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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 2003. 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 wrote How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer, an account of how a car crash and cancer diagnosis affected 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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


External links[edit]

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:02:57 -0800

Dave Roberts has never managed in the big leagues, but as the Dodgers went through the process of picking someone, he became the safe option for Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations. This was the smart political play.

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:11:25 -0800

When Jose Fernandez launches into conversation, as he did one morning last spring with Karl Ravech and myself at the Miami Marlins' spring training site, this much becomes immediately apparent: He loves baseball. He lives baseball. He is a monster fan ...

ABC News

ABC News
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:11:15 -0800

Buster Olney makes his picks for where some of the biggest free agents on the market this winter will land, including David Price, Zack Greinke and Chris Davis as well as the great unknown of Johnny Cueto.

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:28:38 -0800

A longtime executive chatted last week about how the Commissioner's Office could help some beleaguered front office types by educating some anxious, hyper-competitive owners about the merits of losing. "They should arrange some sort of presentation and ...

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:52:30 -0800

Among some executives involved in the David Price bidding, there is an expectation that the Boston Red Sox will generate the highest offer for the left-handed pitcher. The Red Sox are looking for an ace to front their rotation, and Boston president ...

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ESPN (blog)
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:04:51 -0800

Somebody is going to write David Price a big check to sign the left-hander and Zack Greinke will get a lot of money, and some teams have had conversations about Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto and lined them up as alternatives to Price and ...

Let's Go Tribe

Let's Go Tribe
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:59:07 -0800

ESPN's Buster Olney suggested in a recent Insider-only post ($) that the Cleveland Indians could be a good fit for several aging veterans who may have trouble finding playing time elsewhere. The Indians aren't going to spend the most amount of money ...

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ESPN (blog)
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:49:22 -0800

It's unlikely the Dodgers will trade Yasiel Puig, writes Dylan Hernandez. From Dylan's piece: As the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing their final regular-season games last month, they received word that a sidelined Yasiel Puig could return to them in ...

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