Corrected entry: Throughout the entire movie, it seems that Ricky Vaughn is both used in the starting role, and also as a closer in the bottom innings. Though not impossible, this situation is very unlikely in the major leagues.
Corrected entry: When talking with his GM, Lou Brown says he thinks his team has "one or two potential all-stars." 1) He says the team's record is 60-61, which would put them in mid-August, about a month after the all-star game. 2) At least one of the players has to be an all-star, since under MLB rules all teams must be represented on the all-star team. (01:08:25)
Corrected entry: In the final inning of the final game, when Taylor "calls his shot", the opposing pitcher throws at Taylor, knocking him down. Announcer Doyle says Taylor refuses "to dust himself off", but when Taylor climbs back in the batters box, his uniform is not nearly as dirty. (01:36:55)
Corrected entry: In the films final scene when Tom Berenger's character is going over to the stands when he sees Rene Russo's character, there is a man who runs out of the stands on to the field with many others. He is rather large and wearing a blue t-shirt. After they show Rene Russo in the stands and the man come out, they cut away to Tom Berenger and when they cut back to Rene Russo and she is coming out of the stands the same large man in the blue t-shirt comes out of the stands again. He already left the stands once and you really notice a man of his size especially a second time.
Corrected entry: Haywood (the big Yankees slugger) has a long mustache that extends downwards all the way to his chin in the style of a fu manchu. George Steinbrenner, the owner of the Yankees, would NEVER allow that. Under Steinbrenner's rule, no Yankee is allowed to have facial hair below the upper lip. Goatees, beards, and long mustaches would be shaved.
Corrected entry: During the Oakland game (where Dorn tanks the ball), Taylor visits Vaughn on the mound. The home plate umpire is seen cleaning off the plate. Taylor returns to his position, inadvertently kicking enough dirt onto the plate to keep the umpire from seeing the edges. The umpire doesn't call time to clean it off, as evidenced by the plate still being dirty when the Oakland batter pops out to Taylor to end the game. (00:54:40 - 00:55:20)
Corrected entry: When the Indians are playing the Yankees in the one game playoff, keep your eyes on the stadium clock in the background. At various points of the game the clock reads 10:20.
Corrected entry: In the scene where The Wild Thing makes his major league debut, he comes in the game with a runner on second. He then proceeds to throw 12 straight balls (as Doyle says) and walks the bases loaded. However, throwing 12 straight balls would have walked a run home (the runner who was originally on second). Then when the Yankee hits his grand slam, the shot of the scoreboard shows only four runs instead of the five it should have shown.
Corrected entry: On the last play of the game, after Hayes stole 2nd base, the batter Taylor gives the signs for a play he has in mind. He will bunt as Hayes runs for 3rd base. One the first pitch he points to the stands as if he intends to hit a home run where he is pointing. The pitcher knocks him down with an inside pitch and Hayes is not running. However, on the next pitch, Hayes is running. I think it is highly unlikely that the play called for Hayes to run on the 2nd pitch.
Corrected entry: In the opening day scene, Willie "Mays" Hayes hits a single. You see Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) in the press box turn to his left and he and his colleagues give the thumbs up, including a woman wearing a light blue blazer. After Hayes is picked off first, Doyle turns to his colleges and they all gesture with the jerkoff motion, but that woman is nowhere to be seen in the pressbox when that happens.
Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Jake Taylor bats second in the lineup. No sane manager would ever put his 30-something-year-old catcher, with bad knees, in the two hole. Slow base runners tend to hit into a lot of double plays, which would negate Willie Mays Hays' speed advantage at the top of the line-up.
Corrected entry: When Vaughn is pitching to Haywood in the ninth inning of the playoff game, Taylor, the catcher uses the conventional sign of one finger for a fastball. However, the bases are loaded. It is generally accepted that when there is a runner on 2nd base, as is the case here, different signs are used, so that the runner would not be able to tip-off the batter at to what pitch the pitcher will be throwing.
Corrected entry: The one-game playoff at the end of the movie takes place in Cleveland. However, the Yankees had obviously won the season series, therefore would have had the advantage of having the playoff game in their stadium.
Corrected entry: When Cerano hits the home run to tie the game versus the Yankees at the end of the movie he carries his bat with him around the bases - an automatic out.
Corrected entry: When Jake is at his girlfriend's apartment, he mentions she was an alternate swimmer (or diver) on the '80 Olympic team. The US boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Corrected entry: While they checked for red tags in their lockers after their last spring training game, the Indians were wearing their road grey uniforms. Willie Mays Hayes celebrated making the team by running outside and dancing under the Cleveland Stadium sign. If the game was played at the Indians' spring training facility, the Indians were the home team. They should have worn their home white uniforms.
Corrected entry: When Cerano is using a snake to draw a symbol on his locker to ward off the termination paper, he draws a symbol, but on the next shot of the same scene the symbol has changed.