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4 September 1994 (USA) See more »
The Pioneers is a baseball team that struggles to stay out of last place, annoying crusty owner Mitzi . Happy is the team manager which includes new pitcher Dave, egotistical Frank, and Arnold, the debonair 2nd baseman.
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Bruce Greenwood ... Dave Logan (9 episodes, 1994)

Mike Starr ... Mike Widmer (9 episodes, 1994)

Alexandra Wentworth ... Lee Emory (9 episodes, 1994)

Dann Florek ... Ernest 'Happy' Talbot (9 episodes, 1994)

Joe Rogan ... Frank Valente (9 episodes, 1994)

Phillip David Lewis ... Arnold Nixon (9 episodes, 1994)

Steve Hytner ... Brad Coolidge (9 episodes, 1994)

Chris Browning ... Lloyd LaCombe (9 episodes, 1994)

Rose Marie ... Mitzi Balzer (9 episodes, 1994)
Scott Atkins ... Hardball (9 episodes, 1994)

Dave Sebastian Williams ... Announcer / ... (5 episodes, 1994)

Christopher Darga ... Reporter / ... (3 episodes, 1994)

Frank Medrano ... Heckler (3 episodes, 1994)

Justin Berfield ... Kid (2 episodes, 1994)

Christopher B. Duncan ... Palmer / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
Paul Eisenhauer ... Umpire (2 episodes, 1994)
Philip Wayne ... Fan Guy (2 episodes, 1994)

Series Directed by
Peter Baldwin (unknown episodes)
Gerry Cohen (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Jeff Martin (9 episodes, 1994)
Bill Freiberger (2 episodes, 1994)
Kevin Curran (1 episode, 1994)

Series Produced by
Jeff Martin .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1994)
Cheri Tanimura .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1994)

Bill Freiberger .... producer (unknown episodes)
George Sunga .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jonathan Wolff (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Brown (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Larry Harris (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Brian Chavanne (9 episodes, 1994)
Series Costume Design by
Tom Bronson (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Messer .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1994)

John P. Aguirre .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Scott L. London .... property master (9 episodes, 1994)
Series Sound Department
Tamara Johnson .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1994)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Curtis .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (9 episodes, 1994)
Steve Savage .... baseball advisor (3 episodes, 1994)

Wanda Armstrong .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)

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Israel:30 min | USA:30 min (7 episodes)
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
So unrealistic...and so unfunny, 20 January 2001
Author: jabraun from Philadelphia

After becoming a huge fan of the HBO series First and Ten, I had been waiting a long time for a TV show to air that was based on a professional baseball team. Alas, Fox decided to air a new series called Hardball, a sitcom about a struggling major league baseball team named the Pioneers, that had hired a new manager (his name was Happy)to try to shape things up in the clubhouse and on the field. They had a stupid looking mascot named Hardball, who never left his uniform (it was a copy of Mr. Met, one of the worst mascots in sports history). Basically, this was a premise that I really looked forward to seeing on TV.

Unfortunately, the show was terrible. It turned out to be a typical videotaped, low budget Fox sitcom with terrible low budget acting and terrible low budget writing. I wondered if the writers had ever seen a major league baseball game. They had no idea how to write a show about baseball.

There was one episode where the Pioneers' manager had a rivalry with a manager from another team. In the game, the rival manager switched a Pioneer bat with an illegal bat. A Pioneer player used the illegal bat to hit a game winning home run. The rival manager told the umpires that the bat was illegal, and the umpires ruled the batter out, and the Pioneers lost. The players just calmly accepted the loss and mopped into the clubhouse. Now if that really happened in Major League Baseball, there would be all kinds of fights and protests (remember George Brett pinetar incident). The players would never just accept a loss like that.

This was the best example I could come up with to show just how stupid an unfunny this show was. I totally understand why it didn't last very long.

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