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Buster Olney
Buster Olney 2011 CROP.jpg
Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 51)
Washington, D.C.
Education Vanderbilt University
Occupation Sports columnist
Television Personality

Robert Stanbury "Buster" Olney III (born February 17, 1964) is an American columnist for ESPN: The Magazine, ESPN.com, and covered the New York Giants and New York Yankees for The New York Times. He is also a regular analyst for the ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Olney is one of about 575 voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He also hosts ESPN's Baseball Tonight daily podcast.

Early life and education[edit]

Olney grew up on a dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont, which came in handy when he served as the "Cow Insider" for Mike Greenberg's milking of a cow on Mike and Mike in the Morning on June 21, 2007. He was educated at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Vanderbilt University, where he majored in history. As a child Buster was an avid baseball fan. At age 8, he developed an affinity for the Los Angeles Dodgers after reading a book about Sandy Koufax. Buster would later attribute his fanship as a reason for his journalistic career.

Journalism career[edit]


After graduation, Olney began covering baseball in 1989, as the Nashville Banner's beat reporter assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. While in Nashville, he formed a close relationship with the legendary Don Meyer, Head Coach of the men's basketball program at David Lipscomb University. He later worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He arrived at the Times in 1997 and in his first year won an Associated Press award.

During one of his first assignments in Nashville, the Sounds hosted the Columbus Clippers who, at the time, were the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees. Olney almost had a minor confrontation with a Yankee prospect at the time known more for his football play, Deion Sanders. Olney had attempted to do a piece on Sanders, but was blown off. In return, Olney wrote what he called later in his career an unflattering piece on Sanders. Sanders replied to Olney by writing on a baseball "Keep writing like that your whole life and you'll always be a loser." [1]

The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty[edit]

In 2004, Olney published The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, ISBN 0-06-051506-6, a nonfiction account of the Yankees' run of championships in the 1990s.[2] The book also considered why the team lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series and why it didn't win a championship between 2001 and 2008. Since leaving the Times, Olney has become a constant on the ESPN family of networks.

How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer[edit]

In 2010, Olney authored How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer, an account of how a tragic car accident and cancer diagnosis impacted the life of the highly accomplished college basketball coach. In 2013, Olney delivered the May Commencement Speech at Northern State University, where Meyer coached until 2010, and was still a member of the faculty until his death on May 18th, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Olney resides in Yorktown Heights, New York, with his wife, Lisa.[3]


External links[edit]

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:39:53 -0700

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB Thursday to discuss the Red Sox and their 6-3 start to the year, specifically their starting rotation. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. The second time through the ...

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:01:57 -0700

At the outset of spring training, I would have guessed that Alex Rodriguez would finish this season with fewer than 100 plate appearances, based on his age of 39, his forced time away from the game in 2014, his extensive injury history and how badly he ...

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:26:15 -0700

Some early-season numbers which distract, ever so slightly, from the Kris Bryant pomp and circumstance: 1. Mike Trout: six strikeouts in nine games. When Magic Johnson began his career with the Lakers, he would launch into each offseason with plans to ...

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:40:46 -0700

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Expectations in Pittsburgh have been on the rise for the Pirates as they've now made the playoffs in back-to-back years, but one national expert has taken that to a whole new level. ESPN's Buster Olney isn't just expecting ...

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 06:52:30 -0700

It's very possible we'll never know exactly why Josh Hamilton prevailed in an arbitration decision that prevents new commissioner Rob Manfred from suspending the outfielder, a decision that probably saves Hamilton tens of millions of dollars.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:25:40 -0700

An evaluator expertly defined the folly of preseason predictions the other day without really meaning to, as he reminisced about how the 2014 season played out. "If somebody told you last March," he posited, "that the [San Francisco] Giants would ...

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:07:08 -0700

I thought my colleague Tim Kurkjian framed 2015's most challenging prediction quandary the best: There was nothing more difficult, he said, than trying to figure out who will finish fourth in the AL Central, baseball's best and deepest division. The ...

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:15:00 -0700

While many fans are understandably not optimistic about this year's Yankees team, don't put ESPN's Buster Olney in that group. “I picked the Yankees to make the playoffs as a wild card team,” said Olney, with Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team. “I ...

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