- Alternate Character Interpretation: The first movie's original ending painted Rachel Phelps in quite a different light. In a deleted scene, she confides to Lou Brown that she never had any intention of moving the team, and all her actions were a ploy to motivate them to success. The scene was cut because test audiences liked the character better as a villain.
- Awesome Music: X's hard-rocking rendition of "Wild Thing", which is used as Rick Vaughn's entrance theme.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Doyle. Also Cerrano.
- Evil Is Sexy: Rachel Phelps.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The sequel seems to have the message that trying to improve upon your weaknesses (i.e. Vaughn's lack of off-speed pitches) is a waste of time when you can do one thing very well.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Indians losing to the then-Florida Marlins in the 1997 World Series to the fans.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The owner's entire plot. Shortly after the movies were released, Miami was given an expansion team... and Cleveland built the Indians a palatial new stadium. Meanwhile, the Florida Marlins, despite winning two World Series in their brief history (including one over the Indians!), have been beset with financial problems. The biggest bone of contention? Marlins' ownership wants a new stadium. The Marlins did get a new stadium, for the 2012 season. They promptly suffered a losing season, during which they've had a fire sale and sold their most talented players, leading to cries that the Marlins ownership deceived Miami tax payers into paying for a new stadium by promising to use the uptick in revenue on keeping their talent.
- Taka Tanaka was supposed to be a sign of bad management from Dorn. This was before the Asian invasion of Major League Baseball began, which gave us the likes of Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui, Ichiro, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
- The 1995 Seattle Mariners ended up having quite a few similarities with the Indians' season in the movie: a perennial losing team on the verge of moving that staged an incredible comeback to win their division in a one-game playoff (Ironically, they were eliminated in the ALCS by Cleveland).
- Charlie Sheen with control issues, eh?
- A team didn't move from Cleveland to Miami, but LeBron James, Cleveland's most talented player, did end up taking his talents to South Beach.
- Charlie Sheen plays a pitcher. In 2016, a pitcher with Sheen's real name (Carlos Estevez) was called up by the Colorado Rockies.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "This guy here is dead!" "Cross him off, then."
- "Don't give me any of this ole bullshit!"
- "Juuuuuuust a bit outside..."
- "They're shitty."
- The Problem with Licensed Games: There was a Japan-only Famicom adaptation that is only a generic baseball game. The A.V. Club even pointed out that a weird bordering on In Name Only platformer like most movie-based NES games could at least capture the zaniness of the source material.
- Sequelitis: The original overshadows the more goofy sequels, even in the cast's eyes. By Corbin Bernsen's own admission in an interview with ESPN Radio, "we should've never done them."
- Special Effects Failure:
- A shot in the third film of Tanaka throwing a ball in from the outfield is clearly green-screen.
- So were a couple of Hog's curveballs.
- And Downtown's hits.
YMMV / Major League