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

The Longest Game

2022-09-0542:102

Baseball holds its records sacred. Most home runs, strikeouts, career wins. But what about the longest game ever? That honor goes to a 1981 AAA game, when the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings slugged it out from dusk to dawn. The record-breaking 33 innings brought hope, despair and drama on and off the field. Radio Diaries and 30 for 30 Podcasts take listeners to that frigid, surreal night with the voices who lived it – including Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. Most heroes of The Longest Game never made it big, but their unflagging endurance made history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 4: Jessica Mendoza

Episode 4: Jessica Mendoza

2019-03-2701:02:35

On the next stop on the Laughter Permitted party train, Julie Foudy catches up with her longtime pal Jessica Mendoza, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in softball and an analyst on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Jessica tells the story of how a post-game interview during her playing days led to her current career in TV. She also delves into what it's like being a woman calling MLB in primetime, how a cockroach in a Dominican Republic bathroom helped her out of a hitting slump, what it's like homeschooling her sons and why scotch is her preferred drink of choice. Jessica's 9-year-old son, Caleb, joins the conversation and is so good on the mic that he has been invited to be on every episode going forward.
On today's episode of Baseball Tonight, Buster shares his thoughts on Yoshinobu Yamamoto Cactus League Debut, Joey Votto joins the show, Karl Ravech reacts to the free agents that are still on the market. Sydney Olney joins the podcast to give us a report from Japan. Los Angeles Dodgers team preview with Joe Davis and Los Angeles Angels team preview with Mark Gubicza. Sarah Langs plays the numbers game and more Bleacher Tweets! 0:00 Latest News 04:22 Joey Votto 17:49 Karl Ravech 32:00 Sydney Olney 35:55 Los Angeles Dodgers Team Preview 46:15 Sarah Langes 52:37 Los Angeles Angels Team Preview 01:03:27 Bleacher Tweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buster shares some of the latest news in the baseball world, Kodai Senga receiving the PRP shot, Kiko Hernandez, Dodgers trading Manuel Margot to Twins and the Dodgers adding Kiké Hernández. Paul Hembo joins the show to give his over and under on certain teams. Longtime pitcher Jake Peavy talks Justin Verlander’s attempt to win 300 games and some of his superlatives! Evan Grant gives his Texas Rangers Team Preview and Steve Berthieume gives his Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview. Bleacher Tweets! Be sure to tune in next week with Albert Pujols joining the show! 0:00 Latest News 05:21 Paul Hembo 24:16 Jake Peavy 28:35 Texas Rangers Team Preview 47:25 Arizona Diamondbacks Team Previews 58:50 Bleacher Tweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buster Olney and ESPN writer David Schoenfield react to the Cubs signing Cody Bellinger to a 3 year, $80 million contract. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman joins the podcast to share what training he's been doing this offseason and how he's preparing for the 2024 season. Alex Coffey of the Inquirer gives her Phillies team preview, Sarah Langs plays the numbers game and Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione shares his Red Sox team preview.  3:54 David Schoenfield  15:05 Astros Third baseman, Alex Bregman, 29:00 Phillies Team Preview 41:48 Sarah Langs  49:12 Red Sox Team Preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this episode of Baseball Tonight, Buster shares some of the latest news, Kodai Senga being shut down due to a shoulder injury, Pirates signing Mitch Keller, Tim Anderson signing with the Marlins. Shohei Ohtani says that he feels good and Yoshinobu Yamatao and Tyler Glasnow will start the first two games of the season. Sunday Night Baseball Analyst Eduardo Perez talks about how exciting the LA Dodgers will be this year and his thoughts on the new uniforms. We play the numbers game with Sarah Langs. We preview the Tampa Bay Rays with Marc Tompkin and the Atlanta Braves with Mark Bowman. We answer some more of your Bleacher Tweets. 0:00 Latest News 03:35 - Eduardo Perez 20:10 - Atlanta Braves Team Preview 35:10 - Numbers with Sarah Langs 45:04 - Tampa Bay Rays Team Previews 53:26 - Bleacher Tweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buster talks Liam Hendricks signing a 2 year deal with the Red Sox, Whit Merrifield joining the Phillies, Shohei Ohtani hitting a homer in his first batting practice, Washington Nationals not for sale, and Mike Trout staying an Angel. Hembo reacts to what Anthony Rendon said to reporters and how true it is. Hembo talks Mike Trout, Matt Chapman and Blake Snell. Alex Anthopolous, the Braves, Head of Baseball Operations, gives assessment with Ron Washington and Eric Young leaving. Buster asks Alex what made him confident about signing Chris Sale. Meredith Marakovits from YES gives her team preview for the New York Yankees. Steve Gelbs, Mets commentator gives his team preview of the New York Mets. Bleacher Tweets! 0:00 - Latest signings and news around the league 4:00 Hembo 23:12 - Alex Anthopolous 38:34 - Meredith Markowitz Yankees Team Preview 47:23 - Steve Gelbs Mets Team Preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode of Baseball Tonight Buster dives into Pablo Sandoval's non-roster invite from the San Francisco Giants, Diamondbacks Outfielder Randal Grichuk's one year, 2 million dollar contract, how Kansas City acquired right-handed reliever John Schreiber from Boston and sending Minor League start David Sandlin to Boston. Buster gives his thoughts on Rob Manfred stepping down in 2029. Tim Kurkjian reacts to Manfred's announcement at face value, Pete Alonso saying he wants to be a lifelong Met, Bryce Harper's recent contract conversations and his move to first base. We get our first Orioles Team Preview with Melanie Newman. Later, Sarah Langs plays the Numbers Game and we speak to Todd Radom about the uniform complaining that’s been going on about the spring training tops that players are wearing. We give our Nationals Team Preview with Charlie Slowes and read some of your Bleacher Tweets and Buster's response to them. Call the show and ask Buster a question on the Bleacher Tweets Voicemail Line: +1 406-404-8460 You can email the show at: bleachertweets@gmail.com 03:38 - Tim Kurkjian 19:34 - Baltimore Orioles Team Preview 24:37 - Sarah Langs 35:24 - Todd Radom 45:11 - Washington Nationals Team Preview 49:12 - Bleacher Tweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
World Series Mangers

World Series Mangers

2024-02-1501:18:40

Hembo and Buster discuss the Giants signing Jorge Soler, Kyle Bradish’s UCL strain, and where the Scott Boris Five will find their homes. Next, Rangers manger Bruce Bochy on who reached out after winning the World Series, what he’s been up to this offseason, expectations for Wyatt Langford, and how much longer he’ll manage. Then, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about wearing his heart on his sleeve in his post-World Series presser, people sending him ice cream, embracing the challenge in the NL West, and adding Eduardo Rodríguez and Joc Pederson. Plus, Jenny Cavnar on making history by join the A’s broadcasting booth. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game. Finally, a big #BleacherTweets announcement. Call the show and ask Buster a question on the Bleacher Tweets Voicemail Line: +1 406-404-8460 You can email the show at: bleachertweets@gmail.com 7:09 Hembo 23:38 Bruce Bochy 37:21 Torey Lovullo 50:21 Jenny Cavnar 1:01:44 Sarah Langs 1:09:51 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Radical Rule Changes

Radical Rule Changes

2024-02-0756:59

Hembo and Buster discuss Clayton Kershaw’s return to Los Angeles, José Altuve’s new five-year deal, a surprise team in 2024, and the mayor of Las Vegas’ interesting thoughts about the Athletics. Then, Buster examines the pitch clock in its second year with Zach Eflin, Rich Hill and Caleb Cotham. Later, Sarah Langs on Theo Epstein’s new role with the Red Sox, Boston’s Netflix deal, the Orioles trading for Corbin Burnes and Bobby Witt Jr.’s big extension.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buster and producer Taylor discuss the Angelos family selling the Baltimore Orioles and if the new ownership group will start making moves for the upcoming season. Then, Hembo on the first moves he would make as Baltimore's new ownership, and the Red Sox and Blue Jays' offseasons. Later, Sarah Langs is pro-pitch clock after its first year -- and she has numbers to explain why! 6:36 The Angelos family sells the Orioles 15:29 Hembo 34:03 Sarah Langs 42:11 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gusto

Gusto

2024-01-2401:20:30

Eduardo Pérez and Buster discuss the 2024 Hall of Fame class of Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton. Plus, they lookahead to next year’s class, and Eduardo asks Buster if Yadíer Molina a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Then, Charlie Culberson details his transition from infielder to pitcher this offseason, and which superstar told Culberson he’s dying to take the mound. Then, Sarah Langs has a stat for each of the new Hall of Famers. Finally, Hembo on Rhys Hoskins signing with the Brewers, why the Dodgers signing James Paxton proves baseball is awash in money, if Josh Hader to the Astros is the biggest non-Shohei Ohtani move this offseason, and the Angels’ science experiment of culture. 8:43 Eduardo Pérez 36:54 Charlie Culberson 52:14 Sarah Langs 1:01:33 Hembo 1:15:58 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Peak Value

Peak Value

2024-01-1757:05

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss the Cubs signing Shōta Imanaga, why Tim doesn’t think the Cubs are done, Jordan Montgomery making a ton of sense for the Red Sox, if they can make anything of the Giants signing Jordan Hicks, the Mets flying under the radar, their Blake Snell confusion, and Andrew Jones gathering momentum on the Hall of Fame ballot. Then, Hembo on the Hall of Fame cases for Bill Wagner, Chase Utley and Gary Sheffield. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on her favorite right fielders.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hembo and Buster discuss Teoscar Hernández signing with the Dodgers, potential cracks in the Dodgers’ roster, Buster’s bold prediction for the Red Sox, and why Hembo would do anything necessary to secure Dylan Cease. Then, Sarah Langs on why Adrián Beltré should be a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, Adley Rutschman’s impressive first two seasons, Francisco Lindor’s 4.5 WAR, if Bobby Witt Jr. will have another 30/30 season. Later, Jake Peavy talks about why he believes the Orioles should move on Cease, Peter Seidler winning over the fans in San Diego, Beltré, and learning from Tony Gwynn’s broadcasts. 7:37 Hembo 21:13 Sarah Langs 30:40 Jake Peavy 52:49 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Resolutions

Resolutions

2024-01-0443:25

Hembo and Buster discuss the Braves trading for Chris Sale, Lucas Giolito signing with the Red Sox, which teams are having the worst offseasons, the Blue Jays’ defensive signings, if Toronto should sign Joey Votto, and a bevy of New Year’s resolutions. Then, Sarah Langs talks about Kodi Senga’s ghost fork pitch, Blake Snell’s absurd ERA, Spencer Strider’s strike out rate, and if Jacob deGrom is a Hall of Fame pitcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hembo and Buster discuss Yoshinobu Yamamoto heading to the Dodgers, Yamamoto's $325 million contract, and how Shohei Ohtani and Yamamoto being together in Los Angeles impacts the game of baseball. Then, they discuss how the huge deals the Dodgers have made in the offseason impact smaller market teams and if it is doomsday for Giants fans. Plus, they discuss which team suffers the most, with Yamamoto headed to the Dodgers.  3:09 Hembo Join 24:30 Bleacher Tweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Deferred

Deferred

2023-12-1845:55

Hembo and Buster celebrate Hembo’s $701 million contract at ESPN, before Hembo peppers Buster with questions about Shohei Ohtani, if Jordan Montgomery or Blake Snell will get a bigger contract, the next Padres to be dealt, the biggest fish the Red Sox could reel in, Tyler Glasnow being dealt to the Dodgers, Pete Alonso’s future with the Mets, and Juan Soto’s defense. Then, Didi Gregorius stops by to talk about how he’s giving back to the community in Curaçao, watching Corey Seager, how getting booed in New York as a rookie improved his play, reaching out to Anthony Volpe, his advice for Juan Soto and what’s next for him in baseball. 7:11 Hembo 27:31 Didi Gregorius 35:45 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Shohei Ohtani Experience

The Shohei Ohtani Experience

2023-12-1101:07:192

Jeff Passan and Buster discuss Shohei Ohtani signing with the Dodgers, if it really is a $700 million contract, how much money will be deferred, if Ohtani was going to the Dodgers all along, feeling bad for the Blue Jays, and the madness of trying to report the Ohtani story. Then, Hembo on nailing his January 2023 prediction of Ohtani’s valuation, how Ohtani has already earned some of his contract, what Ohtani’s signing means for baseball, and if Dave Roberts should bat Ohtani first on Opening Day. Later, Sarah Langs on exciting trio of Ohtani, Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts at the top of the Dodgers’ lineup. 5:27 Jeff Passan 33:38 Hembo 46:25 Sarah Langs 56:29 Buster & Friends on the wild weekend 1:01:39 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Karl Ravech and Buster hop into the pod for an EMERGENCY edition of the show following Juan Soto bring traded from the Padres to the Yankees. Plus, the guys discuss Diamondbacks signing Eduardo Rodriguez, if the Orioles actually bolstered their bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and which team needs Shohei Ohtani the most right now. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with a raft of Soto numbers. 4:34 Karl Ravech 36:53 Sarah Langs 44:53 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Not That Big of a Deal

Not That Big of a Deal

2023-12-0501:07:40

Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss free agency at a stand-still until the big pieces are off the board, Shohei Ohtani’s paranoia, the Yankees under pressure, David Stearns being unbothered by the heat in New York, and the expectations for the Orioles in free agency. Then, Hembo explains why the Yankees should not pursue Juan Soto, why Baltimore should trade for Corbin Burnes, and why he’d be reluctant to give up anything valuable for Tyler Glasnow. Later, Sarah Langs has thoughts on the College Football Playoff (not really), and she plays The Numbers Game. 5:52 Tim Kurkjian 30:53 Hembo 49:38 Sarah Langs 58:01 #BleacherTweets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (78)

Stephen Boykin

Great podcast!! I'm a big fan. Keep it up!! 👍

Aug 28th
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Mike Singer

😉😭r koff ym u7inh3.k7

Jun 5th
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Kadin hilperters

everyone should disapprove racism. Racism is not good for every human being. https://www.ballsportsgear.com/

Mar 1st
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Stephen Boykin

Great episode of the podcast. I loved hearing Tim Kirkjian's speech. Very touching! 👍

Jul 27th
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Stephen Boykin

Bravo to Pablo Torres for the great interview of The Great Baseball writer Tim Kirkjian. So damn funny and entertaining! 👍👍

Jul 27th
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Stephen Boykin

I was looking for a good MLB podcast and I found it. This is indeed an excellent, informative and fun to listen to podcast about MLB. I highly recommend it!

Jun 28th
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Bent van der Meulen

how can you guys just approve #blm organisation? everyone should disapprove racism. but please dont use that violent org as front sign of anti racism. cause they are very opposite to that in its core

May 25th
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Wahoo Wahoo

Hope ESPN reconsiders and restarts Fantasy Focus Baseball pod. Tristan is one of the few analysts who doesn't get duped by flash-in-the-pan fantasy "stars."

Apr 23rd
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Dirt Pickle Dan

I'm sad that they have signed off. Great guys with great analysis. They were a joy to listen to.

Apr 8th
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Jim Hoffman

I have loved this show for many years. Sad to see it go.

Apr 7th
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Jack Burgdorf

Have unsubscribed. Mlb and ESPN have gone off the deep end. BLM is not what they claim to be. All races are equal but the way it is being handled is un American. Moving the All Star game is the last straw. Georgia voting laws are very fair and only ask for a photo ID. That is quite available and needed for almost everything we do. Everyone is caving in to seem woke and giving in to big commerce. Good bye, no big loss.

Apr 5th
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Andrew Smith

good episode

Jan 8th
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Andrew Smith

really looking forward to this season

Jan 6th
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ID20134877

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers!!! Its been a long time coming.

Oct 28th
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Armando Chinchilla

Altuve??? no bangs no whistles no show....

Oct 14th
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Stu Cook

Great episode as always, Buster! 👍

Oct 8th
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Stu Cook

Great show today!

Oct 3rd
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Stu Cook

Another packed, informative show today, Buster! 👍 This post season is going to be remembered for sure whoever comes out on top... 8 games in one day is insane! 😁

Oct 2nd
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Stu Cook

What did I say? Don't discount the Yankees! 😁 Bieber is good, but this is not his year.

Oct 1st
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Stu Cook

Write off the Yankees' chances at your own risk, boys. You. Just. Watch. TRUST me! 😁

Sep 30th
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