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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

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3276 Ratings
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1637
452
224
227
736

Kurk

By mvane23 - May 30 2020
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great podcast, but more Tim Kurkjian please

Awesome

By Raul sty - May 15 2020
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You guys are the best can’t get enough of the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

3276 Ratings
Average Ratings
1637
452
224
227
736

Kurk

By mvane23 - May 30 2020
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great podcast, but more Tim Kurkjian please

Awesome

By Raul sty - May 15 2020
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You guys are the best can’t get enough of the podcast.
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Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

Latest release on Jul 14, 2020

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ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.

Rank #1: Down Goes LA!

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After the Dodgers fall short in October once again, Buster and Keith Law talk about Dave Roberts' handling of the bullpen and how Clayton Kershaw's poor performance affects his career narrative (20:43). Plus, they discuss Stephen Strasburg's resilience and the Cardinals' thrashing of the Braves. Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (38:47) and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan previews tonight's ALDS Game 5 between the Astros and Rays (45:22).

Oct 10 2019

52mins

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Rank #2: Orioles P Coach Doug Brocail on Embracing Analytics, His On-Field Near-Death Experience

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Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail joins Buster to talk about his journey to embracing analytics as a coach, what he could've done differently while playing if he had today's information, Trevor Hoffman's change-up, Tony Gwynn calling his own shots, playing with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and his near-death experience on the field (11:01). Plus, Todd Radom on Miller Park and the weekly quiz (2:04).

May 22 2020

42mins

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Rank #3: Trade Deadline Special

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Buster Olney, Sarah Langs & Dave Schoenfield identify today's biggest winners after offering instant reactions to the flurry of deals that happened at today's trade deadline.

Jul 31 2019

31mins

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Rank #4: Surprise, Surprise

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Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with his old friends Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft about DJ LeMahieu's surprise season, Bo Bichette's hot start and if the Mets can really make a run at the postseason (11:54). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (35:44).

Aug 06 2019

49mins

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Rank #5: Supernova

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With the Astros collapsing both on and off the field, Buster and Keith Law discuss Houston's underwhelming performance so far and the organization's lack-luster response to the incident involving assistant GM Brandon Taubman (39:59). But before that, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (25:00) and Jessica Mendoza on the World Series and some new manager hires (11:10). Plus, Buster's interviews with Max Scherzer (30:45) and George Springer (56:40) and an excerpt from today's ESPN Daily podcast on the Astros' front office situation (35:45).

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #6: Fear Amir

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Buster and Karl Ravech discuss how the MLB should come down on the players and coaches involved in last night's melee between the Reds and Pirates (17:39). They also talk about the Trevor Bauer trade and how it will impact the three teams involved. Plus, "The Numbers Game" (42:43) and this week's Power 10 (48:51).

Jul 31 2019

54mins

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Rank #7: Midwest Meet-Up

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Buster and Karl Ravech discuss Anthony Rizzo's unexpected return to the Cubs lineup as Chicago faces St. Louis in a crucial NL Central matchup (11:39). Plus, Buster compares Jack Flaherty to a Hall of Famer and Karl talks about Joe Maddon's personality clash with the Chicago front office. Jessica Mendoza also previews this weekend's Phillies/Indians series (33:40) and Rena Banena brings the Friday "Bleacher Tweets" and some love advice (45:12).

Sep 20 2019

52mins

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Rank #8: Down to the Wire

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Buster and Keith Law discuss the Brewers' hot streak and how the organization's recent success stems from the top-down (12:49). Plus, Keith defends Gabe Kapler's managing style and also speculates on the future of the Phillies and Indians. Nationals OF Adam Eaton also explains what's so special about his team (32:45) before Sarah Langs plays "The Numbers Game" (36:36) and before MLB.com's Mandy Bell explains why tonight is a must-win for the Indians (40:58).

Sep 26 2019

50mins

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Rank #9: Old School

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Before Giants manager Bruce Bochy tells some of his favorite stories from his legendary career (29:25), Buster speaks with Dave Schoenfield about Ned Yost's retirement, Tampa's resiliency, Yadier Molina's Hall of Fame case and more (10:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (43:07).

Sep 24 2019

55mins

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Rank #10: Born for October

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The Braves pull off a stunning comeback and the Dodgers shell Patrick Corbin. Buster and Tim Kurkjian recap a wild divisional series weekend by discussing Atlanta's clutch gene, the Yankees' plate discipline, if the Rays can salvage a game against the confident Astros and more (14:22). Plus, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez previews tonight's Dodgers/Nationals Game 4 (34:04) and Todd Radom joins for a playoff-themed "Cap Talk" (42:56).

Oct 07 2019

54mins

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Rank #11: Ron Washington on Working with Josh Hamilton, The Pain of Losing Two World Series

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Braves third base coach Ron Washington talks to Buster about missing out on the manager job in San Diego and his desire to manage again, what it was like seeing himself playing in "Money Ball," his work with Marcus Semien, the energy of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies, motivating Josh Hamilton, and coming so close to winning a World Series with the Rangers (17:47). Plus, Hembo on the latest drama between the union and MLB, and why Josh Hamilton is the most gifted baseball player he's ever watched (4:08).

May 20 2020

46mins

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Rank #12: DisAstros

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In an emergency podcast, Dave Schoenfield fills in for Buster and speaks with ESPN's Jeff Passan about Rob Manfred's ruling on the Astros, why the sign-stealing scandal evokes memories of the PED craze and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian discusses the historical significance of these "unprecedented" punishments, the role of technology in the game and if the 2017 championship is tainted (11:56).

Jan 13 2020

24mins

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Rank #13: Offseason Preview

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Buster, Tim Kurkjian and Keith Law look ahead to 2020 by tackling the biggest questions swirling around some of the sport's biggest names this offseason. In a roundtable discussion, the guys talk about the Mets' hiring of Carlos Beltran, JD Martinez's contract and what it means for Boston, if Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon will return to the Nationals and more (5:27). Plus, Rena Banena's final "Bleacher Tweets" (29:39) and some final words from former Commissioner Bart Giamatti (41:21).

Nov 05 2019

50mins

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Rank #14: Padres 3B Coach Wayne Kirby on Having Fun, Albert Belle, Manny Machado

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Padres third base coach Wayne Kirby talks to Buster about the different ways to break in a glove, watching his brother play in the NFL, giving Adam Jones a hard time, the true importance of having fun, Albert Belle smashing plates after an 0-4 game and the lessons he's imparted on Manny Machado after going to San Diego (15:09). Plus, Marly Rivera on Alex Bregman firing his agent, and players' concerns about MLB's proposed health and safety protocols (2:50).

May 21 2020

44mins

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Rank #15: Field of Teams

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Tim Kurkjian fills in for Buster and speaks with Karl Ravech about Bo Bichette's record start, the significance of Chris Sale's big night and the magic of Terry Francona (10:07). Plus, Ravech boasts of Tim's prowess on the dance floor. Todd Radom also makes his weekly appearance for "Cap Talk" (34:17).

Aug 09 2019

47mins

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Pitching Hangover for the Nats?; Jordan Hicks Opts Out; Cleveland’s Rotation Health

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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss the Mets’ best Plan B option if Robinson Cano can’t go, a potential pitching hangover for the Nationals and the idea of an extended free agency (7:06). Next, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold hops on to talk about Jordan Hicks’ decision to opt out of the season and Walker Bueller emerging as a leader among MLB players (21:48). Finally, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell gets into the Franmil Reyes situation and Cleveland’s rotation health being the key to its season (31:59).

Jul 14 2020

48mins

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Toronto’s an Afterthought; Chapman Tests Positive; Tampa’s Roster Permutations

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The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm joins Buster to discuss where things stand with where the Blue Jays will play, Travis Shaw walking back his self-isolation comments and teams visiting Toronto being overlooked (5:46). Then, Marly Rivera joins the pod to talk about Aroldis Chapman’s positive COVID-19 test, how he’s feeling and what it means for the Yankees’ relief corps (18:06). Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin hops on to get into how he’s covering the Rays during the coronavirus spike in Florida, who hasn’t been seen on the field in the last week and how the front office handles the possibility of missing so many key players to start the season (28:03).

Jul 13 2020

44mins

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3 a.m. is Offensive; The Agenda of Science; Yankee Stadium

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Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss, how he’s adjusted to getting up at 3 a.m. calling KBO games, why he loves watching Lee Jung-hoo, the Mets fanbase, pumping music or crowd noise into a stadium during games and ignoring medical professionals (5:59). Plus, Todd Radom on Yankee Stadium and the weekly quiz (29:35).

Jul 10 2020

48mins

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MLB Intake Process Complete; Yankees Having Fun; KBO Observations

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Marly Rivera joins Buster to discuss the completion of MLB’s intake process that yielded a 98.2% negative test rate for coronavirus, player comfort and accountability as summer camp is underway, and the Yankees looking like they’re having a good time playing baseball (3:48). Plus, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Steve Cohen emerging as the favorite to buy the Mets, why he thinks baseball will be played, Kris Bryant’s trepidation about returning and his observations covering KBO as MLB’s return is on the horizon (15:16).

Jul 09 2020

46mins

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Refreshing Pranks; Scheduling Games; Juan Soto

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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss how refreshing it is to see Terry Francona and Francisco Lindor pulling pranks, the challenge of keeping players focused and the need to hear from Rob Manfred as issues with the restart arise (4:20). Later, ESPN’s senior manager of MLB programming Rick Mace talks about what it’s been like scheduling games for TV (16:19). Plus, Hembo on which teams have scheduling advantages and why he’d take Juan Soto on a 10-year contract (26:00).

Jul 08 2020

46mins

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Deep Dive on The Cleveland Name Change

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MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46). 

Jul 07 2020

38mins

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Forest City Spiders; Players Express Skepticism

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David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).

Jul 06 2020

44mins

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Hermetically Sealed Baseballs

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Matt Vasgersian joins Buster to discuss the possibility of calling Sunday Night Baseball at home, Sean Doolittle’s apprehension of playing, continued mistrust between the players and MLB, what seems unrealistic under the health and safety protocols, and field mics (4:01). Plus, Todd Radom drops by to mourn the loss of the minor league season, talk Tropicana Field and administer the weekly quiz (27:36).

Jul 02 2020

47mins

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Minor League Season Canceled, Front Office Diversity, Differences Between KBO and MLB

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Buster is joined by Hembo to discuss the Minor League Baseball season's cancellation, the existential threat to the minors and why taking Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ name off the MVP trophy is a no-brainer (2:20). Then, Karl Ravech drops by to talk about the differences between covering MLB and the KBO, and keeping an eye on the COVID-19 positive test rate as players report to camp. Finally, Joon Lee joins the show to get into the lack of diversity in front offices, treating players as financial assets and how it all contributes to labor tensions (31:49).

Jul 01 2020

51mins

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Presidential Name-Drops, Ian Desmond Opts out

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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to name-drop his meetings with presidents and trips to the White House (7:07). Then the guys discuss the players who have opted out of the season, the need for complete transparency with testing results, Ian Desmond's decision not to play and his thoughts on race in baseball, and changes that need to be made to make baseball more accessible.

Jun 30 2020

34mins

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Candidates to Hit .400, Already a Lost Season for Many

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Sarah Langs joins Buster to discuss which players might be able to finish the shortened baseball season batting .400 (2:36). Later, Alden Gonzalez hops on to talk about his series examining how baseball has already been lost for the season for so many across the country, bracing for positive tests across baseball as players begin reporting, and what it would take for the commissioner to shut down the season (14:08).

Jun 29 2020

39mins

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A's Reliever Jake Diekman on Playing While Being High-Risk for COVID-19

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A's reliever Jake Diekman joins Buster to discuss his decision to play despite being high-risk for coronavirus. Diekman discusses why he didn't consider opting out, players policing their bubble and pitching relief with no crowd (2:20). Then, Eireann Dolan, wife of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle, hops on to talk about her concerns living under the baseball umbrella after growing up with respiratory issues, and MLB making players decide between salary and service time and family members who are high risk (13:12). Plus, Todd Radom on the Rogers Centre and the weekly quiz (27:02).

Jun 26 2020

39mins

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Fantasy and Reality

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Marly Rivera and USA Today's Bob Nightengale join Buster to talk about the fantasy of baseball getting started smoothly and the reality of playing during a pandemic. Rivera talks about why youth may prevail in a short season and shares players' concerns about spikes in coronavirus across the country (3:04). Nightengale says he thinks every game will be treated like the postseason when it comes to pitching decisions and shares his advice for the next time the players and owners get into the negotiating room (16:02).

Jun 25 2020

36mins

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Hardcore Baseball Talk

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Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to talk actual baseball (2:38), including the biggest baseball challenge for all teams getting started, why they're high on the Rays in a short season, pitchers and hitters to watch, and which teams may surprise the league. Plus, they share reactions they've heard around baseball to MLB's plan to start the season, and give their reactions to the new rules and health protocols.

Jun 24 2020

32mins

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A Theoretical 60-Game Season

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MLB is implementing a 60-game season. Buster and David Schoenfield react (4:33) to the news and discuss what the lack of an agreement between the two sides means going forward, sub-negotiations for things like universal DH and an expanded playoff, and the dynamics within teams during a shortened season. Later, Hembo stops by to talk about which players may sit out, Trevor Bauer's tweets and the folly of the players pursuing a grievance (20:55).

Jun 23 2020

32mins

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Hall of Fame Distractions, COVID-19 Closes Training Camps

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Buster goes full distraction by asking Sarah Langs (6:12) and Karl Ravech (15:54) about the Hall of Fame candidacies of Yadier Molina, Justin Verlander, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Plus, Ravy gives his thoughts on the latest financial and health negotiations between players and owners.

Jun 22 2020

39mins

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Tyler Glasnow on Getting His News, Being Ready to Throw Five, the Rays in a Short Season

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Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow joins Buster to discuss getting the latest labor negotiation news from his mom, why he's not on social media, having free time in June for the first time since 7th grade, throwing live innings, why he thinks Tampa Bay would be dangerous in a shortened season and his his personal level of concern with the coronavirus (8:34). Plus, Jesse Rogers on the latest between MLB and the players (4:37). And Todd Radom on Wrigley Field and the weekly quiz (26:16).

Jun 19 2020

38mins

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Hannah Keyser on Rank-and-File MLB Staffers; Roger Ehrenberg on How He'd Advise Players and Owners

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Yahoo! Sports' Hannah Keyser joins Buster to talk about Rob Manfred and Tony Clark's face-to-face meeting and her story on the feelings of rank-and-file staffers around MLB as negotiations drag on (3:18). Later, venture capitalist Roger Ehrenberg gives his read on the situation, and shares how he'd advise both the players and owners (19:20).

Jun 18 2020

35mins

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Clinton Yates on The Pandemic as a Bargaining Chip for the Owners

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Clinton Yates joins Buster to talk about spending time with LaTroy Hawkins, average baseball fans realizing the sport is in a bad place, the owners using the pandemic as a bargaining chip, why it seems like the owners don't actually like baseball and the players being over the drama (3:20). Plus, Hembo compares Rob Manfred to Adam Silver and Roger Goodell, and which players have the most to lose from missing a season (17:41).

Jun 17 2020

33mins

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Burn It All Down

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The podcast leads off with Mike Greenberg's full interview with Rob Manfred, who says there's a real risk of no baseball being played in 2020. Then, Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss what he's hearing from players and why they're feeling emboldened in these negotiations, the likelihood of the owners digging in and waiting for the union to collapse, this possibly being the start of a three-year labor war, and scenarios for what happens next (9:24).

Jun 16 2020

30mins

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iTunes Ratings

3276 Ratings
Average Ratings
1637
452
224
227
736

Kurk

By mvane23 - May 30 2020
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great podcast, but more Tim Kurkjian please

Awesome

By Raul sty - May 15 2020
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You guys are the best can’t get enough of the podcast.