Crowding the Plate Episode 16: Hall of Fame Inductions

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This weekend, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be enshrined during baseball’s Hall of Fame Inductions. Both well deserving of the honor, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen remember the careers of these two all time greats. Before that, however, some unfortunate news about Clayton Kershaw’s back injury casts a shadow over what has been a video game like season for the greatest pitcher in baseball.

The pair also discuss Joe Torre’s call to cut down on manager arguments over balls and strikes. This naturally leads to whether a robotic strike zone would be a good idea. The Indians also invoked a weird scene in the movie Major League, only to have it backfire on them.

Crowding the Plate Episode 16: Hall of Fame Inductions

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: “Panic Attack” by Dream Theater and Lloyd McClendon getting ejected and walking off the field with first base on June 26, 2001, courtesy of

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.

Main Photo: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images