Homer and his co-workers qualify for the plant softball team's league final, but Mr. Burns hires nine professional MLB players in order to win a $1 million bet.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Springfield Mystery Spot Owner (voice)
Lenny / Umpire / Eddie / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Hypnotist / Dr. Hibbert / Announcer (voice)
Nurse / Distressed Woman (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Wade Boggs ...
Wade Boggs (voice)
Jose Canseco (voice)
Roger Clemens ...
Roger Clemens (voice)
Ken Griffey Jr. ...
Ken Griffey Jr. (voice)
Don Mattingly ...
Don Mattingly (voice)
Steve Sax ...
Steve Sax (voice)
Mike Scioscia ...
Mike Scioscia (voice)


Homer and his co-workers join the power plant's softball team and qualify for the final. When Mr. Burns hears his plant is playing the final against Shelbyville's power plant team, he makes a $1 million bet with the owner of the Shelbyville nuclear power plant, Aristotle Amadopoulos. To make sure he will win the bet, Mr. Burns hires 9 professional baseball players (Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, and Mike Scioscia), but 8 of the players are of the team after getting involved in different accidents. Unfortunately for Homer the professional player left is Darryl Strawberry, a right fielder like Homer, but in the end everything is up to Homer. Written by Emil Petersen

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20 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The name of Homer's bat, Wonderbat, is a reference to Roy Hobbs' bat's name, Wonderboy, from The Natural (1984). See more »


When Mr Burns shows the bottle of "Brain & Nerve Tonic", the ampersand switches between having its tail on the left and on the right. See more »


[Mr. Burns made a bet that the plant softball team would beat Shelbyville]
Mr. Burns: I've decided to bring in a few ringers, professional baseballers. We'll give them token jobs at the plant and have them play on our softball team. Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown...
Smithers: Uh, sir?
Mr. Burns: What is it, Smithers?
Smithers: I'm afraid all of those players have retired and, uh... passed on. In fact, your right-fielder has been dead for a hundred and thirty years.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: MoneyBart (2010) See more »


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Music by Albert von Tilzer
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The Pride of the Simpsons
13 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After recently re-watching the first nine seasons or what fans now refer to as the golden age, I've come to the decision that Homer at the Bat is my favourite episode of The Simpsons.

I should point out that I'm not a sports fan (infact far from it). Also due to cultural reasons I do not know who any of these baseball stars are, as the sport is not popular in the UK. However this me realise what made the guest appearances during The Simpsons glory days so great. Even if you're not familiar with a celebrity, you can still enjoy their appearance on the show as they manage to give them their own unique personalities. Here there are no fewer nine guest stars, and they're all equally memorable and funny. However what also astounds me is how each of these guest stars has their own story arc, and all this within the confines of 22 minutes. There is so much going on in this episode yet the show's creators successfully get it all in without any of it feeling forced. There's enough material here to make several episodes.

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