ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a Rangers fan, there’s not much in this podcast for me. I get that. But the Yankees are around .500 Buster, enough already. They are not the MLB elite right now.
Ok. I love Buster’s enthusiasm for baseball. He loves it and it shows. There are some great baseball stories out there this year and it is enough to keep me excited about the game.
There is no doubt ESPN has their favorite teams and big market giants. That said, there are 30 teams to talk about-find something to report on all of them. At least occasionally. I miss the Baseball Tonight tv wrap up. Great highlights on every team.
I get it the the Coast has the most baseball fans, but cover the whole MLB. When talking about trades what does it mean for both teams? Some weeks don’t hear about an AL or NL Central team for more than 30 seconds a day unless they are on the Sunday night game.
All the guests love pumping the tires of buster and there is little to no push back on any of his opinions. (Doubtful left leaning ESPN would let anyone do otherwise) With that being said you do get most baseball news and recaps with some cool interviews.