The All-Star Baseball Movie Character Roster

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As it’s currently the MLB offseason, Overtime Heroics’ baseball Twitter page, @Baseball_OTH, is running a tournament discussing the best baseball movies of all time. Seeing those polls inspired me to create the best baseball movie character roster with the broad selection of all the movies in the tournament.

Catcher: Crash Davis from Bull Durham

Tough to pass on a veteran catcher that can handle a pitching staff. On top of that, he is a leader on the field that adds a little power in his bat. I mean he is the owner of the most home runs in Minor League Baseball history. Davis has to be on any baseball movie team.

Honorable Mentions

  • Ham Porter from The Sandlot
  • Jake Taylor from Major League
  • Billy Brubaker from Summer Catch

First Base: Clu Haywood from Major League

“How are your wife and my kids?”

To start things off, he leads the MLB in most offensive categories, including nose hair. Up until his AB against the Indians in the final playoff game, Haywood had Vaughn’s number. The guy hits tanks, and I want him in the middle of my lineup.

Honorable Mentions

  • Lou Collins from Little Big League
  • Jack Elliot from Mr. Baseball
  • Stan Ross from Mr. 3000

Second Base: Kelly Leak from The Bad News Bears

Second base was slim pickings. Marla Hooch from A League of Their Own comes to mind, but she retired to care for her family. Let’s take a look at Kelly Leak. He can play anywhere. As seen in The Bad News Bears, Leak takes over a game and makes every play for the Bears. On top of that he is just so cool, I mean riding a motorcycle to a little league game? Can’t miss out on that coolness factor.

Honorable Mentions

  • Marla Hooch from A League of Their Own
  • Mickey Dominguez from Summer Catch
  • Mickey Scales from Little Big League

Shortstop: Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez

Can’t leave him out. His combination of speed and hitting ability is unparalleled when it comes to movie baseball players. He can put the ball in play, won’t strike out, and as a shortstop, is perfect as a captain candidate.

Honorable Mentions

  • Tanner Boyle from The Bad News Bears

That’s it. There aren’t many options here, but Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez is better than anyone you can think of.

Third Base: Sam Tuttle from For the Love of the Game

Forget Roger Dorn! Tuttle is a dude. In For the Love of the Game, announcer Vin Scully lets it be known that the Yankees 3rd Basemen has put together three seasons of 30/30 ball. And in the season depicted in the film Tuttle was hitting .300 with 39 homers. Billy Chapel says that everything is a debate, this pick isn’t.

Honorable Mentions

  • Roger Dorn from Major League
  • Ray Mitchell from Angels in the Outfield

Left Field: Rex “T-Rex” Pennebaker from Mr. 3000

By far this was the toughest position to sort out. With studs like ‘T-Rex’ from Mr. 3000 and Bobby Raburn from The Fan leading the charge of this stacked position, it was tough to pick. Still, Rex is my pick here. Not only does he look like Mookie Betts, but he hits a whopping .330 with 50 homers in the movie. On top of his eye-popping stats, Pennebaker shows off his ample speed and athleticism. Am I worried about his ego? Yeah, maybe he and Tuttle won’t mesh, but they might try to out-hit each other over a season’s course just to spite one another. He is an absolute star, a 40-40 candidate, and a fixture in the middle of my lineup.

Honorable Mentions

  • Bobby Raburn from The Fan
  • Archie ‘Moonlight’ Graham from Field of Dreams
  • Scotty Smalls from The Sandlot

Center Field: Willie Mays Hayes from Major League

“Where do you think you’re going?”
“About 90 feet”

Another no-brainer. Hitting in the lead-off spot is a player that runs like Mays and hits like… well it gets better for Wesley Snipes’ character in this cult classic.

Honorable Mentions

  • Bobby Raburn from The Fan

That’s really about it, and that’s a stretch. Raburn could play both positions, and probably is a better player than Hayes. But I have to take Willie Mays Hayes, he was the driving force behind the Indian’s offense in Major League.

Right Field: Roy Hobbs from The Natural

This is undoubtedly the easiest pick. Hobbs could very well be the best movie baseball player of all time. His left-handed swing instills the fear of god into all opposing pitchers. He’s not too bad in thunderstorms either. And if we ever needed an emergency pitcher, rumor has it this savvy vet can throw a few innings.

Honorable Mentions

  • Pedro Cerrano from Major League
  • Darryl Palmer from The Slugger’s Wife

Designated Hitter: Jack Parkman from Major League II

The raw aggression, the vicious swing, he had it all to be the thorn in Rick Vaughn’s side in Major League II. Obviously, II wasn’t nearly as good as the first, but Parkman was a fun villain and he could MASH.

Honorable Mentions

  • Pedro Cerrano from Major League
  • Jack Elliot from Mr. Baseball

The Lineup

1. Willie Mays HayesCF
2. Benny ‘The Jet’ RodriguezSS
3. Rex “T-Rex’ PennebakerLF
4. Roy HobbsRF
5. Clu Haywood1B
6. Sam Tuttle3B
7. Jack ParkmanDH
8. Crash DavisC
9. Kelly Leak2B

The Bench

  • Lou Collins from Little Big League: A good lefty bat with some consistency to come off the pine.
  • Pedro Cerrano from Major League: Raw power coming off the pine.
  • Jack Elliot from Mr. Baseball: Arguably one of the best movie hitters of all time.
  • Bobby Raburn from The Fan: The biggest snub from the lineup, but he can still flat out ball when given an opportunity.
  • Micky Scales from Little Big League: His versatility and speed on the basepaths make for an elite bench guy.

Pitching Staff

The Starting Rotation

  1. Billy Chapel from For the Love of the Game: I don’t care how old he is when I have him. He is a professional pitcher that knows how to get it done on and off the field.
  2. Steve Nebraska from The Scout: He threw an 81 pitch, 27 strikeout game in the World Series. Need any more evidence?
  3. Nuke Laloosh from Bull Durham: His unorthodox style should be effective, especially with his catcher behind the plate. He just has to keep the mascot out from behind the plate.
  4. Ryan Dunne from Summer Catch: He had a perfect game in the Cape Cod lead. A solid lefty to have at the end of your rotation. On top of that, Jessica Biel will probably show up at games.
  5. Carlos from The Benchwarmers: Whether he is 12 or not, he throws GAS! If we needed an AB from him too, he can do that too.

The Bullpen

  • Henry Rowengartner from Rookie of the Year: He throws cheddar, and the patented slow ball.
  • Jim Bowers from Little Big League: He is a tad bit crazy, but that’s what I want coming out of the pen. On top of that, he is a good locker room guy to have, dropping water balloons on people’s heads.
  • Eric Van Leemer from Summer Catch: Outside of the crazy hairstyle, ugly glove, and the burning down of the press box, Van Leemer could pitch. He certainly deserves a spot on this team.
  • Eddie Harris from Major League: Some of my starters throw gas, so Harris will be a nice change of pace to come in. With the use of either Crisco, Vagisil, or Bardol, Harris gets some nice drop on his curveball, and that will be needed out of the pen.
  • ‘The Duke’ from Major League: Sure he beans his kid in the father-son game, but 147 strikeouts in 118 innings are tough to pass up as a bridge to our Wild Thing of a closer.

The Closer

Rick Vaughn from Major League

Vaughn is another one of the very easy choices for a movie baseball team. He throws cheddar, and what better way to get my fans excited than hearing ‘Wild Thing’ while he runs out to the mound to finish games off.

Coaching/Management Staff

  • Head Coach: Lou Brown from Major League: He coached a team put together to lose to victory. Enough said.
  • Bullpen Catcher: Jake Taylor from Major League: With his experience handling a ragtag pitching staff from behind the plate, he can do double duty as bullpen catcher and pitching coach for me.
  • Hitting Coach: Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own: He’ll instill a sense of toughness in my hitters, you know why? There’s no crying in baseball.
  • Pitching Coach: Phil Brickma from Rookie of the Year: Undoubtedly one of the funnier baseball movie characters of all time, Brickma will keep the pitchers loose.
  • Bench Coach: Conor O’Neill from Hardball: Keanu Reeves’ character dealt with a tumultuous season in this movie, and proved he can handle a team, bench coach is almost too perfect of a role for him.
  • General Manager: Billy Heywood from Little Big League: Sure he’s very young, but Heywood proved to be a very bright baseball mind. I trust him to make the moves to make this team successful.

That rounds out the team. If I missed any, feel free to let me know. Also let me know who you would have starting in your lineups, in your staff. Join the conversation and be sure to vote on the Best Baseball Movies on Overtime Heroics’ Baseball Twitter page!

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