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The Rookie 2002

Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.

Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Mike Rich
Release date:2002-03-25
Runtime:127 minutes
Critics score:
Tagline:Sometimes dreams come back to life.
Cast:
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
Jimmy Morris 
Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
Lorri Morris 
Beth Grant
Beth Grant
Olline 
Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones
Hunter Morris 
Brian Cox
Brian Cox
Jim Morris Sr. 
Chad Lindberg
Chad Lindberg
Joe David West