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'Pitch' Created MLB's First Female Pitcher on TV — Inside the One-Season Sports Drama

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 08, 2020
02:00 A.M.

"Pitch" sets its attention on a young pitcher who turns into the first woman to play in the Major Leagues when she is picked to play for the San Diego Padres.

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The now-canceled Fox TV show didn't make a difference when Ginny Baker, who was played by Kylie Bunbury, retired. As the first woman pitcher of the Major League Baseball, eventually, she would have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The TV series premiered in 2016, as reported by TV Line. Although it did well with critics, the show averaged just three million viewers and an 0.8 rating. In 2017, Fox canceled it after one season.

Kylie Bunbury at The Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Kylie Bunbury at The Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

According to EW, every young lady in America is rooting for Ginny to succeed when she appears at the clubhouse on her first day.

Ginny immediately won the hearts of many people before she's tossed a pitch. Sadly, her teammates, including captain Mike Lawson, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, are not interested in a young lady taking their business.

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Kylie Bunbury in the all-new San Francisco episode of "Pitch." | Photo: Getty Images

Kylie Bunbury in the all-new San Francisco episode of "Pitch." | Photo: Getty Images

However, Ginny isn't the only one feeling the stress of being at the center of attention. Kylie said that she feels a lot of pressure but that she's not concentrating on it.

"It's a coming of age story for Ginny, and it's about working really hard to attain a dream."

Mo McRae, Ali Larter, Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar attend the premiere of Fox's "Pitch" on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Mo McRae, Ali Larter, Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar attend the premiere of Fox's "Pitch" on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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"I'm just trying to focus on my work, just trying to be the best actress I can be and be the best person I can be, and that's my focus right now," the actress said. "That's all you can do is stay present, stay grateful."

Speaking about the sports drama "Pitch," Kylie clarified that baseball is only the setting of this show and that the show is really about, from her character, making sense of what her identity is.

Mo McRae, Ali Larter, Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar attend the premiere of Fox's "Pitch" on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Mo McRae, Ali Larter, Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar attend the premiere of Fox's "Pitch" on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

"It's a coming of age story for Ginny, and it's about working really hard to attain a dream," she added. "It's about the human experience and real things that are going on."

As reported by ESPN, after "Pitch" was officially canceled in 2017, showrunner and executive producer Kevin Falls said that he had finally let the show go, but that he was vexed and pissed for quite a while. He added that it was an enchanting and compensating imaginative experience.

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Co-creator and executive Dan Fogelman had a similar sentiment, saying he "had a couple of heartbreaking experiences in television, but ["Pitch" being canceled after one season] is at the top of the list."

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