Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 64: The 2017 MLB Playoffs Pre-Preview

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The regular season is almost over and Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen can’t wait. There has been little drama this month as most of the playoff races are all sewn up. The 2017 MLB Playoffs need to get here and provide some, fast. The two also discuss the increased strikeout rate throughout the league, baseball […] READ MORE



Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 61: Red Sox Sign Stealing

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Ah yes, we have a Boston Red Sox sign stealing scandal. The Red Sox were busted using video and Apple watches to steal the New York Yankees signs over the weekend, which means Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen must talk about it. Sign stealing is as old as the game itself, so is it a […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 60: The Wild AL Wild Card Race

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The AL Wild Card race is a wild one indeed. With seven teams within three and a half games of the second spot, there could be a crazy scenario that MLB has not planned for: a five way tie. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen go over that possibility and come up with a way for […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 58: Derek Jeter Buys the Marlins

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Goodbye Jeffrey Loria, hello Jeets! That’s right, Derek Jeter buys the Marlins to end that long, dragged out team sale. Well, him and a dozen or so other deep-pocketed folks looking to get in on sports team ownership. This pushes out one of the worst owners in pro sports and replaces him with a baseball legend… and many other […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 57: 2017 Player Weekend Shenanigans

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This season is introducing a strange phenomenon in Major League Baseball. For one weekend, the teams will wear goofy looking jerseys and players will be given full reign to be as creative and silly as they can be with their looks. That’s right, 2017 Player Weekend is almost upon us and Joe Hojnacki and Greg […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 56: 2017 Trade Deadline Review

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The 2017 trade deadline has come and gone and the Los Angeles Dodgers became the best team in baseball… even more than they already were. They landed Yu Darvish to aid their chances at cruising to a World Series title. On the other coast, the New York Yankees grabbed Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 55: The Justin Verlander Trade Market

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The Dodgers got the bad news about Clayton Kershaw‘s back the other day. With their superstar pitcher out for the next six to eight weeks, are they looking to complete a Justin Verlander trade with the Tigers? Stephen Strasburg also hurt his forearm. Does this open up a possible Sonny Gray to the Nationals story? What about Yu […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 54: 2017 Trade Deadline Primer

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With the 2017 Trade Deadline creeping ever closer, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen try to decide which teams are selling which players for which prospects from which teams that should be buyers. Before that gets cleared up, Greg gives his review of the All-Star Game and Joe tries to decide if it was worth missing for […] READ MORE