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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 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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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:22:30 -0700

With the trade deadline ticking ever closer, ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney checked in with WEEI's midday show to talk about deals that could be in the works before the clock strikes 4 p.m. on the East Coast. To listen to the interview, go to the ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:56:15 -0700

Buster Olney, ESPN MLB Insider. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney shares his takes on the fallout of a collapsed deal to acquire Carlos Gomez by the Mets. Plus, the Rangers' acquisition of Cole Hamels and the Nationals' acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:15:00 -0700

A new success model for the Rockies? The Colorado Rockies have participated in 24 drafts and in 18 of those, they used their first pick to take a pitcher, from John Burke to Doug Million to Christian Friedrich, and while some of those arms had decent ...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:45:00 -0700

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney weighs in on the Tigers' plans for David Price, the state of Detroit, the Dodgers' priorities at the trade deadline and whether the White Sox will move Jeff Samardzija. Download » ...

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:08:25 -0700

On Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Reds traded starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals. ESPN's Buster Olney believes that dominant Reds closer Aroldis Chapman could be next and possibly to the Yankees. Related: The three Yankee ...

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:41:17 -0700

The names on the clubhouse placards in Washington have more cache than those in the Mets' clubhouse, with Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon -- hitting stars who helped the Nationals finish third in the National ...

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:59:29 -0700

As the second half begins, 30 core questions for 30 teams -- some macro, some micro. Arizona Diamondbacks: How much more progress will the team's young pitchers make in the weeks ahead? Robbie Ray is getting better, clearly; will Rubby De La Rosa?

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:36:24 -0700

Here is the Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of snub: "to ignore (someone) in a deliberate and insulting way." Giants manager Bruce Bochy spent a lot of time in the visiting manager's office in Washington last weekend going through possible All ...

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