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Mr. Baseball
(1992)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 13th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... only if you can find the short album for a reasonable price so that you can pick out the passages of the ethnically beautiful love theme buried in the middle of the score.

Avoid it... if you have no urge to hear arguably Goldsmith's worst inspirational sports material of his entire career, obnoxious tones for electric organ and a modern band that lead the charge on rip-offs of catchy tunes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,071
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 10/31/11
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Mr. Baseball: (Jerry Goldsmith) Unfortunate enough to open on the same day as The Mighty Ducks in October, 1992, Mr. Baseball capped off the real baseball season with yet another formula-based sports movie. Tom Selleck is convincing in his role as an aging slugger and first-baseman for the New York Yankees who womanizes, chew tobacco, and speaks before thinking but basically has a good heart (and is apparently steroids-free, thank goodness). Witnessing his decline, the New York Yankees trade him to a Japanese team, the Nagoya Dragons, and the rather unsophisticated brute is forced to not only fix a hole in his swing, but become accustomed to (and appreciative of) an entirely new culture and language. Along the way, he falls in love with an endorsement representative for the team (a beautiful young Japanese woman), finally accepts the advice of his manager, and ultimately helps the team advance to a playoff confrontation with its archrival. The film does have a certain amount of charm and genuine comedy, though amid merely average reviews, the project quickly became a late-night television diversion. Composer Jerry Goldsmith had a long and varied collaboration with director Fred Schepisi in the 1990's, yielding one of the composer's greatest scores, The Russia House. Also among the lot were comedy and jazz-influenced works like Six Degrees of Separation, I.Q., and Fierce Creatures, none of which spectacular scores (in fact, the funky I.Q. is probably the best of that lot). Unfortunately, Mr. Baseball ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to consistent tolerability, simply because of Goldsmith's odd choice of style for the score that is informed by the culture clash on screen. The film has two distinct, alternating parts: the titles and scenes in which the setting is on the baseball diamond, and the character-building scenes of romance and culture adjustment. Goldsmith essentially created two different scores for those divergent situations, setting himself up for a combined soundtrack that suffers from its worse half being hugely fatal to the whole. The lack of mingling in instrumentation or structure in these two separate portions is a bit of an odd misstep by Goldsmith, because despite the airy quality of the film's demeanor, a memorable score (for the right reasons) could have resulted with a little more overlap.



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Total Time: 32:42
• 1. Mr. Baseball (2:33)
• 2. First Night Out (1:54)
• 3. Acceptance (1:54)
• 4. New Apartment (0:45)
• 5. The Dragons (1:04)
• 6. Call Me Jack/A Wise Brain (2:45)
• 7. Winning Streak/The Locker Room (1:06)
• 8. The Bath (3:07)
• 9. Training (2:31)
• 10. Go Get 'Em/He's Still Got It (1:25)
• 11. Team Effort (2:50)
• 12. Swing Away (1:46)
• 13. Final Score (5:04)
• 14. Shabondama Boogie - performed by Fairchild (4:23)

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