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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 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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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:55:23 -0700

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the attention drawn to Eduardo Rodriguez tipping pitches and the flexibility of Clay Buchholz's contract among other things.

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Gaslamp Ball
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:50:24 -0700

Want to read a depressing article? Try Buster Olney's latest on ESPN Insider. Basically he breaks down every exciting trade the Padres made in the offseason and tells us how the team would have been better off if they'd never happened. Reading it is ...
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Buster Olney & Rob Dibble, MLB. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney and ESPN 97.9 FM's Rob Dibble weigh in on self-policing in the game of baseball. Plus, Dibble shares personal stories from being managed by Pete Rose in Cincinnati that vouch for Rose's ...
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:05:21 -0700

ESPN senior baseball writer Buster Olney appeared on Jonah Keri's podcast recently and had a bit to say about the Brewers as they enter the trade season. You may not like what it sounds like he's saying. "The one thing about the Brewers that you hear ...


Washington Post (blog)
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:11:15 -0700

The year is 2019. Four-time National League MVP Bryce Harper just hit his major league-leading 31st home run, having become an extreme pull hitter to take advantage of the short porch in right field of his new home, Yankee Stadium. A fan in the ...
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:01:45 -0700

ESPN Insider, Buster Olney, related some stories from the 2001 World Series where Andy Pettite was tipping his pitches to the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamonbacks. Transcript - will not be 100% accurate. They showed you during the broadcast ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:01:54 -0700

Watching Chris Sale's season play out is excruciating, because he appears to be building one of the great performances of his time and the White Sox just keep on losing. He allowed two hits to Texas over eight innings Friday, striking out 14 – you can ...


Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:05:08 -0700

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the struggles of Joe Kelly and Mike Napoli in addition to other topics. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

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