Memorial may be setting for 'Major League' sequel

Baysox notebook

July 31, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The Baysox may take a detour to Hollywood before they reach Bowie.

Team owner Peter Kirk met this week with executives of Morgan Creek Productions to discuss plans for the filming of the sequel to "Major League" at Memorial Stadium and said, "It looks real good.

"We've made a proposal to them and if they accept, filming would begin in August. I'd say it's 95 percent certain this will happen."

"Major League II" would be shot on location around Baltimore and executives have explored Frederick and Hagerstown as possible settings for scenes. The bulk of the filming will be done in September and October.

The script calls for the sequel to pick up with spring training for the next season of Cleveland Indians' baseball with the original cast, including stars Tom Berenguer and Charlie Sheen (Wild Thing) returning.

Kirk said the Baysox "are to supply all the logistics. Team officials are to act as advisers and everything is to be in working order, the concessions, grounds crew and 10,000 to 20,000 people in the stands.

"Some of our players are going to stick around for the film. We hope this is another 'Bull Durham.' "

The original "Major League" was shot at County Stadium in Milwaukee where filmmakers often had to work around the Brewers' schedule.

Bowie ground-breaking

Kirk said a formal ground-breaking at the new Bowie stadium will probably not occur until September.

"We are under way with a lot of grading going on and water, sewer and electric lines being put in," he said. "They have to create a bowl, so there is a lot of grading."

Bids from contractors for the steel and concrete work on the stadium are due next month, with the award to be made Sept. 9.

Breaking even?

General manager Keith Lupton said the team "will be lucky to break even" at Memorial Stadium by making the Eastern League playoffs.

"But the prestige and accomplishment involved are very important," he said. "Even in Frederick [where attendance booms], we never really drew that well for playoff games because school is back in."

Under the league format, the regular-season champion meets the No. 4 finisher and the runner-up plays No. 3 in the first round.

The higher seeded team has a choice of being the host or visitor for the first two games of a best-of-five series.

Bowie is third in the standings.

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