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Fox Pitches New Drama at Minor League Ballparks


It’s an unusual promo for a potentially interesting television show: Fox is promoting its new baseball drama, PITCH, with PITCH Night at the Ballpark events at 55 Minor League Baseball, independent and summer-collegiate ballparks.

PITCH premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) on Fox. It follows the fictional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under the Dome”), the first female pitcher in the big leagues. It’s the first television drama produced in association with Major League Baseball.

“PITCH Night at the Ballpark” will be held in 43 different Minor League stadiums and 12 independent and college summer league ballparks across the country during the months of August and September. After the regularly scheduled games, ticket holders will be welcomed onto the field for various events, such as Kids Run the Bases, T-shirt tosses, player meet-and-greets, autograph sessions and more. Following these family-friendly events, fans will have the opportunity to screen the pilot episode of PITCH on the centerfield scoreboard, while enjoying free snacks and relaxing in the outfield.

The event kick off tomorrow (Aug. 7) at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League); Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians (Class AAA; International League); and Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends (Low A; Sally League). The summer event ends on Monday, Sept. 5 at Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves (Class AA; Southern League). Other scheduled viewing parties are listed here:

August 8: Warner Park, home of the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League)
August 10: Kapco Park, home of the Lakeshore Chinooks (summer collegiate; Northwoods League)
August 10: Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
August 11: Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks (Class AA; Texas League)
August 11: ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers (Class AA; Texas League)
August 13: Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads (High A; Florida State League)
August 13: Arnold Park, home of the Sonoma Stompers (independent; Pacific Association)
August 13: Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (Low A; Midwest League)
August 14: Ripken Stadium, home of the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season A; NY-Penn League)
August 14: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Suns
August 14: Copeland Park, home of the La Crosse Loggers (summer collegiate; Northwoods League)
August 14: Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs (Low A; Midwest League)
August 14: Wolff Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions (Class AA; Texas League)
August 19: Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
August 20: Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox (Class AA; Eastern League)
August 21: Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low A; Midwest League)
August 21: Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies (Low A; Sally League)
August 21: Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves (Class AAA; International League)
August 21: The Diamond, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm (High A; California League)
August 21: Lelacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners (Short Season A; NY-Penn League)
August 21: Eastwood Field, home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Short Season A; NY-Penn League)
August 21: Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Class AA; Texas League)
August 21: Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
August 21: Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A; Midwest League)
August 21: Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A; Midwest League)
August 24: McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Class AAA; International League)
August 25: Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League)
August 25: GCS Ballpark, home of the Gateway Grizzlies (independent; Frontier League)
August 26: Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers (independent; Atlantic League)
August 27: Autozone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
August 27: Hammons Field, home of the Springfield Cardinals (Class AA; Texas League)
August 27: Tradition Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (High A; Florida State League)
August 27: Appalachian Power Park, home of the West Virginia Power (Low A; Sally League)
August 28: AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Class AA; Southern League)
August 28: Newman Outdoor Field, home of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (independent; American Association)
August 28: Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
August 28: Haymarket Park, home of the Lincoln Saltdogs (independent; American Association)
August 28: LewisGale Field, home of the Salem Red Sox (High A; Carolina League)
August 28: Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs (Low A; Midwest League)
August 28: Consol Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things (independent; Frontier League)
August 29: NBT Bank Stadium, home of the Syracuse Chiefs (Class AAA; International League)
September 2: Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, home of the Missoula Osprey (Rookie; Pioneer League)
September 2: Zephyr Field, home of the New Orleans Zephyrs (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)
September 2: Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League)
September 2: Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (Low A; Midwest League)
September 3: NYSEG Stadium, home of the Binghamton Mets (Class AA; Eastern League)
September 3: Space Coast Stadium, home of the Brevard County Manatees (High A; Florida State League)
September 3: The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League)
September 4: Dr Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders (Class AA; Texas League)
September 4: Silver Cross Field, home of the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League)
September 4: CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association)
September 4: ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the Trenton Thunder (Class AA; Eastern League)
September 5: Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves (Class AA; Southern League)

Image of Kylie Bunbury by Ray Mickshaw, courtesy Fox Broadcasting Co.