Baseball will never be the same. This season Fox will premiere the first scripted television program to be officially associated with Major League Baseball, starring actress, Kylie Bunbury. The show, according to TV Guide, has also been granted use of MLB marks, logos, licensed product, uniforms, teams, stadiums, locations and game footage. It’ll film at Petco Park in San Diego, the real-life home of the Padres.
The 27-year-old actress, stars as Ginny Baker, a baseball player who is hired as the first female starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Bunbury expressed to Variety that in order to fully immerse herself in the character, she began training like a professional athlete. “I definitely had to live like a pro athlete,” Bunbury said. “I’m doing epsom salt baths, icing myself, eating well, and I think the biggest thing is the workouts. I’m boxing 3-4 days a week, and also pitching 3-4 days a week.”
Bunbury also commented, “I think it is really important for young girls to see themselves [on TV], so the fact that I’m a woman of color playing a strong female character is incredible,” Bunbury said adding, “It is incredibly important, because I know things that I watched growing up made an impact on my choices, so I hope this will have an impact on young girls’ choices as well and empower them.”