Ball Junk Podcast Episode #17: Major League Special


“Juuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” It’s the Ball Junk Podcast Major League Freemium! The Gasman and Frankie Knuckles sit down and discuss Major League 1, 2 and 3! We discuss the cast, the characters, the logic and the influence of it all! Did Wesley Snipes get a big ego? Is Taka Tanaka one of the worst ethnic stereotypes ever? Would any of these misfits even come close to sniffing the minor leagues? We cover it all and give our Top 5 and Bottom 5 moments! Plus, Balls Around the World, Sack Time and the Gas Pedal. Download and subscribe on iTunes. We ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats! Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:21:50 – Review: Major League
0:58:20 – Review: Major League II
1:21:40 – Review: Major League: Back to the Minors
1:35:45 – Major League Top 5 and Bottom 5
1:42:45 – Balls Around the World
1:48:50 – Sack Time
1:58:35 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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  • pcch7

    Loving the Piper story haha

  • ECONOMYpolitica

    Greg, can you post a picture of yourself in that shirt?

  • Balls

    Don’t have one, sadly.

  • Stinker

    Run like haze, hit like mace. Thats Willy Maze.

  • Sam

    About the DH question at the end. Frank is right on in bringing the DH over to the NL. It’s based solely on tradition that the NL still has pitchers batting.

    It’s rare that there’s pitcher’s like Madison Bumgarner who could bat over .250 and hit a HR semi-regularly. But even then, he’s the only pitcher with higher than .750 ops who has a minimum of 25 at-bats. Despite how exciting it is when he hits a HR or a hit here and there, his .281 on-base percentage would still be worse than Giants’ current other options off the bench. And Bumgarner is considered an elite hitter for a pitcher.

    It just isn’t exciting baseball for the pitchers to hit in the NL. I suppose NL pitchers would complain as bringing over a DH to the NL would slightly inflate NL ERAs, as they would now have to pitch to 9 hitters instead of 8, but they’d also be for it as it reduces chance of injury as they’d only have to focus on pitching now. To many times I’ve seen a potential rally be killed by simply intentionally walking the #8 hitter with runners on base in order to get to the pitcher’s spot in the line-up.

    The DH may not be “traditional” baseball, but it’s a positive and leads to more exciting baseball.

    As you can maybe tell, baseball is my go-to sport. Keep up the Ball Junk guys! Always a blast.

  • Lori Cerny

    Excellent episode.

  • Kasper

    Great ep, guys.

  • filmstache

    Frankie did you venture into the actors of Major League other projects of the nineties, like Bersen in The Dentist?

  • pcch7

    I haven’t seen Major League but the crowds in the Rocky movies are pretty good

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    One of my favorite comedies, and Baseball themed, is “Brewster’s Millions” from 1985. How about a Roddy Piper movie Premium?

  • ECONOMYpolitica

    Can you draw a picture of where Roddy touched you?

  • devolutionary

    Very comprehensive episode guys! Much obliged. Sorry this post is “just a bit outside”.

    I wasn’t a big fan of Rube Baker (rookie catcher) in the latter 2 Major League films although his schtick worked in a few scenarios. To me, the ballet ball player was no more offensive than the female player in D2: The Mighty Ducks. Equally lame comedy beats for sure. Frank, you definitely need to check out Little Big League. I think it got roped in with Rookie of the Year too much but it’s a bit smarter than that film in terms of sports cynicism.

    At least I learned something new with David S. Ward writing The Sting, who would’ve guessed?

    Although I don’t usually agree with Frank’s movie choices, I’m mostly in agreement with his opinions of the entire franchise. In a weird way, I forgive Back To The Minors more because I feel like it’s aware it’s a B-Movie with the appropriate expectations and budget. With Ted McGinley it definitely feels like a latter National Lampoons production so I forgive it.

    Keep on ballin’ in the free world Frankie and Greg!


    Total coincidence from last week but surprised neither of you commented on this from Kansas City Royal closer Greg Holland’s new “Wild Thing” inspired haircut: Charlie Sheen even retweeted back.