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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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
Phill 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
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 Paul Eisenhauer ...  Umpire 2 episodes, 1994
Philip Wayne Philip Wayne ...  Fan Guy 2 episodes, 1994
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullpen See more »

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Production Co:

Touchstone Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Booking this sitcom is the reason comedian Joe Rogan moved to LA from the East Coast. See more »

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I remember the pilot being funny...
11 June 2009 | by RontriggerSee all my reviews

In the pilot of this show, Coach Mike Widmer (played by Mike Starr) was openly gay. Note the "memorable quote" from this character in that section; there was another one in the pilot that I remember--Mike was very unhappy about something and someone gently suggested that perhaps he ought to get out of baseball. Mike then said: "And give up showering with men? Never!" O.K., it was over the top, but I think this was a "premise with promise." The coach of a baseball team, with an undeniably masculine persona, apparently accepted as homosexual without question by his players--it seemed almost revolutionary to me in 1994. And overall, I recall that the show had some good laughs. So I looked forward to the first regular episode.

Well, this was a prime example of just how much things can change between the pilot and that first regular episode. Whatever laughs were to be had in the pilot were clearly not there now, and--unbelievably--there was a comment to the previously gay coach about his wife and kids! The suits at the network obviously had stepped in and put a stop to one innovation that had certainly clicked with me. I seem to recall that I didn't even finish watching the show that night.

Why any network would even air the pilot at all, let alone as the first broadcast of the series and only a week before the first regular episode, when they had revamped the show so completely, is beyond me.


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