Topic: Classical Recurrences

July 30, 2014

It says a lot that Off The Bat's entire existence seemed to be building up to the Celebrities and Legends Softball Game during the All-Star break. It's unclear what purpose, if any, it serves now. Well, beyond grim existential metaphor, as usual.

July 16, 2014

In which Adam Dunn's influence on Chief Keef is revealed, Brandon Moss looks a little like a buff George Saunders, and Fat Joe displays late movement on his fastball, sort of.

June 25, 2014

As MTV2's flirtily bizarre collaboration with Major League Baseball reaches double digits, it enters its baroque/recycling-old-stuff period. Don't worry, Fat Joe is still around.

June 11, 2014

Off The Bat is now nearly ten episodes old, and still a long way from good. Instead of stressing over how and why Fat Joe still can't pronounce Yasiel Puig's name, maybe it's better to wonder how this is still on the air. The answer to that question lies in MTV2's similarly baffling existence.

May 23, 2014

Five episodes in, "Off The Bat" throws a curve by delivering a really good segment. Also: crude sex idiocies and frappucino punchlines.

May 6, 2014

In which Hunter Pence quietly owns an overstated television host, gender roles are wince-inducingly reinforced, baseball players are again revealed as fairly basic dudes, and this misbegotten MLB/MTV2 collaboration persists in being on television.

April 25, 2014

In which Anthony Rizzo hits meatballs with a bat, CC Sabathia is forced to do accents, and the end, mercifully, appears to be near.

April 23, 2014

The latest in a strikingly occasional series of sporps-themed crosswords. Do not get pen all over your computer.

April 15, 2014

Week two of our quest to decipher MTV2's baffling MLB collaboration, "Off The Bat." This week: talking sad reality television with Jeremy Guthrie, bullying Adam Jones into dancing, and the question of who this is all even for.

April 11, 2014

A periodic feature dedicated to the most heroically boring moments in baseball podcasting.