History Film / MajorLeague

15th May '18 7:05:17 AM IlGreven
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-->'''Taylor''': Uh-oh! I don't think this one's got the distance!
28th Apr '18 12:16:32 AM TheWanderer
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* GloryDays: Jake Taylor is a former All-Star whose skills have depleted thanks to age and chronic knee injuries.

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* GloryDays: Jake Taylor is a former All-Star whose skills have depleted deteriorated thanks to age and chronic knee injuries. He has some trouble letting go of his past glories, and is painfully aware that the opportunity to play in the majors again in the first film is almost certainly his last chance to do so.


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* TrashTalk: As perhaps should be expected for a bunch of macho jocks, the first film is ''overflowing'' with it. Everything from snarky comments to what are essentially challenges to fist fights flow back and forth between the various players. Perhaps the best case being a game where Jake Taylor gets into the head of the last batter by telling him how the guy will either be a hero or a choker based on what he does at that moment, then at the very last second distracts the guy by saying he saw the guy's wife dancing with another man and implying the two are having an affair. The batter, (who hit a ball that "Still hasn't landed yet" according to Vaughn during his prior at bat) hits a harmless pop fly and the Indians win the game.
24th Apr '18 7:31:27 AM hullflyer
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* SequelReset[=/=]SequelEscalation: They celebrated like they'd won the World Series in the first movie, only to lose the ALCS after.

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* SequelReset[=/=]SequelEscalation: They celebrated like they'd won the World Series in the first movie, only to lose the ALCS after.after (though it's kind of justified, as the Indians hadn't gotten even that far in ''years'').
24th Apr '18 3:01:32 AM AriRockefeller
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* OffWithHisHead: That plywood cutout of a batter vs. Vaughn's wild fastball. Vaughn's fastball won.
16th Apr '18 4:39:06 PM AmuckCricetine
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* TalentDouble: Mostly averted. Virtually all the baseball scenes in the first film were done by the cast themselves; for instance, that really is Snipes making the sensational home-run-robbing catch during the finale. Anything they couldn't do well, the crew just filmed around it (with Snipes, he couldn't throw well nor run fast, so Hayes isn't seen throwing a ball and is why his running is usually in slow motion). The baseball sequences were actually shot with the actors playing ball trying to match the outcome needed to depict on film. The actors were enthusiastic about doing it, since they had to train and practice like real players, as well as living out playing major league ball in front of 25,000 people. The notable exception is Tom Berenger; former Dodger Steve Yeager (who also plays the Indians third-base coach Temple) does most of Jake Taylor's catching action.
** During a montage of taking ground balls off his body, Corbin Bernsen was being hit with rubberized baseballs; however, those painful bruises he sees later are in fact real bruises he suffered.
** Not so averted in the third movie. Almost every pitched and hit ball is easily recognizable as CGI.
20th Feb '18 12:55:02 PM makarovak47
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* Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), a leadoff man with Rickey Henderson-like speed on the basepaths who meekly pops out whenever he's at bat (thanks to his delusions of being a power hitter).
* Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), a voodoo-practicing power hitter who can't hit a curveball.

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* Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), (Creator/WesleySnipes), a leadoff man with Rickey Henderson-like speed on the basepaths who meekly pops out whenever he's at bat (thanks to his delusions of being a power hitter).
* Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), (Creator/DennisHaysbert), a voodoo-practicing power hitter who can't hit a curveball.
30th Dec '17 6:33:22 PM kquinn0830
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** He should be solid. It's mentioned by Phelps that he'd been coach of the Toledo Mud Hens for ''thirty years''! For comparison, as of this writing, only one MLB coach has been been with the same team for more than ten years (Mike Sciosia of the Los Angeles Angels) and only one has been an MLB coach longer than thirty years (Connie Mack of the Oakland A's).

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** He should be solid. It's mentioned by Phelps that he'd been coach of the Toledo Mud Hens for ''thirty years''! For comparison, as of this writing, only one MLB coach has been been with the same team for more than ten years (Mike Sciosia of the Los Angeles Angels) and only one has been an MLB coach longer than thirty years (Connie Mack of the Oakland A's). The only reason he hadn't managed in the big leagues before was because he didn't want to have to deal with a bunch of overpaid prima donnas and overbearing owners.
21st Oct '17 3:09:17 PM kquinn0830
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* GloryDays: Jake Taylor is a former All-Star whose skills have depleted thanks to age and chronic knee injuries.
10th Sep '17 11:51:42 AM kquinn0830
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* KickedUpstairs: In the sequel, Jake gets cut after they bring in All-Star Jack Parkman and rookie Rube Baker. Lou softens it by hiring Jake to be one of his assistant coaches, telling him he's the smartest player he's ever managed and he'll make a great coach.


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* YouAreInCommandNow: In the sequel, after Lou suffers a heart attack, Jake takes over as interim manager.
3rd Sep '17 6:38:33 AM IlGreven
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** The scene where Taylor tells Dorn to "step into one" is an aversion, even though there's a rule that the batter must make every attempt to avoid getting hit, and the ump can decide not to award the runner first base if this happens. This rule is so rarely enforced, though, that Taylor's strategy was a viable one.
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