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MLB signs off on FOX drama about 1st female player

  • MLB signs off on FOX drama about 1st female player

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Major League Baseball has signed off on "Pitch."

The forthcoming FOX drama about the first woman to make it to baseball's highest level, which was recently picked up as a series beyond the pilot episode, has received a full blessing from MLB.

"Their big ask was that we get the baseball right and make sure this feels real and authentic," series creator Dan Fogelman told Lesley Goldberg of the Hollywood Reporter. "That's been a big part of what we've been chasing - to live up to that."

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To help with the realistic aspects of the game on the field, "Pitch" employs several ex-players as consultants on set, including former All-Star reliever Gregg Olson.

With the partnership and support of MLB, as well as FOX - the chief rights-holder for baseball broadcasts - the door is open for the series to try and utilize cameos from real teams and stars against the San Diego Padres, the team that employs Ginny, the series' protagonist.

"Nothing would make me happier than Ginny facing Mike Trout down the road in an episode," Fogelman said.

This year's All-Star Game, which is taking place in San Diego and being broadcast by FOX, also presents a unique chance to link the fictional series universe with the real world of Major League Baseball, according to Fogelman.

"Fox has the All-Star Game this season and it's taking place in San Diego so it's kind of kismet," he continued. "Obviously that feels like a great place to see a lot of people like that (for cameos) - if we're able to pull it off."

"Pitch" stars Kylie Bunbury as Ginny and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the male lead role. A premiere date has not been announced.

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