The late 1980s/early 1990s might be known for a lot of things, but baseball fans will always remember it as perhaps the golden age of baseball movies. From Field Of Dreams to Ed, the American Pastime was showing up just about everywhere.
While the movies that use actual baseball players are great, the goal of this article is to find the best teams that used real MLB franchise names. Perhaps someone in Hollywood can put a tournament together to settle everything once and for all.
Cleveland Indians from Major League
After a dreadful start, the Indians from the 1989 film were finally able to put together enough wins to be in playoff contention. Their pitching is a little suspect, as Eddie Harris is past his prime and Ricky Vaughn has control issues from time to time. They lack that one true star who could carry them. Overall, this is a nice team, but they can be vulnerable. As a team of misfits, surprisingly they are the most complete team of the four.
Chicago Cubs from Rookie of the Year
In reality, the Cubs from this film and the Indians from Major League are pretty similar on paper. They both have a crafty veteran starting pitcher, and then a young prodigy who has consistency issues. It comes down to who can be more trusted: Ricky Vaughn or Henry Rowengartner. No one doubts the talent of Vaughn, but Rowengartner’s fastball is due to a freak accident. Meanwhile, Vaughn is simply a freak.
Los Angeles Angels in Angels In The Outfield
This film was not very good, and you know what, neither was the team. The team was way too reliant on having Angels help them out, and in turn mess up the other team. With this type of cheating going on I would definitely be taking a couple of players for my fantasy baseball lineup, though good luck having that be beneficial when Pedro Cerrano cancels things out with his own religious beliefs.
Mel Clark was decent at one point in time, but he is just another washed up veteran pitcher who needs luck more than anything to be decent.
Minnesota Twins in Little Big League
Managers are said to earn their money in the playoffs, so how much confidence should Twins fans have with a 12-year old calling the shot? That right away puts them at a disadvantage against the other clubs.
Lou Collins is a solid bat in the lineup, and apparently he has home run power any time he is motivated (as long as Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t in the outfield). This team is just not complete enough to make many waves against the other three.
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