Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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

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  • Abel Corona
    There’s a reason why
    This podcast has the reviews it does. I promise it’s not because fans go out of their way to write negative things when buster says something bad about their squad. It is because buster is completely out of touch with reality. His takes on teams, individual players, ideas to make baseball better are almost unbearable to listen to. Please save your time and listen to informed sports talk on The Ringer’s sports podcast network.
  • yoga.aha
    The best batted ball sound of all podcasts....
    It is likely immoral to bring up the fact that 1 person is earning 40 million dollars a year while many many others are earning 15,000 dollars a year, living in dire poverty. It is incumbent upon you as a decent human being to point this disparity out. This is an injustice and you are in a position of power that allows you to do a little bit about it, and to change the conversation about this issue in a positive way. Please at least consider it. Thanks. I am not saying to bring that 40 million down, but rather to bring the 7.50 an hour up, so that everybody can afford to go to an MLB game. The personal, and the game, even the all-star game, is political these days.... I also don’t mean that you should make the whole podcast about this issue, just mention it, when appropriate. — Sarah Langs, please don’t mumble! Hey Buster and Jessica, brown nose much? ? The puff piece love fest for Gabe is gross, it’s not journalism, it is some kind of subliminal fascism.
  • jrosey24
    Baseball tonight sadly isn’t what it used to be
    Too many guests that offer nothing and way to many appearances and conversations that dumb down the baseball talk. The uniform quizzes, Sarah Lang’s #s games etc., all terrible. I think everyone on the staff needs to read Keith law’s “smart baseball”. Maybe then buster won’t pick the Mariners to make the playoffs......again lol. The baseball talk had gotten so bad and it’s no wonder when you look at the guests.... none of them actually Played baseball......... Karl ravech, Sarah Lang’s, Mendoza, schoenfield etc. Get some people who actually played the game.....
  • rowjoand
    Good but could be better
    I always fast forward the segments with Sarah Langs and Todd Radom
  • amfg75
    Bring back the show!
    The regular season means something- do it daily!
  • alcnlc
    Coastal Coverage
    It’s a great podcast if you follow teams on the east coast.
  • Geo2626
    New Episodes????
    How can a company as big and wealthy as ESPN be so bad and so inconsistent about uploading new episodes?? I like the content, but is been getting uploaded later and later. I am not trying to listen to out of date and obsolete content. When you are a day late uploading episodes or loading episodes at 4 pm. You are no longer relevant.
  • 👍👍👍👍👍⚾️⚾️👋⚾️
    We can all agree is good ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️
  • Millerusn
    And the last shall be first
    Awful that this is what’s left of ESPN’s baseball podcasts.
  • SliderGuitar
    An everyday listen
    Best baseball podcast out there. During the season this is an everyday listen. Buster is a great host with terrific guests.
  • Zukeep
    More baseball is better
    I miss the daily pods, and the longer episodes. Anyone who wants less can practice using the skip button. I do find the pod overproduced (too many loud catchphrases and intros as if we are all 9yrs old), and the ads are too loud. I am however very pleased to hear Buster being sponsored by a non poison based lawn care company now. If only the show could pass on oil company money.
  • Bryan Stoneking
    Buster, Taylor, and now Sarah do a great job giving baseball fans the info they need to stay up to date. The weekly appearances with Tim and Karl are equally informative and entertaining. Especially because they all don’t just parrot the same thoughts. What we need is another way to send in our questions other than Twitter. Sincerely, Bryan Stoneking a.k.a. School of Sweat
  • NepGonz
    Really disappointed to the announcement from last Friday 03.11.2022 about changing the frequency of Baseball tonight’s podcast from daily to ONLY 3 times a week.
  • bigdanny7575
    Less baseball coverage
    ESPN is cutting more of baseball coverage. WhT a surprise. This is embarrassing.
  • another expat user
    Keep the conversation going
    Baseball unlike any other spectator sport is a game of conversations. The fans talk and comment to each other during the game. That is one of its hidden beauties. The Baseball Tonight podcast replicates that in a podcast. Buster and Taylor, Buster and his guests, Buster with the tweeters. It is how baseball fans live their lives. Talking about baseball. As to the current labor negotiations, my solution is lock ‘em in a room. No bathroom breaks. That will get it done.
  • puladki
    Buster Olney
    Best baseball podcast out there. No other podcast has the level of knowledge and guests that Buster’s show has. Also he is a genuine and kind human being. Don’t see a lot of that these days.
  • Wellstood88
    Best baseball podcast
    Look no further, this is it!
  • TVF33
    Steve Perry
    The guest who thought he was talking to Buster Posey on the podcast (while he was actually talking to Buster Olney) had to be Steve Perry. Am I right?
  • Braveshaus
    Moral Panic
    What evidence do we have that the Braves name or Tomahawk Chop actually does harm to people? We have a few quotes and few surveys. Ok. Where’s the rigorous evidence that harm is actually happening? The word “harm” in the traditional sense is NOT HAPPENING. Poetic truth isn’t the truth. Journalists with power have there opinions and that’s all they are opinions. Not truth. Not fact. Let’s keep the this country’s liberal democracy liberal NOT ILLIBERAL. Let’s make better decisions based on RIGOROUS debate and the scientific method not political or social ideologies and feelings. Braves fans deserve respect just like any other fan base. It’s shameful and regressive to try and paint a social “scarlet letter “ on Braves fans like some national media outlets have. Go Braves! Chop on! I enjoy your show I love listening to you talk about baseball. And remember bad ideas can come from smart people with letters after there name. Matt Hau
  • Dwoldspice22
    Great show
    Love this show. Been a fan of Buster for a long time. And I love that his son is a Braves fan as well.
    Like all other ESPN entities, the East Coast Bias is alive and thriving
    Gave it a shot for a season and a half, but despite what Buster says, the East Coast bias is there just like with all other ESPN products. I became so aggravated with the uneven coverage, especially of the playoff races in September, I searched for and found better, more well rounded podcasts that gave many more teams, if not all, much more coverage. The coverage went more in depth too, and wasn't framed by which East Coast team they were playing as opposed to how ESPN operates. For better baseball podcasts that focus on the entire sport I would suggest: Ballpark Dimensions, The Baseball Insiders, and Talkin' Baseball (MLB Podcast). Baseball Tonight is ok at best. Guests Sarah Langs and Jessica Mendoza are great. Sarah Langs in particular does a heck of a job with making stats interesting and finding interesting connections. Jessica Mendoza is a great story teller and engaging for the audience. The coverage is most assuredly biased towards those East Coast teams. The amount of time per episode throughout the entire season spent talking about the Yankess, Mets and Red Sox is much higher than the other 27 teams. The Dodgers were covered very often as well, but there is a distinct difference in coverage between those four and the rest of the league. It was also guaranteed that all four of those teams were talked about every single episode and at least once a week were the focus of an in-depth look with interviews. That type of limited coverage became really frustrating in September with the playoff races. The focus was still on the Yankees and Red Sox fighting for the Wild Card. The Rays were rarely featured outside of a framing device for NY or BOS in the standings, and the Giants, the best team in baseball for the majority of the year were rarely framed oustide of being the thron in the Dodgers side. The Mariners didn't see much extra coverage despite getting hot in September. The Braves and Brewers were rarely acknowledged until they clinched. The White Sox received a bunch of coverage around the Field of Dreams game, but were playing the Yankees. The coverage was sporadic for the White Sox throughout the season. It just goes on and on from there and all of the teams not in contention were all but forgotten unless they were playing the Yankees or Red Sox. Want another example, here you go: The Cardinals fired their manager after their 17 game win streak and making the playoffs when NO ONE in the sport expected it. It was talked about, but not in depth, not for more than a few minutes and it was presented as an after thought in the second half of the podcast after playoff coverage. Yankees extend their manager's contract and a whole segment is devoted to it, probably close to 10 minutes and nearly 25% of that day's podcast. It was also the first thing mentioned that day on the podcast even before mentioning the playoff game from the night before. Buster addressed the East Coast bias a few times because the baseball fans complaining about the coverage discrepency became so loud more than once over the course of the season. But his answers and reasoning were flimsy and a tad condescending. This podcast is definitely a better fit for listeners who's favorite team is in either of the East divisions. If your favorite team is in the Central or West division or you want to hear coverage of the whole league and comprehensive playoff race and playoff coverage look to the other podcasts mentioned above or look for podcasts specifically for your team, they exist.
  • Aaronjudgefan
    Fun, great for Yankee fans
    Buster is a great host love hearing about baseball daily. I am a die hard Yankee fan so this is great for me. I really like Sarah Langs and the numbers game. Can’t wait till the 2022 season when the Yankees have another shot. Love the show!
  • CR_Bell
    Cover something besides the east coast
    Every once in a while I listen to this to see if it has improved, and every time, I’m left disappointed again. Between pretending there aren’t any teams in between New York and LA, and dishing out social commentary, I’m left to wonder if Olney is even aware of the other 26 or so teams in Major League Baseball.
  • VIP Baller
    Awesome Podcast for this Rays fan
    Rays fan here. Been listening for years love all the hard work Buster does with great interviews and insightful analysis. Taylor’s a great producer too. Also love that Busters heart is in the right place. I really admire his sign off calling to fight racism. Really a class act. I haven’t been able to discern any political commentary other reviews reference but maybe those episodes were before I started listening? Any way definitely a great baseball podcast.
  • Da beast 8448
    Not impressed
    Pretty much only big market team talk every day. And gets political. Buster stinks
  • Torch1776
    I like the show
    The podcast is enjoyable but it’s like some teams don’t even exist. The only teams being covered are the dodgers the giants the Yankees and the blue jays (sort of). I want to hear about the big picture not just teams with big fan bases. I like the pod tho but it could use some work. Plus buster needs a better mic. Plus from Thursday’s episode Lee’s battle plans were found wrapped in cigars before the battle of Antietam not Gettysburg.
  • Hubestar
    Love the pod
    Buster is great and an entertaining listen. Jeff Passan is the best guest, why isn’t he on each week?
  • AdamKeto4life
    Share the wealth
    I like the show, but every episode covers the Yankees and Red Sox, even if they aren’t on track to make the playoffs. I get it, you’re in the East and they have big fan bases, but please share the time a little and cover some other teams. Maybe keep a calendar and mark down the day you mention a team so instead of this show being 75% Yankees Red Sox it can maybe be 50% those to clubs and 50% the other 28.
  • Doug from DC
    Broader team focus please
    I listen to you guys every day and appreciate the insights, but the coverage is really weighted to the powerhouse teams, not to mention any club from New York. Please consider broader coverage of the other teams. I am a Brewers fan, they are on a great run, rarely hear about it in the podcast. The Yankees or Mets on the flip side seem to come up daily.
  • Rusty Rebar
    More like Dodgers/Yankees Tonight
    If your team IS the LA Dodgers or the NY Yankees, this show is for you. If you want to know about or get any incite on any other teams, not in the eastern time zone, keep looking. This year the SF Giants have had THE BEST RECORD in all of baseball for more days/weeks/months the any other team, yet they don’t even get their scores read 3 out of 5 days a week. In the last 5 game days, the Giants are 4-1, yet have NOT been mentioned other than the one loss. Last night they came back from a 3-0 deficit and gained a 1/2 game MORE lead on the Dodgers, yet the losing Dodgers get a 2 minute segment, and the Giants game was not even mentioned, or that they gained another 1/2 game lead.
  • a280405
    Not great
    All Buster’s opinions are prisoner of the moment opinions. Too much political commentary, stick to baseball.
  • jtmcc17
    Upgrade the Mic
    Love the idea of a daily baseball podcast, but Buster sounds like he's got a tin can on a string attached to his laptop. This is ESPN you won't be breaking the bank to upgrade his mic - hook him up! All the guests sound way better than the host. Gives the whole podcast an unprofessional sound - expect better from the top sports enterprise in the business.
    I wish it was better
    I just started listening to the podcast looking for something to keep me updated on the sport. I don’t have the time and patience to watch many games. Maybe it is just the pandemic, but the technical quality of the pod doesn’t seem to be very high. There is a distinctive echo when Buster speaks. Also, as other reviewers have said, I would love more about teams outside of NYC and LA.
  • jklein7
    Too Political
    Does Buster think we want Dr. Phil on a baseball podcast. Stop with the social justice and psychobabble already. ESPN is becoming the MSNBC of sports.
  • ZebImperial
    Generally getting worse
    I’ve listened to this podcast daily for many years. It just seems to have lost it’s luster. I agree with others that this has evolved to only discuss large markets (and Shohei Ohtani, we know he’s good, we’re listening to a baseball podcast). The opening highlights are something to only skip past. Most of the weekly interviews are stale. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but it’s time to maybe move on to find another.
  • DKQW2021
    Small market fan? You might consider other options…
    I’ve been listening for years, and I like Buster and some of his guests. However, this show is geared for large-market fans. I get it that appealing to the largest number of listeners gets the most clicks and makes the most money. But this approach does a disservice to baseball as a sport. Are you a fan of a small-market team that has been doing well? The only way you will hear about them on this show is in regard to how your team’s success relates to the large-market clubs. Other podcasts-like Talkin’ Baseball-aren’t afraid to give the love where it’s deserved, regardless of market size.
  • gshsfnsgb
    It is good
  • ESRPR66
    When the Rays will be acknowledged???
    Great podcast Buster but stop with the Yankees are coming, the Blue Jays are soaring and the Red Sox will be better. The Rays are way superior than the others with a good lead in the competitive AL East and winning the games tha it manner within them. Go Rays!!!!
  • sjhendee
    Terrible audio
    It is like buster just doesn’t care how bad his audio is. Great a mic, Shure sm7, boom stand, audio interface and go. Stop recording in the bathroom.
  • Bengeiger
    Money Talks
    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.
  • ChowingDown
    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.
  • ArHW
    Could be SO MUCH better
    Buster spends too much time: 1). Repeating the same things over and over to different guests 2). Acting like he is a great General Manager. 3). Complaining incessantly (in retrospect) on how to “fix the game”. 4) Fixating on the relationship between owners and players union. Okay Buster! We get it. Move on. Stick to the game itself; you are good at that part.
  • Leroy Clemintine
    Team bias?
    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.
  • wheelieman92
    Love this podcast, talk about Matt Olson!
    Thank you all for making such an enjoyable podcast. It keeps listeners up to date on all the major events in baseball, and I enjoy all of the guests giving us unique insights into the game. I’m not on Twitter, but if you ever look at the podcast reviews, Buster, I do have a question: why on earth is Matt Olson not in the top 3 for the AL First Base All-Star Vote? I know Oakland doesn’t have the biggest fan base, but he is absolutely raking this year! Gurriel and Vlad have been awesome, but he definitely deserves to be considered with them. Much more so than Jose Abreu this year. Anyway, thanks for all of your work on this great podcast!
  • CrosleyFan
    For Yankee Fans Only
    The podcast suffers from all the elements that make ESPN the worst thing to happen to sports. It doesn’t even bother to report the scores of small-market teams unless they’re playing a team in which ESPN has invested in one of the stars (Judge, De Grom, Judge, Tatis, Judge, etc.). Buster has no shortage of silly opinions and gets defensive when challenged—believing if he just yells loud enough, you’ll overlook his lack of logic. The side commentators are a chorus of yes-men and women who have trouble stringing three words together without a “you know.”
  • carpr15
    I keep trying to give this show a chance but I’m done. Buster is just a mouth piece for ESPN and MLB no originality.
  • Roonva0512
    More baseball less social commentary
    I listen to get up to speed about baseball, insider stuff, spotlight on players and personalities. I’ve used it as a break from other issues and events I hear everywhere else. But this season especially have been topics of social issues on so many episodes. And I get how they are intertwined, I really do. But I just turn it off because my break is now broken. Can we just have less of it?
  • J Palumbo
    Doug Glanville’s Essay “Just” 🙌🏼 🌟
    Buster’s introduction about Doug Glanville’s stellar, emotional essay “Just” commemorating 1 year since the murder of George Floyd was perfectly said & 100% on point. Keep up the great work!
  • kb23
    SJW crap!
  • smokeymusket
    Buster, I’ve listened to your podcast for 3+ years and only this year have I been displeased with the product. I am a Yankee fan so I’m sure I will take some flak....but last week ESPN wrote an article anointing the White Sox the new power team of the AL....the Yankees promptly sweep them and barely a mention!!! The yanks have won every series sense the end of April and hardly a mention. When they were tanking at the beginning of the season there was a lot of talk, but none now. I love listening to your podcast, and respect you and Tim, and all the others, but it just feels lately that the coverage is lax lately and leans more towards “drama” like the Larussa stuff instead of actual teams playing actual baseball. Hope all is well, Cyrus
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