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Homer at the Bat 

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.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Charlie / Police Radio / Aristotle Amandopoulis / Graceland Tour Guide / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Springfield Mystery Spot Owner (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Umpire / Eddie / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Hypnotist / Dr. Hibbert / Announcer (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Nurse / Distressed Woman (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Wade Boggs Wade Boggs ... Wade Boggs (voice)
Jose Canseco ... Jose Canseco (voice)
Roger Clemens Roger Clemens ... Roger Clemens (voice)
Ken Griffey Jr. Ken Griffey Jr. ... Ken Griffey Jr. (voice)
Don Mattingly Don Mattingly ... Don Mattingly (voice)
Steve Sax Steve Sax ... Steve Sax (voice)
Mike Scioscia Mike Scioscia ... Mike Scioscia (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the guest stars, including Terry Cashman, Wade Boggs and 'Darryl Strawberry' (qv all admit that they are more well known because of their appearance in the episode, Cashman having "Talkin' Softball" requested more often than "Talkin' Baseball". See more »

Goofs

It would be physically impossible for Smithers to travel across America and track down all the baseball players over a period of 24 hours. Particularly as some of them were hunting in the woods, on vacation at Graceland, or playing the cello in a nightclub, so how would he know where they were? It would be easier for Smithers to call their managers or agents and book the players that way. See more »

Quotes

Barney: [in Moe's Tavern] And I say, that England's greatest Prime Minister was Lord Palmerston!
Wade Boggs: Pitt the Elder!
Barney: Lord Palmerston!
Wade Boggs: Pitt the Elder!
Barney: Okay, you asked for it, Boggs!
[punches him out]
Moe: Yeah, that's showing him, Barn'!
[disbelieving]
Moe: Pitt the Elder...
Barney: Lord Palmerston!
[...]
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Soundtracks

Talkin' Baseball
(uncredited)
Written by Terry Cashman
Performed by Terry Cashman
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best of series three?
4 August 2007 | by cameron-burnSee 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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