Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 11: The MLB First Year Player Draft

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On the heels of Last Word on Sports‘s coverage of the MLB First Year Player Draft, Josh Greenberg joins Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen to talk about the top prospects and which ones to watch in a couple years after they bake in the minors. Josh highlights some of the top high school pitchers and the risks surrounding them and who can become the next Bryce Harper, if there is indeed one in this draft class. Check out each one of Last Word’s 51 prospect profiles right here.

Before that, there was a rare June trade to discuss and another fantastic brawl. Sadly, Manny Machado couldn’t quite replicate Rougned Odor’s punch.

After the draft talk, the Atlanta Braves are fleecing Cobb County out of so much money that they can no longer complete a public parks project that was approved by voters years ago. Why are they abandoning 20 year old Turner Field? This launches into a fun discussion about baseball stadiums of yesterday and today.

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

Break1 : “Fight to Live” by The Bouncing Souls with a quote from Bull Durham

Break 2: “When You Get Drafted” by Dead Kennedys with a quote from Moneyball

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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