Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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

Episode Date
Trade Deadline Special
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.
Jul 30, 2021
Mass of Critters
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.
Jul 29, 2021
Buster is in Big Trouble
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.
Jul 28, 2021
Spicy Action
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.
Jul 27, 2021
Buffet Table
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.
Jul 26, 2021
Look It Up on MapQuest
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.
Jul 23, 2021
Worst in the World at Self-Promotion
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.
Jul 22, 2021
Arguing Couple
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.
Jul 21, 2021
Late Night Tweets
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.
Jul 20, 2021
Were There Enough Trumpets?
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.
Jul 19, 2021
Not Spoken, Understood
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.
Jul 16, 2021
Super Bullpen
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.
Jul 15, 2021
High Fives All Around
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.
Jul 14, 2021
Destroyed Everybody and Everything
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.
Jul 13, 2021
Dancing with JoJo Siwa
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.
Jul 12, 2021
Green Sox
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.
Jul 09, 2021
Does It Even Make a Sound?
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.
Jul 08, 2021
Weekend Goldmines
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.
Jul 07, 2021
Inaccessible Wild Card
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.
Jul 06, 2021
Good, But Never Great
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.
Jul 02, 2021
One-Stop-Shop Bonanza
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.
Jul 01, 2021
Bagel Delivery
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Shohei Ohtani dropping two more bombs against the Yankees, Kyle Schwarber continuing to hit stupid, Hector Santiago appealing his 10-game foreign substance suspension, the Blue Jays plugging a hole in its bullpen and Trevor Bauer facing sexual assault accusations. Then, The New York Times reporter and fellow Vanderbilt alum Tyler Kepner stops by to talk about splitting TV time between Ohtani on the mound and the the Commodores in the deciding game of the College World Series, Brian Cashman bluntly stating the Yankees stink right now, what moves Cashman should make and Kepner’s analysis of this year’s All-Star Game uniforms.
Jun 30, 2021
Half of Nebraska
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss if she’s ever puked on the field like Dylan Bundy, Kyle Schwarber being un-pitchable, takeaways from the Giants and Dodgers battling in the NL West, and Garrett Richards saying he’s learning new pitches midseason because of the foreign substance crackdown. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Schwarber, Fernando Tatis Jr. leading the NL in home runs and stolen bases, and Trevor Story committing to the Home Run Derby.
Jun 29, 2021
Notable Achievement
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian on a Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Trevor Bauer’s candor on Sunday Night Baseball breaking down of the strife between players and the league revolving around foreign substances, Hector Santiago getting tossed from a game after a foreign substance check, the massive reassessment going on in the industry about pitching in aftermath of the crackdown, the clear difference between Yankees and Red Sox, and Trey Mancini committing to the Home Run Derby. Plus, that Sunday Night Baseball interview with Bauer, Buster going Rapid Fire with Albert Pujols, Joe Giradi and Dave Roberts.
Jun 28, 2021
Not Paying Attention
David Schoenfield steps in for Buster today where he is joined by Todd Radom for this week's Forgotten Franchise and weekly trivia quiz! Then, Karl Ravech joins the show to discuss MLB no-hitters and the excitement surrounding the CWS in Omaha.
Jun 25, 2021
A-Rod Pod
Buster is first joined by Sarah Langs from the airport to talk about working with greats and her top 4 ranked games. Then, Alex Rodriguez joins Buster to talk about his friendship with Kobe Bryant, how his deal with the Red Sox fell apart at the last moment, his wild night in New York City after the deal was killed, his fight with Jason Varitek, pushing Cal Ripken to shortstop in Ripken’s final All-Star Game and what he was thinking when the Yankees won the 2009 World Series.
Jun 24, 2021
Neighborhood Watch
Hembo joins Buster to discuss the Joe Girardi-Max Scherzer drama over foreign substance checks, if the league could institute a challenge system midseason, the Astros having the best offense in baseball and the Indians’ pitching development. Then, Orioles broadcaster Melanie Newman stops by to talk about making history as the second woman ever to do play-by-play for a nationally broadcast MLB game, her broadcasting influences, the AL West and the secret of Cedric Mullins. Later, David Schoenfield on a potential Scherzer-to-Tampa Bay trade, Wander Franco’s exciting debut, Houston flying under the radar and the Giants having an answer for everything.
Jun 23, 2021
Anytime, Mate
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGrom’s surprise that foreign substance enforcement was unobtrusive, the Padres playing up to the Dodgers, Wander Franco’s big league debut, deGrom disguising pitches and what MLB’s response should be to baseball reporter Kat O’Brien saying she was raped by a player in 2002. Then, former Braves pitcher Peter Moylan shares his strong opinions on the foreign substance issue and how it will affect the game moving forward, as well as what it's like watching deGrom as a former pitcher. Finally, Sarah Langs on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s All-Star votes, Shohei Ohtani’s 70 home runs and 100 strikeouts, and deGrom’s 0.50 ERA.
Jun 22, 2021
Final Italian Exam
The show leads off with Sunday Night Baseball’s interview with longtime MLB umpire Bill Miller on how foreign substances will be policed in the game. Then, Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Rays calling up No. 1 prospect Wander Franco, Shohei Ohtani committing to the Home Run Derby, if pitchers are being pushed too hard and former baseball beat writer Kat O’Brien writing in The New York Times that she was raped by a MLB player in 2002.
Jun 21, 2021
Fun Day of Baseball
Hembo joins Buster to discuss a fun Thursday night of baseball, how he can prove Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the best hitter in the league, Tyler O’Neil’s big step forward offensively and Hembo’s dream Derby field. Then, Todd Radom with this week’s Forgotten Franchise on the Seattle Pilots and the quiz. Later, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about the College World Series, Aaron Judge absolving Aaron Boone of blame for the Yankees’ slide, a Shohei Ohtani Day, Jose Altuve killing the ball and his thoughts ahead of Monday’s foreign substance enforcement rollout.
Jun 18, 2021
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Jacob deGrom leaving last night’s game with an injury, Buster’s deGrom-Steve Prefontaine comparison and Gerrit Cole speaking out about MLB’s foreign substance enforcement. Then, Michael Kay stops by to talk about his new book “CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviews―from A-Rod to Jay-Z,” his friendship with Larry David, when he thought he was going to get punched during an interview, turning down a president to appear on his show and what’s wrong with the Yankees.
Jun 17, 2021
Morning Flow
Buster gives his thoughts on Tyler Glasnow’s press conference about abruptly stopping using foreign substances for a grip on the baseball and blaming his injury on the cold stop. Then, David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the lack of productive dialogue between MLB and the MLBPA directly resulting in the mid-season policy change on foreign substance enforcement, why Trevor Bauer is putting too much blame on MLB, if we should call foreign substance-using pitchers “cheaters,” the impact of Glasnow’s injury on the AL East, and White Sox losing Nick Madrigal for the season.
Jun 16, 2021
Goofing Off
Sarah Langs joins Buster to go deep on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. going deep more than anyone in the league, big pitching injuries to Shane Bieber, Tyler Glasnow and Max Scherzer, and which pitcher will be the first checked for foreign substances when enforcement begins. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about the huge success of the Women's College World Series, why foreign substance enforcement seems like a parent threatening a child and Trevor Bauer’s drop in spin rate.
Jun 15, 2021
Frickin' Losin'
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss a heated Aaron Boone press conference, the Cubs and Cardinals trending in opposite directions, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looking like the best hitter in baseball, and the need for Rob Manfred to take a few lessons from the steroid-era as MLB begins cracking down on foreign substances. Plus, Buster goes rapid fire with Patrick Wisdom, and Marly Rivera talks to Fernando Tatis Jr.
Jun 14, 2021
The Iconic Jersey
Buster is joined by ESPN's Baseball Tonight Host Karl Ravech to discuss Buster’s Great 8 for the Home Run Derby and why he was chastised for not including Yordan Alvarez. Karl also comments on whether or not the Astros have the best offense in baseball. Then, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Jun 11, 2021
The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff joins Buster to discuss question he posed to Gerrit Cole that led to his non-answer on Spider Tack and his reaction to Pete Alonso’s allegations of conspiracy by MLB to influence free agent spending. Then, Orioles centerfielder Cedric Mullins joins the show to get into the difficulty of maintaining two swings, his relationship with Adam Jones and what it would mean to be an All-Star in 2021. Later, Sarah Langs stops by with her dream Home Run Derby field. Finally, Buster’s brother Sam shares his thoughts on how to deal with bears in the wild.
Jun 10, 2021
Ineffective Parent
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Gerrit Cole’s non-answer about using Spider Tack, if the Giants can hang with with the Padres and Dodgers, potential suitors for Max Scherzer as the Nationals struggle, Ke’Bryan Hayes stepping over first base and losing a home run, and Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. running neck-and-neck for the AL MVP. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about the Jesse Winker hive, Kris Bryant turning back time and the importance of spin rate.
Jun 09, 2021
Soft Suburban Man
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Cubs’ conundrum, pitchers already thinking of ways to avoid being punished in the impending foreign substance crackdown and the MLBPA’s response to the enforcement of the rules. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about her NL MVP 10 weeks into the season, Jesse Winker, Shohei Ohtani stealing bases and why you should watch Tyler Glasnow tonight.
Jun 08, 2021
Mouth Agape
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the details of MLB’s impending crackdown on foreign substances including when and how players will be checked, players turning in other players, the dossier being compiled for umpires, and the potential punishments. Plus, the guys get into Patrick Wisdom’s out of nowhere tear for the Cubs, the Yankees getting booed off the field, the Red Sox continuing to win and Tony La Russa passing John McGraw for second most wins by a manager.
Jun 07, 2021
Healthful Loaf
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss MLB moving forward with its crackdown on foreign substances used by pitchers, the MLBPA and the league being in lockstep on the issue, the challenges facing enforcement and changing locker room cultures, the Yankees and Red Sox facing off for the first time this weekend, the seismic shifts in the NL Central, and the scrappy Royals. Then, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Jun 04, 2021
Analyzed in a Lab
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss the foreign substance issue seemingly coming to a head, what a Diamondbacks sell-off looks like and why moving Ketel Marte is the barometer for how Arizona’s rebuild could proceed, and the lack of daylight between the Dodgers and Padres. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to discuss Lou Gehrig being robbed of the 1934 MVP, Dodgers’ fast start in the first inning against the Cardinals, Gerrit Cole and the Cubs’ turnaround.
Jun 03, 2021
Iron Horse
Dave Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Jack Flaherty’s injury and who the Cardinals might target to bolster its rotation, if the Yankees should move Gio Urshela to shortstop and Gleyber Torres to second base, Jared Kelenic struggling, the Fightin' Franconas’ consistency, and if the Brewers can generate more offense to support its starting pitching. Then, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about Lou Gehrig Day and her efforts in the fight against ALS, the Cubs’ strong month of May, and if the Giants will stick around. Later, Hembo on Cal Ripken Jr.’s reverence for Gehrig, Jesse Winker mashing and the Yankee outfield’s negative value.
Jun 02, 2021
Mythic Figure
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss things they've blindly run into à la Rob Refsnyder running into the wall while tracking a home run, the Yankees’ stinky offense, Jacob deGrom being spectacular again, Marcell Ozuna getting arrested for domestic violence and the proliferation of foreign substances being use by pitchers. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the percentage of division leaders on June 1 that go on to win the division, the home run leaderboard and deGrom doing things we’ve never seen before.
Jun 01, 2021
Legalize and Regulate
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Alex Manoah’s dazzling debut for the Blue Jays, Noah Syndergaard’s path forward after being shutdown again and Joe Girardi overcomplicating things for himself. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about what MLB should do about pitchers using foreign substances, Jacob deGrom, what’s wrong with Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez’s wild baserunning. Later, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
May 28, 2021
Jeweler to the Stars
Chris Singleton joins Buster for a deep dive on the umpires forcing Giovanny Gallegos to change his cap after seeing a dark spot under the brim, Mike Shildt's postgame rant on how MLB enforces its foreign substance rule and if this is the start of a league-wide crackdown. Then, jeweler to baseball’s stars Jorge Rodriguez stops by to discuss how he started designing jewelry, creating a grill for his favorite player José Reyes, working with Fernando Tatis Jr. and getting to know him before he was a superstar, and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s quiet off-field personality. Later, Sarah Langs on Yasmani Grandal's weird season at the plate, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the double double-header in New York.
May 27, 2021
Harry Caray’s Cooler
3725’s Mark Feinsand joins Jesse Rogers to discuss the decisions the Twins will make based on the next 10 days of play, why Oakland could be the perfect fit for Trevor Story, if Mike Rizzo of Jed Hoyer will be more popular at the trade deadline and protecting the health of hitters. Then, Joe West stops by after breaking the record for most games umped to talk about the tributes to him at last night’s game, embracing replay and a text from Kevin Costner. Later, White Sox GM Rick Hahn on his clubhouse rallying in the face of major injuries, Jose Abreu’s leadership, load management and sportsmanship.
May 26, 2021
Language of Dismissal
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Joe West preparing to break the record for most games umpired, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s breakout and Yadier Molina’s offensive consistency. Then, Doug Glanville reflects on the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, his essay “Just” and how baseball has changed since. Later, Sarah Langs on Jacob deGrom’s return, the Rays’ 7-run 11th inning and the youngsters leading the home run race.
May 25, 2021
Mr. Magoo
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the strange strike zone in the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Cardinals and Cubs, Adam Wainwright’s career renaissance, the epidemic of strikeouts across the league, CC Sabathia going off on Tony La Russa, and the Padres and Dodgers righting their respective ships. Plus, Buster’s full interview with Nolan Arenado for Sunday Night Baseball.
May 24, 2021
McSorely’s Ale House
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss the conventional wisdom surrounding Shohei Ohtani as the early AL MVP favorite, the Blue Jays seriously contenting in the AL East, pitchers dominating the game, if the Dodgers are still the clear favorites in the NL West and if the Old School is fading in baseball. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Indianapolis Hoosiers for his Forgotten Franchise and to administer the weekly quiz.
May 21, 2021
Trendy Overalls
Joon Lee joins Buster to discuss yet another no-hitter, if no-hitters are truly losing their luster, Corey Kluber performing as the Yankees had hoped and the four-team battle in the AL East. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Clayton Kershaw saying the flood of no-hitters is bad for the game, numbers on the no-nos this season and her anxiety over Shohei Ohtani’s drop in velocity.
May 20, 2021
Current School
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Tony La Russa throwing Yermín Mercedes under the bus for swinging on a 3-0 count, Mike Trout’s injury and Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull throwing a no-hitter. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about carrying the torch for the Old School, the tidal wave of no-hitters, and the dust-up between Joe Girardi and Jean Segura.
May 19, 2021
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Kevin Pillar getting his in the face by a pitch, theories on why HBPs are on pace for a modern record, the rat race in the NL East and the Rangers will snag a big shortstop in the offseason. Then, Sarah Langs stop by to talk about Shohei Ohtani currently being the best player in baseball, other athletes hyping Ohtani and the White Sox appearing to be the class of the AL Central.
May 18, 2021
An Enormous Number
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport to discuss Jean Segura and Joe Girardi arguing in the dugout, the Dodgers’ depth being compromised and the team signing Albert Pujols, Jarred Kelenic homering in his Mariners debut, another instant league replay debacle this time involving the White Sox and the Royals, and Shohei Ohtani stunning the Red Sox in the 9th inning.
May 17, 2021
Spiderman Catch
Buster Olney looks back at Thursday night's action before chatting with ESPN's Jessica Mendoza about Tim Tebow, Jarred Kelenic's debut, Ronald Acuna Jr's style of play and much more. Then, White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn joins the podcast to discuss launch angle, the importance of starting pitchers and a whole lot more. And, Todd Radom is back for some baseball history and trivia.
May 14, 2021
A Bachelor Party Reunion (sort of)
Buster Olney looks back at last night's action before talking with Jeff Passan about the White Sox taking off, Kevin Mather's zoom comments, the upcoming doc on Drew Robinson and what's next for Oakland. Plus, Sarah Langs is back for another Numbers Game and #bleachertweets questions from listeners.
May 13, 2021
Well-Coordinated Military Effort
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss several Padres players and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin testing positive for COVID-19, Shohei Ohtani appearing to have figured it out, the state of the AL West, Luke Voit’s return and MLB instructing the Athletics to start looking for a new home. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Madison Bumgarner putting together a comeback season, the difficulty of hitting Ohtani with two strikes and the emergence of Jared Walsh.
May 12, 2021
Ice Fishing
David Schoenfield pinch hits and joins Buster to discuss where the Rockies could trade Trevor Story, the incomplete picture surrounding Jacob deGrom’s injury, Todd Fraizer being designated for assignment, Jordan Zimmermann hanging it up, and if no-hitters are losing their luster. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Mariners promoting Jared Kelenic, Shohei Ohtani’s home run and strikeout numbers, and Giancarlo Stanton’s best 15-game stretch as a Yankee.
May 11, 2021
Bogey Off The Leash
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport on a Baggage Claim Monday to discuss Wade Miley throwing the fourth no-hitter of the season, serious concern for Jacob deGrom after he pulled himself from Sunday’s game, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil’s wacky cover story for an in-game argument, Freddie Freeman calling his shot on Mother’s Day, and potential landing spots for Albert Pujols. Plus, Buster’s full conversation with Freeman from Sunday Night Baseball.
May 10, 2021
Master Craftsman
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Angels designating Albert Pujols for assignment, if Pujols would be interested in being a bench player, their favorite Pujols moments and the Rays sweeping the Angels. Plus, Todd Radom spins the tale of the Cleveland Spiders for this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
May 07, 2021
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss why Tony LaRussa not knowing the extra-inning baserunner rule is an organizational coaching issue for the White Sox, the Dodgers’ championship hangover, Francisco Lindor benched for the second game of a doubleheader and John Means’ no-hitter. Then, Sarah Langs has notes on Means’ first pitch strike rate, Giancarlo Stanton’s recent tear and Shane Bieber’s 77 strikeouts. Plus, the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome on fans jeering the Astros on the road.
May 06, 2021
Welcome to the Rest of Your Baseball Life
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Yankee fans giving the Astros the business in the Bronx, how it affected Jose Altuve, if Yankee fans will inspire other opposing fans to taunt Houston, their level of concern for Jacob deGrom after being scratched and why Angel Hernandez deserves praise after botching a call. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about if Altuve will be a Hall of Famer, what’s behind the Giants owning the best record in baseball and Corey Seager’s defense.
May 05, 2021
I Don’t Condone Booing
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss the Mets panic-firing its hitting coach, if the move came from Steve Cohen, Kris Bryant’s tremendous start, Dustin May needing Tommy John and Shohei Ohtani hitting a home run after being scratched from his start. Plus, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on Chili Davis’ firing, Paul DeJong dominating the Mets, the Royals leading the division with a negative run differential and Jacob deGrom’s start tonight.
May 04, 2021
Socks on a Wooden Floor
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss another exciting edition of Sunday Night Baseball with the Phillies making a bunch of mistakes, Joe Girardi abandoning his glass-half-full demeanor and Francisco Lindor’s continued struggles. They also get into Amir Garrett’s chirping, the Yankees and Red Sox, Jesús Luzardo breaking his hand playing a video game, and the guys losing to their kids in Wii baseball and pickup basketball.
May 03, 2021
Karl Ravech joins Buster to play director of baseball operations and discuss the direction he would take running the Yankees, Cubs, Giants and Red Sox at this point in the season. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the Troy Trojans for this week’s Forgotten Franchise and to administer the weekly quiz.
Apr 30, 2021
Laughing Strike Out
Charles Barkley joins Buster to discuss how much he’s enjoying watching the Dodgers and Padres, why Fernando Tatis Jr. is the most exciting player to watch since Barry Bonds, San Diego’s confidence as a team, and Mookie Betts performing under the weight of a big contract and expectations. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman, another stellar performance from Jacob deGrom in a losing effort, Francisco Lindor addressing his struggles and the bad obstruction call in Brewers-Marlins.
Apr 29, 2021
The Cement Has Been Poured
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss potential concern after a 2-7 stretch for the Dodgers, if the Yankees are at a crossroads, Francisco Lindor getting booed and the new price tag for an expansion team. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about his love for the unwritten rules, Jacob deGrom beating batters anyway he pleases, Mike Trout honing his swing and the Yankees struggling against fastballs.
Apr 28, 2021
They Blew It
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Padres increasing casual interest in baseball, San Diego’s base running, missed call in A’s-Rays and the lack of confidence in MLB’s instant replay system, and how the Shohei Ohtani show is overshadowing Mike Trout. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about Rockies GM Jeff Bridich stepping down, Rhys Hoskins’ five home runs in four games, the Giants’ .652 winning percentage and Corbin Burnes going another start without a walk.
Apr 27, 2021
Bring Me a Belt
Karl Ravech joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the remarkable four-game series between the Dodgers and Padres, the Padres’ comeback on Sunday Night Baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. going off, the playful back-and-forth between Tatis and Trevor Bauer, and Madison Bumgarner throwing a 7-inning no-hitter. Plus, Buster's full conversation with Manny Machado from Sunday Night Baseball.
Apr 26, 2021
Kick the Door Down
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Pete Alonso committing to the home run derby, players realizing they have a product to sell, the surprising starts from the Royals and Reds, and if the Padres can survive the Dodgers’ rotation this weekend. Then, Dodgers pitcher Dustin May stops by to talk about cracking 100 mph for the first time in the playoffs, what he’s learned from Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, utilizing his emotions on the mound, competition among the team’s pitchers and what motivates Los Angeles to repeat. Later, Todd Radom with the Forgotten Franchise and this week’s quiz.
Apr 23, 2021
Horror Movies
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Chapter Two of Dodgers-Padres, Dinelson Lamet’s forearm tightness, what’s motivating the Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury is progressing and the wild ending to A’s-Twins notching Oakland’s 11th straight win. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Nelson Cruz’s multi-homer gamers after turning 40, the A’s wild start, and Byron Buxton leading the way on power and speed stats.
Apr 22, 2021
My Radio Show
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Corbin Burnes still not having walked anyone this season, Julio Urías’ brilliant performance, if Buster Posey a Hall of Famer, the league and players union meeting for the first time and if Oakland is the best team in the AL. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the Yankees’ flimsy rotation and over-reliance on home runs, the young starters on Oakland taking an old school approach, and how many wins Mike Greenberg would cost the Dodgers if forced to play him every day.
Apr 21, 2021
Red Meat
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss throwing out the first pitch at Mariners-Dodgers, Mookie Betts’ scary moment, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s “mild” abdominal strain, Jed Lowrie tearing it up and the Cubs’ struggles against fastballs. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the last time the Yankees fired a manager mid-season, Shane Bieber’s 48 strikeouts and Corbin Burnes. Later, Marly Rivera on the Yankees’ struggles and Brian Cashman’s press conference.
Apr 20, 2021
Between Concourses E and F
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Dodgers-Padres living up to the hype, San Diego looking like the second best team in the league, what to make of Fernando Tatis Jr. playing through an injury, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s abdominal strain, Sean Kazmar Jr. returning to the majors after 13 years in the minors andJavier Báez reportedly turning down a big contract before the 2020 season. Then, you’ll hear from Acuña and Ozzie Albies, David Ross, and Brian Snitker.
Apr 19, 2021
Complete Euphoria
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. possibly returning against the Dodgers, Ronald Acuña Jr. continuing to dazzle, Vlad Guerrero Jr. putting in the work, animosity between the Yankees and Rays, and the lack of transparency with instant replay. Then, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick stops by to share his favorite Jackie Robinson stories. And later, Todd Radom has this week’s Forgotten Franchise and administers the quiz.
Apr 16, 2021
American Royalty
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter, Zach Collins only catching 15 MLB games before Rodón’s no-no, the Red Sox’s 8-game winning streak, Corbin Burns, the Braves sliding and why the Atlantic League’s latest rule tinkering is a waste of time. Then, “42” writer and director Brian Helgeland stops by on Jackie Robinson Day to talk with Buster about how he got involved with the project, meeting Rachel Robinson, what made Chadwick Boseman perfect to play Jackie, filming difficult scenes, his conversations with Ralph Branca, and Rachel’s reaction to the movie.
Apr 15, 2021
Face Value
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Dodgers’ early season dominance and the team’s similarities to the 2001 Mariners, if we’ve already seen the best pitching matchup of the year with Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito, and a game called “Face Value.” Then, Hembo stops by to talk about how he is officially worried about Javier Baez and Gleyber Torres, and why he thinks Byron Buxton might be the most important player in baseball.
Apr 14, 2021
Chip Shots
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Kevin Gausman putting it together with the Giants, how Aaron Hicks sitting out following the police shooting in Minnesota marks a shift in baseball’s culture, the benefits of MLB admitting it gets calls wrong, Tyler Glasnow putting it all together, Wil Myers’ start in Atlanta, Mike Trout’s consistency and the Cubs’ offense. Then, Sarah Langs talks about “The Ronald Acuña Jr. Show,” Glasnow’s induced swings and misses, and Shohei Ohtani’s serious exit velocity.
Apr 13, 2021
Up In Arms
Tim Kurkjian fills in for a traveling Buster, who calls in from the Atlanta airport to talk about the missed Alec Bohm replay call in Sunday’s Phillies-Braves game and why MLB should say it was wrong, his emotional interview with Freddie Freeman and Freeman’s family, Joe Musgrove grabbing the Padres’ first no-hitter, the versatility of the Red Sox, and Dave Roberts suggesting MLB is targeting Trevor Bauer under its new rule. Later, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper.
Apr 12, 2021
Shadow War
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Michael Conforto getting hit by a pitch to win the game against the Phillies, the Angels continuing its strong start, Yermín Mercedes flat out raking, Trevor Bauer being investigated under the new foreign substance rule and Freddie Freeman. Then, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Chicago American Giants for his Forgotten Franchise and administer the weekly quiz.
Apr 09, 2021
Little Roller
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss being the new guy on the Cubs broadcast team, his read on the squad, his thoughts on the mushball, if they believe the story A.J. Preller is telling about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury and Vin Scully’s call of Hank Aaron breaking the home run record. Then, ESPN’s injury expert Stephanie Bell talks about Tatis’ injury and why she’s skeptical he’ll make it through the season. Later, Sarah Langs on the Reds catching her eye, Giancarlo Stanton coming out hot, shutouts at Coors Field and Pablo Sandoval.
Apr 08, 2021
Least Favorite Player in the Majors
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going to the 10-day IL, Nate Lowe’s tear, the budding legend of Akil Baddoo, the Yankees trading for Rougned Odor, the Red Sox’s Patriots Day uniforms and which division will finish with the current standings. Then, Hembo on data points for the mushball, why Odor could be interesting in New York, J.T. Realmuto and Pete Alonso’s defense.
Apr 07, 2021
Friend of Clint Frazier
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Fernando Tatis Jr. going down with an injury, MLB avoiding a slow-drip disaster with the players by moving the All-Star Game, the Angels bandwagon, a strong start for Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom’s excellent debut in a losing effort and the Royals’ lineup. Then, Sarah Langs stops by with notes on Francisco Lindor’s historic salary, deGrom’s 100 mph pitches, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homering in the same game, and if the A’s are in trouble. Later, Marly Rivera on the mushball, being back in the ballpark and Yankee fans booing Stanton.
Apr 06, 2021
Polite Fight
Buster joins Tim Kurkjian from the Atlanta airport to discuss Shohei Ohtani’s historic debut on the mound and at the plate, Yermín Mercedes’ monster weekend, the Astros’ sweep of the A’s, a rough weekend for the Red Sox, the Phillies’ promising start, and the dust up between the Cardinals and Reds.
Apr 05, 2021
A Homecoming and a Reunion
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss an exciting Opening Day, the catharsis of having fans in the stands, Ke’Bryan Hayes announcing his presence, the Yankees getting booed, Nationals-Mets being postponed and Karl’s conversation with Rob Manfred. Then, Buster talks to Francisco Lindor about his hair. Todd Radom stops by for this week’s Forgotten Franchise and quiz. Later, MASN’s Roch Kubatko finishes the team-by-team previews with the 2021 Orioles.
Apr 02, 2021
Opening Day 2021
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster on Opening Day to discuss the Nationals’ positive COVID-19 tests, Francisco Lindor signing with the Mets for 10 years and $341 million, Max Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom and their excitement to watch Shohei Otani pitch on Sunday. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the Lindor signing, a Padres Opening Day record that could fall, Albert Pujols’ goal of cracking the top-10 in hits and Yankees vs. Mets in New York City. Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin previews the 2021 Rays.
Apr 01, 2021
Deep Breath
David Schoenfield joins Buster on the eve of Opening Day to discuss Steve Cohen publicly putting pressure on Francisco Lindor to sign with the Mets, and David’s bold predictions for the Dodgers, Padres and Cardinals. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about the risk for Lindor to turn down the Mets’ offer, Max Scherzer’s strikeout efficiency and why using last year’s results to predict this year is a fool’s errand. Later, Joon Lee previews the 2021 Red Sox.
Mar 31, 2021
An Offer That Starts with Three
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss Francisco Lindor’s $325 million decision, Anthony Rizzo turning down an offer from the Cubs, Dustin May getting the No. 5 starter slot over David Price with the Dodgers, and MLB and the MLBPA’s 85 percent vaccination threshold to loosen COVID-19 protocol among teams. Then, a double dose of AL East previews with Meredith Marakovits on the Yankees and Dan Shulman on the Blue Jays.
Mar 30, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the passing of Twins bench coach Mike Bell, the Red Sox scratching Eduardo Rodriguez as its Opening Day starter, Luke Voit’s partial meniscus tear, a seemingly imminent deal for Francisco Lindor, the lack of extension talks for the Cubs’ stars, Joc Pederson’s great spring and if Shohei Otani will bat second. Then, Buster asks Dave Martinez about protecting Juan Soto in the lineup. Later, The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel previews the 2021 Pirates.
Mar 29, 2021
Major League Initiation
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Eloy Jimenez and Nick Anderson’s injuries, why this season could be a war of attrition, and his playoff picks. Then, it’s the debut of the podcast’s feature series with a story on Alex Verdugo. Next, Todd Radom with Forgotten Franchises on the Chicago Whales and the weekly quiz. Later, The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale Jr. previews the 2021 Reds.
Mar 26, 2021
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Lance McCullers signing an $85 million extension, Carlos Correa turning down a $120 million offer from the Astros, MLB trying to identify egregious offenders of the foreign substance rule and its attempt to also get rid of the traditional mud that players use on baseballs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Aaron Nola, Ian Anderson as a dark horse Cy Young candidate and her chalky award picks. Next, Tim Kurkjian goes Rapid Fire with Mookie Betts. Later, FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert previews the 2021 Brewers.
Mar 25, 2021
Give Me the Designated Hitter!
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss more pitchers getting hurt while batting, MLB using analytics to police foreign substances used by pitchers, Scott Servais throwing shade a Trevor Bauer and ESPN’s top 100 players of 2021. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about Jacob deGrom vs. Gerrit Cole, his playoff teams and which pitchers MLB may keep tabs on as it looks into foreign substance use. Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Gould on the 2021 Cardinals.
Mar 24, 2021
RBI or RBIs?
Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss bullpen breakout candidates for the Blue Jays with Kirby Yates sidelined for multiple weeks, Tim Anderson as a potential MVP candidate, the best outfield arms in the game and a reset for Gary Sanchez. Then, author Andrew Maraniss stops by to talk about his new book “The Singled Out: The True story of Glenn Burke,” the inspiring and tragic story of the first openly gay player in MLB. Later, Marquee Sports Network’s Taylor McGregor previews the 2021 Cubs.
Mar 23, 2021
Too Big to Play Baseball
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the Royals extending Salvador Perez and GM Dayton Moore’s thinking behind the move, the battle for the Dodgers’ fifth starting spot, Shohei Otani pitching and leading off, Jacob deGrom’s perfect pitcher’s body, and Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter throwing a no-hitter. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Andrew McCutchen. Later, The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant previews the 2021 Rangers.
Mar 22, 2021
Death to Flying Things
Karl Ravech joins Buster to solve MLB’s problems, discussing the lack of central authority and decision making in baseball on fans in the stands, the baseballs themselves, the lack of a universal DH and why it seems like none of last year’s changes will be implemented. Then, Todd Radom returns for his new segment “Forgotten Franchises” spotlighting the Hartford Dark Blues and the weekly quiz. Later, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jessica Kleinschmidt previews the 2021 Athletics.
Mar 19, 2021
Sitting at an In-N-Out Burger
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the specifics of in-game video returning to the dugout, the uncertainty surrounding the universal DH and if it could be implemented at the 11th hour, and the expectation of injuries after a short season. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on a fantasy baseball recommendation, Jose Alvarado’s Spring Training and Bobby Witt Jr. Later, the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish previews the 2021 Mariners.
Mar 18, 2021
I Thought He Was a Yankees Fan?
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss LeBron James buying into the Red Sox and the clear need more minority owners, Cody Bellinger’s batting new stance, the Royals’ willingness to play Bobby Witt Jr., and which top prospects could make Opening Day rosters. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about who shows poorly in the Crush Quotient and March Madness comparisons for the upcoming season. Later, radio analyst Steve Sparks previews the 2021 Astros.
Mar 17, 2021
Stay Out of My Dreams
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Sixto Sanchez making his Spring Training debut, Ryan Braun’s legacy as he considers retirement, Nick Markakis setting up a ping pong table in the Orioles’ locker room and Shohei Otani launching two home runs. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Buster’s Crush Quotient, the Astros’ Opening Day win streak and Mike Trout’s absurd career WAR. Later, Matt Vasgersian previews the 2021 Angels.
Mar 16, 2021
Crush Quotient
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss cleaning softball gear out of her parents’ house, a 22-pitch at bat, Joe Maddon letting Shohei Otani be himself and the Crush Quotient. Then, Buster goes Rapid Fire with Mike Trout on chasing .300, video games and playing golf. Later, AM 570 LA Sports’ David Vassegh stops by to preview the 2021 Dodgers.
Mar 15, 2021
They Don’t Make Stairway To Heavens Anymore
Karl Ravech joins Buster for a deep dive on the experimental rules announced for minor league play, what’s a big deal and what isn’t, spikes in the dirt, testing the automated strike zone, and the overall goal of shortening games. Then, Kiley McDaniel hops on to talk about if Kevin Mathers’ comments on service time manipulation will change anything in 2021, when we’ll see Wander Franco and Andrew Vaughn, and his top MLB Draft prospects. Later, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar stops by to preview the 2021 Rockies.
Mar 12, 2021
Old Man Total Hardo
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the Rangers’ peculiar plan for fans in the stands on Opening Day, the Mets practicing a World Series-winning celebration, Juan Soto’s swing and the fragility of the Yankees’ bullpen. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the exciting 22-year-olds in the game, Giancarlo Stanton’s exit velocity and Joey Gallo’s new bat. Later, FOX Sports Arizona’s Steve Berthiaume stops by to preview the 2021 Diamondbacks.
Mar 11, 2021
Penny the Center Fielder
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the new baseball and if it will lead to a decrease in offense, Pete Alonso looking poised for a bounce back year, David Price pitching in whatever role is needed, and ranking the strength of each position. Then, Hembo talks about the three pitchers who stand to benefit the most from the new baseballs and he makes three bold predictions. Later, broadcaster Duane Kuiper stops by for some farm talk and to preview the 2021 Giants.
Mar 10, 2021
Build Your Own Playlist
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Marlins GM Kim Ng’s impact on baseball, Francisco Lindor’s leverage in contract talks, Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger, and José Iglesias bringing a needed edge to the Angels. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Jacob deGrom’s velocity, Shohei Otani’s pitching debut and Tim Anderson. Later, Fox Sports San Diego’s Tony Gwynn Jr. stops by to preview the 2021 Padres.
Mar 09, 2021
Born In England
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss his thoughts Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah, Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez breaking COVID-19 protocol, injuries he’s worried about, Gary Sanchez’s teammates talking him up and Trevor Bauer pitching with one eye closed. Then, Kurkjian goes rapid fire with Clayton Kershaw on his drawing skills, NL West rivalries, his spin rate and building the perfect Dodgers pitcher. Later,'s Jason Beck stops by to preview the 2021 Detroit Tigers.
Mar 08, 2021
Thick Guy
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Juan Soto’s maturity, Francisco Lindor coaching up his teammates, Rio Gomez pushing for the big leagues, Pete Alonso looking sharp and the Astros possibly losing Framber Valdez for an extended period. Then, Buster goes rapid fire with Bryce Harper on learning to be a dad during baseball’s shutdown, the importance of re-signing J.T. Realmuto and what has to happen for the Phillies to win the NL East. Later, Minnesota’s radio play-by-play voice Cory Provus stops by to preview the 2021 Twins.
Mar 05, 2021
Transition Year
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Jackie Bradley Jr. signing with the Brewers, Milwaukee doing good work on a smaller payroll, why the Cubs should be sellers even if they’re in the mix, Dave Dombrowski changing the Phillies’ culture and expanded playoffs being declared dead (for now). Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s projected home runs, Framber Valdez’s injury and the Nationals’ new-look offense. Finally, The Kansas City Star's Lynn Worthy on the 2021 Kansas City Royals.
Mar 04, 2021
Smelly Lines
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss if Andrew Vaughn could make the White Sox’s Opening Day roster, the best athletes in baseball history and more allegations facing Mickey Callaway. Then, Hembo tops by to talk about Cody Bellinger’s NL MVP odds, the Rays’ AL East odds and Jared Kelenic’s ROY odds. Finally, Len Kasper on the 2021 White Sox.
Mar 03, 2021
Pimple Amid Perfection
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss how the lack of routine hurt players last season, if the Cubs could be sellers at the trade deadline and her feature on Trevor Bauer’s agent Rachel Luba. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the last Yankees pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts, Zack Greinke joining the 10/10 club as a pitcher and Shane Bieber. Finally, Mandy Bell stops by to talk about the 2021 Cleveland Indians.
Mar 02, 2021
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Vi Ripken’s passing, Trey Mancini’s return, his schedule as Spring Training games are underway, the gap between the really good teams and really bad teams in baseball, and why the Royals will be better than people think. Then, Marlins’ play-by-play announcer Paul Severino stops by to talk about growing up in Bristol, CT, what changed for Miami last season, the organizational depth accumulated over the past few seasons, the team’s starting pitching and expectations for the Opening Day lineup.
Mar 01, 2021
Still Underrated
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss who would be good on a mic’d up Spring Training broadcast, expanding the playoff, MiLB teams being trimmed and Carlos Correa. Then, Marly Rivera stops by to talk about why Alex Cora is the perfect manager for Rafael Devers and the relaxed vibe at Yankees camp. Finally, Jeff Francoeur gets into the 2021 Braves, why Atlanta is the team to beat in the NL East, the biggest concern for the team, expectations for Ronald Acuña Jr. and re-signing Freddie Freeman.
Feb 26, 2021
A Fart in Church
Alden Gonzalez joins Buster to discuss Shohei Otani's return and his future if he's shut down again, Jarred Kelenic's comments on the Mariners' service time manipulation and the Dodgers' willingly going over the luxury tax. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Juan Soto's OPS+, Otani and the Dodgers' odds of repeating. Later, Nationals' broadcaster F.P. Santangelo talks about confronting and then befriending Pedro Gomez, what’s left to conquer for Juan Soto as a hitter, keys for Washington's defense and that time he hosted Tom Brady after he was drafted by the Expos.
Feb 25, 2021
Dog Days of February
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss their collective confusion as to why the Yankees are making a big gamble with its rotation, the slow early days of Spring Training, Aaron Judge’s health and if the Mariners should put Jared Kelenic on the Opening Day roster. Then, Hembo stops by to talk about why Fernando Tatis Jr.’s contract is bad for baseball, teams he thinks will regress this season, and the record number of non-tendered players in 2019 and 2020. Finally, Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy hits on J.T. Realmuto’s control of the game, if an average Phillies bullpen makes them postseason contenders, the need for Rhys Hoskins to replicate his performance at the end of last season and why Bryce Harper has been the least of the Phillies’ worries.
Feb 24, 2021
Everybody Loves Freddie
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss Freddie Freeman’s “twins with a twist,” Kevin Mathers resigning as CEO of the Mariners, if Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new deal makes it easier or more difficult for the Mets to sign Francisco Lindor and Mike Trout committing to improving his defense. Next, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Albert Pujols’ career WAR, the Mets’ playoff odds and what went wrong for Christian Yelich in 2020. Finally, SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins the show to talk about the Mets’ offseason moves, why the future is so bright for the team, how Lindor dramatically improves the defense and pitching, and where Noah Syndergaard stands coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 23, 2021
Willing To Spend
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if he’s related to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mathers’ offensive comments and his admission of service time manipulation, Clayton Kershaw saying he intends to pitch after 2021, the sustainability of what the Padres are doing, and Tim’s thoughts on the NL East. Then, The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli talks about her story of being sexually harassed by an Orioles player, the response to the story, why this is only the tip of the iceberg and the need for baseball to forge ahead with a zero-tolerance policy.
Feb 22, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci on 2021 MLB Outlook
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Buster to talk about his favorite baseball player, if we’ll see fans in the stands this season, what he would say to players who are reluctant to get vaccinated and staying on Max Scherzer’s good side. Then, Alden Gonzalez gets into the league’s reaction to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract, why it’s a triumph for the Padres and Tim Tebow hanging up his spikes. Next, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash compares this year’s Spring Training to Spring Training 2.0, what the win projections miss about his team, and moving on from Blake Snell and Charlie Morton. Finally, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discusses hearing from Mike Krzyzewski after winning the World Series, Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers-Padres rivalry and what he sees in Tatis as a young player.
Feb 19, 2021
Birthday Boy
Buster is joined by Hembo to discuss team win totals for the 2021 season, why this is the stingiest offseason ever and how free agency as we know it may be broken. Then, David Schoenfield hops on to talk about the Mets, Cardinals, Orioles and Angels’ offseasons, win totals that he’s interested in and Clayton Kershaw’s comments on “non-competitive behavior.” The Baseball Tonight Podcast will return to its daily format starting Friday, February 19 with special guest Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Feb 17, 2021
Remembering Pedro Gomez
ESPN producer Charlie Moynihan joins Buster to discuss the passing of Pedro Gomez, how Moynihan got to know Gomez, their good times together on the road, covering Barry Bonds and the BALCO scandal, and the outpouring of emotion following his death. Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Gomez, including meeting him while they were newspaper writers, Gomez never being afraid to ask difficult questions, his love for the Tigers growing up, his family and the pride he had for son getting to the major leagues. Tim and Buster also hit on the decisions made about another pandemic season, Trevor Bauer signing with the Dodgers and the risk Bauer is taking on by not signing for a long-term deal.
Feb 10, 2021
Rotten Core
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the latest between MLB and the players’ union, what they think the endgame for the union is, a brief history of the fight between the league and the union, his story on Drew Robinson, how he pursued Robinson’s story, his first conversation with Robinson over FaceTime and the vivid details Robinson remembers from trying to take his own life. Then, Sarah Langs hops on talk about the number of free agents still unsigned, the impact Nolan Arenado will have on the Cardinals and the Angels’ incremental moves. Finally, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold gives the full scoop on St. Louis trading for Arenado, what the Cardinals sent to Colorado and the PR nightmare facing the Rockies.
Feb 03, 2021
Not Very Much Fun Anymore
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk about no one being voted into the Hall of Fame, Curt Schilling requesting to be removed from the ballot, why the Hall should act as the moral arbiter not the writers, the Yankees’ latest moves and Marcus Semien signing in Toronto. Then, Jeff Passan hops on to discuss joining Buster in not voting for the Hall, J.T. Realmuto re-signing with the Phillies, who is left to sign Trevor Bauer and the league barreling toward a work-stoppage. Later, Hall of Fame Jim Palmer stops by to share stories of Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Bob Gibson and Tommy Lasorda. Finally, Hembo on Realmuto, his favorite Aaron stat, and George Springer’s big contract.
Jan 27, 2021
A Tremendous Void
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and Tim Kurkjian join Buster to remember the life of Henry Aaron. Kendrick shares how Aaron was his childhood idol growing up in Georgia, stories from time they spent together, and the weight Aaron carried performing at a high level while facing hatred and death threats. And Kurkjian details the time Aaron joined him and the ESPN team in the broadcasting booth. Then, Eduardo Pérez stops by to talk about telling his father — Hall of Famer Tony Pérez — the news of Aaron’s passing, his memories of that night in the broadcast booth with Aaron, Aaron’s front office legacy, what he’ll remember about him as a player, asking for his autograph and the doors Aaron opened for others. 
Jan 22, 2021
It’s Not Good Enough
Jess Mendoza talks to Buster about the Mets firing Jared Porter for sexually harassing a reporter, the emotions she felt when the story broke, why more women don’t speak up similar situations, the need for structural changes in the sport and her belief that things will be different going forward (6:40). Next, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about life as a grandparent, Porter, the Blue Jays signing George Springer, if the Yankees are done making additions, his top five teams right now and the passing of Don Sutton (25:46). Then, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on the Porter situation and teams under the most pressure to make moves before the season (41:41). Finally, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on when he heard the Blake Snell news, the dynamic between the Padres and Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr. can push himself to be even better and building on the 2020 season (52:55).
Jan 20, 2021
Understated Charisma
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Spring Training starting on schedule, Corey Kluber trying to prove that he’s healthy and the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor. Then, 12-year MLB veteran Alex Avila hops on to talk about his godfather Tommy Lasorda, staying patient in free agency, his outlook on another pandemic season and catching for Justin Verlander in Detroit. Later, Hembo quibbles with Buster’s top 10 position rankings.
Jan 14, 2021
I Can’t Find My…
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss to being named the new play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, his run-in with Harry Caray in a restroom, the Padres looking like a superhero team-up and the slow winter market. Then Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about when Spring Training may start, the arms race between the Padres and Dodgers and if Los Angeles will re-sign Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger. Later, Hembo on no players being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals at an impasse and Trevor Story.
Jan 06, 2021
Baseball with Snow on the Ground
David Schoenfield and Buster discuss the Negro League’s recognition by MLB, Cleveland officially dropping the “Indians” nickname, the Mets, Phillies and Ranges hiring new GMs, standout moves from the offseason thus far and the continued labor strife. Then, Sarah Langs gets into Curt Schilling likely falling short of the Hall of Fame, Ke'Bryan Hayes’ under-the-radar season and another astounding Juan Soto stat. Later, Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino talks about his published photos from the pandemic-shortened season, his favorite pictures and D.J. LeMahieu.
Dec 17, 2020
Not as Bad of a Blood Bath
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss free agency, the official dismantling of the Cubs World Series core, the Yankees tendering Gary Sanchez and Charlie Morton’s one-year deal with the Braves (2:50). Then, Dan Shulman hops on to talk about what the Blue Jays will do this offseason, which free agents would fit the best in Toronto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s weight loss (17:48). Later, Hembo stops by to hit on Kyle Schwarber, frontrunners in NL East and Central and if there’s any hope for the Angels under new management (26:44).
Dec 03, 2020
It’s Complicated
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to discuss new Mets owners Steve Cohen declaring war on the NL East, the excitement level of Mets fans and who the team could land in free agency with its new resources (6:40). Then, Jeff Passan stops by to talk about Devin Williams winning NL Rookie of the Year, the non-tender date being a ticking time bomb, which teams are going to spend money this winter and the Phillies confusing front office situation (14:29). Plus, Hembo on why he thinks the writers got the MVPs wrong (39:10).
Nov 13, 2020
One Last Time
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Justin Turner refusing to stay isolated during the postgame celebration, his take on the Blake Snell situation after covering the Rays during the World Series and free agency already looking ugly for the players (8:15). Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about the wackiest season ever, giving credit to the teams for adapting to an usual lifestyle while playing, their concern for the sport and if Turner will be suspended (22:33). Next, Hembo stops by to be the only person in civilization to defend Kevin Cash (35:14). And finally, Todd Radom administers the last quiz of the season (42:31).
Oct 29, 2020
Married to Analytics
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Kevin Cash’s decision to pull Blake Snell, how analytical decisions are dividing baseball fans, if the championship means more to Dave Roberts or Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner returning to the World Series celebration after a positive COVID test (12:55). Then, Jake Odorizzi talks about what he saw in Snell’s stuff early on, if he thought Cash would pull Snell, if the decision will cause a rift between player and manager, and where the game is as an entertainment product (31:41). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Dodgers’ winning percentage, Mookie Betts’ home run and her favorite stat of the entire season (45:08).
Oct 28, 2020
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the consistent force of the Dodgers lineup, Blake Snell being pulled early if he gets into trouble, Dave Roberts’ pitching strategy, why Austin Barnes should start at catcher in game six, Manuel Margot being half an inch away from stealing home, layoffs in ticket offices and Tony LaRussa being rumored for the White Sox job (5:33). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about possible vindication for Clayton Kershaw and Snell’s magic number (21:40). 
Oct 27, 2020
I Shrieked, As I Often Do
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss calling a chaotic final play in Game 4 of the World Series, why the Rays walking off felt like a college basketball game, Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5, Dave Roberts’ move to replace Kershaw with Dustin May and Tyler Glasnow’s inability to command the strike zone (10:09). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the cost of failing to steal home, the Dodgers scoring with two outs and Tampa Bay’s homer-centric offense failing them in Game 5. (30:50) Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Walker Buehler being the Derek Jeter of postseason pitchers, struggling to describe the Game 4 ending, Manuel Margot’s failed steal of home and Randy Arozarena’s 28 playoff hits (37:16). 
Oct 26, 2020
Catch During Mud Season in Front of a Sugar House
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss pitching with Kevin Kiermaier as his center fielder, the Rays developmental philosophy, his thoughts on rule changes from the short season possibly becoming permanent and Charlie Morton’s cold-bloodedness (6:54). Then, Chris Singleton hops on to talk about Morton vs. Walker Buehler in game three, if the series pendulum has swung back toward the Rays and the first time he met Cody Bellinger (24:17). Plus, Todd Radom with the weekly quiz (34:31).
Oct 23, 2020
Big, Long Exhale
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss why it’s driving her crazy she can’t be in the stadium, Brandon Lowe exhaling after breaking out of his slump and why the Rays need him to win the series, Charlie Morton’s advantage and Walker Buehler’s disadvantage going into game three, Blake Snell pitching in the strike zone, Aaron Loup striking out Cody Bellinger, and MadBum vs. Mr. October (9:19).
Oct 22, 2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Rays bringing a knife to a gun fight, Mookie Betts completing the circle with the Dodgers, Tyler Glasnow throwing balls in the dirt, Brandon Lowe’s struggles, Jeff Luhnow again denying he knew about the Astros cheating and Steve Cohen’s official approval to buy the Mets (8:00). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Betts (34:33).
Oct 21, 2020
Hall of Famers vs. Island of Misfits Toys
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to preview the World Series, discussing the payroll disparity between the Dodgers and Rays, the Rays bullpen advantage, the potential for the Dodgers to explode offensively, what’s at stake for Clayton Kershaw, and how the Dodgers should pitch to Randy Arozarena (7:13). Plus, Hembo on Arozarena being the toughest out in this World Series, what stands out about both lineups and why he thinks we’ll see some crazy endings (25:56).
Oct 20, 2020
Hotel Parking Lot Rocky
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss an exciting game seven between the Dodgers and the Braves, Mookie Betts’ brilliant defense, Dave Roberts leaving Julio Urías in for the 9th inning, the bright future for the Braves, Charlie Morton’s dominance in game seven against the Astros, Randy Arozarena winning the ALCS MVP, if the off days in the World Series advantages either team and the 2021 class of free agent shortstops (14:56). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and talks about the best World Series player of all time (33:28).
Oct 19, 2020
Buster T. Bison
Mark Teixeira joins Buster to discuss the regular season-feel to the postseason with teams playing every day, Bryce Wilson attacking the strike zone, Dave Roberts leaving Clayton Kershaw out too long, Kershaw’s legacy, the ying and yang of watching Dusty Baker and the Astros, expectations for the upcoming free agent market, and what he would do with Gary Sanchez this offseason (13:24). Later, the pod’s ballpark tour ends as Todd Radom and the guys visit Sahlen Field in Buffalo and knock out one last weekly quiz (26:42).
Oct 16, 2020
Someone Punched Me in the Face
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to talk about her assessment of Jose Altuve, George Springer coming up clutch in game four, how the Braves should arrange its starting rotation going forward in the series and the Dodgers hitters looking relieved (9:45). Then, Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi hops on to discuss Dusty Baker keeping Zack Greinke in the game, how the Dodgers attacked Kyle Wright, what he would say to Wright after the game three shelling, and what he’ll be watching from Clayton Kershaw as he returns from back spasms (20:31).
Oct 15, 2020
How Late Were You Up?
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Jose Altuve’s fielding yips, the Rays’ suffocating defense, if the Dodgers’ near-comeback was a moral victory, Walker Buehler’s back spasms, Freddie Freeman being locked in and if A.J. Hinch will land with the White Sox (11:25). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Tuesday night’s games (29:04).
Oct 14, 2020
Tight Pants
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why Joe Morgan was the perfect player, the White Sox basically firing Rick Renteria and if they’d considering hiring A.J. Hinch, the Braves’ no longer middling pitching, the Dodgers’ bullpen, the Rays taking control of the series, and Jose Altuve’s defense (11:37). Plus, Hembo hops on to talk about Morgan having greatest two-year stretch of any modern infielder, and his takeaways from Monday’s games (29:17).
Oct 13, 2020
Karmic Revenge
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Tampa Bay’s win over Houston in game one of the ALCS, how the Rays finally halted the Astros’ offense, the palpable tension in game 5 of the ALDS, what’s next for the Yankees this offseason, the Braves’ chances to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS and Alex Anthopoulos’ patience bearing fruit (6:11). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game (25:47).
Oct 12, 2020
Sexy, Attractive, Electrifying
Michael Kay joins Buster to discuss game five of the ALDS between the Yankees and Rays, why he’s confident in Gerrit Cole on short rest, how a win tonight will rescue Aaron Boone’s game two platooning, what he expects from Tyler Glasgow, Tampa needing Brandon Lowe to breakout and the Astros advancing to the ALCS (12:41). Later, Todd Radom hops on to talk about his new hockey (?!) book, baseball needing a polarizing villain like Houston and if the AL teams should fear the Dodgers or Braves more (24:02). 
Oct 09, 2020
Sense of Smell
Karl Ravech joins Buster Olney to discuss calling games on the radio for the first time since college, the emotion of Dodgers-Padres, the A’s coming back from the dead, Randy Arozarena’s tear, second-guessing Aaron Boone’s decision to platoon his pitchers in game two and Ian Anderson’s confidence (16:19). Later, The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin hops on to talk about the hunger for a title in L.A., MLB’s plan to allow fans in the stands at the World Series and the reorganization of the minor leagues (39:47).
Oct 08, 2020
Purest Form of Playoff Baseball
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss putting himself in place of a pitcher when watching the postseason, the Yankees overthinking using Deivi García as an opener, the challenge of playing without days off in a series, how to pitch to Giancarlo Stanton when he’s on a tear, why he’s not surprised the Astros are on the verge of another ALCS, Ronald Acuña Jr. getting hit and the market for his services this offseason (15:33). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game (40:07)
Oct 07, 2020
Boxing Analogies
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Theo Epstein signaling he’s in the twilight of his time with the Cubs, the Brewers cutting payroll, the Yankees raking through three playoff games, the Rays’ bullpen management, Deivi García starting for New York in game two, Houston’s bullpen bouncing back and Fernando Tatis Jr. vs. the Dodgers’ pitching (11:57). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about major offseason changes looming for the Cubs, Marlins-Braves, Padres-Dodgers and what kind of GM he’d like to see with the Phillies (28:17).
Oct 06, 2020
Fearsome and Ferocious
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster Olney to discuss the passing of Cardinals legend Bob Gibson, renaming the MVP award for Frank Robinson, Phillies GM Matt Klentak “resigning,” the big questions facing the Cubs in the offseason and the division series ranked by animus between the teams (7:10). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and gives her picks for the division series (33:02).
Oct 05, 2020
Bare-Knuckle Brawl
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Padres’ comeback win, how a homer in an empty ballpark plays differently, vintage Clayton Kershaw, Matt’s relief the A’s won an elimination game and calling two marathon playoff games in one day (11:55). Later, Todd Radom hops on to analyze a clip of Lou Gehrig “confirming” Babe Ruth called his shot, talk about Target field and administer the weekly quiz (34:36).
Oct 02, 2020
The Adventures of Vasgersian, A-Rod & Buster
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss a marathon day of baseball, a spectacular game between the Yankees and Indians, the competitive arrogance of the Rays, Carlos Correa embracing his inner villain, the Twins’ 18-straight playoff losses, and Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger going down for San Diego (13:50). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the A’s winner-take-all losing streak, the strikeouts in Reds-Braves and Minnesota’s postseason futility (33:29).
Oct 01, 2020
Fall Frenzy
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Yankees shelling Shane Bieber, the Astros surviving against the Twins despite appearing to be on the ropes, Yuli Gurriel signing a one-year deal to stay in Houston, the Rays being the Rays making hitters miss and the White Sox impressing after limping into the playoffs (9:51). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the NL series (26:52).
Sep 30, 2020
Who Turned Off the WiFi?
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss why the Red Sox would be crazy not to bring Alex Cora back, the duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, Jesús Luzardo starting for the A’s in game one, the Blue Jays’ pitching strategy, and if the Twins can snap its 16-game postseason losing streak (7:36). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the AL series (26:52).
Sep 29, 2020
Regular Season Finish Line
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if the Red Sox will hire Alex Cora after firing Ron Roenicke, if Dave Dombrowski is a lock to be the newest GM of the Angels, what’s next for the Phillies, why there’s no excuse for the Mets missing the playoffs and the most intriguing postseason matchups (6:44). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers game with notes on the baby Blue Jays, Juan Soto’s batting title and the best pitcher on the planet (27:06). 
Sep 28, 2020
Staying Relevant
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the Blue Jays clinching a postseason berth, the White Sox floundering, NL teams scrapping for the final playoff spots, Walker Buehler’s performance against the A’s, Yadier Molina’s 2,000th hit and which of Vin Scully’s memorabilia he would buy (10:13). Later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold stops by to talk about the Cardinals’ playoff permutations and how their pitching depth has kept them in the hunt (27:25).
Sep 25, 2020
Sarah Langs joins Buster to talk about Trevor Bauer taking the NL Cy Young mantle, what Jacob deGrom needs to do in his last start to surpass Bauer, another gem from Shane Bieber, Sandy Alderson’s return to the Mets under Steve Cohen, Mike Clevinger’s injury and the fight for the final playoff spots in the NL (6:02).
Sep 24, 2020
Ted Williams of 2020
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Andrelton Simmons opting out with a few games to play, if the Yankees’ historical dominance over the Twins in the playoffs will mean anything if they meet in the postseason, the most disappointing teams this season, Juan Soto’s killer year and who he likes for MVP in each league (6:05). Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Guaranteed Rate Field and to administer the weekly quiz (26:06).
Sep 23, 2020
The Legend of Alejandro Kirk
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss, Alejandro Kirk’s spectacular debut for the Blue Jays, why Justin Verlander’s injury may mark the beginning of the end of the Astros’ window and if the Rockies will try to dump Nolan Arenado’s salary in the offseason (7:12). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about why Jacob deGrom should be the NL Cy Young winner, a troubling trend for Gerrit Cole and what the loss of Matt Chapman means for the A’s.
Sep 22, 2020
Forget This Ever Happened
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss why he can’t take his eyes off the Marlins, why the Reds are the Indians of the NL, the NL Cy Young Race, anemic hitting across the league, night games at Wrigley, Josh Donaldson going off on umpires, Ron Gardenhire’s abrupt retirement and Justin Verlander undergoing Tommy John surgery. Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Padres’ postseason drought, Luke Voit leading the league in homers and Garret Crochet’s debut.
Sep 21, 2020
Pit Stop in Kansas City
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss his pitching strategy for the first round of the playoffs, Josh Donaldson’s ejection after hitting a home run and kicking dirt on home plate, the White Sox clinching a playoff spot, Javier Baez rounding into form, the end of Jon Lester’s time with the Cubs, and another possible Yankees-Twins matchup in the postseason. Later, Todd Radom joins the show to talk about Kauffman Stadium and to administer the weekly quiz.
Sep 18, 2020
One Million
Eduardo Peréz joins Buster to discuss the jersey collection he’s amassed while calling games at home, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s poor September, why the Marlins are dangerous coming down the home stretch, and the pitching-catching combination of Gerrit Cole and Kyle Higashioka. Later, Jason Benetti drops by to talk about why the Yankees look like the biggest postseason threat to the White Sox and Tim Anderson’s development into an MVP candidate.
Sep 17, 2020
I Collect Art
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss his idea of Steve Cohen reaching out Brian Cashman for the Mets GM job, Kenley Jansen getting the save against San Diego, the rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres, the playoff bubble and new postseason strategies with teams playing every day, and Derek Jeter’s Tampa Bay house hitting the market for $29 million (8:36). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Yankees scoring 20, the Brewers’ offense and Jacob deGrom (28:42).
Sep 16, 2020
Concert Waiver
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Padres-Dodgers series, Trent Grisham’s home run off Clayton Kershaw, the White Sox increasing its division lead over the Twins, if seeding matters in the AL without a home field advantage, Yankees-Blue Jays and Steve Cohen set to purchase the Mets (9:31). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about his mixed feelings on Grisham “showing up” Kershaw, Cody Bellinger’s struggles at the plate, Cleveland’s historic pitching and historically bad outfield, and why Nelson Cruz is still at the peak of his powers (28:38).
Sep 15, 2020
Growth Spurt and Gym Membership
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss Alec Mills' unlikely no-hitter, Matt Chapman's injury, the Rays being the best team in the AL despite hitting a snag, the Dodgers' eternal bitterness about losing the World Series to the Astros, why Ian Anderson is the most important rookie in the NL and Nelson Cruz leading the league in home runs (9:47). Then, Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about Albert Pujols and the how the Angels should handle its aging superstar, and the huge Dodgers-Padres series starting tonight (25:18).
Sep 14, 2020
Doubleheader Fatalist
Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to talk about the Dodgers being a little too cute sticking Mookie Betts at second base, if we’ll see any ugliness between the Dodgers and Astros this weekend, if Zack Greinke is a Hall of Famer, why he’d take Juan Soto over Ronald Acuña Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., micing up players, and an interesting baseball memorabilia anniversary (8:25). Next, Todd Radom stops by to talk about Comerica Park and to administer the weekly quiz (30:24). Later, the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome calls in from the West Coast to hit on Dusty Baker navigating this strange season, the Astros’ lineup struggling to hit for power and Justin Verlander’s return (39:12).
Sep 11, 2020
You Seem Very Clean
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Atlanta’s 29-run night, the remarkable feat of completing a season during a pandemic, what changes implemented this year are here to stay, Trevor Bauer chirping, why he thinks the White Sox are the best team in the AL and Justin Timberlake leading the charge for a team in Nashville (8:29). Later, Michael Kay drops by to talk about Gleyber Torres’ poor play, Gary Sanchez’s inability to hit a middle-middle pitch, the Yankees resting players as they are spiraling, why he thinks the team will still make the playoffs and how Steve Cohen buying the Mets will affect business in the Bronx (26:40).
Sep 10, 2020
Bitterness Scale
Dave Schoenfield joins Buster to remember Roberto Clemente as he’s set to be honored by MLB (5:08). Then they get into Sixto Sanchez’s torrid start, the battle in the NL East, Dave’s thoughts on the playoff system, the Yankees playing everyone into contention, Gary Sanchez’s horrific season and the stars aligning for J.T. Realmuto in free agency. Later, Hembo stops by to discuss Sanchez’s stuff, how bitter he’ll be if Realmuto doesn’t re-sign with the Phillies, the versatility of the Rays and Clemente’s right arm (22:19).
Sep 09, 2020
We Don’t Smile Enough
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the passing of Lou Brock, the time he chatted up Tim and his son Jeff, his base stealing arrogance and why a player like him wouldn’t exist in today’s game. Then they get into MLB honoring Roberto Clemente, the Yankees’ tailspin, Mike Rizzo being tossed from a private box and his thoughts on the AL Central (5:18). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Games with notes on Kyle Hendricks, the Blue Jays’ 10-run inning and how Fernando Tatis Jr. could be the young MVP ever (23:18).
Sep 08, 2020
Beige Ballpark
Jesse Rogers joins Buster Olney to discuss the evolution of Yu Darvish since arriving in Chicago, how he’s come out of his shell and concerns for the Cubs as October looms (4:55). Plus, the guys get into the Yankees’ pitching woes, the Phillies honoring Dick Allen, Bert Blyleven exiting the Twins TV booth and why they feel the baseball has been bad this season. Later, Todd Radom talks about Angel Stadium of Anaheim and administers the weekly quiz (30:54).
Sep 04, 2020
Greatest Met of All Time
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss Tom Seaver’s passing, his larger than life presence, throwing a complete game for his 300th win and his connection with Mets fans (7:35). Plus, the guys get into how they felt about the suspensions handed down for the Yankees and Rays, and Boog’s work fighting ALS. Plus, Hembo on Seaver being traded in his prime, Jon Lester earning his contract, Alec Bohm’s outstanding contact and Bryce Harper mic’d up (24:39).
Sep 03, 2020
From Sapling to Booming Maple
Karl Ravech joins Sarah Langs to discuss psychological edge the Rays have on the Yankees and the postgame bench-clearing on Tuesday night, the Phillies pulling it together and making a run at the NL East crown, and the NL MVP race between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto (6:17). Later,’s Mandy Bell hops on to talk about Cleveland’s return for Mike Clevinger and how organization is always striving to keep the farm system stocked, the team’s offensive struggles, the tight race in the AL Central, and if Shane Bieber has any challengers for the Cy Young (30:14).
Sep 02, 2020
Teams on the Bubble
David Schoenfield and Sarah Langs join Buster after the trade deadline for a roundtable discussion. The gangs talks about how the Padres have emerged as a very strong No. 2 team in the NL, what Mike Clevinger brings to San Diego, the Reds trading for Archie Bradley and signaling it's still in the hunt, which Mike Minor the A's will see, why the Yankees were right to stand pat, Cleveland decreasing its World Series chances, the Braves not bolstering its starting pitching, the Rangers hanging onto Lance Lynn and their post-trade deadline World Series picks.
Sep 01, 2020
Deals That Are Already Done
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk about Steven Cohen reportedly buying the Mets and possibly making a splash in free agency, the Padres being aggressive at the deadline, the A’s trading for Tommy LaStella, Aaron Boone’s emotional press conference, and how Bryce Harper saved the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast (9:40).
Aug 31, 2020
Please Dear Leader, Do Not Hurt Us
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss baseball’s evolving response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the lack of a collective conversation in MLB that’s seen in the NBA, the Players Alliance, the need for collaborative conversation league-wide, how the disparate responses tie into the CBA, Brodie Van Wagenen’s hot mic moment and the Mets’ capitulating response, and the enormous frustration with Rob Manfred across baseball (9:46). Later, Todd Radom joins the pod to talk about Progressive Field and administer the weekly quiz (29:38).
Aug 28, 2020
Gas Pumps Shut Off East of the Highway
Marly Rivera joins Buster to talk about pivotal day in U.S. professional sports as MLB teams protested over the shooting of Jacob Blake (8:03). They get into how Black and African American players in baseball are often afraid to speak out, how Mookie Betts and the Dodgers are shaping the player protests, and Aaron Judge’s calf tweak. Then, Jesse Rogers drops by to discuss his eerie drive to Milwaukee after the Brewers announced they wouldn’t be playing, Anthony Rizzo hitting politicians in his postgame presser, and his interest in teams that might sell at the deadline and still be in the playoff hunt (18:42). Later, Jason Benetti shares what it was like to call Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter and this year’s exciting White Sox team (32:21).
Aug 27, 2020
Padres of the American League
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Giants making it tough on their front office as the team contends for the playoffs, Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter, Mike Clevinger’s return to Cleveland’s rotation, his report card grade for the season so far, and his top managers in the AL and NL about 30 games deep (9:58). Plus, Hembo on unusual conditions for Giolito’s no-hitter, Shane Bieber’s hot start, the most improved player in baseball and context for the Dodgers’ dominant first half (29:22). Here's the video of a laser-guided cow milking machine mention during the Bleacher Tweets.
Aug 26, 2020
Every Dollar Counts
Dave Shoenfield joins Buster to talk about how Shane Bieber is must-watch TV, why he thinks the Dodgers could’ve challenged for 116 wins in a normal season, Seattle being the only declared seller ahead of the trade deadline and which potential moves to keep an eye on (3:48). Later,’s Mandy Bell drops by to give an update on Terry Francona, what Cleveland could do at the deadline and what Bieber’s improved upon the most this season (22:09).
Aug 25, 2020
Run Like the Wind
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the joy of Freddie Freeman with a microphone, Cleveland possibly trading Mike Clevinger, Triston McKenzie’s debut, the A’s being the best team in the AL, and the Padres and White Sox being Tim’s most watchable teams (5:23). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Slam Diego, José Abreu’s home runs against the Cubs, and Mookie Betts’ absurd in-zone contact rate and slugging percentage (23:03).
Aug 24, 2020
Atlanta's Dansby Swanson on Playing Without Fans, Freddie Freeman and His Socially Distant Celebration
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson joins Buster to talk about playing during a pandemic, when he started re-preparing for the season, Freddie Freeman, why this year feels like a college season, the team’s talent level and his socially distant home run celebration (22:03). Matt Vasgersian also stops by to discuss missing the roar of a home crowd in a ballpark, the NL East race, MLB viewing each team as its own fiefdom with COVID-19 and Joe Maddon calling out Shaun Anderson’s command after throwing near Mike Trout’s head (5:36). Later, Matt sticks around to wax poetic about the Oakland Coliseum with Todd Radom and pinch hit for Buster in the weekly quiz (31:11).
Aug 21, 2020
Not Afraid of Gerrit Cole
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Casey Mize’s debut, Thom Brennaman using an anti-LGBTQ slur during the Reds broadcast, Trevor Bauer trying to wear cleats supporting Joe Kelly and the Rays having the Yankees’ number (7:27).
Aug 20, 2020
An Old Feud
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to talk about the baseball world's array of opinions on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s “violation” of the unwritten rules, Kenta Maeda’s near no-hitter, if the clock is already ticking on Boston GM Chaim Bloom and their old lineup protection feud (5:33). Later, Hembo stops by to discuss how offenses around the league have rounded into form and the Chicago Cubs’ stellar infield defense (27:42).
Aug 19, 2020
The Brothers Seager and Cousin Buster
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the Seager brothers homering in the same game, how Fernando Tatis Jr.’s grand slam and Juan Soto briefly admiring his home run violated the unwritten rules of baseball, injuries piling up across the league, José Altuve looking terrible, and his read on the NL East (6:30). Later, The Athletic’s Dan Connolly hops on to talk about the Orioles thrusting themselves into the playoff conversation (25:04).
Aug 18, 2020
Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Buster returns from vacation and talks to Tim Kurkjian about which team is the best bet to win its division, the Nationals possibly missing the playoffs with Stephen Strasburg’s injury, the Yankees losing DJ LeMahieu and being extremely cautious with Aaron Judge, and Zach Plesac’s misguided anger toward the media (5:48). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the White Sox’s four-straight homers, the A’s grand slams and Franmil Reyes (26:22).
Aug 17, 2020
Tim Kurkjian fills in for Buster to talk with Karl Ravech about another magical night for Mookie Betts, a disastrous one for his former team, bad bullpens and the crazy schedule ahead of the Cardinals. Plus, Todd Radom tells Tim and Troy about Houston's ballparks before giving the weekly quiz (23:40).
Aug 14, 2020
Watch Out For The Bears
Marly Rivera joins Dave Schoenfield to talk about Joe Kelly’s anger over the Astros and his suspension, players punishing each other without fans at the games, more concern for the Yankees with Aaron Judge’s injury, and if the Marlins, Tigers and Orioles will make the playoffs (7:04). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Nate Pearson’s struggles, the Braves’ rotation and how their prospects fit into it, how teams are evaluating minor leaguers for trades, and why he doesn’t think any consequential trades will be made this season (23:53). 
Aug 13, 2020
A Real Host
Boog Sciambi joins Tim Kurkjian to discuss the suspensions for Ramon Laureano and Alex Cintron, the lack of trust in the Cleveland locker room, what losing Giancarlo Stanton for a month means for the Yankees , and the challenges of calling games remotely (4:59). Later, Hembo gets into what stands out about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s start, Charlie Blackmon’s impressive batting average splits, the durability of Warren Spahn and Sarah Langs’ MLB debut in the booth as a win for researchers everywhere (26:53). Plus, Getting To Know Tim (37:51).
Aug 12, 2020
Accounting for the Federal League
David Schoenfield fills in for a vacationing Buster, talking to Joon Lee about MLB considering a playoff bubble, Mike Clevinger hanging out with Zach Plesac and what the Red Sox might do at the trade deadline as they languish at the bottom of the AL East (4:41). Later, Brad Doolittle stops by to discuss the Blue Jays playing in Buffalo, the history of baseball in Buffalo and San Diego’s offensive potential (18:41). Plus, who would Joon and Brad rather have for the next seven years: Mike Trout or Fernando Tatis Jr.?
Aug 11, 2020
Holding a Live Fish
Tim Kurkjian fills in for a vacationing Buster on today’s episode. First, he talks to Jeff Passan about how many games will Alex Cintrón and Ramón Laureano be suspended after inciting a brawl between the A’s and Astros, the Indians sending Zach Plesac home to quarantine after a night out, what MLB should do with the Cardinals, Oakland’s hot start, Fernando Tatis Jr. tearing it up, and Madison Bumgarner’s troublesome beginnings in Arizona (5:37). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to play the Numbers Game with notes on Tatis, Austin Slate and Óliver Pérez (28:30).
Aug 10, 2020
Being Famous and Not Being Famous
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to talk about Pete Alonso, his slow start, how the anger he harbors from being bullied drives him and what a genuine person he truly is (6:09). Next, Yahoo! Sports’ Hannah Keyser stops by to discuss profiling the Philly Phanatic, getting autographs from your heroes, the latest MLB’s health and safety protocol and the idea of a playoff bubble (19:54). Plus, Todd Radom administers the weekly quiz and talks ballparks in Texas (39:01).
Aug 07, 2020
Rake Every Time
Marly Rivera joins Buster to discuss the Marlins’ 5-1 start, the pulse of players as they live under MLB’s strict health and safety protocol, and Aaron Judge not thinking about his injuries (6:41). Later, Jesse Rogers stops by to talk about lax protocol causing coronavirus outbreaks among the Cardinals and Marlins, the new rules put in place by the league, players utilizing pent up energy on the field, the Cubs’ great start and where the Cubs stand with their stars set to be free agents in 2021 (19:04).
Aug 06, 2020
Transistor Radio
Reds general manager Nick Krall joins Buster to discuss meeting Eddie Murray as a bat boy with the A’s, the process of signing Nicholas Castellanos as a free agent, a day in the life of a Major League Baseball GM, how he’s evaluating trades given the current circumstances and his assessment of the team at this early point in the season (20:40). Dave Schoenfield also hops on to “talk about the Rockies,” ponder whether closers are as necessary as we think, marvel at the excellence of Dustin May and declare the predictability of Mike Trout hitting a home run after returning from paternity leave (7:53). Later, Hembo stops by to give his review of the extra-innings rule and the three-batter minimum for pitchers (34:20).
Aug 05, 2020
A Hard Day
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss crushing injuries to Mike Soroka and Shohei Ohtani, San Diego's impressive start, Boston's "indescribably bad" pitching and Rob Manfred's handling of recent events (7:44). Plus, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak (25:04) and Derek Jeter explains how the virus infiltrated Miami's clubhouse (39:05).
Aug 04, 2020
You Will Get Burned
Karl Ravech joins Buster to talk about Aaron Judge looking like an absolute beast, Shohei Ohtani’s future as pitcher, the Cubs and Twins’ hot starts, and where things stand in MLB with positive coronavirus tests popping up (8:26). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to play the Numbers game and to discuss where Yoenis Céspedes’ disappearing act ranks among moments of Mets dysfunction (32:22).
Aug 03, 2020
(Not) Trade Deadline Day
Jessica Mendoza joins Buster to discuss tonight's postponed Brewers-Cardinals game, 7-inning doubleheaders, and where Shane Bieber ranks among the top pitchers in baseball (7:05). Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci assesses MLB's coronavirus strategy (20:25) and Todd Radom joins Buster and Troy to give the weekly quiz and provide some fun facts about Seattle (23:12).
Jul 31, 2020
Hall Monitor
An eight-game suspension for Joe Kelly has the baseball world fuming. Buster and Dave Schoenfield discuss that, as well as new coronavirus safety protocol, anger toward the Marlins, Nate Pearson's strong debut and more (7:08). Plus, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe dives into the Red Sox's tailspin (20:40).
Jul 30, 2020
Sweet Revenge
After a day of fireworks across the league, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down what happened last night between the Dodgers and Astros (9:51). The guys also discuss more positive coronavirus tests in Miami, how players are now taking control of their health and safety, the early swath of pitching injuries and Patrick Mahomes' new stake in the Royals. Plus, a tribute to Orioles super fan Mo Gaba (35:38) and Hembo brings some fun stats on Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres (27:48).
Jul 29, 2020
Missing the Little Things
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss broadcasting from an empty Wrigley Field, MLB’s willingness to replace a whole team with a taxi squad, the untold story of how the Miami outbreak happened, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred leaving Don Mattingly flapping in the wind, David Price’s tweet and the potential for conflict in the Dodgers-Astros series (5:28). Later, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber stops by to talk about the level of concern within the Phillies after playing the Marlins during the weekend, cleaning the clubhouse and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner taking a shot at the Dodgers over the Mookie Betts deal (24:44).
Jul 28, 2020
Backyard Sport
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss the outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests among the Marlins, the strange balance of talking about baseball and talking about coronavirus, Justin Verlander’s injury, Daniel Bard coming back from the yips, Shohei Otani’s inability to throw strikes, Shane Bieber, and players missing the fans (7:46). Plus, Sarah Langs stops by to play the Numbers Game and to chat about the season’s sloppy start (29:06).
Jul 27, 2020
It Was Just Weird
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19, the weirdness of playing in an empty ballpark, Giancarlo Stanton looking spry, the Dodgers popping off and defeating the Giants, players displaying unity in pregame ceremonies, the newly expanded 16-team playoff, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first pitch (8:56). Later, Todd Radom stops by to talk about his alternate Blue Jays logos, Camden Yards, and to administer the weekly quiz (35:58).
Jul 24, 2020
Opening Day 2020
Jeff Passan joins Buster on Opening Day 2020 to discuss the surprise news of Mookie Betts’ $365 million contract with the Dodgers, the big names that will soon be free agents, the possibility of the Blue Jays playing without a home base, expanding the playoff to 16 teams, Marcus Stroman’s injury and players feeling better about health and safety as the season begins (6:14). Later, Marly Rivera drops by to talk about players finding motivation without crowds, Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer’s similarities, Cole’s debut for the Yankees being 13 years in the making, and the Homeless Blue Jays (27:43).
Jul 23, 2020
Toronto’s Joe Panik on the Blue Jays Searching for a Home, Being Careful with On-Field Conversations, Young Players Helping the Team Mindset
Toronto second baseman Joe Panik joins Buster to discuss Canada's decision to not allow the Blue Jays to play in the country, how the younger players are helping bring a calmness to the locker room, being careful delivering signals in quiet ballparks, breaking habits to adhere to health and safety protocol, and his outlook on this year's squad (5:21). Later, Hembo talks about his AL and NL MVP picks, Christian Yelich vs. Mike Trout, the outlook for Carter Kieboom, and the lineups for the Cubs and Brewers (17:02). Finally, Boog Sciambi drops by to get into extra innings strategy, why the manipulation of service time is wrong, and the challenges of teams traveling during a pandemic (25:58).
Jul 22, 2020
See You at The Ballpark
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss how great the Yankees have looked in Summer Camp, the theme song for this season's Blue Jays, how players wearing masks will impact the American public, and his division winner picks (6:51). Plus, The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli on covering games while confined to the press box, why extra rest and a shorter season could benefit the Nationals, how Max Scherzer has looked in Summer Camp, who’s going to protect Juan Soto in the lineup, and Washington being front and center in speaking out about MLB’s health and safety protocols (23:51).
Jul 21, 2020
Looking For A New Home
Buster chats with Toronto Star columnist Gregor Chisholm about the Blue Jays’ request to play home games in Toronto being denied and where they might play their games this year. Then, ESPN’s Karl Ravech joins the show to discuss what it was like to call a MLB game and what it will be like going forward and the credit the players deserve for how they’ve handled returning to the field (13:20). Finally, Sarah Langs talks about the yips, Cody Bellinger’s new swing and how impressive the Yankees look (29:33)
Jul 20, 2020
Baseball Is Almost Back; History of Fenway
Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss their issues with technology trying to get everything up and running in their houses. Plus, the two discuss the comments made by Alex Rodriguez and a potential salary cap, will the Blue Jays play games at home, umpires wearing masks and more. Then, Todd Radam joins the podcast to discuss the history of Fenway and there’s breaking news during the interview as the Nationals will open the season at Nationals Park (27:50)
Jul 17, 2020
Anthony Rizzo’s Back; Players Possibly Leaving Midseason; Eduardo Pérez Pinch Hits
Eduardo Pérez pitch hits and joins Buster to discuss Tim Kurkjian’s tech woes, why he’s excited to watch the Angles, the distractions in Houston, San Diego being sneaky good, if Tyler Beede can handle the pressure as the San Francisco’s closer and the Atlanta Hammers (4:56). Later, Jesse Rogers hops on to talk about Anthony Rizzo’s back situation, players on non-contending teams possibly going home midseason, and whether Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish will start on Opening Day (22:24).
Jul 16, 2020