Pitch is a new drama series coming to FOX early next year, and by the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be good!
The series, which is the first of its kind to collaborate with Major League Baseball, tells the story of the fictional character Ginny Baker (played by Kylie Bunbury), a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the league, signing with the San Diego Padres.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter writer/producer Dan Fogelman explains, “The amount of attention that would come with a woman breaking this barrier in one of the four professional sports is a big part of our story; it’s not just about baseball. It’s about celebrity, fame and self-belief and self-worth.” Fogelman credits Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis as part of his inspiration for the show.
The impact of “if you can see it, you can be it” isn’t lost on the show’s star. Kylie believes the series will transcend baseball and be incredibly empowering for young girls. “Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done,” she said in an interview with Deadline. “I think it’s going to give girls strength, and it’s really inspiring to see a woman – and also I’m a woman of color as well… this is the type of television that needs to be out.”
The unprecedented collaboration with MLB is expected to bring a unique authenticity to the series. Access includes using genuine uniforms, the league’s teams, uniforms, players, stadiums and more.
Pitch is a fictional account, but as the saying goes, life imitates art…
The series is expected to premiere Fall 2016.