Fox’s highly anticipated new series “Pitch,” is set in a world where a female pitcher has joined a major league baseball team, and the producers believe it’s not that far in the future.
“I think it’s going to happen in my lifetime,” creator Dan Fogelman told reporters at the annual Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “The human anatomy makes it a challenge,” he admitted, “[but] the right young woman is going to come along.”
The series stars Kylie Bunbury as the first female major league baseball player, and the issues she faces as she’s integrated into the team.
Fogelman said he’s even been asked if the series is based on a true story, but the idea actually originated from a screenplay idea that he and the producers realized made more sense for a TV series. Fox’s partnership with MLB made the network the perfect home for the drama.
The producers said the time is right for a woman to break through into the traditionally male field.
“When it happens, that young woman will become the biggest story in the country overnight,” he said. “The amount of attention and eyeballs on her, that’s really an interesting drama. I think it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen soon. And I think it’s going to happen in multiple sports.”
Added executive producer Rick Singer, “From our perspective, the idea of a young girl is going to be watching our show and be inspired by that is very exciting for us.”
Paris Barclay, who serves as executive producer and directed the pilot, added that the fact that Bunbury is black simply added another unplanned level of depth to the story.
“It was never our intention in writing it that she necessarily be black,” he said. “She was the best person we saw for the part….It’s not a story about a black family. It’s a story about people. That’s the way I would love to see television evolve.”