Fox has canceled the baseball drama “Pitch” after one season.
The show, which was developed in partnership with Major League Baseball, focused on the character of Genevieve Baker, who becomes the first woman to play in the majors when she gets called up by the San Diego Padres. Baker was played by Kylie Bunbury. The show also starred Dan Lauria as the Padres manager and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Baker’s veteran catcher.
The series’ ratings started relatively strong when it premiered in September, sank slowly and, eventually, Fox ratcheted back its promotion of the show. It had a dedicated core following, which often allows for shows to find new homes on other networks or streaming services, but given the MLB partnership, the league’s relations with Fox and the no doubt high costs of producing the show, “Pitch” is probably gone for good.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.
The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.
Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.
Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.