Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 51: The Future of Baseball

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 19: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs collides with Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres after being tagged out at the plate in the 6th inning at Wrigley Field on June 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian wrote an article about how baseball may look in the year 2037 and Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen have something to say about it. Do they think the future of baseball looks bright and sunny? Or dark and dismal?

There was also a home plate collision the other night as Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs steamrolled into Padres catcher Austin Hedges. Greg is outraged that this is against the rules. As usual, he takes his anger out on the Detroit Tigers, who are consistently disappointing him while Joe’s team climbs to the top of its division.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 51: The Future of Baseball

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: “The New Pollution” by Authority Zero and a quote from the Futurama episode “Fear of a Bot Planet”.

Break 2: “Give It All” by Rise Against and Pete Rose running over Ray Fosse to end the 1970 All Star Game.

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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