Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Softball Team Jinx

Guest Blog SubmissionIn Homer at the Bat, a gem of an episode from season three of The Simpsons, Mr. Burns assembled ringers for the company softball team.

In real life, many members of this All-Star team also suffered bizarre incidents which hampered their effectiveness after the 1992 season. Here are the ringers for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Team and how they were cursed.

C Mike Scoscia Radiation poisoning from plant accident Injured, missed all of '93 season. Retired.
1B Don Mattingly Kicked off team for refusing to cut sideburns Numerous injuries, decline in power
2B Steve Sax Arrested on suspicion by Springfield Police Dept. Lost job, became .230-hitting role player
SS Ozzie Smith Enters Springfield Mystery Spot and disappears Slow decline in fielding skills
3B Wade Boggs Beaten up by Barney in Moe's Tavern brawl Average fell to .259. Signed with Yankees
LF Jose Canseco Busy rescuing furniture from burning house Arm & back injuries curtail career. Drugs, violence, disgrace
CF Ken Griffey Jr Mr Burns' nerve tonic causes gigantism Injuries, injuries, injuries
RF Darryl Strawberry Pinch-hit for by Homer Simpson Drugs, alcohol, guns, disgrace
P Roger Clemens Hypnosis convinces him he's a chicken PEDs, adultery, disgrace

Admittedly, the Ozzie one is a bit of a stretch, but you must admit the others all encountered some tough luck (self-imposed in some instances) after this episode aired. Still a fantastic episode, though.

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Mike Scoscia is now the manger of the Angels, and Mattingly is the manager of the Dodgers.

Roger Clemens is arguably the best pitcher in beseball ever, Griffey jr will most likely be voted in the HOF, and what happened to Boggs, Smith and Sax generally happen to every player.

Strawberry and Canseco issues were all self-imposed.

March 18, 2013 @ 1:37 PM

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I'm talking about their playing career.

And Clemens has amazing stats, but won't be in the hall of fame for the foreseeable future.

March 18, 2013 @ 1:42 PM


I don't think most of the players named (other than Scoscia) encountered tough luck.

I.e. Boggs did hit .259 in '92, then hit .302 in '93 and .342 in '94. And Sax was in is early 30's but already in the league for 10 years when he saw a reduction in WAR in 1993.

Most of the players experienced what could be termed "getting old".

March 18, 2013 @ 2:20 PM

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Party pooper.

And besides, WAR... what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

March 18, 2013 @ 2:31 PM


You could add disgrace to Boggs for the Margo Adams fiasco...likely not much more than a brief TMZ mention today but it was big news in 1989.

March 18, 2013 @ 5:01 PM

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