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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
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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Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:32:47 -0800

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney continued his Top 10 MLB rankings today with starting lineups. He placed the Tigers at No. 5 behind the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies (in that order). "The Tigers probably ...

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:03:19 -0800

ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney left the Cleveland Indians out of his recent top 10 rankings, but he did have some nice things to say about the Tribe, categorizing the club in the “honorable mention” section of his column. Here's what Olney wrote ...
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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:53:24 -0800

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:51:40 -0800

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:01:44 -0800

Buster Olney of ESPN released some rankings on bullpens, offenses, and defenses around the league at this point of the offseason with the Yankees obviously coming out looking the best in the bullpen department. More moves could obviously happen at any ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:45:03 -0800

It's only a guess, Buster Olney warns. But the ESPN analyst is guessing Max Scherzer returns to the Detroit Tigers when all is said and done. Olney gave his team-by-team look at where the right-handed former AL Cy Young winner could possibly end up.
ESPN (blog)
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:49:04 -0800

Buster Olney is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine. He began covering baseball in 1989, as the Nashville Banner's beat reporter assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Later, he covered the San Diego Padres (1993-94), the Baltimore Orioles ('95-96 ...
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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:26:15 -0800

At the start of every round of batting practice, hitters of all shapes and sizes and power potential are expected to drop two bunts, whether it's Billy Hamilton or Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon or Jose Abreu. Depending on the player, this is sometimes ...

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