Watch Major League: Back to the Minors
- 1 hr 40 min
Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 sports comedy movie that follows the life of Gus Cantrell, an aging, down-on-his-luck minor league baseball coach. Gus is given the opportunity to lead the Minnesota Twins' AAA Minor League affiliate, the Buzz, in South Carolina. The team is made up of a mix of talented but inexperienced players, including the cocky young pitcher Billy "Downtown" Anderson and the underdog catcher Lance "The Biebs" Blackstone.
Gus, who was a successful major league pitcher earlier in his career, is initially unimpressed with the team's talent, but with the help of his assistant coach, Leonard, and his love interest, Maggie, Gus manages to turn the team around. As the Buzz starts to win games, fans begin to flock to the stadium and the players' confidence grows.
However, Gus's success catches the eye of Roger Dorn, owner of the Minnesota Twins. Dorn, who is unhappy with the Buzz's positive results, sends his son-in-law, Frank "Pops" Morgan, to replace Gus as the Buzz's coach. Pops is a ruthless businessman who only cares about winning, and he makes it clear that he has no interest in Gus's old-school coaching style.
Pops's arrival creates tension in the Buzz's clubhouse, as the players resent his cold and callous attitude. In an effort to save the team from falling apart, Gus convinces Pops to allow him to manage the Buzz for one more game. If the Buzz wins, Gus can keep his job, but if they lose, he will be fired.
The game is a roller coaster ride, mostly due to Billy's antics on the mound, but the Buzz manages to come out on top in the end thanks to Lance's game-winning hit. With the loss, Pops begrudgingly allows Gus to keep his job, and the Buzz goes on to win their division.
The movie features a mix of veteran actors and up-and-coming talent. Scott Bakula shines as the wise, yet down-to-earth Gus, while Corbin Bernsen reprises his role as the arrogant Roger Dorn from the previous Major League movies. Dennis Haysbert plays a minor role as Pedro Cerrano, a former Major League ballplayer turned Buzz hitting coach.
The film is a fun and lighthearted sports comedy that will appeal to fans of the genre. It does not take itself too seriously, with plenty of slapstick humor and over-the-top antics to keep audiences entertained. While it does not quite reach the heights of the original Major League, it is an enjoyable movie in its own right and a great addition to the franchise.
Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.7.