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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Jose Canseco disliked the original script, in which his character missed the game after sleeping with Edna Krabappel. The writers responded to his complains by rewriting his part to be heroic to the point of absurdity, resulting in the scene where he misses the game due to trying to save every item in a burning house. 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 »


Ken Griffey Jr.: [after tasting brain tonic for thew first time] Wow. It feels like a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited.
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Spoofs The Natural (1984) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
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best of series three?
4 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just watched Homer at the bat again and I was thinking if this the best episode of series three. IT's great. It mixes parody's of all sorts of films which is just like the Simpson's and every line either makes you laugh or cry. The best thing about this episode though would probably have to be Mr Burn's since every line he says makes you burst out with laughter. His sarcastic tone and evil ways really plots this episode into one of the greats of season3 and also keeps you watching it.

Best episode of season three?

No. I think Flaming Moe's and Bart the murderer were still better but in a series with such high standards it's done brilliantly to get into my top 3 best of season3.

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