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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.
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I Don't Drink Tap Water Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Boone walking Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Phillies escaping a sweep in Colorado, the Brewers needing Christian Yelich to perform to become a complete team and attendance bottoming out in Oakland. Then, Hembo on why he’s upset about the lack of Cabrera coverage, the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and the ugly consequences of non-competitive behavior. Later, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about joining the Dodgers broadcast as an analyst, if Cody Bellinger is stabilizing, Bob Melvin’s credibility in the Padres’ clubhouse and a fun start to the season for the Mariners.
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The 2021 Baseball Season Has Arrived! The MLB baseball season is here and teams have high hopes of a World Series title coming in October! Some players are entering the final year of their contract, and this might be the last season we see Pujols suit up after 20 seasons in the league.
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I Don't Drink Tap Water Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Aaron Boone walking Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper on the mic for Sunday Night Baseball, the Phillies escaping a sweep in Colorado, the Brewers needing Christian Yelich to perform to become a complete team and attendance bottoming out in Oakland. Then, Hembo on why he’s upset about the lack of Cabrera coverage, the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and the ugly consequences of non-competitive behavior. Later, Jessica Mendoza stops by to talk about joining the Dodgers broadcast as an analyst, if Cody Bellinger is stabilizing, Bob Melvin’s credibility in the Padres’ clubhouse and a fun start to the season for the Mariners.
A Cold Night in Queens Buster examines the Mets’ 9-3 start, coming on the heels of a forgettable 2021 season. Then, Jesse Rogers stops by to discuss the similarities of Joe Maddon’s culture change with the Cubs in the mid-2010s to Buck Showalter’s culture change with the Mets, the Cubs putting the ball in play, the White Sox’s depth, Gerrit Cole’s rough night out and the minor league pitch clock shaving off 20 minutes of game time. Later, Todd Radom shares his thoughts on the Padres’ uniform ads, delivers the Phantom Franchise and administers the weekly quiz.
Kiké Hernandez and Shakespeare Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Tim moving heavy things, baseball not disappointing with Freddie Freeman’s home run against the Braves, Ronald Acuña Jr. starting his minor league rehab assignment, the Angels intentionally walking Corey Seager to score a run, the Red Sox leaving players behind as they head to Toronto and Jake Arrieta big-timing Tim in a Starbucks. Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on sock height, Seiya Suzuki’s low chase rate, Hunter Green’s 100 mph pitches, the Mets’ rotation ERA and a confused Mike Trout.
After Jackie: What Happened with Baseball and Black America? It’s been 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, becoming the first Black player to take the field in Major League Baseball in 1947. Jackie was a specific player chosen at a specific time, when baseball was highly aligned with Black popular culture. But what happened between baseball and Black America in the decades after Jackie’s pivotal act? Why didn’t baseball become a majority Black sport, like basketball and football? Why didn’t MLB follow the culture into hip hop or grow its Black fan base? Jesse Washington uses his own lapsed baseball fandom to explore these questions with guests like Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Jackie’s son David Robinson, and current players and executives.
The Impact of Jackie Robinson Buster Olney pays tribute to Jackie Robinson and discusses the legacy he leaves behind on the game. Then, Karl Ravech joins Buster to break down if Clayton Kershaw should have been pulled after pitching a perfect game through seven innings and the instability of the Padres. Plus, Jessica Mendoza shares what Jackie Robinson means to her and the struggles of Gerrit Cole. Later, Hembo joins Buster to discuss the emerging star of Steven Kwan and the games he’s excited for this weekend.
Sara Smile Buster Olney discusses what makes Guardians rookie Steven Kwan special, his record-breaking performance, and Kwan’s biggest hit of the season thus far. Then, Alden Gonzalez breaks down future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols’ homer and mission to prove himself, the standing ovation Alec Bohm received from the Philadelphia crowd, and if the Dodgers are truly the best team in baseball. Later, Todd Radom shares this week’s Phantom Franchise and quiz.
First Weekend Overreactions Tim Kurkjian and Buster look back on the first weekend and discuss the Guardians’ Steven Kwan looking like the best player in baseball, Rob Manfred gifting all the players headphones, a culture shift within the Mets' locker room, Red Sox hitters complaining how fast Yankee pitchers were working with PitchCom, if Cody Bellinger is in trouble, which side blew it in Aaron Judge’s contract negotiations and the Braves’ championship rings. Then, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on Hunter Greene’s heat, Kwan, and the Twins’ consecutive runs via the homer.
Midlife Crisis Guy Jessica Mendoza and Buster discuss how they took in Opening Day, how PitchCom is already speeding up the game, Bobby Witt Jr.’s big league debut, the best part of Shohei Ohtani’s Opening Day, and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman’s “clash” in Atlanta. Then, Buster takes a closer look at Joey Votto turning over a new leaf on social media and his mic’d up performance during last night’s broadcast. Later, Todd Radom has this week’s Phantom Franchise and quiz.
Opening Day 2022 Buster Olney and Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos discuss celebrating the World Series in Atlanta with the fans on Opening Day, the process of designing the championship rings, when Ronald Acuña Jr. may return, early impressions of Matt Olson and his thoughts on PitchCom. Then, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about his excitement for the season to start, the potential reception for Olson, how the Braves are feeling heading into a title defense, Joey Votto’s TikToks and José Ramírez’s new contract with the Guardians. Later, Hembo on Ramírez, the three most important players this season and potentially the best player in baseball through April.
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