Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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 Sep 10, 2021
I really liked the podcast at first, but I have started skipping more through it as I am sick and tired of always hearing about the Yankees. Buster, there are 29 other teams!

julie
 Feb 29, 2020
i like it a lot.


 Sep 23, 2019

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

Episode Date
People Can Change
3420
Dan Shulman joins Buster to break down the Blue Jays being one of the top five offenses despite being right-handed heavy, the pressure on Aaron Judge to end his drought and hit 61 homers, and preparing to call the historic home run from the visiting rival Aaron Judge. Then, Alden Alden Gonzalez joins to break down the best remaining race in baseball the NL East, covering the game where Pujols hits 700 home run, Pujols’s impact on the Dodgers, and the state of the Dodgers Bullpen. Later, Todd Radom joins to walk through the process of uniform changes, share this week’s Phantom Franchise, and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Let’s Have Some Fun Today
3285
Jeff Passan joins Buster on Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Albert Pujols hitting his 700th career home run in Los Angeles, sharing a story about Alex Rodriguez seeking Pujols for advice, and the chase continues for Aaron Judge’s 61st home run. Then, they discuss if Aaron Judge is having the greatest season of all time, Judge’s future contract, and Don Mattingly’s tenure as Marlins manager comes to an end. Plus, everyone knows about Judge’s homers, but his teammates weigh in with Buster about his other skills that separate him as a player. Later, Sarah Langs joins to discuss Pujols’ season, Dodgers winning their 106th game, and if the Guardians can win the world series.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
The Greatest Home Run Hitter Ever
3670
Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down Aaron Judge’s hunt for 62 homers, discuss if Judge is having the greatest single season ever, breaking down the Royals firing Dayton Moore, and share what team has the highest steaks in the NL East. Then, Jess Mendoza joins discussing her take on Dave Robert's comments on Craig Kimbrel's performance, how she almost crashed her car following Aaron Judge’s historic year, and shares who her key player is in the Mariners playoff race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Free Safety Mike Trout
2931
Mike Trout hops on the podcast today to discuss his seven-game homer streak, Aaron Judge’s incredible year, the difficulty of being a hitter in this era, and comparing Ohtani's performance last year to this season. Then, play-by-play man Michael Kay joins to discuss calling a historic performance by Aaron Judge, how is preparing for a potential Judge record-breaking game, and his favorite call of a milestone baseball moment. Later, Todd Radom joins for this week’s phantom franchise and administers the weekly quiz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Biggest Number Wins
3460
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Mike Trout and Tim’s disinterest in talking about themselves, Aaron Judge hitting 60 home runs, why they think Judge will land in San Francisco this offseason, the upcoming musical chairs of shortstops, the NL East and the Guardians. Then, Buster talks to Freddie Freeman from the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Later, Sarah Langs on consecutive “sacs” in a game, Ahmed Rosario’s big Saturday and Hunter Green lighting up the radar gun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
History in the Making
3681
Karl Ravech hops on to discuss the impact of Roberto Clemente Day in the MLB, the significance of the Roberto Clemente Award for the players, Sandy Alderson stepping down as president of the Mets, and if the Dodgers have the best 1-2-3 hitting combination in baseball history. Next, Jess Mendoza joins to share what Roberto Clemente means to her and how his legacy impacts her life. Then, she shares insight on how Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner help each other and set the tone for being a teammate. Plus, they discuss who is the Astros' biggest threat in the American League, and should the Twins have pulled Joe Ryan seven innings into flirting with a no-hitter? Later, Aaron Boone discusses if Aaron Judge will hit at least 62 homers, why Judge is the AL MVP, and the possibility of Judge leaving the Yankees.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Pool Party
3135
ESPN writer Marly Rivera hops on with Buster to discuss Aaron Judge’s path to breaking Roger Maris’ American League single-season record of 61 homers and his price tag to stay at the Yankees. Then, they discuss the Dodgers clinching the National League West and the Diamondbacks guarding their pool against the Dodgers' celebrations. Plus, they discuss the legacy of Albert Pujols and the impact of Eduardo Pérez stepping down from Puerto Rico’s World Baseball Classic team. Next, Manager of the Detroit Tigers A.J. Hinch joins to break down the American League, what’s next for the Tigers, the discipline of Aaron Judge, and discuss who benefits from the rule changes. Later, Todd Radom joins to share this week’s Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Facing Trouble, They Will Adjust
3079
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Bo Bichette driving a hot Blue Jays team, why you don’t want to play the Mariners in the wild card, Derek Jeter not cracking Tim’s Mt. Rushmore of Yankees, the pitch clock, players recognizing the game needs an adjustment, the Dodgers fake-clinching the playoffs on Sunday and Mike Trout’s pregame texting routine. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the practical effects of the banning the shift, the Dodgers rolling into the postseason, Trout’s consecutive homers and more on Bichette. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
One of the Great American Lives
2902
Karl Ravech and Buster go through MLB’s rule changes one-by-one, whether they accomplish their goals and whether they actually like them. Then, Yankees play-by-play voice Michael Kay stops by to discuss the Kay Rod Cast of Sunday Night Baseball with Alex Rodriguez, Rodriguez and Jeter’s interaction on SNB, his thoughts on The Captain, why they think Jeter came across as angry in the docuseries, how concerned he is with the Yankees as they come down the stretch and Aaron Judge’s otherworldly season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Switzerland-Like Perspective
2742
David Schoenfield and Todd Radom discuss Max Scherzer heading to the IL, Oneil Cruz’s line drive into the Allegheny River, if they’re believers in the strength of schedule metric coming down the stretch, if the Mets are in trouble, the Phillies chugging along toward the playoffs, and the Mariners’ nine good relief pitchers. Then Todd Radom stops by to offer his thoughts on Buster’s Xander Boegarts to the Dodgers-hypothetical, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Spit Takes
3121
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the momentum and deep rotation of the Astros, the potential of the biggest collapse in baseball history, and Shohei Ohtani complicating the equation in the MVP race. Then, Sarah Langs on whether Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine, Bo Bichette’s three home run game, Aaron Judge’s 54th home run, Zach Gallen’s scoreless streak, and the New York teams losing their division leads. Later, Marly Rivera talks to Carlos Correa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
The Longest Game
2710
Baseball holds its records sacred. Most home runs, strikeouts, career wins. But what about the longest game ever? That honor goes to a 1981 AAA game, when the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings slugged it out from dusk to dawn. The record-breaking 33 innings brought hope, despair and drama on and off the field. Radio Diaries and 30 for 30 Podcasts take listeners to that frigid, surreal night with the voices who lived it – including Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. Most heroes of The Longest Game never made it big, but their unflagging endurance made history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
There Is No Shade
3338
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Dodgers and Padres playing on Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets taking two of three games from the Dodgers, Brandon Nimmo’s home run robbery, if Karl would take Michael Harris II or Spencer Strider for NL rookie of the year, Gunnar Henderson impressing for the Orioles after his call-up and Shohei Ohtani putting a dent in Aaron Judge’s AL MVP chances. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks about the Dodgers’ bullpen, Edwin Díaz putting the past behind him, if she’s buying the Cardinals and how she would advise the incoming owner of the Angels on what to do with Ohtani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Security Cam Video
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Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss Jesse’s routine interaction with Tony La Russa before he missed the game for an unspecified medical issue, La Russa sucking the oxygen out of the White Sox conversation in Chicago, how the White Sox might proceed into next season, Albert Pujols chipping away at his 700th home run, if the Mets are uniquely setup well for a short playoff series, Timmy Trumpet ready to perform live for an Edwin Diaz appearance, things not looking good for Shane McClanahan, Justin Verlander hitting the IL and which teams the guys think can win the World Series. Then, Buster talks to Kevin Plawecki from the Red Sox clubhouse about game planning for Aaron Judge and what’s different about him this year. Later, Todd Radom shares the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Makes His Own Iced Tea
3879
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss shaving lightning bolt into his hair if the Cardinals win the World Series, Aaron Judge hitting home run No. 50, the Mariners signing Julio Rodríguez to a monster deal, if Atlanta and St. Louis could challenge the Dodgers, Adam Wainwright mic’d up during his pregame warmup, Sam Kennedy’s vote of confidence for Alex Cora and Chaim Bloom, and the MLBPA advocating for minor leaguers to unionize. Then, listen to the entirety of Wainwright’s warmup with David Cone from Sunday Night Baseball. Later, Sarah Langs on Mookie Betts’ multi-home run games from the leadoff spot, the Dodgers’ run differential, Albert Pujols’ pitcher-related milestone and old timers’ day at Citi Field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Binge Worthy Television
2738
Hembo joins Buster to discuss being on the verge of fatherhood, lineup protection, Albert Pujols’ renaissance, a 39-year-old pitcher at the peak of his powers and Bryce Harper’s return. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Hawaii’s dominance in the Little League World Series, Paul Goldschmidt in the hunt for the triple crown, if the NL Central race is officially over, whether the Red Sox are dead or alive and Nestor Cortez’s groin issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Sign the Check
2704
Alden González joins Buster to discuss Arte Moreno taking offers for the Angels. Then, they discuss the criticism of Moreno for the lack of investment in player development, the failure to run a linear chain of command, and getting too involved with baseball operations. Next, they discuss the need for the next owner to build a team around Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Then, they discuss Fernando Tatís Jr. apologizing after testing for PED use, his upcoming shoulder surgery, and how he can rebuild the trust of the organization and fanbase. Plus, who is the MVP in the American League? Later, Todd Radom hops on for this week’s Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Led The League in Dishwashing
3303
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim just missing out on talking to George W. Bush, Alex Cora going down the hill in Williamsport, how Brandon Hyde characterizes this year's Orioles, the Red Sox giving the game away on Sunday, Aaron Boone and Gerrit Cole’s theatrics, Wander Franco’s hand soreness, the Padres removing Josh Hader from the closer role, and if it’s too early to talk about the Dodgers’ magic number. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Albert Pujols’ multi-home run games, Riley Greene’s home run off of Shohei Ohtani and Sunday’s crazy game between the Mets and Phillies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
75 to 100 Pizza Rolls
5389
Howard Bryant and Jeff Passan discuss if anyone cares about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s PED suspension, why Howard wasn’t sold on the Yankees’ hot start, MLB deciding to not play World Series games on Sundays and a story from Howard’s book “Rickey” that didn’t make the cut. Then, Foolish Baseball stops by to discuss his love of Adley Rutschman, how he got his start making baseball videos, the Braves, how pitch clock will making a big difference in the game, Vinnie Pasquantino and his thoughts on Weezer’s iconic albums. Later, Hembo on Alex Bregman returning to form and looking better than ever, and why the Guardians already “won” the Francisco Lindor trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Butternut Squash Soup
3881
Sarah Langs and Mandy Bell discuss the surging Guardians, the team’s “never say die” attitude and youthful inexperience, the strange AL Central, the White Sox revival, and if they jinxed the Mets. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about calling the Little League World Series, the Braves signing Michael Harris II to an eight-year contract and Alex Anthopoulos continuing to impress. Later, MLB.com’s Juan Toribio on Walker Buehler’s season-ending surgery, the level of concern with Craig Kimbrel and the expectation for Dustin May’s return. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Are You a Treasure?
3498
Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the two hour and fifteen minute Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, Boston doing a good job pitching to Aaron Judge, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s gets an 80-game PED suspension and the relatability of the Little League World Series. Then, Kyle Peterson calls in en route to Williamsport to talk about teaching kids how to rob home runs, how players at the LLWS have changed through the years, how Mo’ne Davis transformed the country, watching the Japanese players take the infield and what will be served at Kyle annual cookout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Decaying Tooth
3835
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Tigers firing GM Al Avila, Detroit owner Chris Ilitch taking no responsibility for the state of the club, if the Yankees need home field advantage in the playoffs, the difference between the AL and NL wild card pictures, and Vaughn Grissom’s rookie debut for the Braves. Then, Hembo has an NFL comparison for teams not pitching around Aaron Judge, explains how Adley Rutschman’s among the best players in baseball and explores a possible blue blood final four. Later, Jessica Mendoza on her hometown involvement with the Little League World Series, the Dodgers’ offensive production, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman’s friendship, and Luis Castillo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Back Pocket
3047
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss a big Mariners’ win, the Yankees’ base running blunders, Gerrit Cole’s bounce back performance, Pirates rookie Rodolfo Castro losing his phone on the field, the Astros tying the Yankees for best record in the AL, the Dodgers winning in another blowout and Keith Hernandez refusing to call Phillies’ games. Then, Todd Radom stops by to share his thoughts on Chris Sale’s bike accident, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Playing Trumpets
3326
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Buster’s gripe about teams not utilizing intentional walks, if Edwin Díaz could win the Cy Young, the the Dodgers throttling the Padres, why San Diego shouldn't panic, the Orioles, Pete Rose stepping in it again, Jason Heyward’s legacy, Dennis Eckersley is leaving the booth and Tim’s Mount Rushmore of baseball broadcasters. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on two 101 mph pitches in the same game, Aaron Judge continuing to crush and the Dodgers’ eight-straight wins by multiple runs. Later, Juan Soto was mic'd up on Sunday Night Baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Remembering Vin Scully
4425
Buster is joined by Karl Ravech to discuss the legacy of Vin Scully, their wild-card round predictions, and Derek Jeter’s reaction to Buster’s comments in The Captain. Next, Jess Mendoza hops on to share her time with Vin Scully, how the Dodgers broadcast is honoring his memory and gives the level of concern about Clayton Kershaw’s injury. Plus, Hembo on Vin Scully, the Padres as a science experiment, the new postseason format driving the trade market, and the best chess player in baseball. Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Red Sox at a crossroads, share the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
We Can All Relax: 2022 Trade Deadline Special
3271
Buster, Tim Kurkjian and Jeff Passan convene in Bristol to look back at a wild trade deadline. They discuss the Padres’ big move for Juan Soto, A.J. Preller sending it, which teams got better late, the weird dynamic with the Cubs and Wilson Contreras, the disconnect in Boston, the Orioles sticking to the plan, the improved Astros and the Reds’ suddenly restocked farm system. Later, Sarah Langs muses about San Diego’s lineup, plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Soto trade and shares if she’s bitter the Mets didn’t go big. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Package Deal
3456
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Aaron Judge going absolutely nuts, if there’s a world in which the Yankees let Judge walk, the Mariners scoring Luis Castillo, the Rays needing a bat and what to expect in Jacob deGrom’s return. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about Juan Soto muddying the trade market, why he thinks it’s Dodgers or bust for Soto, if the Giants will trade Carlos Rodón, the market for Wilson Contreras and how much money Boston is willing to eat to make a deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Prospects Will Break Your Heart
3308
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale joins Buster to discuss the chances Shohei Ohtani gets traded, how Ohtani would fill two needs for the Cardinals, suitors for Juan Soto, where Luis Castillo will land, if the Orioles will make moves, the Giants being in no-man’s land and the market for Wilson Contreras. Then, Karl Ravech on Mike Rizzo, the Angels facing the reality of needing to trade Ohtani, Andrew Benintendi, to the Yankees and the Red Sox caught between a rock and a hard place. Plus, a round of “Flesh Wound or Fatal” with Hembo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Wind-Up Toy
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Jeff Passan and Buster dive into the latest on the Juan Soto trade market, including the Padres’ motivation and the risk for the Rays. Then, the guys enter a rapid-fire discussion what they’re hearing around the league as the Tuesday deadline approaches. Later, Todd Radom wants the Red Sox to sell, shares this week’s Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Johnny Bench The Photographer
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss Tim’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his interactions with other Hall of Famers, the surprise lunch celebration and how many time he practiced his speech. Then, they get into the latest on where Juan Soto may land, and what they think the Guardians, Orioles, White Sox and Red Sox will do at the trade deadline. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about getting emotional celebrating Tim in Cooperstown, Soto’s walks, Aaron Judge’s multi-home run games and this week’s Subway Series. Plus, Tim’s Hall of Fame speech, in its entirety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Tim Kurkjian: A Baseball Life
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There are many ways to describe ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian: Brilliant. Hilarious. Competitive. And above all, passionate. Passionate about the game of baseball. But as of tomorrow, there’s another way to describe Tim Kurkjian: Hall of Famer. This weekend, as baseball inducts a new class into the Hall of Fame, Kurkjian will receive the Career Excellence Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America. So today, we celebrate the life and career of our favorite baseball nerd: the story of a short, skinny kid who took a love of baseball, and not much else, and made it all the way to Cooperstown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
All-Star Week Festivities
3338
Hembo joins Buster to break down why the downfall of viewership for the All-Star game, updates on deGrom's injury, and possible landing spots for Juan Soto. Next, Joon Lee hops on to talk about his insights from talking with Derek Jeter on Instagram Live, memorable moments from The Captain, and Jeter’s vulnerability and depth shown in the documentary. Plus, Buster answers your Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Beaming
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Home Run Derby, Julio Rodríguez announcing his arrival, Pete Alonso’s off night, Albert Pujols stealing the show, Juan Soto looking comfortable on the field and what Buster’s hearing on the possibility of a Soto trade. Then, Kylie McDaniel on the MLB Draft, the betting odds shifting before the first pick and the curious case of Kumar Rocker. Later, Todd Radom stops by to share his thoughts on the All-Star uniforms, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Favorite Day of the Year, Non-Birthday Edition
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how Tim is going to handle being inducted into the Hall of Fame, if Buster’s been cut from Tim’s speech, Juan Soto rejecting a contract offer from the Nationals, D.C. exploring trade options for Soto, a Scott Boras-Texas Rangers-Kumar Rocker conspiracy theory, what Tim remembers from seeing Jackson Holliday as a kid and All-Star Game dropouts. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to deliver Home Run Derby notes on Pete Alonso, Julio Rodríguez and Soto. Later, Dodgers broadcaster Tim Neverett on his new book “COVID Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season,” keeping a diary during the 2020 season, the weirdness of the Justin Turner situation after winning the World Series, if he thinks the Dodgers will get involved with Soto and why he doesn’t think the Red Sox will be aggressive at the trade deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
The Mythical Home Run
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the popularity and importance of the Home Run Derby, Ronald Acuña Jr. wanting to show he’s back, the divisional rivalry within the Derby, which team is the hottest in baseball, the steel cage match in the AL East for the Wild Card spots, the Yankees needing to make an addition at the deadline, and the Blue Jays firing Charlie Montoyo. Later, Jeff Fletcher, author of “Sho-Time: The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani and the Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played,” stops by to talk about the Angels’ initial rules around when Ohtani could pitch and hit, when Jeff knew Ohtani was going to have a monster 2021 season, how Ohtani handled that season behind the scenes, if there’s a future for two-way players, Ohtani’s relationship with Billy Eppler and speculation about Ohtani’s future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Baseball’s Botox
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Orioles’ nine-game winning streak and if Baltimore should add to the team at the trade deadline, Dave’s Mariners charging into the playoff picture, if Albert Pujols could get into a groove at the Home Run Derby, who they want to see added to the All-Star rosters, the “pie-slice” experiment, and Ozzie Guillen criticizing Tony La Russa. Then, Buster talks to top MLB draft prospect Elijah Green about his plans for draft day, which teams he’s hearing from, why he quit football at age 14, Mike Trout’s defense, his dad’s advice from playing in the NFL and the best bat flipper in the league. Later, Todd sets the record straight on Sara’s quiz wins, delivers this week’s quiz and shares the Phantom Franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Mischievous Instigator
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Buster is joined by newly elected Hall of Famer Tim Kurkjian to discuss the Orioles' eight game winning streak, their observations about the All-Star roster, which names would make this year's Home Run Derby the best one yet, and the Yankees massive lead in the AL East. Then, they discuss the series of the season and if Tim has changed since his Hall of Fame election. Plus, Sarah Langs joins to play the numbers game and discuss who got snubbed in this year's All-Star roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Standard Operating Procedure
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss whether it was ok for Chris Sale to destroy a TV after his rehab start in Worcester, if they’re concerned with Gerrit Cole, Hal Steinbrenner muzzling Aaron Judge contract talks in public, where Shohei Ohtani may sign once his contract with the Angels is up and being at the front of the Spencer Strider bandwagon. Then, Hembo with a second half preview and why the Mike Trout-Ohtani Angels are the ultimate baseball tragedy. Later, Jessica Mendoza fresh off of her first time hosting Get Up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Contesting The Results
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Jeff Passan and Buster discuss the state of starting pitching around the league, its declining relevance and the grim expectations for the position. Then, they get into the trade deadline including the Twins and Cardinals’ dire need for a starting pitcher, the Dodgers prioritizing bullpen help, what the Yankees really need, off-the-chart interest for Andrew Benintendi, and if the Pirates will move Bryan Reynolds. Later, Sara confronts Todd Radom about the quiz standings. Finally, Todd shares the Phantom Franchise and administers this week’s quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Percolating
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Twins’ 8-5 triple play, what’s going to happen with Juan Soto, the extra playoff spot adding intrigue to this season’s trade deadline, the Cardinals’ clear need for a front of the rotation starter and if the Astros could run down the Yankees for the best record in the AL. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on St. Louis’ position players occupying the top-three in WAR, Julio Rodríguez’s 15th home run and Houston winning on back-to-back walk off home runs. Later, interviews from the weekend with Oliver Marmol and Kevin Cash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
The Summer He Turned 13
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Mr. Sunday Night, an intriguing Cardinals team, Freddie Freeman firing his agent and the subsequent fallout, and rumblings of a Juan Soto deal. Then, Hembo swings by to talk about Sandy Alcantara bucking trends, the best futures bet in Vegas, Aaron Judge’s strike zone, if the Phillies can overcome Bryce Harper’s injury and the Orioles’ first winning month since 2017. Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the AL MVP race, Kyle Schwarber torching the month of June and Chris Taylor’s clinical throw to get Trent Grisham out at home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Creative Solutions
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Xavier Scruggs and Buster discuss the Blue Jays’ walk-off win over the Red Sox, the conversation in the Red Sox clubhouse with Tanner Houck back in Boston, Freddie Freeman firing his agent, if Phil Nevin’s suspension is MLB cracking down on retaliation, the worst fight Xavier was ever in and how the Padres should deploy Fernando Tatis Jr. when he returns. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Red Sox, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Sheer Volume of Emotion
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting weekend series between the Yankees and Astros, Houston no-hitting New York on Saturday, Aaron Judge’s walk-off home run, Judge settling with the Yankees, Freddie Freeman’s emotional return to Atlanta, the Dodgers’ gentle reminder for Freeman, Bryce Harper’s broken thumb, and the brawl between Seattle and Anaheim. Later, Sarah Langs on if she’s ever been in a physical altercation, Shohei Ohtani’s 118 mph home run, why the Yankees’ 16 hit-less innings bodes well for them and Brusdar Graterol throwing heat three days in a row. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Aaron Judge Judgement
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Hembo and Buster dive deep on Aaron Judge’s arbitration hearing and play a game of “Reminds Me Of…”. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to discuss the College World Series final between Ole Miss and Oklahoma, Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta, the Yankees’ magic formula, Judge’s walk off hit against the Astros, and if Yordan Álvarez will participate in the Home Run Derby. Later, Buster’s conversation with Adam Wainwright on the intricacies of his curveball grip, working on his command, learning pitching from his brother, strike percentage, what’s next for him and if he’s thinking about the Hall of Fame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
We Don’t Talk Like We Used To
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Boog Sciambi and Buster discuss the struggling Cubs, Oneil Cruz showing off his tools, Boog’s indifference to immaculate innings and hitting for the cycle, Max Scherzer giving the quote of the year, how the Mets could up the price for Aaron Judge this offseason, Jack Flaherty’s weak outing, and the Brewers’ vulnerability. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about his trip to Toronto, share this week’s Phantom Franchise and administer the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Hand Over My Heart
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the likely end of Lorenzo Cain’s career, their concern over a raft of injury news, Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker’s relationship, the Nationals retiring Ryan Zimmerman’s number, and a fan negotiating with the Astros to give up J.J. Matijevic’s first home run ball. Later, Sarah Langs calls in from Citi Field to talk about her go-to ballpark food, Jack Suwinski’s three home run afternoon, Sandy Alcántara going deep into games, and two players hitting grand slams for their first MLB home runs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Paralysis By Analysis
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the College World Series, Chris Sale’s injury update, why the Red Sox are feeling good, the AL East teams occupying the Wild Card slots, everything and nothing changing for the Astros, if the Astros’ cheating scandal will impact José Altuve’s Hall of Fame case, and which teams are the biggest non-Yankee contenders to nab Aaron Judge in free agency. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how the Yankees can own this summer, Manny Machado’s Hall of Fame track and the unicorn in our midst. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Yordan Álvarez thriving and Alex Bregman struggling, Dansby Swanson’s improved hitting, and the Padres’ seven-man rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Portrayal of a Human Being
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Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss if the Astros’ immaculate innings matter, Tyler Anderson’s near no-hitter and mid-career emergence, if Walker Buehler returns this season, the Dodgers’ early vulnerability, Manny Machado’s evolution as a leader, and the update on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury. Then, director of ESPN’s Derek Jeter docuseries “The Captain” Randy Wilkins stops by to talk about Jeter’s reaction to the final product, telling a balanced story about Jeter’s life, not shying away from difficult moments, coming up under Spike Lee, interviewing Michael Jordan for the doc, what he heard from other shortstops about Jeter and his prediction on what’s next for the former Yankee captain. Later, Todd Radom shares this week’s Phantom Franchise and administers the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
WAR is Confusing to Me, Still
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Ozzie Albies breaking his foot, the Braves’ 12-game winning streak, Buster previously declaring the NL East over, the Padres moving into a tie with the Dodgers in the NL West, why Alek Manoah is like a position player, the Cardinals following Paul Goldschmidt’s lead, José Ramírez’s season so far, Tony La Russa explaining his decision to walk Trea Turner, if the Angelos family feud could restrict the Orioles’ spending and Mike Trout on the mic during Sunday Night Baseball. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Matt Carpenter, Joe Musgrove, the wins streaks in the NL East and Byron Buxton. Plus, highlights from Trouts’ night on the mic, and Phil Nevin with Mike Couzens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Baseball's Most Valuable Currency
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Hembo and Buster discuss if Tony La Russa made the right decision walking Trea Turner and the significance of his coaching career. Next, Jess Mendoza breaks down the importance of the waited runs created stat and the impact of walk-up songs. Then, Karl Ravech joins to debate the value of analytics, and they discuss the family feud between the Angelos brothers fighting over control of the Baltimore Orioles. Later, Buster answers this week's Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
A Place to Park His RV
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David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Angels firing Joe Maddon, what ultimately led to his ouster, if Maddon will manage again, Aaron Judge’s home run pace, the Yankees doubling their opponents’ home run total, Michael Kopech or Alex Manoah and Michael Harris’ amazing grab. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Buster’s trip to Fenway for a concert, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
An Unfathomable Geek
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim’s gigantic life win, Patrick Wisdom on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Cardinals’ balance of youth and experience, the Yankees continuing to win with fixable problems, the Braves’ winning streak, the Angels’ long streak, the Phillies firing Joe Girardi, and Rays players refusing to wear rainbow-colored logos for “Pride Night.” Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about covering the 2016 World Series for ESPN, Andrew McCutcheon snapping his 0-32 streak with a walk-off single, the Yankees’ perfect game-bids and Noah Syndergaard’s struggles. Plus, Boog Sciambi with David Ross and Oliver Marmol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Quasi-Agent
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss if Adam Wainwright should hang it up, the Hall of Fame case for David Cone, Tim Kurkjian’s piece about his brother Matt, the Yankees sweeping a double-header against the Angels, if Aaron Judge could hit 60 home runs and a raft of injury news. Later, Jesse Rogers talks about why he’s less optimistic than most when it comes to the White Sox, Josh Donaldson’s hurt feelings, Christopher Morel’s it-factor, when Wilson Contreras could move on from the Cubs, and Grayson Rodriguez’s lat injury and the Orioles manipulating his service time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Mina Kimes and the First Pitch
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The ceremonial first pitch is a tradition almost as old as baseball itself, with presidents, celebrities and non-MLB athletes taking to the mound to aim for home plate. But the only person who may truly care about any first pitch…is the one throwing it, with the gut-wrenching feeling that they might biff. Our very own Mina Kimes will be in that position soon, throwing a first pitch for her beloved Seattle Mariners. So we called up MLB Insider Jeff Passan and enlisted legendary pitching coach Tom House to help us understand just what Mina’s getting into. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Los Angeles Browns
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Joon Lee and Buster discuss Joey Votto’s improbable Fenway feat, the Red Sox continuing to struggle, the Mets’ across the board competence, if the Phillies are DEAD OR ALIVE, Derek Jeter joining social media and Colorado’s City Connect uniforms. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Fantasy Umpire Ejection League
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Buster takes a look at the Joc Peterson-Tommy Pham fantasy football feud. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to discuss Pederson vs. Pham and the weirdest stories he’s ever covered, the Phillies needing a defensive shakeup, if the NL East race is already over, Jacob deGrom’s shoulder, Paul Goldschmidt’s hot May, the Rangers creeping toward .500, Gabe Kapler’s national anthem protest, and what the Yankees should do with Joey Gallo. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on Nick Plummer’s first career starts, Jesús Sánchez’s 496 foot moon shot at Coors Field and Mookie Betts’ 12 home runs in May. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Picturing Yukiko Ueno
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Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting a bomb off Shohei Ohtani, a home run Jessica that still revels in, Mookie Betts not being so hard on himself, Freddie Freeman finding his power and the poor state of facilities for women on coaching staffs across the league. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Pete Alonso on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and if he’ll defend his Home Run Derby title, the Rowan Wick-Joey Votto feud, and the Red Sox’s offensive turnaround. Later, Hembo on the Dylan Cease hype-train, handicapping the Aaron Judge sweepstakes and Adley Rutschman wearing No. 35. Finally, listen to part of Bomani Jones’ conversation with Tim Anderson from The Right Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Old Time Tag-Team
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss how they’ve come around on Joc Pederson, if we’ll see more offense as the weather turns, Josh Donaldson’s one-game suspension for calling Tim Anderson “Jackie,” Rob Manfred’s lack of leadership in the Donaldson decision, most disappointing teams to start the season and Buster’s Home Run Derby gimmick. Then, Todd Radom stops by to deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Sick Of It
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Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Josh Donaldson calling Tim Anderson “Jackie,” why Donaldson hasn’t issued a mea culpa, what to expect when Trevor Bauer goes before an arbitrator to appeal his suspension, the Orioles calling up Adley Rutschman, the Yankees’ in flux bullpen and who is currently the best player in baseball. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about who she’d pick as the Yankees closer, Johnny Cueto’s resurgence and the Dodgers’ struggles in close games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Spray Paint on a Work of Art
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss the Mets losing Max Scherzer, if the Braves miss Freddie Freeman’s at-bats, the White Sox seemingly being a sleeping giant, if the Yankees have a hole, AJ Pollack on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball and Build-A-Park at Camden Yards. Then, Hembo on Bryce Harper’s hat exchange, his newest baseball crush and the lack of precedent for a team potentially trading a talent like Juan Soto. Next, Bob Ryan stops by to talk about his new book “In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair,” scoring every baseball game he’s attended since 1977, witnessing the confrontation between Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson, playing HORSE against Jackson at his house, Roger Clemens’ dominant performances, and a dinner with John Henry. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Oklahoma softball’s utter dominance, Tim Anderson igniting the White Sox’s comeback, the Diamondbacks’ progress and if Madison Bumgarner could be moved to the Mets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Complete Hypothetical
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Alden Gonzalez and Buster discuss the Red Sox as mid-season sellers, if it makes sense for the Nationals to trade Juan Soto, the Angels’ starting pitching and Shohei Ohtani’s fastball command. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Boston being 13 games out of first place in the AL East, deliver the Phantom Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Later, Buster talks to Jason Heyward about the baseball academy he’s building on Chicago’s West Side. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Please, Give Me More
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Albert Pujols making his pitching debut and how it looks like he’s having more fun than ever, Adam Wainwright’s stellar start, if Harrison Bader froze the glove from his Gold Glove season, and Shohei Ohanti’s amazing weekend. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the most fun moments in baseball so far this season, Pirates winning without registering a hit and Ohtani’s 100th home run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Gabe Kapler: The Most Interesting Man in Baseball
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Picture a baseball manager. Whatever image you’ve conjured in your mind of, say, a slightly out of shape, older man who’s all business - it probably doesn’t match Gabe Kapler, who manages the San Francisco Giants. Kapler is an enigma: an uber-buff fitness geek who only eats red meat. He sports well manicured facial hair and speaks in verse, sounding more like a poet than a baseball player. Tim Keown introduces us to Kapler, and how he’s rewriting baseball’s unwritten rules…and reimagining what it means to be a manager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2022
Bet on Yourself
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster for a special edition of Baggage Claim Monday on a Friday to discuss the Bryce Harper injury update and what this means for the future of the Phillies. Plus, they break down the impact of Aaron Judge and why he is an early leader for MVP. Then, Jessica Mendoza joins to give her take on the electronic strike zone and how it could bring in a younger viewership. Later, Buster answers your Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
More of an Oval
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Buster looks back at last night’s Red Sox-Braves game where another blown strike call was a deciding factor in the outcome. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to discuss Reid Detmers’ no-hitter, Justin Verlander’s productive fastball, if Christian Yelich is turning a corner, the Yankees’ secondary players stepping up, Jim Crane’s hypocrisy and Buster’s idea to improve the umpiring situation. Later, Todd Radom delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Sorry Fellow Travelers
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Buster Olney joins Karl Ravech to discuss why it felt like the Cubs had no chance against the Dodgers this weekend, if Los Angeles will run away with the National League, the number of teams on pace to win 100 games and Trevor Story getting booed in Boston. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to wax nostalgic about her time in Chicago, and talk about Walker Buehler’s career WHIP, Wilmer Flores’ bases loaded at-bats and Sunday’s bonanza of games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Guttural Laugh
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Hembo and Buster discuss the Phillies’ collapse against the Mets, if panic or patience is needed for Philadelphia, the White Sox and Red Sox, and the only thing holding back the Blue Jays’ lineup. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the Mets’ comeback, the Buck Showalter-Aaron Boone dynamic in New York, Madison Bumgarner getting tossed and the Reds’ unique ugliness. Later, Jessica Mendoza on a huge college softball series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this weekend, Shohei Ohtani’s terrific outing in Boston and the issues festering in the Red Sox clubhouse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Something Special Brewing
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Aaron Boone and Buster Olney discuss Boone’s unconscious superstitions while he’s on a winning streak, the energy in the Yankees’ clubhouse, why he wasn’t worried about Aaron Judge after he turned down New York's contract offer, his team’s defense and Dusty Baker. Then, David Schoenfield stops by to talk about Baker’s 2,000th managerial win, Brian Cashman’s offseason moves panning out, Judge’s torrid start, if the Blue Jays need to add depth to their lineup and which division race will be more fun: AL East or NL West? Later, Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the worst stadiums he’s ever visited, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Chicken Salad
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindor’s mic’d up performance on Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets’ six game lead in the NL East and the upcoming series against the Braves, Bryce Harper looking off, the Angels' beach head of pitching, the Red Sox finding themselves in a deep hole after losing a series in Baltimore, and if Trevor Bauer will play in MLB again. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Kevin Gausman not yet allowing a walk, Clayton Kershaw breaking the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout record and Max Scherzer’s swings-and-misses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Stick to Words
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Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss calling Dodger games, the Braves activating Ronald Acuña Jr., concern for Gavin Lux, Eric Hosmer’s concentration and Joe West’s comments on Angel Hernandez. Then, Hembo drops by to defend his scorching hot Albert Pujols take, contextualize the Pirates and Orioles’ spending, and lay out how exactly Buck Showalter makes an impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Still Talking About The Balls
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Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Chris Bassitt’s tough words for MLB about the baseballs, the year-over-year changes to the balls, their scorching hot takes, why the Yankees letter was a nothingburger and how we haven’t yet seen the best of the Blue Jays. Then, Xavier Scruggs stops by to talk about the conversation in the Mets’ clubhouse after Pete Alonso was hit again, what the Mets’ pitching staff is doing so well thus far and Cody Bellinger hitting off speed pitches up the middle of the field. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts the umpires wearing logos on their uniforms, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Double Z
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Angel Hernandez’s strike zone and Kyle Schwarber’s meltdown, Bryce Harper wearing the mic for seven innings on Sunday Night Baseball, Eric Lauer’s rising velocity, Miguel Cabrera’s legacy after notching 3,000 hits, if Cabrera will be the last player to reach that milestone, Yankee fans throwing garbage on the field, and Eloy Jiménez going down. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Jazz Newsome and Ozzie Albies’ first-pitch home runs, Byron Buxton’s walk-off homer, Cody Bellinger, and Cabrera. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
I Don't Drink Tap Water
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Boone walking Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Phillies escaping a sweep in Colorado, the Brewers needing Christian Yelich to perform to become a complete team and attendance bottoming out in Oakland. Then, Hembo on why he’s upset about the lack of Cabrera coverage, the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and the ugly consequences of non-competitive behavior. Later, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about joining the Dodgers broadcast as an analyst, if Cody Bellinger is stabilizing, Bob Melvin’s credibility in the Padres’ clubhouse and a fun start to the season for the Mariners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
A Cold Night in Queens
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Buster examines the Mets’ 9-3 start, coming on the heels of a forgettable 2021 season. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to discuss the similarities of Joe Maddon’s culture change with the Cubs in the mid-2010s to Buck Showalter’s culture change with the Mets, the Cubs putting the ball in play, the White Sox’s depth, Gerrit Cole’s rough night out and the minor league pitch clock shaving off 20 minutes of game time. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Padres’ uniform ads, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Kiké Hernandez and Shakespeare
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim moving heavy things, baseball not disappointing with Freddie Freeman’s home run against the Braves, Ronald Acuña Jr. starting his minor league rehab assignment, the Angels intentionally walking Corey Seager to score a run, the Red Sox leaving players behind as they head to Toronto and Jake Arrieta big-timing Tim in a Starbucks. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on sock height, Seiya Suzuki’s low chase rate, Hunter Green’s 100 mph pitches, the Mets’ rotation ERA and a confused Mike Trout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
The Impact of Jackie Robinson
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Buster Olney pays tribute to Jackie Robinson and discusses the legacy he leaves behind on the game. Then, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down if Clayton Kershaw should have been pulled after pitching a perfect game through seven innings and the instability of the Padres. Plus, Jessica Mendoza shares what Jackie Robinson means to her and the struggles of Gerrit Cole. Later, Hembo joins Buster to discuss the emerging star of Steven Kwan and the games he’s excited for this weekend.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
After Jackie: What Happened with Baseball and Black America?
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It’s been 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, becoming the first Black player to take the field in Major League Baseball in 1947. Jackie was a specific player chosen at a specific time, when baseball was highly aligned with Black popular culture. But what happened between baseball and Black America in the decades after Jackie’s pivotal act? Why didn’t baseball become a majority Black sport, like basketball and football? Why didn’t MLB follow the culture into hip hop or grow its Black fan base? Jesse Washington uses his own lapsed baseball fandom to explore these questions with guests like Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Jackie’s son David Robinson, and current players and executives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Sara Smile
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Buster Olney discusses what makes Guardians rookie Steven Kwan special, his record-breaking performance, and Kwan’s biggest hit of the season thus far. Then, Alden Gonzalez breaks down future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols’ homer and mission to prove himself, the standing ovation Alec Bohm received from the Philadelphia crowd, and if the Dodgers are truly the best team in baseball. Later, Todd Radom shares this week’s Phantom Franchise and quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
First Weekend Overreactions
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster look back on the first weekend and discuss the Guardians’ Steven Kwan looking like the best player in baseball, Rob Manfred gifting all the players headphones, a culture shift within the Mets' locker room, Red Sox hitters complaining how fast Yankee pitchers were working with PitchCom, if Cody Bellinger is in trouble, which side blew it in Aaron Judge’s contract negotiations and the Braves’ championship rings. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Hunter Greene’s heat, Kwan, and the Twins’ consecutive runs via the homer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Midlife Crisis Guy
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Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss how they took in Opening Day, how PitchCom is already speeding up the game, Bobby Witt Jr.’s big league debut, the best part of Shohei Ohtani’s Opening Day, and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman’s “clash” in Atlanta. Then, Buster takes a closer look at Joey Votto turning over a new leaf on social media and his mic’d up performance during last night’s broadcast. Later, Todd Radom has this week’s Phantom Franchise and quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Opening Day 2022
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Buster Olney and Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos discuss celebrating the World Series in Atlanta with the fans on Opening Day, the process of designing the championship rings, when Ronald Acuña Jr. may return, early impressions of Matt Olson and his thoughts on PitchCom. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about his excitement for the season to start, the potential reception for Olson, how the Braves are feeling heading into a title defense, Joey Votto’s TikToks and José Ramírez’s new contract with the Guardians. Later, Hembo on Ramírez, the three most important players this season and potentially the best player in baseball through April. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Master of Ceremonies
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim’s duties at Brian Cashman’s Catholic University Hall of Fame induction, the Padres trading for Sean Manaea, if the A’s are retooling or tanking, the Mets’ pitching woes with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer's injuries, deGrom still insisting he’s going to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, where Buster thinks deGrom will end up, and the White Sox trading Craig Kimbrel for AJ Pollock from the Dodgers. Then, Buster talks to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about Tim’s handling of his Hall of Fame induction, making trades during the weekend’s festivities, his comments about the 2017 ALCS, recommending Carlos Beltrán for the YES Network, improving the team’s defense and Josh Donaldson. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Phantom Franchise
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Matt Olson, Jacob deGrom’s shoulder tightness, the Mets’ need for pitching security, whether the Cardinals or Brewers will win the NL Central and why Brian Cashman should’ve kept his thoughts on the 2017 Yankees to himself. Then, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Nationals’ cherry blossom uniforms, delivers the first Phantom Franchise entry and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Slam Dunk Selection
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Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Oneil Cruz being sent to the minors, how the Cruz move underscores the lack of substantive changes in service time manipulation and tanking, if Bobby Witt Jr. is the favorite for AL rookie of the year, and offseason grades for the Braves, Yankees and the NL Central. Then, Hembo makes that case for an all-time great season from the Dodgers’ lineup, explains why he’s picking the White Sox to win the World Series and shares which players he thinks will be break out stars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Does Tim Kurkjian Know?
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss the Oscars slap heard around the world, the communication breakdown between Freddie Freeman and the Braves, Albert Pujols signing with the Cardinals, why Bobby Witt Jr. should be on the Royals’ Opening Day roster, MLB continuing to check for sticky stuff, and Max Scherzer looking ready to go. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Mets throwing two multi-time Cy Young winners, if Gerrit Cole can lead the AL in strikeouts, Shohei Ohtani pitching and hitting on Opening Day, and what St. Louis can expect from Pujols this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Always About Urgency
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Buster starts the show examining the Orioles’ continuing tank-a-thon as oddsmakers peg Baltimore’s 2022 win total at 62.5 games. Then, Todd Radom stops by to discuss Vanderbilt’s new logo and his new weekly series Phantom Franchises, as well as administer the first quiz of the year. Then, Karl Ravech on New York City lifting its vaccine mandate for athletes, the looming issue of needing to be vaccinated to travel to Toronto, wins totals for the AL East and NL West, and the return of the ghost runner in extra innings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Sign, Sealed, Delivered
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Hembo joins Buster to give his three bold predictions for this season. Plus, Buster pays homage to Max Scherzer after his performance Monday. Then, Joon Lee joins Buster to discuss the suspected content in the letter that will be released by the courts from Rob Manfred to the Yankees. Later, Buster answers this week’s Bleacher Tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Splitting Up
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Buster Olney reports on the historic class of free agent shortstops all finally finding homes. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to discuss the Twins signing Carlos Correa, Trevor Story landing with the Red Sox, Freddie Freeman making less money with the Dodgers than he would’ve with the Braves, how much of a difference Bob Melvin will make on the Padres and potential bubble teams in MLB’s expanded playoffs. Later, Sarah Langs has notes on which team still needs starting pitching, the Braves’ bullpen, the Yankees’ defense and the Tigers’ defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
School Systems
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Freddie Freeman landing with the Dodgers, L.A. and Atlanta's contract numbers for Freeman not being far off, Kris Bryant signing with Colorado making no sense, Chris Sale’s broken ribs, and their surprised that the Red Sox haven't been more aggressive. Then, Buster examines the hyper-competitive AL East. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about why the Braves moving on from Freeman in favor of Matt Olson was a smart move, if Bryant will still be in Colorado in seven years, why he thinks the Yankees are going to finish fourth in the division, his lack of enthusiasm for Kyle Schwarber in Philadelphia and the Mariners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
"Not Even Close"
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.’s wrist injury and how the Padres are going to have trouble scoring runs, the Mariners trading for Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez, Joe Maddon’ bungled attempt to move Mike Trout to right field, the Yankees improving defensively, the Braves trading for Matt Olson and closing the door on signing Freddie Freeman. Then, Buster gets reaction from Dansby Swanson, Ian Anderson, Ozzie Albies and Alex Anthopoulos on the Freeman news. Later, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about Josh Donaldson and Gerrit Cole ironing out their differences, Donaldson bringing a spark to the Yankees’ clubhouse, and how Max Scherzer and Buck Showalter will be good for Francisco Lindor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Blockbuster Deal
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the competitive advantage of the vaccination status of players. Then, they break down the blockbuster deal of the Yankees acquiring Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela. Next, Austin Riley met with Buster and fellow reporters at camp discussing their chances of repeating a championship and the absence of Freddie Freeman. Finally, Buster answers this week’s bleacher tweets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
EMERGENCY POD: The Lockout Is Over
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster convene for an emergency pod to discuss the end of the lockout, why they’re excited to see which moves the Yankees and Dodgers make, keeping an eye on the A’s, if the Brewers will deal Josh Hader for a bat, their thoughts on Carlos Correa and Trevor Story, if there will be backchannel conversations about other rule changes, if enough was done to combat tanking, and the mini-revolt among the players that forced the end of the lockout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
The Best We Can Do
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Red Sox pitcher and friend of the pod Rich Hill joins Buster to discuss potential rule changes in baseball, the need to streamline instant replay, if the pitch clock gives an advantage to hitters, whether the shift should be banned or tweaked, why bigger bases make sense and devaluing starting pitching. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about where labor negotiations stand, the qualifying offer creating a bottleneck, the conversation around the international draft being a bad look, Steve Cohen’s Twitter likes, Rob Manfred’s job performance and Scott Boras’ assessment of the lockout’s media coverage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Feeling Sad
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss MLB canceling games, the erosion of fan support this decision will cause, the shortsightedness of negotiations, handwringing over the luxury tax, the union’s path of non-engagement, if the owners are trying to break the union and Tim having never played a single video game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Lawn Chairs
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Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss how close the players and the league are to a labor deal, what it’s been like covering these negotiations, the remaining issues to be resolved, the leverage players have with playoff format proposals, Derrick Jeter steps down as Marlins CEO and the Jesse Rogers rule of owning a team. Then, Buster talks to a group of Bleacher Tweeters to get their thoughts on the labor fight, and what they'd say to owners and players. Later, Scott Van Pelt on why the Orioles' poor performance has led him to apathy about the strike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Baseball-Type Things
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Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to discuss his top 100 prospect list, when the Orioles will debut Adley Rutschman, if there’s more pressure on teams to call players up, the rhetoric surrounding Anthony Volpe, O’Neil Cruz’s potential impact for the Pirates, Kiley’s draft board and if Freddie Freeman stays with the Braves. Then, Buster’s conversation with a group of major leaguers who are working out in Nashville as they wait for the labor situation to be resolved. Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about uniform updates in 2022, the Yankees retiring Paul O’Neil’s number, and Buster turns the table on the quiz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Human Sigh
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Jeff Passan and Buster discuss the Eric Kay trial and opioid use among pitchers, why labor negotiations feel like falling in a dream down an infinite cavern, and the parallels to the 1981 strike. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about running into Kyle Schwarber decked out Bengals’ gear at the Super Bowl, the absurdity of negotiations taking place over short meetings on Zoom, and her thoughts on Rachel Balkovec and the wave of women being hired to important roles in MLB. Later, Hembo on which players will benefit most from the universal DH, this year’s Rams and Bengals in baseball, and which prospect will have the biggest impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Protect Your Investments
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss updates in the labor negotiations, what team first baseman Freddie Freeman will sign with, and how stopping steroid testing will affect the game. Next, Buster sits down with the executive director for Advocates for Minor Leaguers Harry Marino and player Rhett Wiseman to shed light on the living conditions of minor league players and what changes need to be made. Later, Buster answers this week's Bleacher Tweets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Bubble Screen
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the state of the labor negotiations, if the owners should throw the players a bone after steamrolling them, the lack of consistent back-and-forth, the NFL’s blockbuster playoffs looming in the background of the talks, ESPN unveiling its top-100 MLB players of all-time, their logic when assembling their rankings, and the debates that have emerged from Nos. 100-51. Later, Doug Glanville stops by to talk about his piece on why he’s fine with Barry Bonds not making the Hall of Fame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Like Bags of Sand
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Hembo and Buster discuss the relevancy and money MLB is losing as labor talks drag on, David Ortiz’s election to the Hall of Fame, and if his election will help Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez get into the Hall. Then, Rich Hill stops by to talk about signing for his 18th season with the Boston Red Sox, the AL East, involving his son with team activities, his worry for the sport’s health if a labor agreement is not reached soon, his concerns with a potentially shortened spring training and the automated strike zone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Sky is the Limit
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Buster Olney discusses the latest news in the MLB. Then, Sarah Langs joins Buster to share her top three Australian-born players in honor of Buster’s special guest this week, Genevieve Beacom. Then, Buster talks with the 17-year old Beacom, who is the first woman to pitch professionally in Australia. Plus, Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the updates in the labor negotiations. Finally, Buster answers your questions with this week’s bleacher tweets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Breaking News
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Jesse Rogers and Buster discuss the career of Jon Lester following his retirement announcement this morning. Plus, they break down if Lester has the possibility of entering the Hall of Fame. Then, Buster and Jesse discuss the labor situation and if there is any progress being made on the path to an agreement. Later, Buster is joined by Hembo to debate who is in their top ten player positional rankings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
On the Ballot
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Sarah Langs and Buster discuss the chances of Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Curt Schilling, David Ortiz and others being elected to the Hall of Fame this year. Then, Derrick Goold stops by to talk about the negativity surrounding the Hall of Fame voting process, the slow-drip of results, what they would change about the voting process and if writers should even participate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
“The Most Important Puerto Rican Ever”
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Buster Olney remembers the life and tragic passing of Roberto Clemente on New Year’s Eve of 1972 with three distinct voices. First, Buster talks to former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass about meeting Clemente as an 18-year-old minor leaguer, when he heard the news of the plane crash, spring training of 1973 feeling like an extension of the memorial, what Clemente was like in the clubhouse and why no one could take their eyes off of him. Then David Maraniss, author of Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, stops by to talk about his live broadcast relaying the news of Clemente’s death, why he decided to write a Clemente biography, the awe Clemente inspired in fellow players and Manny Sanguillén searching for Clemente’s body. Finally, longtime MLB player and coach Joey Cora discusses learning of Clemente’s death at the age of seven, Clemente putting Puerto Rico on the map, how Clemente paved the way for all Puerto Rican players in MLB and his favorite Clemente highlight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
1994 What Ifs…
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss abstaining from Twitter, Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa in free agency limbo, the riskiness of the Mets not hiring Buck Showalter, and what comes to David’s mind when thinking about the 1994 Expos. Then, the GM for the 1994 Expos Kevin Malone stops by to talk about his work for the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, Montreal ownership forcing him to dismantle the ’94 Expos as a result of the labor strike, why he thinks that dismantling was the beginning of the end of baseball in Montreal and what the free agency situation may look like once a labor agreement is reached. Later, Hembo has more on the ’94 Expos and plays the Hall of Fame Game with Buster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
A Little Destiny Involved
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss her favorite Tim Kurkjian story as he’s up for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s BBWAA Career Excellence Award, and her thoughts on the newest inductees to the Hall. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about how he’s been feeling as he awaits word on the vote, his connection to Walter Johnson, the worst mistake he’s ever made and the continued stalemate between owners and players in labor negotiations. Later, Jim Kaat on being elected to the Hall of Fame, what it was like waiting for the call, his fellow inductees and what he would change about Hall of Fame voting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Lockout
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the official start of the lockout, the forever fight over money, the poor working relationship between the players and owners, the importance of message discipline, each side's soft underbelly and how much spending will occur when the labor situation is resolved. Then, Hembo stops by to discuss his research on the middle class dilemma, his favorite free agent signing and his least favorite signing. Later, Buster and Tim Kurkjian suspend reality and hit on all the major signings from the last week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Side Dish
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Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the intrigue around this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, how they think voters will treat David Ortíz, if Curt Schilling will make it in, the expectation that there will be a lock out, how a lockout would crush the middle class of players, Carlos Correa contract predictions from executives, the biggest names that are likely to be traded this offseason and keeping an eye on the Rangers. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Comeback Player of the Year, Noah Syndergaard and Guerrero family MVP votes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Jagged
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s official transition to the Guardians name, Bryce Harper winning a second MVP and growing into the face of the franchise, Freddie Freeman’s contract talks with the Braves, José Berríos signing for 7-years with the Blue Jays, the Angels grabbing Noah Syndergaard for one year, Justin Verlander returning to the Astros, Eduardo Rodríguez heading to Detroit, their advice for new Mets GM Billy Eppler, and Rob Manfred’s lockout comments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Family Program
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss their feelings about the labor situation, Justin Verlander throwing 96 mph at his workout, the Dodgers not extending a qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw and signing Andrew Heaney, if Craig Kimbrel will be on the White Sox next season, and what surprised them about the awards list. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how he’s handling his offseason sadness, if the Braves are serious contenders in 2022, Kershaw possibility being underrated this free agency, the Cubs picking up Wade Miley off waivers and J.T. Realmuto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Hundreds of Dogs and Cats
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss their personal recovery time following the postseason, Buster Posey’s retirement and if he’s a Hall of Famer, the dearth of catchers in the Hall, Jeff’s rainbow of a bruise he received after catching for his son, the time someone confused Buster with Posey, and the progress — or lack thereof — of labor talks between the union and the league. Later, Todd Radom closes the podcast with his connection to late-commissioner Bart Giamatti and the final quiz of the season. Finally, an annual tradition to end the daily podcast for the 2021 season: A reading of “The Green Fields of the Mind” by Giamatti. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Fortune Favors the Bold
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series, Jorge Soler earning the World Series MVP, Freddie Freeman affecting how other teams used their bullpens, Alex Anthopoulos making all-time great trade deadline moves, Max Fried being due for a good outing and baseball lifer Brian Snitker finally winning the big one. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Braves out-homering the Astros by a wide margin, the Atlanta’s bullpen, the innings discrepancy between relievers and starters, if Freeman is a Hall of Famer, and late endings to World Series games. Later, Sarah Langs on the Braves clinching on the road, Atlanta acquiring its NLCS and World Series MVPs at the trade deadline, and the chances of a Braves repeat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Canadian Loonie
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Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss the last time a team rallied from 3-1 down in the World Series, why the Braves still have the upper hand, Luis Garcia as a wild card and what to watch while Max Fried is pitching. Then, Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to share Barry Bonds stories and explain why he thinks Bonds should go into the Hall of Fame. Later, Sarah Langs on her favorite Bonds stat, Freddie Freeman, the Astros’ two-out offense and the last time a rookie started in the World Series on three games rest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Caffeine Monday
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Tim’s now-nixed travel plans he made after Adam Duvall’s grand slam in the first inning of Game 5, the resiliency of the Astros, Brian Snitker waiting too long to call the bullpen, fears of Atlanta’s bullpen being worn out, how the Braves won Game 4 and Atlanta needing a big outing from Max Fried in Game 6. Plus, the guys remember Red Sox player and broadcaster Jerry Remy. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Dusty Baker’s lineup changes, Alex Bregman breaking through, first inning grand slams and the success of teams with a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Contrived Controversy
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Padres hiring Bob Melvin, if the A’s organization is happy to shed Melvin’s contract, the Mets watching traffic zoom by, the potential for a rainout throwing the World Series into complete disarray and the inevitability of Atlanta changing its name. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Astros’ offense thriving, the ballparks where the Braves have played home World Series games and Atlanta’s home losing streak in the Fall Classic. Later, Todd Radom stops by to weigh in on PETA’s insistence that cows are offended by the term bullpen and to administer the weekly quiz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
Holding Myself Accountable
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Chris Singleton and Buster discuss the Astros’ Game 2 victory, the uncertainty when looking at the rest of the series, the buzz in Atlanta surrounding the Braves, Dusty Baker plugging in Jose Siri, José Urquidy pounding the strike zone, a two-part performance for Max Fried, why Brian Snitker didn’t pull Fried after a rough start, if Kyle Wright can be a difference maker and José Altuve. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on rookie pitchers matching up, the importance of winning Game 3 and early runs in this series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Tornado Warning
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Charlie Morton going down with a broken leg, the pressure now on the Braves, the Atlanta bullpen hitting its stride and a head-scratcher from Framber Valdez. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by after a tornado warning in Houston to talk about wanting to record the podcast after last night’s game, Morton pitching on a broken leg, what’s happening with Alex Bregman, the World Series as an event and tales from the pregame dugout. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers game with notes on Jorge Soler’s leadoff home run, Eddie Rosario’s hitting streak and the Astros’ home losing streak in the World Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Benefit of Divine Intervention
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Dusty Baker getting a shot at a World Series, play a pre-World Series edition of The Numbers Game and make her series prediction. Then, Hembo stops by with context for the Braves’ and Astros’ World Series runs, and thoughts on who has the most to gain by winning the whole thing and which team has the Game 1 pitching advantage. Later, Xavier Scruggs on the general fan interest in the matchup, his favorite storylines going into the World Series, the Snitker family, and Chris Bassitt’s claim that Astros-like cheating is much more widespread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Pure Joy
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Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Astros defeating the Red Sox in the ALCS, Houston’s pitching holding the line, Yordan Álvarez offensive explosion, the Braves defeating the Dodgers in the NLCS, Atlanta maintaining the best record in baseball since the trade deadline, the similarities between the Astros and Braves, what’s next for the Red Sox and Dodgers, the Cardinals hiring Ollie Marmol, and the Padres hiring a pitching coach before a manager. Then, longtime MLB catcher Alex Avila stops by to talk about his recent retirement, how the Astros and Braves win in similar ways, his pitching plans for Eddie Rosario and Álvarez, his advice for how baseball should handle the sticky stuff conversation, and how he feels about the opener strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
We Didn’t Get to the Pump
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Chris Taylor’s three home run night, the Dodgers’ ability to get the most out of players, Nathan Eovaldi starting for the Red Sox, and a few Bleacher Tweets on the electronic strike zone, tying the DH to starting pitching and Alex Cora vs. Dusty Baker’s managerial styles. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about Mad Max: Road Warrior, Taylor’s free agent value, his key for Game 6 of the ALCS, and his traditionalist thoughts on changes likely coming to MLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Ichabod Crane
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Braves taking a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers, how Atlanta and Los Angeles feel like different teams compared to last year’s NLCS, Framber Valdez’s ridiculous sinker, and Alex Cora’s mistake with Chris Sale. Plus, Sarah and Buster talk about the big changes coming soon to MLB.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Wet Pile of Leaves
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David Schoenfield and Buster discuss Cody Bellinger coming up big in the postseason, whether Bellinger is in position to make these big hits if Max Muncy doesn’t get hurt, if the Braves will fold, the Astros’ bullpen salvaging the game, Boston failing to knockout Houston, José Altuve and Carlos Correa showing their toughness, Laz Diaz and the would-be strike three call, and the top-five free agent shortstops according to 11 baseball evaluators. Later, Todd Radom has the final Forgotten Franchise for the season and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Like a Christmas Present
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Yankees signing Aaron Boone to a three-year contract, what could turn the NLCS series for the Dodgers, Walker Buehler, the emergence of Austin Riley and Alex Cora’s coaching moment with Eduardo Rodriguez. Then, the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier stops by to talk the Red Sox being locked in offensively, the hitting culture in Boston, Kyle Schwarber’s relationship with Bobby Dalbec, if the Astros have a path back into the series and the Mets’ GM search. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Interchangeable
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Braves’ back-to-back walk off wins to take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the feeling of something special happening in Atlanta, the Dodgers missing Max Muncy, Dave Roberts bringing in Julio Urias in Game 2, Austin Riley continuing to look like the best player in the NL, MLB increasing housing support for minor-leaguers and the Yankees’ managerial situation. Later, Dan Shulman stops by to talk about the ALCS, pitching injuries for the Astros, how Houston should handle its staff going forward, Tanner Houck and Nick Pivetta being difference-makers, and his free agency outlook for Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
The Gambit
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss an exciting Dodger victory over the Giants in Game 5 of the NLDS. They get into Logan Webb’s dominant performance, Mookie Betts’ big night, Cody Bellinger redeeming himself after a dreadful season, Max Scherzer closing the game out and celebrating hard afterward, Dave Roberts’ bold decision to start Corey Knebel, and Buster’s cursed picks for the LCS series. Plus, the Cardinals make a surprising move dumping Mike Shildt and the Yankees fire third base coach Phil Nevin. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Don’t Play For Tomorrow
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to preview NLDS Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants. They discuss why each team should be exceeding confident with Logan Webb and Julio Urias on the mound, the Giants finding a way to set-up Camilo Doval, Chris Taylor possibly coming up clutch, home field advantage and how Sarah’s mom is doing with a tense night ahead. Then, Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos stops by to talk about how he’s watching tonight’s Game 5, the Braves’ preparation for the Giants or Dodgers, Atlanta’s turbulent season, something he previously took for granted and the importance of clubhouse culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Sources Tell Me
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Giants going to Game 5, the Braves’ chances against Los Angeles or San Francisco, baseball needing a common sense test on what’s reviewable, the Astros’ stalwarts stepping up, the White Sox faltering down the stretch, and the Yankees considering re-signing Aaron Boone. Later, Hembo on why Alex Cora is the best postseason manager since Bruce Bochy, why he’s bullish on Atlanta, picking the Giants in Game 5 and candidates to accept qualifying offers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
The Reverend
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Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss rookie reliever Camilo Doval coming up big for the Giants, Evan Longoria’s home run, San Francisco and Los Angeles playing nearly perfect ball, the Brewers’ complete offensive shutdown, the Red Sox sending the Rays home, Alex Cora’s impeccable playoff record, Boston’s shrewd signing of Kiké Hernandez, the off-day controversy between the White Sox and Astros, and the 2021 all-intangibles team. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Joctober, Cora in clinchers and Buster Posey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Reading The Rulebook
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the controversial plays in both Game 3s in the ALDS- how the rulebook cost the Rays a run in the top of the 13th in Boston and whether or not Yasmani Grandal intentionally ran up the first base line to get in the way of a throw to the plate. Plus, Tim looks ahead to the full slate of Division Series games on the schedule today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Stupid Catwalks
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Tim Kurkjian’s belief in ghosts, Randy Arozarena stealing home, why the Rays will continue to be a bad matchup for the Red Sox, Lance Lynn getting blown up, Lance McCullers Jr.’s dominance, Dusty Baker’s Cooperstown destiny, if the Braves offense can overcome the Brewers’ strikeout staff and a monster NLDS series between the Giants and Dodgers. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Invoking Thomas Edison and Bobby Cox
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers-Giants’ first-ever postseason meeting, Chris Taylor’s walk off against the Cardinals, the questions surrounding the White Sox, potentially a huge series from Wander Franco, the Rays’ starting rookie pitchers and if the Braves can overcome the Brewers’ three-headed monster. Then, Hembo stops by to defend Phil Nevin waving Aaron Judge home in the AL Wild Card game and share his X-factors for every playoff team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Underlying Grumbling
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Red Sox taking down the Yankees in the AL Wild Card, Xander Bogaerts getting Boston going, Gerrit Cole’s bad night, New York’s lack of offense, Ryan Braiser playing a key role for the Red Sox, the Rays-Red Sox series in the ALDS and who the Dodgers will play at first base. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Mutant Fence Breaker
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Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to preview the AL Wild Card Game between the Yankees and Red Sox, the Yankees’ distinct pitching advantage, keeping an eye on swings and misses, Rafael Devers and Giancarlo Stanton elevating their teams, if Joey Gallo can change the narrative around his Yankee career, and Joe West retiring after the postseason. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to give her picks for the wild card games, and plays The Numbers Game with notes on Postseason Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge homering in winner-take-all games, a pair of older pitchers matching up in Dodgers-Cardinals, and a promising stat for Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Best Day of Baseball in 10 Years
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Yankees-Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game, Yankees bullpen advantage over the Red Sox, Boston needing a fast start, the Blue Jays coming up one game short, the Mariners’ momentum going into 2022, the Giants setting a franchise record for wins, Max Muncy going down and what amounts to a coin flip in the NL Wild Card game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
The Burn is Real
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss champagne celebrations in clubhouses, how the Braves won the NL East after suffering major injuries, the Astros clinching the AL West and Carlos Correa’s great year, the Giants coming up clutch again, Adam Wainwright getting the start in the NL Wild Card game, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton putting the Yankees on their backs, and why Ryan Mountcastle should win AL Rookie of the Year. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Needless Loss
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays hunting first-pitch fast balls on Gerrit Cole, the number of arms at the Yankees’ disposal, why Buster thinks the Red Sox may not lose again, the Braves on the verge of clinching the NL East, Devin Williams breaking his hand while celebrating the Brewers winning the NL Central, the Dodgers and Cardinals on a collision course in the NL Wild Card game, and Karl atoning for his worst preseason prediction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Forgive Me Buster, For I Have Sinned
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss their worst preseason predictions, the Cardinals clinching a playoff spot, the Mariners coming up clutch, the Yankees creating some breathing room, the feeling of 2011 for the Red Sox, AL Rookie of the Year and the Braves’ chances in the playoffs. Plus, Hembo on his worst preseason prediction, the definitive MVP case for Bryce Harper, the impact of the Giants losing Brandon Belt and why he thinks the Cardinals won’t make waves in the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Just Another Day
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Mariners hovering around the back of the AL Wild Card pack, Brandon Belt’s broken thumb, Joey Votto’s bombs, Juan Soto on the edge of a batting title and Bradley Zimmer homering off his brother Kyle. Then, Jessica Mendoza and Melanie Newman stop by to talk about calling Dodgers-Padres together on Wednesday as the first all-women broadcast duo for an MLB game on ESPN, the Dodgers still fighting for the NL West crown, if the Padres will play spoiler or roll over, Giancarlo Stanton’s swing and Shohei Ohtani’s comments about winning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Good Luck with the Couch
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the exceptionally dangerous Rays clinching the AL East, why Kevin Cash should be AL manager of the year, the Brewers looking to surprise in the postseason, Juan Soto vs. Bryce Harper for NL MVP, the Yankees sweeping the Red Sox over the weekend and which teams they think make the AL Wild Card with a week left to play. Plus, Buster talks to Giancarlo Stanton after a Yankees victory on Sunday Night Baseball. And, Boog Sciambi chats with Alex Cora. Hone Health: For a limited time only, listeners get the at-home assessment and a doctor consultation for only $45. Click here to take advantage or visit HoneHealth.com/BBTN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Foggy Crystal Ball
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss this weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox series, Boston’s favorable schedule going forward, New York controlling its fate, the White Sox clinching the AL Central and how dangerous they’ll be in the playoffs, Craig Kimbrel’s disappointing play since being traded, the Cardinals ripping off a 12th-straight win, Juan Soto’s second half explosion, and MLB experimenting with pre-tacked baseballs. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Wrapped in Cigars
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Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the lamest bench clearing ever between the Rays and Blue Jays, the big Yankees-Red Sox series over the weekend, St. Louis rising from the ashes and if the Angels could be players for Max Scherzer in free agency. Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on two notable 22-year-olds knocking 40 home runs, Juan Soto and the Cardinals’ 11-game winning streak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Gnat in Greeny’s Ear
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Cardinals storming into the playoffs like Smarty Jones, the Padres’ official turn down Bitter Boulevard, Kevin Kiermaier scooping up the Blue Jays’ data card on the field and the need for a pitch clock to speed up the game. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Connor McGregor’s first pitch, the Phillies flailing down the stretch, not betting on San Diego’s future, Salvador Perez’s historic season and why Shohei Ohtani should unanimously win the AL MVP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
The Purrfect Tale of Baseball’s Rally Cat
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Cats are making cameos all over sports right now, from a stray at Yankee Stadium to a dangling feline in Miami. But ESPN’s Liz Merrill has the original wild and twisting tale of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Rally Cat. When the kitten crawled onto the field during the bottom of the sixth in a 2017 game against the Kansas City Royals, Yadier Molina proceeded to hit a go-ahead grand slam on the very next pitch. Hear the story of the all-out search that followed for the Rally Cat, and the heated fight over where it should live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
The Scoundrel Betrayed Me
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss if Jon Lester if a Hall of Famer, if 200 career wins for pitchers is the new 300 wins, Shane Baz debuting for the Rays with a dominant performance and the challenges for the White Sox with the postseason on the horizon. Then, author and columnist George Will stops by to talk about why he thinks the game of baseball is boring, the need to consider all possible rule changes to bring young people back into the fold, his friendship with Tony La Russa, the Cubs’ squandering further success with its World Series-winning core and what he expects from labor talks this winter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Pu Pu Platter
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the AL MVP conversation shifting to Vlad Guerrero Jr. and how absurd that is with the way Shohei Ohtani is playing, Bryce Harper as the NL MVP, the confrontation between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout and the offseason reckoning facing the Padres, possibilities for the Mets GM job, if Aaron Boone could be fired if the Yankees miss the playoffs, and Andrew McCutcheon supporting improved conditions for minor leaguers. Plus, Buster goes rapid fire with J.T. Realmuto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Bitter Boulevard
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Steve Cohen getting wild on social media (again), the AL MVP, Bryce Harper and the Phillies, the Yankees’ regretful record against the Orioles, and Karl’s landing spots for the class of free agent shortstops. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
First Podcast Interview
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss why all the players don’t wear No. 21 for Roberto Clemente Day, the Cardinals’ slow climb into the NL Wild Card race, Robbie Ray’s continued dominance and matching up the premier shortstop free agents with their future teams. Later, Braves manager Brian Snitker stops by for his first podcast interview. He and Buster talk about how gratifying it is to being atop the NL East with challenges the team has faced this season, the impact of trading for Joc Pederson, Ozzie Albies’ maturity, Austin Riley coming up big and his connection to Bobby Cox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
With or Without the Bleeps
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Roberto Clemente Day, their thoughts on part one of the new 30 for 30 “Once Upon a Time in Queens,” the Cardinals possibly sneaking into the NL Wild Card, if Shohei Ohtani could REALLY lose the AL MVP, the Rookie of the Year races and Ryan Braun’s legacy. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about if Max Scherzer is the best trade deadline pick-up ever, Scherzer being historically underrated, Cody Bellinger’s disastrous season, and why he thinks Yankees and Red Sox won’t win the AL East any time soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Bad Boys
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Darryl Strawberry joins Buster ahead of ESPN's new 30 for 30 “Once Upon a Time in Queens” about the World Series-winning 1986 New York Mets. Darryl and Buster discuss why Mets fans went so crazy for the ’86 team, their famous curtain calls, being the bad boys of the league, Dwight Goodin’s delivery, Gary Carter playing with joy and what he was thinking during the Bill Buckner play. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her mom Lisse-Anne Pirofski to talk about her San Francisco Giants clinching a playoff spot, if she endorses the team celebrating with champagne and superstition vs. science. Plus, Langs on Adam Wainwright's phenomenal season at 40, the Blue Jays finally realizing their potential, the Yankees making big changes in the infield and the Red Sox’s fielding disaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Classic Subway Series
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the chirping between the Mets and Yankees over alleged sign-stealing, Francisco Lindor’s three home runs on Sunday Night Baseball, if either New York team makes the playoffs, Max Scherzer’s 3,000th strikeout, Corbin Burnes and the battle for NL Cy Young, and the Blue Jays surging into playoff position by laying waste to the Orioles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Remembrance
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Michael Kay joins Buster to discuss his memories of 9/11, being unsure if fans were ready to watch “a silly game” when baseball resumed, his moment of clarity when he realized what sports really means to people, the pride he felt after President George W. Bush’s first pitch, and the desperation for the Yankees and Mets headed into the weekend. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about the Yankees lacking the vigor the Blue Jays are playing with, Jacob deGrom and Sandy Alderson not being on the same page with deGrom’s elbow, and Hunter Renfroe’s comments on the Red Sox’s COVID-19 outbreak. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Diplomatically Chaotic
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joins Buster to discuss Derek Jeter’s speech in Cooperstown, the state of his and Jeter’s relationship, his conversations with Joe Torre after 9/11 on what role the team should play in the New York City, the love shown to the Yankees throughout the league in the aftermath, and President George W. Bush’s first pitch during the World Series. Later, Sarah Langs on the designation of being unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame, Max Scherzer becoming the second fastest ever to 3,000 strikeouts, the Blue Jays continuing to batter the Yankees and A.J. Pollack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Strategic Retreat
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Stephanie Bell joins Buster to discuss Mets president Sandy Alderson’s assertion that Jacob deGrom’s injury “has resolved itself,” how Fernando Tatis Jr. has been able to protect his shoulder and whether Tatis should have surgery. Then, David Schoenfield talks about the Padres looking like its in trouble, the Blue Jays busting out, Gerrit Cole’s seemingly strategic retreat, the second AL Wild Card spot and his top-three Derek Jeter plays. Later, Hembo stops by with notes on the Yankees benching Joey Gallo, Wander Franco being unfazed by big league pitching and Marcus Semien. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Best, Worst, Stupidest
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss a wacky game between the Red Sox and Rays, if the Blue Jays could make the playoffs, the Yankees losing Jonathan Loaisiga, the Giants taking the weekend series against the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, if Max Scherzer is now the Cy Young favorite in the NL, Cody Bellinger’s struggles and Charlie Morton’s one-year extension. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on another Scherzer 10 strikeout-no walk game, Wander Franco’s seemingly endless on-base streak and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Was That News?
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss what they would do if they ran the Mets, why Steve Cohen should do everything he can to get Theo Epstein, the tie for first in the NL West, the wide-open race for NL CY Young, Bryce Harper as the favorite for NL MVP and Gerrit Cole closing in on AL Cy Young. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Living Corollary
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers overtaking the Giants atop the NL West, why it’s the Dodgers’ division and World Series to lose, the Giants running into the Brewers’ buzzsaw, the Mets continuing to devolve, Steve Cohen having a conscience-free opportunity to clean house, who Cohen might look at to run the team, and a sliver of hope in labor negotiations. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her annual list of the 10-best pitches in baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Highly Efficient and Very Poor
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Xander Bogaerts hitting the COVID list, Boston’s struggles over the last month, Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito heading to the IL, the “apologizes” from Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor, and Abraham Toro hitting a grand slam off of Kendall Graveman. Then, Hembo talks about booing, Baez’s free agent prospects, why the Rays are the best organization in sports, the last time the Giants and Dodgers owned the top-two spots in the NL West, and strength of schedule for the teams battling for the second NL Wild Card. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
It's Business
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Pete McConville is the actual head honcho on Get Up! and he joins Buster as a “till death do us part” Mets fan to discuss Javier Baez giving the thumbs down to Mets fans and what the team should expect at Citi Field tonight. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks about the frustrations Mets’ players must be feeling, the NL West race and Shohei Ohtani continuing to be locked in. Later, Sarah Langs on the Rays taking the mantle as best team in the American League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
The Mets Provide
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Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the Javier Baez thumbs down to Mets fans, how this might impact Baez in free agency, Francisco Lindor needing to mend the relationship fans, the A’s saving the season after beating the Yankees on Saturday and Sunday, Starling Marte is tearing it up since being traded to Oakland, and Salvador Perez having all-time great offensive year from a catcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Side-Eye
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the final weekend of the Little League World Series, the Padres losing ground fast, if they anointed the Dodgers too early and a possible Yankees-Red Sox wild card matchup. Plus, Karl and Buster play Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? to assess what the Mets should do in the offseason. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Morning Ribs
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Doug Glanville joins Buster to talk about Yadier Molina re-signing with the Cardinals for one final season before retiring and the Wild Card race getting turned upside down. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Zack Wheeler’s Cy Young hopes vanishing, why the Giants keep winning, Yordan Álvarez appreciation and the end of the Orioles’ losing streak. Plus, Sarah Langs plays the numbers game with notes on San Francisco unlocking Brandon Crawford’s swing, the 16-inning Padres-Dodgers game and A.J. Pollack’s underrated season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Jumbo Package
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David Schoenfield and Buster discuss whether Freddie Freeman touched home plate in last night’s game, the Yankees are wearing down starting pitchers, the improved Yankee outfield, AL Wild Card race, the Padres being closer to the Rockies than the Giants in the NL West, the Mets lacking a bedrock of players and the O’s losing another one. Then, the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier stops by to talk about the outlook for the Red Sox and the bullpen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Middle School Math Class
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Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss the Padres firing Larry Rothschild, the Dodgers surging and the scene at the Little League World Series. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Yankee hitters commanding the strike zone, Wander Franco reaching base, San Diego’s playoff odds plummeting and the Orioles going for 19 straight losses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Out to Dinner
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Miguel Cabrera’s 500th home run, being impressed by the players at Little League World Series, Shohei Ohtani hanging out with Little Leaguers, reasons to hope that Cleveland bounces back next year, the Reds overtaking the Padres in the Wild Card standings, if the Mets are done in the division race and Tim’s memories from the 1988 Orioles season marked by a similar losing streak. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Jared Walsh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
One Hundred Beers
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Buster starts off today's podcast with an interesting update on his producer, Taylor. Then, Karl Ravech joins the show to talk about Williamsport and the Little League Baseball World Series, the Phillies coming off a terrible series, and more. After that, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Young Umpires
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MLB's Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Lance Lynn's ejection. They also discuss Shohei Ohtani and is full value. Then, Buster is joined by ESPN's Alden Gonzalez for an update on the Trevor Bauer hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Piñata
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Chris Bassitt getting hit on the mound the Yankees climbing out of a hole and tying the Red Sox in the AL East, the Orioles continuing to be a disgrace, Corbin Burns, and another day in court for Trevor Bauer. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about momentum, the Giants’ home run differential, Miguel Cabrera on the verge of history, betting on Detroit’s future and Baltimore’s impact on the pennant race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Bring 'Em On In!
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss Joey Votto’s 2,000th hit, how the Reds are tied to the Padres in the playoff race, San Diego signing Jake Arrieta, how things got ugly in a hurry for the Mets and if Trevor Bauer will pitch again in the majors. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Fernando Tatís Jr.’s 33 home runs in 88 games, Brandon Crawford’s slugging percentage and Luis Gil’s scoreless start to his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Camp Olney
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss tonight’s White Sox-A’s tilt and if Oakland can rundown Houston for the AL West, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s return, the Braves grabbing first place in the NL East, if the Mets are done, Chris Sale’s debut and the Red Sox sweep of the Orioles, the Yankees showing some grit taking a series from the White Sox, and Trevor Bauer getting his first day in court. Plus, interviews with Trea Turner and Dave Roberts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
It Was Art
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss what he loves about calling the Little League World Series, the magic of the Field of Dreams game, baseball’s 7th-inning problem, the Red Sox, Shohei Ohtani striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Cubs releasing Jake Arrieta. Plus, a goodbye to Mr. Malibu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Overalls and Barn Boots
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Miguel Cabrera hitting home run No. 499, the short list of players with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs Miggy is about to join, the Field of Dreams game and if outfield fence should’ve been a cornfield, and Sarah’s leaderboards for AL and NL Cy Young and MVP. Then, Todd Radom stops by with this week’s Forgotten Franchise and the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Victory Laps
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss his read on the NL East, the Dodgers’ injuries still being an issue, Fernando Tatís Jr. moving to the outfield to protect his shoulder, if the expectations for Chris Sale’s return are too high and the drama Buster stirred up about the Orioles. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about why Bryce Harper is the most underrated player in baseball, the Red Sox’s three fatal flaws and the Baltimore’s historically bad run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
They Have Everything
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss how the White Sox appear to be the best team in baseball right now, Steve Cohen’s Twitter usage and the Angels’ looming budget crunch. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about Lewis Brinson answering questions on whether or not a fan yelled a racial slur in Denver, her take on the South Siders and the tanking Orioles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Increasingly Frightening
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David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the collapsing Mets, the Phillies climbing into first place in the NL East, the increasingly frightening Blue Jays and if playing in the AL Central will be a disadvantage for the White Sox in the playoffs. Plus, interviews with Liam Hendriks, Rick Hahn and Gabe Kapler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
Looking for Reinforcements
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the frustration in Boston after not making a major addition at the trade deadline, the Mets offense stinking it up, and the Phillies surging behind Zack Wheeler and Bryce Harper. Then, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Later, Eduardo Pérez joins the show from Japan to talk about his MLB extended family, the passing of J.R. Richard and USA Baseball playing for a gold medal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
Curtain Call for a Pitcher?
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Max Scherzer debuting Los Angeles, the Dodgers adding Cole Hammels, the Angels letting Shohei Ohtani play out the season and the Reds creeping up on the Padres in the wild card race. Then, Reds GM Kick Krall stops by to talk about getting his business done a few days before the trade deadline, how the team is handling the shortstop position, Joey Votto having fun and the emergence of Jonathan India. Later, Jesse Rogers on the response from fans to the Cubs’ selloff, and if the White Sox will have a closer controversy with Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Trash Can Worth of Vodka
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the scene in Los Angeles as the Astros played in front of Dodger fans for the first time since news of the sign-stealing scandal, whether the Mets or the Red Sox are in more trouble, the Braves hanging around in the NL East and Boston’s starting pitchers struggling. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Blue Jays, the Dodgers pulling off a coup to add Trea Turner, and Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo’s impact at the top of the Yankees lineup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
Terrible Article
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Kiley McDaniel joins Buster to discuss Kumar Rocker not being signed by the Mets and how the deck is heavily against young players in these situations, the quality of prospects the Cubs and Nationals received after big selloffs, and the state of the Padres farm system. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Yankees still failing to gain any traction, the Giants seemingly in command of the NL West, the Phillies having some momentum and why the Cubs made the right move to offload their “sixth-year seniors.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Built to House a Podcast
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster on a Baggage Claim Monday from the Tampa airport to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.’s shoulder injury, who Buster likes in the NL MVP race, Tyler Glasnow being a candidate for Tommy John surgery, the Rays sweeping the Red Sox to takeover first place in the AL East, the Mets’ decision to not sign Kumar Rocker and Steve Cohen’s gross tweets about the situation. Plus, Nelson Cruz, Wander Franco and Alex Cora. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Trade Deadline Special
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Buster Olney, David Schoenfield, and Sarah Langs talk about one of the craziest trade deadlines ever. They break down the winners and losers and go division by division talking about what teams made the best moves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Mass of Critters
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss deals that are still on the table as the trade deadline approaches, including Max Scherzer looking to the West Coast, stipulations that could be involved with moving Scherzer, if the Cubs can offload its raft of players, why Anthony Rizzo makes too much sense for the Red Sox and the immense pressure the Mets are under to make a move and win the NL East. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about deals that have been made, including Joey Gallo joining the Yankees, the Marlins and A’s swapping Starling Marte for Jesus Luzardo and the Brewers moving for Eduardo Escobar. Later, Todd Radom has the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Buster is in Big Trouble
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Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the Astros acquiring Kendall Graveman from the Mariners mid-series, the Yankees believing they’re good enough to make the playoffs, why the Nationals should at least listen to offers for Juan Soto as they declare themselves sellers, what confuses Karl about the trade deadline and why the Red Sox will make a big move. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Spicy Action
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Brad Doolittle joins David Schoenfield to discuss the Mariners playing above expectations, Eloy Jiménez returning for the White Sox, the A’s trading for Andrew Chafin from the Cubs, if the Yankees are realistically still in the playoff fight and the Brewers as a possible landing spot for Max Scherzer. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk more Mariners, why the Blue Jays can’t get on a roll, a Scherzer to the Giants hypothetical, the Mets needing to look toward postseason situations when making any moves and if the Phillies are the team to challenge the Mets for the division. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Buffet Table
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland baseball franchise’s deciding on the Guardians for its new name, the Padres trading for Adam Frazier, what the Yankees should do at the trade deadline after a gut-wrenching weekend, why it’s time for the Nationals to trade Max Scherzer and the need for the Rockies need to move Trevor Story. Then, Jessica Mendoza calls in from the Olympics to talk about the vibe in Tokyo, USA facing Japan in softball for the gold medal and Japan’s love of baseball. Plus, we hear from Brandon Woodruff, Lance Lynn and Craig Counsel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Look It Up on MapQuest
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the NFL’s COVID-19 policy and how similar MLB’s policy may be in 2022, the Rays trading for Nelson Cruz, how the Cruz move will force Boston to make an addition, what should the Yankees be doing and Kenley Jansen blowing another save. Then, Todd Radom stops by to share this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Worst in the World at Self-Promotion
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss being a part of MLB’s first all-women broadcast team, Kenley Jansen getting booed after a blown save despite having a great year, the Dodgers-Giants race in the NL West and the interesting ties between the AL manager of the year frontrunners. Then, White Sox radio play-by-play announcer Len Kasper stops by to talk about how Tony La Russa is adapting to today’s game, Tim Anderson and José Abreu commanding the clubhouse, if he would start Lance Lynn or Carlos Rodón in the first game of a playoff series, and watching the Cubs flounder since winning a World Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Arguing Couple
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Buster opens the show talking about big stars going yard Tuesday night, injury updates across the league, and if Damian Lillard will be at Brewers games next year. Then, David Schoenfield joins to talk about Chris Sale's return, the deadline, and an update on baseball in Oakland. Later, Hembo discusses the best managers in baseball and what teams need to start making moves. Plus, a SportsCenter feature about the all-women broadcast team during last night's Orioles vs. Rays game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Late Night Tweets
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Buster Olney is joined by Deesha Thosar to talk all things Mets including Steven Cohen's tweet, the level of concern around Jacob deGrom, Luis Rojas and potential players they might make a move for. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game to break down a night full of home runs. Later, Alden González discusses the future of the A's in Oakland and Trevor Bauer in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Were There Enough Trumpets?
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss being nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s writer’s award, the Mets’ rough weekend, nearly every team in the NL East looking to add at the trade deadline, the Red Sox swooning a bit, the Yankees showing a pulse, if the league should ban fans from throwing balls back onto the field and if sticky stuff making a comeback. Later, Buster talks to Xander Bogaerts and Aaron Judge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Not Spoken, Understood
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Buster opens the show recounting the scene at Yankee Stadium yesterday as the game against the Red Sox was canceled due to a COVID-19 concerns among the Yankees. Then, Hembo discusses coronavirus concerns after players gathered in Denver, the pressure Brian Cashman is under as the trade deadline approaches, Atlanta trading for Joc Pederson and second half over/unders. Later, Doug Glanville stops by to talk about Shohei Ohtani and the culture of nonverbal communication in baseball, the first domino of a Cubs selloff falling and if the Cubs could’ve done more to sustain success after winning a World Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Super Bullpen
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Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss being in the room as Tim Kurkjian's nomination for the Baseball Hall of Fame's writer's award was announced, players actually enjoying 7-inning doubleheaders, why he doesn't think any games will be missed next season with CBA negotiations, which teams will be aggressive at the trade deadline and the latest on Trevor Bauer. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Jacob deGrom and the Giants. Later, Todd Radom talks about the Kansas City Monarchs for this week's Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
High Fives All Around
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss an awkward moment Buster had in the dugout with Aaron Judge, why Tim Kurkjian is a national treasure, the young talent shining through in the All-Star Game, the players being mic’d up, Shohei Ohtani having fun all weekend, players and team staff voicing their displeasure that so many players no-showed the game, and Rob Manfred saying new rules will be ditched next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
Destroyed Everybody and Everything
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Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Pete Alonso winning his second Home Run Derby, his stress-free demeanor, who could unseat him next year, players sticking around to watch Shohei Ohtani, the Ohtani-Juan Soto matchup in the first round, the joy of Trey Mancini and Karl’s excitement to see Fernando Tatis Jr. in the All-Star Game. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with a load of Derby notes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Dancing with JoJo Siwa
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss calling the Celebrity Softball Game with his son Jeff, the TikTok dance he learned, why he’s picking Shohei Ohtani to win the Home Run Derby, Buster picking Pete Alonso to win it, Ronald Acuña Jr. tearing his ACL, the back-and-forth between Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve, the Reds’ push for the NL Central, and Kumar Rocker possibly pitching for the Mets in September. Then, Buster talks to Pete Alonso about the Derby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Green Sox
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena’s grand slam, why he’s most excited about a potential Shohei Ohtani-Joey Gallo matchup in the Home Run Derby, José Altuve and Carlos Correa bailing on the All-Star Game, and why Javier Báez would be a great addition to the Mets. Then, Buster talks to Trey Mancini ahead of the Home Run Derby. Later, Todd Radom stops by with the Forgotten Franchise and the weekly quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
Does It Even Make a Sound?
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGrom backing out of the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani never taking batting practice, division leaders separating themselves and if the Dodgers need to add starting pitching. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about potential deals the Cubs could make including Joc Pederson to the White Sox and Anthony Rizzo to the Brewers, and the Dodgers pulling all Trevor Bauer-related merch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Weekend Goldmines
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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays moving quickly to plug holes, which NL East teams will be buyers or sellers, the Cubs’ continued mediocrity across the board, a bold Craig Kimbrel prediction and why Jacob deGrom should go to the All-Star Game. Then, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about Aroldis Chapman thriving on criticism, why she thinks Brian Cashman’s job is likely safe through next season and what she’s looking forward to in the Home Run Derby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Inaccessible Wild Card
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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the promising future of the Mariners, Cleveland’s poor offense, the surging Brewers, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman struggling, and how the NL Wild Card race is basically over for teams not in the NL West. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Fernando Tatis Jr., Shohei Ohtani pitching and hitting in the All-Star Game and Jacob deGrom’s 179 (!) 100 mph pitches. Later, Jessica Mendoza on Rafael Devers’ defensive improvement and Craig Kimbrel being the perfect addition for the Red Sox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
Good, But Never Great
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Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the All-Star Game starters, Hal Steinbrenner putting the onus on the players for the Yankees’ poor performance and Cubs likely selling at the trade deadline. Then, Todd Radom reviews the All-Star Game uniforms, talks about the Buffalo Bison for the Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz. Later, Hembo on the Brewers, Mets and Yankees, and what Chris Sale could bring to the Red Sox when he returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
One-Stop-Shop Bonanza
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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Shohei Ohtani only pitching one inning, the Yankees taking its worst loss of the season, Aroldis Chapman blowing another save, how quickly the script has flipped on the Cubs, and the entertaining back-and-forth between Josh Donaldson and Lucas Giolito. Then, author Luke Epplin stops by to talk about his new book “Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball,” telling the story of the second African American to play in the majors Larry Doby, why Satchel Paige is the entrepreneurial athlete America has ever known, Bob Feller’s origin story and the response from Cleveland fans to the book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021