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A Player to Be Named Later (2005)

Marco Scutaro , Micah Franklin , Bart Stephens  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marco Scutaro, Micah Franklin, Kyle Peterson, Brad Tyler
  • Directors: Bart Stephens
  • Producers: Bart Stephens, Christopher P. Ralph, Tim Watson, Adrienne Gilmore
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000777I56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Player to Be Named Later" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with Kyle Peterson
  • Player stats
  • Trailer
  • DVD-ROM Press Kit

Editorial Reviews

This inspiring true story of four minor league baseball players charts the course of one season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. From a spring training camp in Arizona to the playing field, watch these men and their wives change over the course of one incredible yearpacked with colorful characters, unexpected surprises and a rousing final game that will leave you cheering! This must for baseball fans offers a deeper and more intimate view of the game while remaining accessible to viewers who don't classify themselves as sports fans. A smash hit which enthralled preview audiences, the film appeals to all ages.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Life Has A Happy Ending November 12, 2006
A great companion film to "Bull Durham". Anyone who loves baseball and wants a fly on the wall perspective of real life drama in the minor leagues will love this film.

I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but one of the players struggling to make the Major Leagues during the 2001 minor league season documented in this film is now a cult hero and fan favorite with one of the San Francisco Bay Area major league teams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Field Of Unrealized Dreams April 10, 2009
I think the most telling statement in the 85-minute documentary came early on when a Milwaukee Brewers' executive noted that only six percent of all players playing minor league ball ever get a taste of Major League Baseball.

That sort of set the tone for the rest of the documentary, which focuses on the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA farm club of the Brewers. It follows the team during the 2001 season. Specifically, we follow a handful of players and see the struggles they and - in most cases - their wives go through.

As far as I know, most of the guys never made it. I know of Marco Scutaro who now plays with the Boston Red Sox. He's a shortstop/utility guy who hails from Venezuela. His wife is beautiful and both are well-spoken for two people raised in a different language than English. Actually, all the players profiled are well-spoken. One is a Stanford grad.

We also meet Micah Franklin, Kyle Peterson, Brad Tyler and other players. One of them, who I believe is playing in Seattle as of 2009, is Allen "Meat" Levrault, a big pitcher

Some of the stories are kind of sad, like Peterson, who has arm problems and didn't play after the season shown here on the documentary. Brad Tyler and his wife, I think, were the most impressive people. Peterson, Tyler, Franklin and others are about at the end of their dreams and it's a shame. You feel for the people in this film. Baseball is a "field of dreams," and for most, those dreams are never realized.

We also meet "Miss Jackie," the number one fan of the Indianapolis team for 40 years, a woman who bakes cookies for the all the players.

All in all, anyone who loves baseball should enjoy this film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! Don't need to be a baseball fan to love it! June 20, 2006
One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It was brilliant and entertaining throughout, and you don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it. The personal stories are so compelling, the characters are inspiring and the editorial comments are brilliantly witty.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, heartbreaking little film March 3, 2012
By Cyn
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This documentary follows one year in the life of a AAA baseball team. Early in the film a coach/manager type person says that of all the players who are drafted ultimately only something like 6% of them will ever - ever! even once! - play in the majors. That statement hangs in a corner of your brain for the duration of the film. You'll watch each of those guys and think how meager is the chance of them attaining their dream.

The player's wives are, to a degree, the stars of the show. Marco Scutaro's wife in particular is just a joy to watch. Not just because of her sunny personality, but also because of her grounded perspective - that they are ALREADY living the dream. They've come to America to play baseball, after all. Her grounded optimism and her fierce love for her husband are beautiful.

Of course, as a Red Sox fan who kicked things when they traded him to the Rockies, Scutaro is the one I came to watch. I loved seeing his different batting stance and hearing the numerous ways in which his last name was pronounced (if I ever meet that guy, that'll be the first question I ask him).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor League Baseball-Tougher life than you thought September 6, 2007
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By now most baseball fans have heard of and belive they undersand the difficulties and hardships involved in playing minor league baseball. But this movie makes a compelling case that it's tougher than we've been led to believe. Two factors, the grand instability of a player's life coupled with a seemingly unfair system are the hub of this movie. A player bounces from a midwestern home with his family to a motel room in Mexico and back within a year; another player finishes the season high-lightered in the movie with six homers in seven SWINGS and never gets a shot at the major leagues...the same player, by the way, (which the movie fails to point out) who hit .324 in his one major league stint with the Cardinals a couple of years before the season in the movie.
With 95% or more of minor leaguers never getting major league service
time, this movie does a fine job manifesting the love of the game that is the core of minor league baseball.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NLCS MVP October 23, 2012
By mook
From trade throw in "player to be named later" to NLCS MVP. Incredible journey by a great player. He was doing it back in 2006 with the A's vs. the Twins in the ALDS and seeing him continue to perform in the NLCS is a truly inspirational story. GO GIANTS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to make the major leagues December 8, 2013
By ellison
90 min. documentary that focuses on two outfielders, a pitcher, and a middle infielder of the 2001 Indianapolis Indians the AAA team of the Milwakaukee Brewers. The 2000 team won the AAA World Series. This documentary follows the players from Spring Training to their season in Indy with injuries, family relationships, promotions to the Majors and reassignments to the minors.

To hear the wives speak is at some times heart-breaking as they have to follow their husbands around and endure their injuries with them. When the players struggle they have to come up with a reason/excuse to explain their lack of production and/or they get replaced. Akin to Sugar, Bull Durham, and Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season. Some swearing. Well done. Some swearing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Player to be Named Later Wows
Marco Scutaro is my favorite baseball player, and it was great to see what he was like at the very start of his career. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kennon States
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentry for Baseball fans!
Great Movie! Shows you how the grind in Triple AAA takes a toll on the players and their families. A must see for the True baseball fan!
Published 16 months ago by Chasmack
4.0 out of 5 stars Player Named Later
I love MLB books - this one was good to see the inner workings of trades. Great seein Marco Sucarto highlighted - he was one of my favorites when he played for BoSox.
Published 18 months ago by Mike Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Could have used subtitles, but still a great little documentary. Did not know that only 6% of minor leaguers ever make it to the bigs. Brutal.
Published 18 months ago by Jeffrey Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars great doc
i love this doc. i have watched this several times and it gets better ever time. if you love baseball, watch it.
Published 20 months ago by michael hadley
4.0 out of 5 stars Baseball's "Hoop Dreams"
Definitely baseball's version of that classic basketball documentary. Although not a perfect analog--the players in HD were younger and these baseball... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gatorowl
4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE and baseball.
really nice to see an inner peek into baseball and the lives of those involved in it. nice that the players and families allowed the cameras. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by AutumnWind
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