MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS
About The Production
When producer James G
When producer James G. Robinson of Morgan Creek Productions approached
writer/director John Warren to write a followup to their
successful "Major League" franchise, Warren suggested
a small characterdriven comedy set in the minor leagues.
Warren chose to go back to the minor leagues given the public's
disenchantment with the salary squabbles and prima donna attitudes
of so many major league players. "It's hard to care about
the tribulations of millionaires," remarks Warren. "So
I came up with this group of eccentric, misfit minor league players
who are underdogs that people can root for. These characters have
humor and heart and an endless passion and love for the game.
What's endearing about these guys is they really are trying."
The Buzz players are composites of players that Warren knew as
a young ball player. "Baseball is in my blood," says
Warren. "I was a pitcher in high school and at Ohio University.
In the summers I played semipro ball. But much like the
character of Doc in the movie, I couldn't throw a fast ball to
save my life."
Scott Bakula found the Gus Cantrell character particularly appealing.
"Gus has a wonderful arc with real emotions," comments
Bakula. "Men and women my age who have been doing something
for a long time can relate to this guy. He's looking at a dead
end and is afraid to look at the future. Gus just wants to keep
getting on the same horse every day and riding it and getting
off, ignoring the inevitability of what's going to happen. Certainly
it's true in the athletic world. He is offered the option of managing
instead of playing, which he very hesitantly accepts.
Returning for his third stint in the "Major League"
franchise is Corbin Bernsen as Roger Dorn. This time Dorn is the
owner of the Minnesota Twins and its TripleA team, the Buzz.
"I think in sports movies you know the underdog has a good
chance of winning in the end," comments Bernsen. "I
was really delighted to get this script because it's a different
thing. It's not about the major leagues, and it's not about guys
working their way up through a season and overcoming huge obstacles
to win. It's actually more characterdriven. It's not about
the final fight; it's about the road there and all the turns on
"Roger Dorn has changed since he's become a team owner,"
continues Bernsen. "He's still smooth and slick, but now
he's cut his hair and thinks he looks a little like Cal Ripkin.
He lives and breathes the Twins. They are rich guys who have forgotten
what it's like to be a team and play baseball. When he hires Gus,
Roger infuses the Buzz and the Twins with what they both need:
his minor league boys learn from the major league team and the
major league guys learn about heart and soul from the Buzz."
Another veteran of the "Major League" series is Dennis
Haysbert. He reprises the role of Pedro Cerrano, the Cuban outfielder
who is constantly seeking spirituality. Pedro has gone from voodooism,
to Buddhism and now to Christianity.
"With Pedro I have a reputation to uphold," says Haysbert.
"I owe it to him. I like the fact that I've been able to
develop this character through three movies. And with the 'Major
League' movies, you know you'll always come out and have a good
Also returning is Japanese superstar Takaaki Ishibashi, who made
his American motion picture debut as Taka in "Major League
II." Now "retired," Gus and Pedro lure Taka back
to baseball from his unhappy proprietorshi
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