Ginny Baker is supposed to be believable. As the protagonist of Fox’s new drama Pitch, Ginny is doing something no one in the real world has ever done before—she’s becoming the first woman to take the mound for a Major League Baseball team. But she’s no gimmick.
“I was really interested in how to do this authentically,” Rick Springer, co-creator and executive producer of the show, told me on the phone yesterday. “No woman is going to throw 95 miles per hour. We’re not interested in making her able to do that by giving her some freaky accident where she tears her rotator cuff or something. We wanted her to be the real deal.”
So instead of super-human strength, Ginny Baker got a super pitch: the screwball, a rarely perfected pitch that—if thrown correctly—flies through the air more like a Wiffle ball than a baseball. Theoretically, it’s a pitch that could get a woman to the major leagues, and that’s exactly what Fox is going for.