Crowding the Plate Episode 57: 2017 Player Weekend Shenanigans

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball 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 […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 56: 2017 Trade Deadline Review

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball 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 […] READ MORE


10 Most Attended Sports Leagues in the World

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Guest Post – ~Ava Brown 10 most attended sports leagues in the world Sport is a show. The better the show is, the more fans will be in the stands and at their TV screens. The more viewers, the more income, of course. That’s the whole simple formula for success in sports business. But theory […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 55: The Justin Verlander Trade Market

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball 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 […] READ MORE


Why Baseball’s Pace of Play Won’t Change

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By Michael Pallas – Last Word on Baseball No matter how much Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wants it to change, the pace of play won’t speed up. Why Baseball’s Pace of Play Won’t Change We’ve seen incremental pace of play increases over the years, but games won’t ever be as short as they […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 54: 2017 Trade Deadline Primer

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball 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 […] READ MORE



Three Players Due for Second-Half Turnarounds

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By Andrew Miller – Last Word on Baseball Three Players Due for Second-Half Turnarounds Manny Machado Machado is certainly an interesting case. His peripherals are strikingly similar to his previous seasons; however, Machado is having by far the worst statistical season of his young career. Machado has established himself as a top-tier player in MLB […] READ MORE


Two Surprises from the 2017 Home Run Derby

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By Jordan Dickow – Last Word on Baseball Anyone who’d been paying attention during the first half of the season should not have been surprised that Aaron Judge won the 2017 Home Run Derby last night. The 6’7″, 282 pound rookie outfielder for the New York Yankees was the heavy favorite going into the event, […] READ MORE