Fox on Tuesday ordered six new series for the 2016-17 season, including dramas based on “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist.” (More remakes, seriously.) But the show that excites us is “Pitch,” starring Kylie Bunbury as the first woman to play Major League Baseball.
MLB is on board. Bunbury’s character Ginny will pitch for the San Diego Padres, with the production filming at Petco Park, the team’s home stadium.
MLB executive VP of media Chris Tully told The Hollywood Reporter in March:
We really embraced the show’s concept as it’s consistent with our continuing efforts of inclusion throughout our game. We’ve seen the baseball world celebrate the accomplishments of [Little League pitcher] Mo’ne Davis, Melissa Mayeux [the French player who is the first woman in MLB’s international registry], [collegiate baseball pitcher] Sarah Hudek and the USA Women’s National Baseball Team [Pan Am Games gold medalists], so we know there’s a very strong entertainment market for this kind of storyline.
“Pitch” comes from comedy writers Dan Fogelman (“Grandfathered,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Rick Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”.)
Bunbury, a 26-year-old Canadian-American former model whose credits include “Twisted,” “Tut” and “Under The Dome,” appears to be a good choice for the baseball role. She comes from a sports family. Her father was a professional soccer player and so is her brother. Bunbury is working with a pitching coach — former big league pitcher Gregg Olson — and has an arsenal of what Fogelman calls “filthy stuff” including a screwball that tops 60 MPH.
Pitch is about courage, empowerment, self belief, perseverance, finding oneself and never forgoing your dreams!