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Buster Olney
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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.


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]


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.


External links[edit]

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:56:15 -0800

With the Red Sox reportedly close to finalizing deals to land Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, ESPN's Buster Olney checked in with the Middays with MFB crew for an update and analysis of the situation. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on ...


Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:00:59 -0800

Buster Olney, for at least the third time in a year, but maybe I missed one or two, has played the “we have no idea if Melky Cabrera is clean!” game today. And he expands it to Nelson Cruz. And argues for the umpteenth time that — because there is ...

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:03:45 -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 ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:37:30 -0800

Buster joins MFB to look at the Red Sox adding Sandoval and Ramirez. He also looks ahead to what moves could be next. Transcript - will not be 100% accurate. Welcome back to bust her only her money as he had at the news coming out there Red Sox ...

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:56:36 -0800

By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider. Recommend0 · Tweet0 · Comments0 · Email · Print · Recommend0 · Tweet0 · Comments0 · Email · Print. Brandon Crawford, Troy Tulowitzki, and Andrelton Simmons Getty Images The priority at shortstop has shifted squarely to ...
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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:57:18 -0800

On Sunday, ESPN.com's Buster Olney ranked Rendon second overall on his list of the top third basemen in the game, behind only the Oakland A's Josh Donaldson. Rendon, who walked more than he K'd in college, impressed scouts who saw him at Rice ...

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:10:50 -0800

By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider. Recommend0 · Tweet0 · Comments0 · Email · Print · Recommend0 · Tweet0 · Comments0 · Email · Print. Josh Donaldson Bob Stanton/USA TODAY Sports Josh Donaldson leads a stacked ranking of baseball's top third ...

The Detroit News

The Detroit News
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:32:47 -0800

The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has won the American League MVP award two of the last three years, but he only ranks as the second-best first baseman in the majors, according to ESPN baseball expert Buster Olney. The No. 1 honor in Olney's estimation goes ...

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