The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 17

Homer at the Bat (20 Feb. 1992)

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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)
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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Mr. Burns hires MLB players as ringers for the company softball team. During this, he has a feud with Don Mattingly over the length of his sideburns. This is a poke at a 1991 incident, in which Don Mattingly was briefly suspended by Yankees team owner George Steinbrenner for refusing to get a hair cut. See more »


When Homer is hit by the pitch, Lisa says that it counts as a hit. It doesn't count as a hit nor would it be counted as an at bat; when a player is hit by a pitch, the player is awarded 1st base. See more »


[to his softball team]
Mr. Burns: All right, you ragtag bunch of misfits! You hate me, and I hate you even more. But without my beloved ringers, you're all I've got. So I want you to remember some inspiring words that someone else might have told you over the course of your lives, and go out there and win!
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Simpsons Episodes (2012) See more »


Talkin' Baseball
Written by Terry Cashman
Performed by Terry Cashman
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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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