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Buster Olney
Buster Olney 2011 CROP.jpg
Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 50)
Washington, D.C.
Education Vanderbilt University
Occupation Sports columnist
Author
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.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Olney currently resides in Yorktown Heights, New York, with his wife, Lisa.[1]

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]

Print[edit]

After graduating, 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." [2]

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.[3] 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.

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Deadspin

Deadspin
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:59:44 -0800

In his (paywalled) column today, ESPN's Buster Olney declares that he will not cast a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, nor any year going forward until the voting process's glaring flaws are fixed. His justification for his decision is ...

ABC News

Yahoo Sports (blog)
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -0800

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will officially retire from his position on Jan 25, ending his 22-year run in baseball's most powerful position. But by no means is he going away. On Friday, it was announced by incoming commissioner Rob ...

ESPN

ESPN
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 04:07:13 -0800

The Jon Lester talks have reached the homestretch with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed by having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources. Those negotiations might ...

WEEI.com

WEEI.com
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:16:22 -0800

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, in an interview on WEEI's Hot Stove Show, said that the bidding for free agent left-hander Jon Lester seems destined to clear $150 million. That likely outcome, in turn, will not reflect well on the Red Sox' approach ...
 
ESPN (blog)
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:00 -0800

President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro AP Photo/SABC Pool Barack Obama and Raul Castro are seeking to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. There is a temptation to say that the possible normalization of relations between Cuba ...

ESPN

ESPN
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 07:16:17 -0800

The Toronto Blue Jays' ownership is actively seeking a replacement for Paul Beeston, the team's longtime president and chief executive officer, and sources say their search has progressed to the point where it is identifying possible replacements and ...

BostInno

BostInno
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:32:14 -0800

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox "have an agreement" with free agent starting pitcher, Justin Masterson. The right-handed pitcher, who was originally drafted by Boston in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft, is now a ...

ESPN

ESPN
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:09:18 -0800

The New York Yankees signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal, the team announced Monday. Sources told ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney that the deal is worth $52 million. Headley also had reportedly been pursued by the San Francisco ...
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