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Baseball Hall of Fame to honor ‘Homer at the Bat”

Baseball’s Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show’s “Homer at the Bat” episode.

First televised on Feb. 20, 1992, “Homer at the Bat” featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith among the ringers on Homer Simpson’s Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team. Voices of actual players were used in the episode, which also included Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry.

Boggs and Smith are scheduled to appear at a round-table discussion at the Hall on May 27 that also includes episode executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 44 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 22, 2017 at 12:51 PM (#5406690)
They should bring Strawberry to the roundtable, then, just as the questions start, have Harry Shearer pull him in favor of Dan Castalanetta. It's called playing the percentages, and it's what smart panelists do to win discussions.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 12:56 PM (#5406693)
Best. Promotion. Ever.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5406696)
Mike Scioscia

Boy, catcher was really a black hole between the end of Carter and Fisk's primes and when Piazza and Pudge established themselves, wasn't it?
   4. Ithaca2323 Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5406698)
If the first question isn't about Smith escaping the mystery spot or who England's greatest prime minister was, I'm going to be very upset
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5406699)
There was a Simpson baseball episode? How come it's never been mentioned on this site?
   6. Ithaca2323 Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:03 PM (#5406700)
They should bring Strawberry to the roundtable, then, just as the questions start, have Harry Shearer pull him in favor of Dan Castalanetta. It's called playing the percentages, and it's what smart panelists do to win discussions.


Only if the person asking is left-handed
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5406702)
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5406703)
Boggs and Smith are scheduled to appear at a round-table discussion at the Hall on May 27
After this, Boggs will attend a roundtable about "The Gang Beats Boggs" at the WaWa on 36th and Chestnut.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:12 PM (#5406706)
It's a good thing Petroskey's gone, because I'm not sure he'd want to risk that bleeding-heart Lisa showing up and stirring up controversy.

   10. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:16 PM (#5406710)
If the first question isn't about Smith escaping the mystery spot or who England's greatest prime minister was, I'm going to be very upset

Lord Palmerston!
   11. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:18 PM (#5406711)
After this, Boggs will attend a roundtable about "The Gang Beats Boggs" at the WaWa on 36th and Chestnut.

Wade Boggs is dead. He can't attend anything. You might as well ask Boss Hogg to show up while you're at it.
   12. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:34 PM (#5406726)
"But I hit 9 Home Runs today!"
   13. BrianBrianson Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:40 PM (#5406733)
Boy, catcher was really a black hole between the end of Carter and Fisk's primes and when Piazza and Pudge established themselves, wasn't it?


The 1992 All-Star game starting catchers where Sandy Alomar Jr. and Benito Sandiago. Also the '91 starters. So, yeah.

Darren Daulton had 7 WAR and lead the NL in RBIs, though. Biggio had just quit catching.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:43 PM (#5406736)
IIRC, Terry Steinbach started the '88 All-Star Game while hitting like .215 (and he won MVP!). Tim Laudner was his backup. It was thin.
   15. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:56 PM (#5406749)
From Billy Ripken:

Boy, catcher was really a black hole between the end of Carter and Fisk's primes and when Piazza and Pudge established themselves, wasn't it?


Yeah, there wasn't a great catcher that emerged during the late 70's-80's. It looked like Lance Parrish might be that guy but he never really took the big leap and then his career kind of fizzled when he left Detroit. It looked like Benito Santiago would be the next great one but that never happened. Then Craig Biggio & Todd Zeille were seen as the next big catchers and they switched positions. Fisk was actually still pretty productive during the late 80's-early 90's. Some have rumored he was on steroids/HGH at the time. It was basically Scioscia & Mickey Tettleton during the mid-late 80's/early 90's as the top catchers.

Here's the top 15 BWAR leaders at catcher from 1985-91:

Scioscia: 20.0
Fisk: 17.2
Tettleton: 16.6
Parrish: 15.7
Carter: 14.3
Santiago: 12.9
Whitt: 12.1
Pena: 11.4
Lavailliere: 10.7
Slaught: 10.4
Biggio: 10.2
Boone: 10.1
Kennedy: 9.6
Steinbach: 9.2
Nokes: 9.1
Heath: 8.5
   16. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:56 PM (#5406750)
   17. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:56 PM (#5406752)
Steve Sax is another odd choice. IIRC they asked Sandberg if he would do it, but he declined.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5406763)
#17, yes, that is referenced in the Deadspin article. Apparently the writing staff fell in love with Sax when he came to do his recording.
   19. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 02:14 PM (#5406765)
From Steve Parris:

Steve Sax is another odd choice. IIRC they asked Sandberg if he would do it, but he declined.


Yeah I remember thinking back then that he was an odd choice. I guess they couldn't get Sandberg or Lou Whitaker and Steve Sax lived in Southern California so it was probably easy to get him. That was during that odd period when the Yankees were terrible and Steve Sax was the second baseman and Sax, Jesse Barfield & Roberto Kelly were the top three players on the Yankees.
   20. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 22, 2017 at 03:26 PM (#5406854)
Wade Boggs is dead. He can't attend anything.


uhhhhh....what?

Comcast/Xfinity currently has all Simpsons episodes available On Demand.
   21. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 04:27 PM (#5406939)
Was there ever any research done as to why there was such a down period with catchers from 1975-1990? Did teams purposefully not develop catchers during this period? Did they switch young catching prospects to less grueling positions?

You had this small golden era of young catchers developed from 1967-1974: Bench, Simmons, Tenace, Carter, Munson, Fisk, Porter Sandberg, Boone and Sanguillen.

Then you don't have one catcher with 40+ career BWAR who debuted from '75-90. The only 30+ BWAR catcher over that time period was Lance Parish. Most of them settled in the 20+ BWAR range: Tettleton, Steinbach, Santiago, Wyneger, Kennedy, Sciocia, Pena, Hoiles, Daulten & Stanley.
   22. RJ in TO Posted: February 22, 2017 at 04:34 PM (#5406944)
Most of them settled in the 20+ BWAR range: Tettleton, Steinbach, Santiago, Wyneger, Kennedy, Sciocia, Pena, Hoiles, Daulten & Stanley.


I am deeply and personally offended by your decision to omit Blue Jays legend Ernie Whitt.
   23. Morty Causa Posted: February 22, 2017 at 04:38 PM (#5406951)
   24. The Good Face Posted: February 22, 2017 at 04:45 PM (#5406960)
Wade Boggs is dead. He can't attend anything.

uhhhhh....what?


Running joke from the It's Always Sunny... episode referenced in #8 above. Boggs' cameo appearances are few and far between, but they're awfully memorable; he's like a comedy pinch hitter who get one appearance every decade or so and always hits a home run.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 04:46 PM (#5406961)
I guess they couldn't get Sandberg or Lou Whitaker


If Lou Whitaker couldn't be bothered to attend the All-Star Game, he sure as #### wasn't going to show up for a recording session for a cartoon.
   26. . . . . . . Posted: February 22, 2017 at 05:09 PM (#5406981)
"It's like there's a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!"
   27. JohnQ Posted: February 22, 2017 at 05:22 PM (#5406989)
From RJ in TO:


I am deeply and personally offended by your decision to omit Blue Jays legend Ernie Whitt.


Ernie Whitt only had 18.4 career BWAR so he didn't make the list. He was actually a pretty good defensive Catcher. The Jays had a lot of good defensive players around that time period: J. Barfield, D. White, T. Fernandez, Manny Lee, Whitt, Moseby, Upshaw, Olerud, Iorg, & Gruber
   28. PreservedFish Posted: February 22, 2017 at 05:32 PM (#5406994)
Best possible evidence that the Hall of Fame recognizes fame rather than confers it.
   29. puck Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:53 PM (#5407097)

If Lou Whitaker couldn't be bothered to attend the All-Star Game, he sure as #### wasn't going to show up for a recording session for a cartoon.


He showed up for Magnum PI. Along with Alan Trammel. Magnum goes to Detroit but can't make a game because he ends up working a case. He ends up running into them in a bar.
   30. GGC Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:05 PM (#5407130)
Running joke from the It's Always Sunny... episode referenced in #8 above. Boggs' cameo appearances are few and far between, but they're awfully memorable; he's like a comedy pinch hitter who get one appearance every decade or so and always hits a home run.


I thought it might be a reference to him sigining with the Yankees and riding a NYPD horse after winning the WS. I don't begrudge him that, but some of my fellow Red Sox fans do. I'm more upset about him complaining to the scorer about an error he committed behind Roger Clemens.
   31. JohnQ Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:15 AM (#5407247)
From RoyalsRetro:

If Lou Whitaker couldn't be bothered to attend the All-Star Game, he sure as #### wasn't going to show up for a recording session for a cartoon.


It's not that he "didn't bother attending attending an All-Star Game," it's that he forgot to pack his uniform in 1985. He then purchased a replica Tigers uniform from the Metrodome concession stand and put a #1 on the back with a magic marker.

For some reason Lou Whitaker is always singled out but there are a lot of uniform problems in all star games that never get anywhere near the attention.

Johnny Calison forgot his helmet for the 1964 game so he's pictured wearing a Mets helmet for his 9th inning HR.

For some reason Pete Rose played the entire 1979 all star game in his maroon BP jersey back when very few teams even wore BP jerseys.

Reggie Jackson forget to pack his uniform for the 1979 all star game so he's pictured wearing a Mariners home uniform in the official A.L. team photo.

The A's & the Pirates players would never coordinate what they were going to wear for the All Star game and as a result would wear completely different uniform combos which look odd in the team photos.

In the 1977 team photo Dave Parker wore the yellow uniform with the yellow cap but Candelaria wore the yellow uniform with the black cap and Gossage wore the black uniform with the black cap. During the game Candelaria switched to the black uniform with the yellow cap and Gossage switched to the yellow cap but then Parker switched to the black uniform with the yellow cap. Parker forgot his helmet so he bats Dave Winfield's Padres helmet. Then Parker wore either a Reds or a Red Sox helmet in the 6th inning.

The Indians players would never coordinate either. Some would wear the navy top some would wear the blood red top.

Tom Seaver didn't pack his batting helmet so he had to wear Steve Yeager's helmet.

Frank White used a Brewers helmet while pinch running but a Royals helmet at bat.

Dave Steib didn't bring his helmet one year so he had to wear a Mariner's helmet.

Dennis Eckersly then with the Red Sox didn't bring a helmet so he had to wear an Indians' helmet.

George Brett just used a generic logo less blue helmet one year because he didn't pack his helmet.

Nolan Ryan had to use a Padres helmet once because he didn't bring a helmet.

Lee Smith & Charles Nagy forgot their helmets and had to use other team helmets.

Marquis Grissom forgot his entire uniform in 1993 so he borrowed Mark Grace's pants and Tony Gwynn's top and bought a replica Expos hat at the concession stand.

Jeff Shaw was traded around the all star break in 1998 to the Dodgers and didn't have pants so he had to borrow Raul Mondesi's pants and a belt from the Rockies.
   32. Rally Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM (#5407282)
Don't these teams have travelling secretaries (and their assistants) to handle stuff like that?
   33. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 11:13 AM (#5407293)

Don't these teams have travelling secretaries (and their assistants) to handle stuff like that?


They're too busy having sex with the cleaning woman.
   34. JohnQ Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM (#5407370)
From AROM:

Don't these teams have travelling secretaries (and their assistants) to handle stuff like that?


I'm guessing that all-star game appearances didn't fall under the duties of a team's traveling secretary and uniforms and equipment were the responsibilities of the players. I think a lot of problems happened because players were on the road and then had to go directly to the all star game. I think that's what happened in the Whitaker case in that he was on the road and didn't pack his home uniform with him. A lot of problems are that players don't pack their helmets especially the pitchers. And then there were problems when teams started to wear all those alternative uniform combos in the 1970's.

I think this happened fairly often, we just didn't have a lot of photographic evidence for the older stuff.

Willie Mays forgot his batting helment in 1965 and had to wear a Cubs helmet and a Reds helmet. Juan Marichal didn't have a helmet either and wore a Braves helmet.

Fisk forgot his helmet in 1972 and wore a Brewers helmet.

Dodger Willie Davis hit an All Star game HR with a Braves helmet.

The A's had 8 representatives in 1975 and wore 4 different uniform combinations in the game. A. Dark: Solid White, V. Blue: Yellow Top/Yellow Pants, Bando: Yellow top/White pants, R. Jackson: Green top/White Pants, J. Rudi: Green Top/White Pants, G. Tenace: Yellow Top/White Pants, B. Campaneris: Yellow Top/White Pants, R: Fingers: Green Top/White Pants, C. Washington: White Top/White Pants. The A's didn't wear Yellow pants in the 1975 seasons so V. Blue was wearing the alternate road uniform from the 1974 season. I have no idea why he packed that. Since the game was in an A.L. park, the A's should have worn their home uniforms which was either solid white or yellow top with white pants. R. Jackson, Rudi and Fingers are wearing the green tops which were the 1975 away uniform.

The A's uniforms were always very confusing during those years because they didn't wear grey pants and they kept switching the color of the tops. The green top was introduced as a road jersey in 1972. Then it was the home alternate in '73. Then it went back to being the road uniform from 1974-80. Then it was the road alternate from 1981-82. Then they changed the wording from "A's" to "Oakland" in block letters from '83-84. Then it became the primary road uniform from '85-86. Then they changed it to a script "Oakland" and it became the alternate from '87-88. Then they did away with the green tops in 1989.

Carl Yastrzemski forgot his helmet in 1975 so he just came to bat without a helmet, just his soft cap.

Rupert Jones of the Mariners wore a Blue Jays helmet with his Mariners uniform in 1977. So he has the odd distinction of being both the first Mariner & Blue Jay to appear in uniform in an all star game.

Reggie Jackson in full Mariners uniform for the official 1979 All Star team photo is bizarre. Reggie Jackson seemed to have some problems with the All Star game because he forgot his helmet in 1969 and wore a Senators helmet.

Steve Garvey forgot his helmet in 1979 so somebody spray painted a Mariners helmet with a Dodger logo.

Joel Youngblood wore a Braves helmet in 1981

Lance Parrish wore an Indians helmet in 1982.

John Kruk didn't pack his Uniform in 1992 so he had to wear Leo Mazzone's Braves uniform in pre-game work outs.

Joe Torre didn't bring a helmet when he coached first base in 2009 so he wore a Cardinals helmet with his Dodger uniform.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM (#5407378)
John Kruk didn't pack his Uniform in 1992 so he had to wear Leo Mazzone's Braves uniform in pre-game work outs.

Ha - I would imagine there was some difficulty in finding someone else's uniform that would fit Kruk.
   36. JohnQ Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5407384)
From Billy Ripken:

Ha - I would imagine there was some difficulty in finding someone else's uniform that would fit Kruk.

LOL, yeah I imagine that was a problem. There' some pictures of Kruk in a Braves uniform wearing a Phiilies cap during warm ups.
   37. PreservedFish Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5407391)
JohnQ, why do you know so much about baseball uniform problems?
   38. GGC Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5407398)
UniWatch, PF?
   39. JohnQ Posted: February 23, 2017 at 01:04 PM (#5407403)
From Preserved Fish:

JohnQ, why do you know so much about baseball uniform problems?

Lol, Most of that stuff is from the "Uni Watch" website. He had a whole article a few years ago about All Star game uniform malfunctions.

There was also a story around the same time period with George Brett on Fantasy Island. Brett lands a cameo part for a 1979 Fantasy Island episode but forgets to pack a uniform with him. He was a native Californian so he went to his father's house and found a #25 Royals uniform from his rookie season. So during the episode Brett is seen playing with a somewhat ill fitting #25 Royals uniform from 1974 instead of his customary #5.
   40. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 01:10 PM (#5407410)
Interesting stuff JohnQ!
   41. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 01:28 PM (#5407425)


Running joke from the It's Always Sunny... episode referenced in #8 above. Boggs' cameo appearances are few and far between, but they're awfully memorable; he's like a comedy pinch hitter who get one appearance every decade or so and always hits a home run.


Wade Boggs appeared with Danny Glover as minor league managers on Psych as well.
   42. GGC Posted: February 23, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5407449)
Wade Boggs appeared with Danny Glover as minor league managers on Psych as well.


An underrated show; at least in the parts of saberspace where I surf.
   43. JohnQ Posted: February 23, 2017 at 03:05 PM (#5407508)
From Royals:

Interesting stuff JohnQ!


Thanks Royals. I had a good all star book from the 70's & 80's All Star games full of color pictures. "Uni Watch" is a good site for information like this.
   44. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 23, 2017 at 03:05 PM (#5407512)
Baseball’s Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show’s “Homer at the Bat” episode.


That can't be possible.
My brain can't comprehend that kind of time compression.

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