Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 34: 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions

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31 March 2014: Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" rodriguez is introduced prior to the MLB Opening Day game between the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies at the Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, TX. Phillies defeat Rangers 14-10.

Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen are back for the new year and are talking the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions. Are they satisfied seeing Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez enshrined in Cooperstown? Inspired by this week’s announcements, they draft their All-Hall fantasy teams.

They end the show by reviewing the free agent deals signed by Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. Both of them missed out on a big pay day and/or longer deal. At least Jays fans get another year with one big slugger.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 34: 2017 Baseball 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: “’87” by The Bouncing Souls and Tim Raines hitting a grand slam against the Mets on May 2, 1987 as called by Vin Scully.

Break 2: “Throw A Bomb” by Mustard Plug and Ivan Rodriguez making the final out of the 2003 NLCS agaisnt the Giants as heard on Marlins Radio.

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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