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What’s the next great baseball movie?

Apr 22, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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Rob Neyer asked an all-star cast of baseball writers and thinkers — Allen Barra, Bill James, Bob Costas, Brian Kenny, Don Zminda, John Thorn, Joe Posnanski, Michael Schur, Richard Lally — what the subject matter of the next great baseball movie should be.  The answers were all over the place, but most of them struck me as pretty darn good.

I’m sort of in Schur’s camp: we need a funny baseball movie. Something light. We’ve sorta been crushed by a lot of history in the past several notable baseball movies. I think it’s time for wacky. Which is hard because you have to keep the essence of baseball in there too, which can’t be easy. And with “Major League” or “Bull Durham” out there as near perfect examples of the form, it’s hard to match up to what came before.

Still, tell me you wouldn’t see most of these movies.

  1. jdhein22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    They could also do a movie that starts at the end of a game 1 of a doubleheader and ends at the start of game 2. This could be done in the 24 style, minute-minute, covering all of the hijinks between players on the two teams, executives, scouts, and fans. I am thinking like a Traffic/Babel/Go treatment where there are several stories all intwined.

  2. Minoring In Baseball - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I’d like to see a movie about Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych and the summer of 1976. It could be fun and wacky, yet be somewhat historically acurate. I see it in the same catagory as ‘*61′. I don’t think many fans in this era realized what he did for baseball in that one season. Charlie Sheen keeps teasing a ‘Major League 4′, but who knows with that guy…
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