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Rookie of the Year (1993) Poster

Goofs

Factual errors 

A player may not be signed to a major league team until he is 16-years-old
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Anachronisms 

Many indications of being filmed in October, not in the summer.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Henry, his mom and Chet escape from the mob of reporters in the airport, Henry changes the station on the radio after he is ridiculed for turning that kind of music on (romantic). Right before the scene cut, the sound is of an analog radio's tuning knob being moved up or down (01:00:57 to 01:01:00), with several stations and static all combined into one sound. However, this would not be possible because the radio in the limo has digital tuning (shown at 01:00:32).
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Character error 

When Henry is doing commentary for his imaginary baseball game in the laundry room, he states (at around 4 mins) that it is a "full count" (by definition, three balls and two strikes) before he throws the pitch. However, when he pitches into the laundry machine he cries out, "Strike ONE!" (at around 11 mins).
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To get the third out of Henry's second save, he pitched a strikeout on three swinging strikes (40:30 to 45:30). The umpire called the batter out. In baseball, an umpire does not call strikes unless the batter does not swing (looking). This called strike was unnecessary and may have been done for added dramatic effect.
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Continuity 

During the last game, the scoreboard clock never changes time.
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The movie begins with the first game of the season (01:38). When a ball is hit into the outfield, a player runs to the wall in center field, which shows the signature ivy (3:42-3:47). The ivy is not in full bloom until much later in the season.
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After Henry throws the ball back from the bleachers, general manager Fisher sends his assistant to find out who threw the ball. When he returns to the owner's box (at around 40 mins) you can clearly see that there are no fans in the bleachers. This contradicts the numerous fans that are in the bleachers when Henry throws the ball back in the scene before.
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Henry attends the Cubs game August 11th at which point the season has been considered disappointing (at 45:58, after Henry saves his second game, the announcer says he has extended the Cubs to their longest winning streak of the season: two). After Henry's arrival and in 3 weeks there is all of a sudden "pennant fever" and the Cubs win the division. Seems too little too late.
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The size of the moon during the last game in the season.
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The position of the orange juice carton Henry is holding when talking to his mom after the little league game.
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When Henry first gets his cast on (at around 6 mins), it is shown as having a diagonal bar connecting about halfway between his shoulder and his elbow to hold his arm up. Never again do we see this bar, and none of Henry's shirts seem to be large enough to accommodate it. In addition, he hangs his arm fully outside the window of the van (at around 24 mins), something that would not be possible with that bar in place.
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Henry's jersey number is #1. However, at the last game when Henry is throwing several pitches striking out the other team, there is a quick shots showing a different pitcher throwing wearing jersey #32 (at around 1h 25 mins) which is Chet 'Rocket' Steadman's number.
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When Henry arrives to his first game for the Cubs, Jack can be seen (in a long shot from 24:14 to 24:23) running several yards behind trying to catch up. In the next shot, he is standing directly behind Henry (in a close-up at 24:23 with only Jack's green shirt visible behind Henry), breathing normally.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Heddo hits the long foul ball at the end of the game, a hand is clearly visible at the bottom of the screen throwing the ball straight into the dark night sky.
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Factual errors 

After Henry falls on his arm, he executes the hidden ball trick. First of all, after a time out the umpire does not put the ball in play until after the pitcher gets on the pitching rubber. Secondly, if the umpire does put the ball in play, and the pitcher is on the dirt without the ball, the play is ruled a balk and runners advance. There is no way a runner can get called out.
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In the last game in which the Cubs beat the Mets, 10 innings are shown being played instead of 9. The Rocket pitches 6 solid innings, as said by the manager after he threw out his arm, and Henry comes in and throws three innings worth of outs during the shots following him coming in, then pitches a fourth inning once he fell on his arm.
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When Henry is called from the dugout for the first time, the "Rocket" is pitching and everyone seems to act like he had a horrible game. However, after the game, John Candy, the announcer, says that Henry got the save with a 5-4 win. Henry gave up a Home Run, so the worst that the "Rocket" could have done was throw 7 innings giving up only 3 runs, which is pretty good by anyone's standards.
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When Henry arrives to his first game for the Cubs, he arrives at a "player's entrance." There is no such entrance, only a player's only parking lot with a small door that leads to the main concourse before going into the locker room.
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In the final game, everyone is saying that this is the Cubs last inning to keep their 2-1 lead over the Mets. While this is true, the home team always has the bottom of the inning; had Heddo hit the home run and the next batter got out, it would've been the bottom of the ninth, not the end of the game.
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When Henry sits on the bench for his first game, he is told to move with the explanation that pitchers sit at the end of the bench. However, at Wrigley Field the bullpen is out in the open in foul territory.
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Late in the final game, Heddo hits a fly ball down the left field line that is ruled a foul ball. However, the ball curves behind the foul pole on its way down. In order to pass behind the pole, it must have gone over the fence over fair territory, which should have made Heddo's fly a home run and tied the game at 2-2.
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Miscellaneous 

In Henry's first game versus the Mets the Cubs manager goes to answer the dugout phone. When the back of his cap is revealed there is no MLB logo. All the other players clearly have the logo on their caps.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the movie, they make a big deal out of Henry needing to bat against the Dodgers. The Cubs themselves are in the National League and pitchers are able to bat in any game. However, it is rare for relief pitchers to have plate appearances, so Henry obviously did not have ample batting experience. And perhaps also the Dodgers may have been a particularly fearful opponent against whom to have one's first plate appearance.
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In the first game that Henry plays, it is clear that the game is sold out. However, when Henry is cheering on the Rocket from the dugout, the hitter gets a hit up the middle (at around 24 mins), and you can clearly see there is no one in the outfield bleachers. There are no empty bleachers in the wide screen version. At 29:25 in the full screen version four to seven rows of empty bleachers can be seen in three columns at the top of the frame, but these are cropped out in the wide screen version.
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Plot holes 

In school the day after the bad little league play/home opener it would be April in Chicago and Becky is wearing a tank top (at around 2 mins). Also, the boat ride with Becky supposedly would have been mid-September, rather late in the season to be at the beach in Chicago and again wearing the tank top (01:13:43).
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In the final scene of the movie, Henry is shown once again playing outfield for his little league team. Though he no longer had the ability to throw 100 mph fastballs, with a season of major league pitching training and experience, it seems really strange that his coach would have him as an outfielder rather than a pitcher. Added to this, in the final major league game after falling on his arm again, Henry throws an effective change up, indicating that, even without his freak arm strength, he could still pitch at 75-80 mph. This would be extremely fast by little league standards.
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On the final out of the NL Championship, Henry faces Heddo: the first batter he ever faced and who had easily hit a home run off him in Henry's first game against the Mets. Everybody acts as though this is the first time they've seen one another since Henry's first game. However, Henry had already pitched two innings and was on his final out in the 9th inning, which would indicate had he already faced Heddo earlier in this same game. On top of this, it's implied that Henry held the Mets hitless, meaning that he had already struck Heddo out, making Heddo's seeming lack of respect for Henry's abilities a bit odd, even for an egomaniac like him.
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Revealing mistakes 

Crew member's hand shown throwing a ball supposedly hit foul by Heddo of the Mets [in full-screen version of film].
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Obvious stunt double when Mary punches Jack in the face and he falls through the door and (at around 1h 10 mins) down the stairs.
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When Brickma is trapped between the two hotel room doors, the camera angle from directly above him reveals that the door behind is not actually there (at 51:41, the door toward the top of the frame).
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On opening day in Wrigley Field (at around 38 mins), they show fans in short sleeves and the ivy is green. April is chilly in Chicago and the ivy (01:30) doesn't turn green until later in the spring.
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In the last game that Henry plays for the Cubs, the Cubs rally and score in their half of the fourth inning. In that inning a Cub player hits the ball and the announcer says "And Mullens lashes one into left!" when the brief close-up shot of the batter hitting the ball clearly shows (one frame at 01:19:33) the ball being hit to the right. The subsequent, longer shot shows the ball going near the third base line.
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