throw strikes, Shane Bieber, and players missing the fans (7:46). Plus, Sarah Langs stops by to play the Numbers Game and to chat about the season’s sloppy start (29:06).
Jul 27, 2020
It Was Just Weird
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19, the weirdness of playing in an empty ballpark, Giancarlo Stanton looking spry, the Dodgers popping off and defeating the Giants, players displaying unity in pregame ceremonies, the newly expanded 16-team playoff, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first pitch (8:56). Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about his alternate Blue Jays logos, Camden Yards, and to administer the weekly quiz (35:58).
Jul 24, 2020
Opening Day 2020
Jeff Passan joins Buster on Opening Day 2020 to discuss the surprise news of Mookie Betts’ $365 million contract with the Dodgers, the big names that will soon be free agents, the possibility of the Blue Jays playing without a home base, expanding the playoff to 16 teams, Marcus Stroman’s injury and players feeling better about health and safety as the season begins (6:14). Later, Marly Rivera drops by to talk about players finding motivation without crowds, Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer’s similarities, Cole’s debut for the Yankees being 13 years in the making, and the Homeless Blue Jays (27:43).
Jul 23, 2020
Toronto’s Joe Panik on the Blue Jays Searching for a Home, Being Careful with On-Field Conversations, Young Players Helping the Team Mindset
Toronto second baseman Joe Panik joins Buster to discuss Canada's decision to not allow the Blue Jays to play in the country, how the younger players are helping bring a calmness to the locker room, being careful delivering signals in quiet ballparks, breaking habits to adhere to health and safety protocol, and his outlook on this year's squad (5:21). Later, Hembo talks about his AL and NL MVP picks, Christian Yelich vs. Mike Trout, the outlook for Carter Kieboom, and the lineups for the Cubs and Brewers (17:02). Finally, Boog Sciambi drops by to get into extra innings strategy, why the manipulation of service time is wrong, and the challenges of teams traveling during a pandemic (25:58).
Jul 22, 2020
See You at The Ballpark
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss how great the Yankees have looked in Summer Camp, the theme song for this season's Blue Jays, how players wearing masks will impact the American public, and his division winner picks (6:51). Plus, The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli on covering games while confined to the press box, why extra rest and a shorter season could benefit the Nationals, how Max Scherzer has looked in Summer Camp, who’s going to protect Juan Soto in the lineup, and Washington being front and center in speaking out about MLB’s health and safety protocols (23:51).
Jul 21, 2020
Looking For A New Home
Buster chats with Toronto Star columnist Gregor Chisholm about the Blue Jays’ request to play home games in Toronto being denied and where they might play their games this year. Then, ESPN’s Karl Ravech joins the show to discuss what it was like to call a MLB game and what it will be like going forward and the credit the players deserve for how they’ve handled returning to the field (13:20). Finally, Sarah Langs talks about the yips, Cody Bellinger’s new swing and how impressive the Yankees look (29:33)
Jul 20, 2020
Baseball Is Almost Back; History of Fenway
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss their issues with technology trying to get everything up and running in their houses. Plus, the two discuss the comments made by Alex Rodriguez and a potential salary cap, will the Blue Jays play games at home, umpires wearing masks and more. Then, Todd Radam joins the podcast to discuss the history of Fenway and there’s breaking news during the interview as the Nationals will open the season at Nationals Park (27:50)
Jul 17, 2020
Anthony Rizzo’s Back; Players Possibly Leaving Midseason; Eduardo Pérez Pinch Hits
Eduardo Pérez pitch hits and joins Buster to discuss Tim Kurkjian’s tech woes, why he’s excited to watch the Angles, the distractions in Houston, San Diego being sneaky good, if Tyler Beede can handle the pressure as the San Francisco’s closer and the Atlanta Hammers (4:56). Later, Jesse Rogers hops on to talk about Anthony Rizzo’s back situation, players on non-contending teams possibly going home midseason, and whether Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish will start on Opening Day (22:24).
Jul 16, 2020
Houston’s Wild Start to Summer Camp; Hembo’s World Series Picks
The Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome joins Buster to discuss the delayed tests, possible exposure and precautionary holdouts that have marred the Astros’ summer camp, the frustration within the team, George Springer trying to hold it all together, and who’s going to be the fourth starter (5:00). Later, Hembo drops by to share his World Series matchup and winner, and to talk about Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole (14:40).
Jul 15, 2020
Pitching Hangover for the Nats?; Jordan Hicks Opts Out; Cleveland’s Rotation Health
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Mets’ best Plan B option if Robinson Cano can’t go, a potential pitching hangover for the Nationals and the idea of an extended free agency (7:06). Next, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold hops on to talk about Jordan Hicks’ decision to opt out of the season and Walker Bueller emerging as a leader among MLB players (21:48). Finally,’s Mandy Bell gets into the Franmil Reyes situation and Cleveland’s rotation health being the key to its season (31:59).
Jul 14, 2020
Toronto’s an Afterthought; Chapman Tests Positive; Tampa’s Roster Permutations
The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm joins Buster to discuss where things stand with where the Blue Jays will play, Travis Shaw walking back his self-isolation comments and teams visiting Toronto being overlooked (5:46). Then, Marly Rivera joins the pod to talk about Aroldis Chapman’s positive COVID-19 test, how he’s feeling and what it means for the Yankees’ relief corps (18:06). Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin hops on to get into how he’s covering the Rays during the coronavirus spike in Florida, who hasn’t been seen on the field in the last week and how the front office handles the possibility of missing so many key players to start the season (28:03).
Jul 13, 2020
3 a.m. is Offensive; The Agenda of Science; Yankee Stadium
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss, how he’s adjusted to getting up at 3 a.m. calling KBO games, why he loves watching Lee Jung-hoo, the Mets fanbase, pumping music or crowd noise into a stadium during games and ignoring medical professionals (5:59). Plus, Todd Radom on Yankee Stadium and the weekly quiz (29:35).
Jul 10, 2020
MLB Intake Process Complete; Yankees Having Fun; KBO Observations
Marly Rivera joins Buster to discuss the completion of MLB’s intake process that yielded a 98.2% negative test rate for coronavirus, player comfort and accountability as summer camp is underway, and the Yankees looking like they’re having a good time playing baseball (3:48). Plus, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Steve Cohen emerging as the favorite to buy the Mets, why he thinks baseball will be played, Kris Bryant’s trepidation about returning and his observations covering KBO as MLB’s return is on the horizon (15:16).
Jul 09, 2020
Refreshing Pranks; Scheduling Games; Juan Soto
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss how refreshing it is to see Terry Francona and Francisco Lindor pulling pranks, the challenge of keeping players focused and the need to hear from Rob Manfred as issues with the restart arise (4:20). Later, ESPN’s senior manager of MLB programming Rick Mace talks about what it’s been like scheduling games for TV (16:19). Plus, Hembo on which teams have scheduling advantages and why he’d take Juan Soto on a 10-year contract (26:00).
Jul 08, 2020
Deep Dive on The Cleveland Name Change
2319’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46). 
Jul 07, 2020
Forest City Spiders; Players Express Skepticism
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).
Jul 06, 2020
Hermetically Sealed Baseballs
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).
Jul 02, 2020
Minor League Season Canceled, Front Office Diversity, Differences Between KBO and MLB
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 financial assets and how it all contributes to labor tensions (31:49).
Jul 01, 2020
Presidential Name-Drops, Ian Desmond Opts out
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.
Jun 30, 2020
Candidates to Hit .400, Already a Lost Season for Many
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).
Jun 29, 2020
A's Reliever Jake Diekman on Playing While Being High-Risk for COVID-19
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 who are high risk (13:12). Plus, Todd Radom on the Rogers Centre and the weekly quiz (27:02).
Jun 26, 2020
Fantasy and Reality
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 negotiating room (16:02).
Jun 25, 2020
Hardcore Baseball Talk
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.
Jun 24, 2020
A Theoretical 60-Game Season
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).
Jun 23, 2020
Hall of Fame Distractions, COVID-19 Closes Training Camps
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.
Jun 22, 2020
Tyler Glasnow on Getting His News, Being Ready to Throw Five, the Rays in a Short Season
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).
Jun 19, 2020
Hannah Keyser on Rank-and-File MLB Staffers; Roger Ehrenberg on How He'd Advise Players and Owners
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).
Jun 18, 2020
Clinton Yates on The Pandemic as a Bargaining Chip for the Owners
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).
Jun 17, 2020
Burn It All Down
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).
Jun 16, 2020
Karl Ravech on "Long Gone Summer," Impasse Between Players and Owners
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).
Jun 15, 2020
ESPN's Tim Keown on Covering Mark McGwire in 1998
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).
Jun 12, 2020
Kiley McDaniel on Round 1 of the Draft; Mark McGwire on the '98 Home Run Chase
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 chasing the record and what he remembers about breaking it (18:22).
Jun 11, 2020
Former MLB Pitcher Andy Benes on Giving Up HRs to McGwire and Sosa in '98
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 picks (5:29).
Jun 10, 2020
Bleacher Tweeters on Baseball Restart Talks, Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin
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).
Jun 09, 2020
Kiley McDaniel Previews the MLB Draft
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).
Jun 08, 2020
Tim Kurkjian on His Daily Baseball Fix, Bad Blood Between Players and MLB
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).
Jun 05, 2020
Clinton Yates on Baseball Cards, The Lerners, Players Who Might Sit Out
Clinton Yates talks to Buster about what baseball cards mean to him and his shrine to the "average black player," why it would be worse for baseball to start and not finish rather than not playing at all, and the Lerner family reverse course on docking minor leaguers' pay (3:08). Plus, Hembo on players that could potentially sit out a shortened season, and why Bryce Harper could benefit from a shortened season while Alex Bregman might be on the other end of the spectrum (26:32).
Jun 04, 2020
Jesse Rogers on His Interview with Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts
Jesse Rogers talks to Buster about his interview with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, including why Rogers believes Ricketts doesn't have a lot cash of on-hand, the near future for the team with big contract decisions looming, the 18-month problem for baseball, and why owners and players should keep their mouths shut (2:03).
Jun 03, 2020
Eduardo Pérez on The Lack of Trust Between Players and Owners
Eduardo Pérez talks to Buster about his early mornings calling KBO games, including how many times he hits snooze before waking up. Then the guys get into MLB's idea of a 50-game season, the owners' "lump of cash" strategy and the lack of trust between players and owners (2:22). Plus, John Shea on his new book "24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid" and the 100+ hours he spend with Willie Mays (24:13).
Jun 02, 2020
Jeff Passan on MLBPA's Return-To-Play Proposal
Jeff Passan joins Buster to dive into the weeds on the MLBPA's return-to-play proposal sent to the owners (4:09). The guys discuss what the reaction will be from the owners, deferrals as a fig leaf from the players, at-risk players sitting out and still getting paid, doomsday scenarios for baseball, and the key figures that could lead the sides to a middle ground. Plus, Sarah Langs home run chase of '98 and the 17 pitchers that allowed home runs to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (32:00).
Jun 01, 2020
"The Roy Halladay Story" Producers Brian Rivera and Mike Farrell on Halladay's Wife, His Anxiety and Pitchers Using Painkillers
The producers of the E:60 special "Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story" Brian Rivera and Mike Farrell join Buster to talk about the program, including why Brandi Halladay chose to participate in the story, Halladay's fear of failure, his sense of humor, what was left on the cutting room floor they wish made it into the special, and shining a light on pitchers using painkillers (2:45). Plus, Todd Radom on PNC Park and the weekly quiz (29:35).
May 29, 2020
Mark Teixeira on Restart Talks, The Owners' Picasso, Free Agents Not Playing
Mark Teixeira talks to Buster about the effectiveness of owners trying to drive a wedge between younger and older players, why this situation is akin to the owners having a Picasso in the basement, his thoughts on the public conversation between the two sides, and if free agents on bad teams might not play a shortened season (5:24). Plus, longtime Mets media relations director Jay Horwitz on his new book "Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers." (23:51)
May 28, 2020
Yankees 3B Coach Phil Nevin on Aaron Boone's Impressions, Fighting A GM
Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin talks to Buster about Aaron Boone's impressions, the most intense managers he's worked with, why Paul Goldschmidt is the best baserunner in baseball right now, doing nothing for the first three weeks of his Major League career and an altercation with GM Kevin Towers (15:53). Plus, Hembo on MLB's opening salvo in restart talks, Goldschmidt and his review of "War of The Roses." (3:39)
May 27, 2020
Matt Vasgersian on a Big Week for Baseball Restart Talks, His Favorite HR Calls
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to talk about a big week ahead for talks between players and MLB, some players hiding their financial concerns behind safety rhetoric and his five favorite home run calls (4:22). Plus, Sarah Langs on the factors that will come into play during shortened season and players who've turned in historic performances playing 82 games or less (28:43).
May 26, 2020
Orioles P Coach Doug Brocail on Embracing Analytics, His On-Field Near-Death Experience
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail joins Buster to talk about his journey to embracing analytics as a coach, what he could've done differently while playing if he had today's information, Trevor Hoffman's change-up, Tony Gwynn calling his own shots, playing with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and his near-death experience on the field (11:01). Plus, Todd Radom on Miller Park and the weekly quiz (2:04).
May 22, 2020
Padres 3B Coach Wayne Kirby on Having Fun, Albert Belle, Manny Machado
Padres third base coach Wayne Kirby talks to Buster about the different ways to break in a glove, watching his brother play in the NFL, giving Adam Jones a hard time, the true importance of having fun, Albert Belle smashing plates after an 0-4 game and the lessons he's imparted on Manny Machado after going to San Diego (15:09). Plus, Marly Rivera on Alex Bregman firing his agent, and players' concerns about MLB's proposed health and safety protocols (2:50).
May 21, 2020
Ron Washington on Working with Josh Hamilton, The Pain of Losing Two World Series
Braves third base coach Ron Washington talks to Buster about missing out on the manager job in San Diego and his desire to manage again, what it was like seeing himself playing in "Money Ball," his work with Marcus Semien, the energy of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies, motivating Josh Hamilton, and coming so close to winning a World Series with the Rangers (17:47). Plus, Hembo on the latest drama between the union and MLB, and why Josh Hamilton is the most gifted baseball player he's ever watched (4:08).
May 20, 2020
Dodgers 3B Coach Dino Ebel on Challenging Mike Trout, Albert Pujols as the Best Slow Baserunner
Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel joins Buster to talk about how Mike Trout challenged him, what he's seen from Cody Bellinger after working with him for a season, the most difficult judgements to make as a third coach coach and why Albert Pujols is the best slow baserunner in the game (23:56). Plus, Anika Orrock on her new book "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League." (4:04)
May 19, 2020
Mariners Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Sims on Perfect Games and No-Hitters, Home Run Calls, Griffey
Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims talks to Buster about openly discussing ongoing no-hitters and perfect games, his interactions with Ken Griffey, Jr., watching the artistry of Felix Hernandez, the origins of his memorable home run calls, and being up-close and personal for a brawl between Dee Gordon and Jean Segura (10:27). Plus, Sarah Langs on some of the best individualized home run calls (3:12).
May 18, 2020
Mets Play-By-Play Man Gary Cohen on Colón's HR, Flores Weeping, Alonso's Emergence
Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen joined Buster to talk about his Bartolo Colón home run call and Colón's clubhouse presence, Wilmer Flores weeping on the field, Johan Santana's no-hitter, Pete Alonso's emergence and Matt Harvey (20:31). Plus, Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper joins the pod to talk about a basebrawl with him and his brother, Candlestick Park and Oracle Park, and take the weekly quiz with Todd Radom (5:08).
May 15, 2020
Charles Barkley on Being Starstruck, Calling Trout to Share His COVID-19 Test, Scherzer
Charles Barkley talks to Buster about calling Mike Trout after getting his COVID-19 test, being starstruck by Wille Mays and Hank Aaron, and his love for Max Scherzer.
May 14, 2020
Mike Greenberg on Getting Tossed From a Clubhouse, A Shuttle Ride with Bo Jackson
Charles Barkley joins Buster to talk about why hitting a pitch is the most difficult thing to do in sports, being starstruck by Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, calling Mike Trout and Patrick Ewing after he got his coronavirus test results, Tim Kurkjian's basketball skills, going to Auburn the same time as Bo Jackson, people not understanding how hard it is to win, and his love for Max Scherzer (16:56). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Blake Snell's comments, who he projects to be the top three picks in the draft and the prospect of scouts being laid off after the draft (5:11).
May 13, 2020
Dan Shulman on Calling Bartman, Freese, Bautista Bat Flip
Dan Shulman talks to Buster about calling play-by-play for big baseball moments. The guys discuss the air being sucked out of Wrigley in the Bartman game, calling Sunday Night Baseball when Osama Bin Laden was killed, David Freese's heroic World Series game six, the good and the bad of the Jose Bautista bat flip game, and being stuck in an elevator when Joe Carter won the World Series (17:57). Plus, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on the players' reaction the MLB's proposed plan to play, and the current animosity between players and owners as this is sorted out (2:20).
May 12, 2020
Chris Antonetti on "Stalking" Brian Cashman, Game 7 of the '16 World Series, Tito Wagering on Scrabble
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti talks to Buster about how CC Sabathia nearly landed with the Dodgers, trading for Andrew Miller, how the 9th inning of game seven in 2016 World Series was nearly postponed to the next night and the first time he saw Francisco Lindor (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on that game seven and the Cubs' shifting win probability throughout (4:31).
May 11, 2020
Terry Francona on Michael Jordan's Time with the Birmingham Barons
Terry Francona talks to Buster about his days as manager of the Birmingham Barons with Michael Jordan on the squad. Francona dishes stories on the first time he met Jordan, the first time he saw his swing, what Jordan's goals were playing baseball, the famous team bus and setting a screen for Jordan while playing pickup basketball (13:58). Plus, Todd Radom on Chase Field and the weekly quiz (4:01).
May 08, 2020
Jim Leyland on Miguel Cabrera, Barry Bonds and Justin Verlander
Former big league manager Jim Leyland looks back on his memories of a young Miguel Cabrera, what it was like meeting the likes of Barry Bonds and Justin Verlander for the first time, and his long-standing relationship with the late Al Kaline (8:55). Plus, ESPN's Marly Rivera on the latest in negotiations between the MLBPA and the owners. Tim Kurkjian also gives his Daily Baseball Fix (33:04).
May 07, 2020
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on His Big Toronto Trades, Creating Baseball Fans and His "Coronacut"
Current Braves and former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos joins Buster to talk about getting the baseball bug because of the '92 Expos, having to leave a Raptors game when he traded for Josh Donaldson, pacing around Cherry Beach waiting for the Troy Tulowitzki and David Price trade to be completed, and the Jose Bautista bat flip (11:11). Plus, Hembo on the '15 and '16 Blue Jays, and Kerry Woods' 20-strikeout game (5:08).
May 06, 2020
A's SS Marcus Semien on Playing for His Hometown Team
A's shortstop Marcus Semien joins Buster to talk about helping his community in the East Bay, Ricky Henderson's not-that-helpful advice on how to steal a base, working with Ron Washington to get out of a fielding slump, his family's legacy at Cal, playing against Gerrit Cole in college and what it's like playing for his hometown team (15:57). Plus, ESPN senior programming manager Rick Mace on landing the KBO broadcasting deal (2:41).
May 05, 2020
Former Baseball HOF President Jeff Idelson on Rubbing Elbows with Baseball Legends
Former Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson joins Buster to talk about his experiences with Hall of Famers, including golfing with Johnny Bench, sipping coffee with Yogi Berra, Ichiro Suzuki's secret rookie of the year phone call, Eddie Murray not telling his wife he made it into the Hall and how Derek Jeter made him "cool" in the eyes of his daughter (13:51). Plus, Sarah Langs on the Nationals waiting to celebrate the World Series with their fans, which Jeter game she would pick to run on TV and building the ultimate five-tool player (2:58).
May 04, 2020
Janet Marie Smith on Designing Camden Yards
The designer of Camden Yards Janet Marie Smith joins Buster to talk about the current renovations to Dodger Stadium, her friendship with Frank Robinson, constructing a "fair" ballpark, the joy of the first Opening Day at Camden Yards and executing the vision for Eutaw Street (10:56). Plus, Todd Radom on why Smith should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dodger Stadium and the weekly quiz (2:26).
May 01, 2020
Bill James on Starting the Modern Analytics Movement
The godfather of modern day analytics Bill James joins Buster to talk about putting his early analytics into practice working on arbitration cases, which teams were ahead of the curve utilizing numbers to run their teams, why he never finished reading "Money Ball" and the problems with objectively analyzing defense (2:42). Later, Kiley McDaniel drops by (29:53) to discuss his new book "Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar."
Apr 30, 2020
Red Sox Groundskeeper David Mellor on Fish in Fenway and Helicopter Field Drying
Red Sox Senior Director of Grounds David Mellor joins Buster to talk about his battle with PTSD, using a helicopter to dry a field, finding fish in Fenway after a rainstorm and why he loves dandelions (11:46). Plus, Hembo on the fragility of the plans to restart baseball, Camden Yards and why former Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson should be inducted into the hall (3:44).
Apr 29, 2020
The Mystery of Baseball Star Don Mattingly's Birthday
Collecting baseball cards is a cherished pastime. ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller first got hooked on the game by studying the backs of cards growing up. And when he learned about a Don Mattingly card with a curious factoid on Mattingly's alleged birth year, Miller began a quest to uncover the truth. When was the former Yankees star first baseman born? And did this one baseball card have the inside scoop, or a crucial error? Miller tells us how he solved the mystery of Mattingly's real birth date.
Apr 29, 2020
Umpire Joe West on President George H. W. Bush, the A-Rod Slap, His "Feud" with Buster
Umpire Joe West joins Buster to discuss their "feud," Ted Turner threatening to turn the lights off at Fulton County Stadium, nearing the all-time games umpired record, giving President George H. W. Bush a hat and umpiring the Alex Rodriguez slap game (3:17). Plus, Hembo on Bill James' impact on baseball, fans returning to baseball and if we'll see baseball around mid-June (29:22).
Apr 28, 2020
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick on Josh Gibson, Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick joins Buster to talk about why he thinks Josh Gibson is the best player of all time, being star struck by Hank Aaron and one of his favorite Satchel Paige stories (9:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on the top-five best Negro Leagues players (4:04).
Apr 27, 2020
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on Manny, Kershaw and Puig
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti joins Buster to talk about his own attempts to trade for CC Sabathia in 2008, trading for Manny Ramirez and how he galvanized the clubhouse, when he found out Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance, the first time he saw Clayton Kershaw, and introducing Yasiel Puig to Kobe Bryant (12:15). Plus, Todd Radom on Coors Field and the weekly quiz (1:45).
Apr 24, 2020
Former GM Doug Melvin on Engineering Sabathia to Milwaukee and Pursuing A-Rod
Former Rangers and Brewers GM Doug Melvin joins Buster to discuss his attempts to trade for Roger Clemens before he went to the Yankees, engineering the CC Sabathia trade to Milwaukee, Sabathia's unselfish play in the Brewers' push to the playoff and pursuing Alex Rodriguez (20:03). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on how he came up with the concept for his book new book "Future Value," MLB's punishment for Alex Cora and the Red Sox, and the lay of the land on the future of the minor league teams (1:54).
Apr 23, 2020
J.P. Ricciardi on Roy Halladay, Deals in the Dirt of Fenway and Paul DePodesta
Former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi talks to Buster about trying to trade Roy Halladay a year before it happened, the deal he worked out in the dirt of Fenway Park, his memories of Halladay, when he realized he had something with Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso, scouting reports on other GMs, and introducing Billy Beane to Paul DePodesta (10:34). Plus, Hembo on A-Rod making a play for the Mets, teams paying employees through May 31, and numbers on Ichiro and Halladay (1:38).
Apr 22, 2020
Sandy Alderson on Rickey Henderson, Moneyball and Michael Jordan
Longtime baseball executive and current A's senior advisor Sandy Alderson joins Buster to talk about why he's described trading Rickey Henderson has his only hobby, acquiring Dennis Eckersley and moving him to the bullpen, the earthquake during the 1989 World Series, Moneyball leading a top-down revolution of the game, and a deal for Michael Jordan in Oakland that never materialized (4:42).
Apr 21, 2020
Pat Gillick on Ichiro and the Blockbuster Roberto Alomar Trade
Longtime executive Pat Gillick leads off for General Managers Week, talking to Buster about the early scouting reports on Ichiro Suzuki, the blockbuster trade he engineered for Roberto Alomar with the Blue Jays and personal scouting reports on his fellow GMs (13:48). Plus, Sarah Langs on other all-time blockbuster trades (5:01).
Apr 20, 2020
Randy Johnson on Fear and The Bird
Randy Johnson joins Buster to talk about why batters were fearful of facing him, accidentally throwing at John Kruk's head in the '93 All-Star, how people always ask him about hitting a bird with a pitch and his legendary performance in the '01 World Series (3:07). Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Pepco Park and deliver the weekly quiz (49:09).
Apr 17, 2020
George Brett on Chasing .400
Hall of Famer George Brett joins Buster to discuss the thought process - or lack there of - involved with hitting, chasing down a .400 batting average and how he still gets goosebumps listening to his three-run homer off Goose Gossage in the 1980 ALCS (13:58). Plus, Marly Rivera talks about which players are currently out on MLB's proposal to play in Arizona, her story on Venezuelan players stuck in the States after spring training shut down and her friend Anthony Causi (4:06).
Apr 16, 2020
Jim Palmer on Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Hitting Batters
Hall of Famer, Orioles legend and broadcaster Jim Palmer joins Buster to discuss how he just wanted to avoid embarrassment when facing Sandy Koufax, Earl Weaver discouraging him from hitting batters, pitching to Mickey Mantle after watching him while growing up, the lesson he learned from Al Kaline early in his career and his parents making the suggestion he play in Baltimore (5:13). Plus, Hembo's thoughts on the Palmer interview and Jackie Robinson (41:23).
Apr 15, 2020
The Day Baseball Stood Still for Clayton Kershaw
ESPN's Wright Thompson was set to profile Clayton Kershaw ahead of the 2020 season, with a focus on Kershaw and the Dodgers recovering from their 2019 postseason collapse. They spent the day together just as spring training got shut down, and Thompson witnessed firsthand as Kershaw reacted to the news that MLB would delay its season. Thompson tells the story of Kershaw's fate in baseball through the lens of what this stalled time means for his life and legacy.
Apr 15, 2020
Mike Mussina on the Jeter "Flip Play," Urban Legend of the Camden Yards Outfield
Mike Mussina talks to Buster about throwing a new pitch in a World Series, the Derek Jeter "flip play," his three scoreless innings in game 7 of the '03 ALCS, the urban legend of how big the outfield in Camden Yards actually is and a prominent baseball fight he regrets starting (3:54).
Apr 14, 2020
Johnny Bench on The Big Red Machine
Johnny Bench talks to Buster about his advice to fellow Oklahoman J.T. Realmuto on understanding pitchers, his thoughts on electronic strike zones, Joe Morgan being the best player he's ever seen, where the '76 Cincinnati Reds stand among the best teams ever, his first memory of Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Reds trading for Tom Seaver (8:46). Plus, Sarah Langs on some of the other greatest teams of all time and her favorite Jim Palmer stat (2:49).
Apr 13, 2020
Dave Martinez on the Nationals' 2019 World Series Title
Dave Martinez joins Buster to talk about the Nationals' run to the 2019 World Series title (2:18). They get into how he learned carpentry, how the team getting healthy turned the season around, GM Mike Rizzo's bolstering of the relief corps, not seeing Trent Grisham's error on Juan Soto's hit in the wild card game, hearing from Bryce Harper throughout the postseason, the Game 5 rally in the NLDS and his quest to get a piece of Minute Maid Park's right field foul pole. Plus, Todd Radom highlights Truist Park and administers the weekly quiz (33:23).
Apr 10, 2020
Buck Showalter on Deion Sanders, Don Mattingly and Randy Johnson
Long-time MLB manager Buck Showalter joins Buster to look back on when he called up Deion Sanders, thinking the dugout would collapse after Don Mattingly's home run in the '95 ALDS, seeing Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera for the first time, and the Alex Rodriguez-trade saga in Texas (13:23). Plus, Joon Lee hops on to talk about baseball players keeping in touch through video games (2:58).
Apr 09, 2020
Bruce Bochy on Pete Rose, Tony Gwynn and Madison Bumgarner
Bruce Bochy joins Buster to talk about what he remembers about being the catcher when Pete Rose broke the all-time hit record, how Tony Gwynn helped him establish credibility as a manager after the strike, why he can't tell his favorite off-field Madison Bumgarner story, his thoughts the first time he saw Tim Lincecum, and watching Buster Posey break his leg (14:17). Plus, Hembo's thoughts on MLB's plan to resume in May, reflections on Al Kaline and his favorite Bochy numbers (4:28).
Apr 08, 2020
Ben McDonald on Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Consecutive Game Streak
Ben McDonald chats with Buster about playing with Cal Ripken, Jr. when he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak (3:25). The guys discuss how the streak was relatable to the average fan, if Cal had special healing powers, wrestling in the locker room, how Cal signed an absurd amount of autographs that season and his commitment to playing hard even without any stakes. Later, Sarah Langs tallies up how many current consecutive game streaks would need to be added together to match Cal's (29:19). Plus, MLB eyes a May return and Buster shares a story about the late-Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline.
Apr 07, 2020
MLB Has Plan to Play in May & Lessons from Korean Baseball
Sources tell ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan that Major League Baseball has a plan to resume in May, gathering all teams and isolating them in Arizona to minimize coronavirus risk. Hear the story of how that might work, and who's on board. Then, a firsthand look at how baseball has returned to South Korea. Scrimmages there are leading up to preseason games slated for later this month. Jeff Passan talks to pitcher Dan Straily, formerly of MLB, now of the Korean Baseball Organization's Lotte Giants, to detail the precautions his team is taking to keep their season on track amidst the pandemic.
Apr 07, 2020