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Jake Taylor

Played By: Tom Berenger

The team's aging catcher who see his opportunity with the Indians as his last chance at stardom. He also tries to win back his old girlfriend, Lynn.

  • The Alcoholic: Hungover at the start of the first film. He gets better.
  • Calling Your Shots: Invoked, lampshaded and then subverted. Early in the first film when he first gets to the Indians' stadium, Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) steps up to the plate and imagines successfully calling a home run. Near the end of the movie he pulls out this Chekhov's Gun during the Big Game, apparently emulating the famous occasion where Babe Ruth did this. Then he bunts, and the Yankees are completely unprepared for it.
    Harry Doyle: What's this? Taylor is pointing to the bleachers! He's calling his shot! Nobody's done this since Babe Ruth in the '32 World Series!
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  • Dented Iron: Due to his age. His arm strength has faded and his knees are shot, but he still some gas left in the tank.
  • Foreshadowing: Inside the empty stadium, Taylor imagines himself calling his shot a la Babe Ruth and hitting a home run. He tries this ploy in the climactic game, although he subverts it by making the shot call a fakeout - he's tricking the fielders into backing up slightly in preparation for a big hit, and are unprepared when he bunts.
  • Glory Days: He's a former All-Star whose skills have 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.
  • Lame Excuse: Jake reasons cheating on Lynn with a flight attendant because the latter had "bet me fifty bucks she had a better body than yours and I had to defend your honor!"
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  • The Mentor: To Hayes and especially Vaughn.
  • Motor Mouth: Jake is this behind the plate to get in the heads of the hitters. Truth in Television as baseball's slow pace allows for a lot of chatter amongst players.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The normally level-headed team leader threatens to neuter Dorn if he ever lacks for hustle again. Dorn's prima-donna antics pretty much stop after that.
  • Take a Third Option: When Lou reveals the Springtime for Hitler scheme to the team, he lets them know that if they didn't finish last to the point where Phelps could move them, she would dump the whole team and try it again. Jake prefers a third option since they'll be out of jobs soon: "Win the whole fucking thing." The team agrees.

Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn

Played By: Charlie Sheen

The team's hot-headed relief pitcher who has control issues with both his pitching and his temper, which earns him the nickname "Wild Thing."

  • Blind Without 'Em: Not truly blind, but Lou eventually realizes the problem with Rick's control: he needs glasses.
  • Check, Please!: He uses it when Dorn's wife seduces him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After learning Lou is selecting Harris to start the do-or-die game with the Yankees.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Dorn, even after Vaughn accidentally sleeps with his wife.
  • Groin Attack: When Vaughn hits a cardboard pitching dummy during spring training. The dummy collapses in pain.
    • He also takes a dummy's head off with a pitch.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Something Dorn gleefully exploits.
  • Nerd Glasses: He was fitted with them in the first movie.
  • Off with His Head!!: That plywood cutout of a batter vs. Vaughn's wild fastball. Vaughn's fastball won.
  • Oh, Crap!: Rick's reaction in the first film to finding out his latest lay is Dorn's wife.
  • Power Walk: An epic solo power walk near the end of the movie, as his character's theme music plays over the stadium loudspeakers and the crowd goes wild.
  • Skeleton Motif: Has a skull and crossbones on the nosepiece of the Nerd Glasses that he wears while pitching.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Vaughn has to be reminded that 'we wear sleeves in the majors.' During the American Express ad in the film, he's wearing a Tux with the sleeves torn off.
    • When Taylor takes him out to dinner, he chooses a place that requires ties. So he wears a tie... over his usual outfit. Vaughn's first line in the restaurant? "I feel like a banker."

Roger Dorn

Played By: Corbin Bernsen

The team's star third baseman. While he still has talent, he's a prima donna more focused on redecorating his house and keeping his face clean than his play.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A baseball version. He has the talent with an ego to match.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": In the American Express commercial. He reads his lines with weird emphasis, then snaps his fingers a second too late.
  • I Have Just One Thing to Say: "Strike this motherfucker out!"
  • Jerkass: In addition to his prima donna ways, he needlessly antagonizes Vaughn and cheats on his wife.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once Taylor convinces him to snap out of it, he starts putting the team ahead of himself, even after Vaughn accidentally sleeps with his wife.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Dorn to Vaughn during the celebration at the end of the first movie.
  • Precision F-Strike: Dorn approaches Vaughn on the mound when he comes in to pitch to Haywood in the final game, and Vaughn is expecting to get his ass kicked for sleeping with Dorn’s wife. Instead, we get this gem:
    Dorn: Let’s cut through the crap, Vaughn. I’ve only got one thing to say to you...STRIKE THIS MOTHERFUCKER OUT!!!
  • The Prima Donna: Until Taylor roughly snaps him out of it.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with a girl at a party. His wife sleeps with Vaughn in revenge.

Lynn Weslin

Played By: Rene Russo

A librarian and Taylor's former girlfriend who has become engaged to a well-to-do man.

  • The Chick: Becomes this more and more as the film goes on as the Indians start winning again and Taylor starts winning her back. She's definitely this by the end.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: A quiet argument between Jake and Lynn in the library about an affair he had while they were dating escalates to where she screams, "WHAT A BUNCH OF BULLSHIT, I HAVE A MUCH BETTER BODY THAN SHE DOES!", causing the library patrons to take notice at the pair. Both are pretty sheepish about it, with Jake shrugging, "She's right."
  • Hot Librarian: It's Rene Russo playing a librarian, so this is a given.
  • Nerd Glasses: As part of her day job.
  • Old Flame / The One That Got Away: To Taylor. It's rekindled at the end of the film.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She sleeps with Taylor while still with her fiancee. While she runs after their night together, she comes back to Taylor... without an engagement ring.

Willie Mays Hayes

Played By: Wesley Snipes (first film) Omar Epps (second film)

The team's leadoff man. He sure as heck can run like (Bob) Hayes, but sure as heck can't hit like (Willie) Mays.

  • Badass Boast: Hayes tells Haywood that he bought 100 pairs of batting gloves for the season, "one for every base I'm gonna steal." He promptly gets picked off, but during the Indians' late-season Miracle Rally, he's seen nailing more and more pairs of battling gloves to his wall.
    Hayes: Excuse me while I take my first steps towards the Hall of Fame!
    Haywood: My ass.
  • Black Best Friend: To Taylor and Vaughn.
  • Miles Gloriosus: At first.
  • Motor Mouth: He talks as fast as he runs.
  • Mysterious Past: It's never stated where Hayes came from or how he showed up to the Indians' spring training. Touched on by Doyle, who remarks that "we don't know where Hayes played last season."

Eddie Harris

Played By: Chelcie Ross

An starting pitcher for the team who doctors the ball with various materials, such as his own snot, due to his advanced age.

  • Dented Iron: An old pitcher who has a weak arm and has to rely on illegally doctoring the baseball.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Cerrano.
  • The Fundamentalist: The team's resident devout Christian.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Cerrano interrupts Harris' locker room prayer, Harris yells out in frustration, "Jesus Christ, Cerrano!" Harris is also reading a Hustler magazine on the airplane while mocking Cerrano's self-crossing during the turbulent flight.
    Harris: Sure, now you come around! He's not fooled! *goes back to Hustler*
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The old pitcher who uses an assortment of hidden greases and gels (and occasionally his own snot) to load the ball, is clearly based on famed spitballer Gaylord Perry.
  • Tempting Fate: In the first movie, Harris steals "Jobu's" rum and snarls a curse at him. He is promptly hit on the head by a flying bat.

Pedro Cerrano

Played By: Dennis Haysbert

A Cuban import and voodoo practitioner who consistently homers on fastballs but completely whiffs on curveballs.

  • Bald of Awesome: And he's keeps it that way by shaving with a large knife.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest guy on the team who can certainly crush fastballs with ease. And curveballs by the end.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Harris.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Cerrano puts on a light show during his first batting practice, Lou is flummoxed how he fell into their laps.
    Lou: Jesus, this guy hits a ton, how come nobody else picked up on him?
    Temple: Ok, Eddie, that's enough fastballs, throw him some breaking balls.
    (Harris throws him a curveball that Cerrano whiffs by a good foot and a half)
    Lou: Oh...
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: After relying on his god all his life to bring him luck, Pedro finally decides, at his last at bat, he has to do it on his own. And he does.

Lou Brown

Played By: James Gammon

The team manager who was promoted from the minor leagues.

  • Badass Grandpa: He pulls this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits into a badass ball team. He's a tough disciplinarian but clearly loves the colorful and crazed players he's got.
  • Cool Old Guy: He certainly knows how to have fun when his team is winning, and to give humorous yet effective discipline when they're not.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When you've seen it all, and what the Indians are, you're bound to be.
  • Father to His Men: Lou proves to be a solid coach - demanding when needed, but willing to defend his players when it becomes known the bitch owner is screwing the team.
  • Gut Feeling: Lou summons Vaughn to face Haywood in the ninth inning, in a tie game with runners on. Taylor questions it (Haywood had homered in the two previous times he faced Vaughn), but Lou coolly says, "I got a hunch he's due." Ricky proves him right.

Pepper Leach

Played By: Andy Romano

Lou's snarky assistant manager.

Harry Doyle

Played By: Bob Uecker

The team's play-by-play announcer who's more colorful than the team itself.

  • Catchphrase: "Juuuuuuust a bit outside." Though it was only said once, it's now all Bob Uecker's.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much every line of his broadcasts.
  • Greek Chorus: All too fittingly.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Harry Doyle combines elements of both this and Cuckoolander Commentator.
  • Promotional Consideration: Parodied when Doyle can't find who the sponsors are for the post-game show. "Christ, I can't find it. To hell with it!"
  • Understatement: The aforementioned "Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside..."
  • Unreliable Narrator: To punch up the radio calls for the tepid Indians games, Doyle tends to comedically embellish the action, such as reporting Hayes's check-swing dribbler as a scorching grounder that the second baseman had to knock down.
    Haywood: You really knocked the crap out of that one.
    • During Vaughn's streak of 12 consecutive balls: "How can these guys lay off pitches that close?"
    • His description of opposing players is equally as colorful. His description of the Yankee's closer:
    Doyle: The Duke leads the league in saves, strikeouts per inning, and hit batsmen. This guy threw at his own kid during a father-son game.
    • And of their power hitter:
    Doyle: Here comes Clu Haywood, who leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair. When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party favor.

Charlie Donovan

Played By: Charles Cyphers

The team's former manager who was promoted to general manager to make room for Lou Brown.

Rachel Phelps

Played By: Margaret Whitton

The Indians owner and former showgirl who takes over for her late husband. She hates Cleveland and plans to move the team to Miami by having the team perform so poorly that attendance drops low enough to break the city's lease.

Clu Haywood

Played By: Pete Vuckovich

The resident power hitter of the New York Yankees who antagonizes the Indians.


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