10 Great Baseball Cameos on TV

I love post-season baseball. The MLB playoffs are infused with just as much drama and tension as the TV shows that they kick off the air during the months of October and November. But fall isn’t the only time of year when baseball players take over our TVs. Ballplayers and skippers alike have been making cameos on prime-time television for years. Here are 10 of our favorite appearances—and, yes, most of them are Yankees on Seinfeld.

1. Keith Hernandez on Seinfeld. If you haven’t watched “The Boyfriend, Part 1” and “The Boyfriend, Part 2,” then shame on you! The two-part episode parodied the JFK assassination brilliantly—and made everyone think twice about taunting athletes from the stands.

2. George Steinbrenner on Seinfeld. After years of being portrayed by Larry David’s voice and the back of some guy’s head, Steinbrenner decided to show his actual face. Epic!


3. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams on Seinfeld. These two all-stars took batting practice with George Costanza (Jason Alexander). Now that’s sportsmanship.

4. Paul O’Neill on Seinfeld. Speaking of sportsmanship, O’Neill deflected an ambush from Kramer (Michael Richards) in the locker room!

5. Ryan Howard on Entourage. Just last season, Howard gave Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) some flack for heckling him. Turtle should have watched Seinfeld!


6. Sparky Anderson on WKRP in Cincinnati. In the “”Sparky” episode, then-Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson was hired to host a radio show!

7. Joe Torre on Castle. Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) never loses her cool—unless she runs into Joe freakin’ Torre!


8. Wade Boggs on Cheers. In the first “Bar Wars” episode, Wade Boggs played a mysterious bar patron... who turned out to be Wade Boggs.

9. Mark McGwire on Mad About You. Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) sure had weird taste in men... first Paul (Paul Reiser), then Mark McGwire? Did she not recongize how hot she was?


10. Barry Zito on JAG. His fastball was lethal—literally.

Tell us your favorite baseball player cameos in the comments!


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Too many Seinfeld episodes in the list. Should of kept it to one cameo per tv series. I'd go for Jim Abbott on Boy Meets World.
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How about Roger Clemens in Spin City. Where the Major caught the ball to ruin his perfect game.
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Don Drysdale on the Brady Bunch.
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How can you leave out the softball episode of The Simpsons, where numerous baseball stars played themselves in hilarious self-parody?
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I loved the Keith Hernandez cameo that was so brilliant. Didn't like Steinbrenner on Seinfeld as much as the fake one.
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What about the Simpsons baseball team???
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Aside from The Simpsons, there was another cartoon that had a funny guest appearance, only it wasn't in primetime, and it was just a cameo. For any Scooby fans out there (not to mention loser Mets fans), does anyone remember Mike Piazza making a cameo in the What's New Scooby-Doo series? This was funny in the sense that they made him look kind of gay Still hilarious anytime this comes to mind.
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Up and Down Steroids, South Park... They had Bonds, McGuire and Giambi.
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Never saw those Steinbrenner scenes before, thanks for that Stefanie Lee.... But I have seen every episode 20 times times (at least!) so I had to found out why I didn't remember that.... It was cut from the episode, only on the season 7 dvd extras....Newman!
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Definitely a miss on The Simpsons episode "Homer at Bat". Also those scenes of the late George Steinbrenner were deleted scenes that never made it to the air so they shouldn't count either! For a moment there I thought I had missed an episode of my favorite TV show ever! (Seinfeld).
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Jim Abbott on Boy Meets World
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No Simpsons? Another fail for this website. Seriously, have they ever made a countdown right? They should just quit.
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how could you not list all the baseball players that were on the Simpsons
Mattinly,sax.strawberry,canseco,Maguire griffey jr socia ect ect
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No love for the Simpsons? There's an episode where Mr. Burns hires a whole team of ringers for a softball game, plus the episode where Bart gets put on an experimental ADHD drug but comes to believe that MLB is spying on us (which turns out to be true.)
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Go Giants!!
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