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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney


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

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


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




Too Much Cinnamon

Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney discuss Aaron Judge meeting with the Giants and the tremendous pressure on the Yankees, the Red Sox fan base in pure revolt, the Brewers trading Hunter Renfroe to the Angels, and Hall of Fame voting angst. Plus, Sarah Langs on the video of Judge in San Francisco, Albert Pujols winning Comeback Player of the Year, unanimous Cy Young winners and her favorite Thanksgiving dish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Best Product, Every Night

Theo Epstein joins Buster to discuss the overlooked aspect of banning the shift, seeing stolen base attempts go up, when he decided to leave the Cubs, players disliking downtime and analytic trends pushing the game in the wrong direction. Then, Sarah Langs shares how she met Steph Curry and Steve Kerr, and plays The Numbers Game. Later, Hembo on Jeff Saturday’s Dusty Baker-like touch in the locker room, hitters that will benefit from the regulations against the shift and, why he’d sign...


Short Cuts Lead to Long Cuts

Doug Glanville and Buster discuss the Astros’ legacy after winning the 2022 World Series, the incredible postseason performance from Houston’s pitching staff, and Doug’s thoughts on Dusty Baker winning his first championship as a manager. Next, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about her post-baseball to-do list, the stat she started writing before it happened, the dominance of the Astros' bullpen and the years between championships for Baker. Then, David Schoenfield on Rob Thomson pulling Zack...


I Had A Couple...

Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Buster’s interesting postgame interview with Justin Verlander, Verlander getting his first World Series win, Verlander’s embrace with Dusty Baker, big defensive moments from Chas McCormick and Trey Mancini, if Jeremy Peña is the frontrunner for World Series MVP, and Zack Wheeler on extra rest. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to talk about the last time a team hit a lead off home run after being no-hit in the playoffs, the streak of teams clinching on the road in the...


El Reptíl

Hembo and Buster discuss the dramatic swing of emotions for Phillies fans, one of the most dominant pitching performances they’ve ever seen and the Phillies’ game plan against Justin Verlander. Then, Jessica Mendoza talks Cristian Javier cold-bloodedness, the relationship among the Astro pitchers, why the Phillies struggled with Javier’s fastball and Verlander taking the mound for the second time. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and shares some Langs family baseball superstitions....


Whispers in the Wind

Dan Shulman joins Buster to break down game three of the World Series, if Lance McCullers was truly tipping pitches, and what Bryce Harper really said to Alec Bohm. Then, Sarah Langs hops on to share her interaction with Justin Turner, the electric atmosphere in Philly, the record-setting five homers, and the significance of game three in the World Series. Later, New York Mets manager Buck Showalter joins to discuss how October baseball is a roll of the dice, how locked in he is to this...


Higher Quality of Wood

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting pair of games that has the World Series knotted at 1-1, what happened to Zack Wheeler in Game 2, the Phillies punching back in Game 1, José Altuve turning it around quickly, sticky stuff questions with Framber Valdez and the Royals hiring Matt Quatraro as manager. Then, new Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy stops by to talk about the whole world weighing in on decisions made while managing in the Fall Classic, why the crowd isn’t a huge factor at...


Hungry Hungry Hembos

Hembo and Buster discuss Hembo’s Phillies delirium, how Rob Thomson lined up his pitching and the biggest home-field advantage in baseball history. Next, Tigers and former Astros manager A.J. Hinch stops by to talk about the buzz in Houston, what Astro fans ask when they recognize him, if he’d rather pitch to Alex Bregman or Yordan Álvarez, and why he’s rooting for J.T. Realmuto. Then, Astros broadcaster Steve Sparks on how the Astros assembled a complete pitching staff, needing to keep the...



Jeff Passan and Buster start by examining the Astros’ weakness and the Phillies' path to a World Series championship. Then, they discuss their early feel for free agency including the Giants spending big, if the Orioles should be in the shortstop market, Texas being on everyone and the Cardinals looking for an elite starter. Later, Sarah Langs on which great pitcher is comparable to the Astros’ pitching staff, Dusty Baker, and the difference between the Astros and Phillies’ regular season...


Cosmic Event

Tim Kurkjian hops on to break down how the baseball gods favored the Phillies, Bryce Harper embracing the heart and soul of Philly, and the Houston dominating New York. Next, Tim and Buster discuss the Yankees’ post-season failure tax, if Judge will re-sign, and the impact Bruce Bochy will have on the Rangers. Then, voice of the Phillies Scott Franzke joins to share the evolution of NLCS MVP Harper as a leader, the improvements in the bullpen, and the electric atmosphere in Philly. Later,...


Tentacles Concept

Sarah Langs and Buster discuss how much of the ALCS is Houston dominance versus New York futility, the Astros’ tight run differential, Framber Valdez’s swings and misses, and Joe Musgrove thriving on the road. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about watching games in Bristol with people who really know baseball, the Astros all looking at iPads in the dugout, the Yankees roster transitioning at a bad time, what they would do with the Yankee lineup and Ravy giving a slight edge to the...


Read the Room

Eduardo Pérez joins Buster to break down Justin Verlander’s rocky start to finding his groove last night, the uphill battle for the Yankees, Dusty Baker flexing bullpen muscles, and the coin flip in the NLCS. Then, Buster surprises Eduardo with a game of musical chairs of possible landing spots for elite short stops Dansby Swanson, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Trea Turner. Next, Sarah Langs hops on to analyze Josh Hader’s first 100 mph strikeout of his career, Jeremy Peña becoming the...


Logic Ladder

Sarah Langs and Buster talk about how for the first time it feels like the Phillies could win the World Series, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs in winner-take-all games and Kyle Schwarber’s 488-foot blast. Then, Boog Sciambi discusses being called “The Legend” in a hotel lobby, Schwarber’s no-doubter and his personality, Manny Machado needing to stay in the zone, if the Astros can make the ALCS a short series, Shohei Ohtani's drawing a line and the Dodgers hoping Clayton...


Nola Bowl

Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Nola brothers going head-to-head in the NLCS, starters pitching on short rest, two playoff rounds being played on the same day, and the (not real) momentum of the Phillies and Padres. Then, Jessica Mendoza on MLB trying to get game five of the ALDS in last night, what changes about the pitching between these teams, if Shane Bieber will be available tonight, x-factors for Philadelphia and San Diego, and what the Dodgers need to upgrade in the offseason....


Dragon Up North

Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the quality of the weekend crowds, the Padres beating the Dodgers after losing every regular season series, the Astros-Mariners 18-inning affair and Sarah’s favorite stat about winner-take-all games. Then, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about the major cracks that led to this week's biggest upsets, questioning if the Dodgers are a dynasty, and the circle of trust between Aaron Boone and his bullpen. Later, Padres’ coach Ryan Flaherty on the emotion in the...


That Guy

Sarah Langs and Buster talk about the Astros’ winning ways, Yordan Álvarez with another home run while his team trailed and the Phillies winning despite being out-homered. Then, Karl Ravech discusses Buster’s Álvarez comparison, Dansby Swanson’s catch and Manny Machado’s maturity. Next, Hembo on the average fastball velocity in the playoffs, Framer Valdez’s diabolical curveball and why Carlos Correa is the prize of another loaded shortstop class. Later, Mandy Bell on how the rainout actually...


Nuggets Not Dissertations

Sarah Langs and Buster discuss if Austin Riley or Dansby Swanson had the better catch, Josh Hader nailing down a four-out save, the Guardians needing to find other ways to score and the importance of Seattle scoring first. Then, Joe Maddon stops by to discuss Yu Darvish keeping his composure, the Padres being tired of getting beat up by the Dodgers, his new book “The Book of Joe,” the differences from managing through the decades, the theory and reality or analytics and if this conversation...


Pursuit of Perfection

Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the decision to use Robbie Ray as a reliever, pressure-packed moments in the playoffs and plays the numbers game. Plus, Buster surprises her with a message from Bruce Bochy. Then, Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch hops on to break down managing under high-pressure playoff moments, where he lands on using starters as relievers, Yordan Alvarez being the best pure hitter in baseball, the burden of Garret Cole as a Yankee ace, and the vision for the future of...


Free Ride

Alex Cora and Buster discuss Cora watching his brother Joey coach third base for the Mets, the Mets losing in the first round after winning 101 games, and the toughest and easiest things about managing in the postseason. Then, Cora tells Sarah Langs what she taught him while they worked together, before Langs plays The Numbers Game. Later, Boog Sciambi on the Guardians’ defense, how the Padres can beat the Dodgers and the sticky substance problem baseball has created. Learn more about your...


The Cream and The Clear

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss an exciting Wild Card weekend, Tim’s tough time getting through the border from Toronto, Joe Musgrove’s smart outing, Buck Showalter calling for a substance check, the Padres figuring it out, something special happening in Seattle, the similar dynamics at play in the San Diego-Los Angeles and Seattle-Houston series, and Buster driving the Guardians-over-the-Yankees bandwagon. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to share her thoughts on Musgrove allowing one hit, the 14...