Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 43: Evil Teams and Umpire Microphones

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 15: Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to tie the game in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 15, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball

There’s plenty going on in the first couple weeks of baseball season and Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen are here to discuss all of it. Eric Thames is glad to be back in the States after a few stellar years in Korea. Mookie Betts had gone 129 straight plate appearances without striking out, and then we brought it up on the podcast. Starling Marte is the latest All-Star to get popped for PEDs. Umpires could be mic’d up before too long, which could help public relations on replays a bit. Before any of that, however, we have to figure out which teams are evil.

Afterward, it’s all about the money as Greg has the list of every MLB team ranked according to their net worth and total revenue.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 43: Evil Teams and Umpire Microphones

Music in this Episode:

Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club

Break 1: “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix and a quote from Major League.

Break 2: “Stranger Than Fiction” by Bad Religion and a quote from The Natural.

Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.

Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.

Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.

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