Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 33: The CBA, Winter Meetings, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

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<> at U.S. Cellular Field on August 26, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Winter Meetings are upon us and there are plenty of free agents flying around. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen talk about the signings, trades, and more. Not many big trades went down, but Chris Sale did ship off to Boston. Did the Red Sox pay too much for him? Did the Washington Nationals over pay for Adam Eaton?

Also, a new collective bargaining agreement was signed, giving us five more years of labor peace. Joe and Greg break down what the relatively minor changes could mean. Also the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out. Which of the first timers get in, if any? Which returning guys get in? Is it finally the year for Tim Raines?

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 33: The CBA, Winter Meetings, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

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: “Stranger Than Fiction” by Bad Religion and a quote from The Natural.

Break 2: “Give it All” by Rise Against and Pete Rose running over Ray Fosse in the 1970 All Star Game.

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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