Time to Give Justin Smoak the Respect He Deserves

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via Last Word on Baseball, by Connor Chambers If you thought that by the middle of June Justin Smoak would be considered one of the best first baseman in baseball, immediately contact your local baseball team and ask if they are hiring. Rumour at the beginning of the season was that Smoak would be on the roster […] READ MORE


Unwritten Rules of Baseball Need to Go

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By Dave Mitchner – Last Word On Baseball The Unwritten Rules Baseball is a simple game, the pitcher throws a leather covered ball of twine and the batter hits it with a sturdy stick of wood. The issue is that the players have a code, the so called “unwritten rules of baseball”. These “rules” are […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 42: Toronto Blue Jays Slow Start

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball Make sure to tune into the 42nd episode of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. You might just find the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything packed inside. You never know. What you do know is that Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen are […] READ MORE



Five Burning Questions for the 2017 MLB Season

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By Joshua Greenberg – Last Word On Baseball In just a few days, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to their respective teams’ Spring Training homes. This means one glorious thing: baseball is right around the corner. The 2016 season brought fans history and heartache, tragic losses and cathartic triumphs, and perhaps the greatest World […] READ MORE


MLB Sleeper Prospects: Part 3

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By Marc Nolan – Last Word On Baseball Every year in Major League Baseball, teams have one or two prospects rise from obscurity to become legitimate prospects. Sometimes they develop an additional skill. Sometimes they figure out some plus potential in a tool they already possess. It is fascinating to watch. This season saw many of these players […] READ MORE


Indians Down Jays in 2016 ALCS

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By Joshua Greenberg – Last Word On Baseball It’s official: the Cleveland Indians are on their way to the World Series. As a follow-up performance to a dominating sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, the Tribe leaned on its pitching, including an impressive showing from the ‘pen, to cool off the hot […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 29: ALCS and NLCS Mid-Series Review

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball Both the ALCS and NLCS are well underway and are trending in interesting directions. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen discuss how pitching has dominated both of the series so far and whether or not we see the bats come alive in the future. Can the Toronto Blue Jays […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 28: League Championship Series Preview

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball After the thrilling conclusion of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Nationals, we are ready to move on to our League Championship Series preview. In the American League, the Blue Jays and Indians have very little separating them, so which one comes out on top in what […] READ MORE


2016 ALCS Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

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By Graham Anderson – Last Word On Baseball The 2016 ALCS begins tonight with the Toronto Blue Jays meeting the Cleveland Indians. Both teams managed to sweep their opponents in their respective ALDS match ups and will look to bring the American League title to their home towns, or in the case of Toronto, an […] READ MORE