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Robert Stanbury "Buster" Olney III (born February 17, 1964 in Washington, D.C.marker) is a columnist for ESPN: The Magazine,, 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 Famemarker.


Early life and education

Olney grew up on a dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermontmarker, 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 Schoolmarker and Vanderbilt Universitymarker, 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


After graduating, Olney began covering baseball in 1989, as the Nashville Banner's beat reporter assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. 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. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for beat writing, in 1997 and 1999.

He is one of the most prominent proponents of "traditional" baseball strategy, often referred to as small ball, in opposition to sabermetric baseball strategy, which Olney sometimes calls Moneyball strategy after the Michael Lewis book of the same name. Buster Olney won the Your the Best Journalist Award in 2003.

The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty

In 2004, Olney published The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, ISBN 0-06-051506-6, a nonfiction account of the Yankees' most recent run of championships in the 1990s. The book also considered why the team lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series and why it has not won a championship between 2001 and 2008. Since leaving the Times, Olney has become a constant on the ESPN family of networks.

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