When you think cult classics from the 90’s, Space Jam may come to mind. The 1996 family-targeted comedy sported a truly crazy concept. What if you took the best basketball player on the planet and had him star in a basketball movie alongside Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes? Though it’s no Citizen Kane, it remains beloved by many for its nostalgia and high entertainment value.
Next summer, we’ll be getting Space Jam: A New Legacy, a sequel starring LeBron James. He’ll be joined by some of the biggest names in the game today like Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis and Damian Lilliard, similarly to how Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley appeared in the original film.
Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch. There are so many young stars and colorful personalities in the game today. Keeping that in mind, I figured it’d be fun to cast a Space Jam movie that would find the Tune Squad trading their basketball sneakers for baseball cleats. What MLB superstar would I have be the star of the film, and who would I like to see cast as the supporting players? I decided to pick a few real-life position players and figured Looney Tunes characters can round out the rest of the roster.
Who am I kidding, the star of the film has to beMike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Ask most baseball fans (including myself) who the best player in baseball is, and “Mike Trout” would be the answer. There’s a legitimate chance that he could go down as the greatest player that has ever played the game. Some have criticized Trout for not having a marketable-enough personality, but if you want this movie’s MJ or Lebron, look no further than Trout.
Next up, I’d like to see my favorite player Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. I picked him not only because he’s my favorite player in the Bigs, but because he is one of the best hitters in the league. Should “Yeli” be interested in making an appearance but end up being unable to for whatever reason, they can always cast Pete Davidson to play him. I mean, who would tell the difference?
I don’t trust any of the Looney Tunes characters to patrol the outfield, so rounding out the outfield of Major Leaguers would be Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. I debated between Judge and Mookie Betts, but ultimately chose Judge because his size (6’7″, 282) might help keep the Monstars away from Tweety Bird. And what is this movie without a player from the Yankees?
Next up, I’ll go with Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs. Though I’m a Brewers fan and the Cubs are our biggest rival right now, I can’t argue that Javy is one of the most exciting players to watch in baseball. He rakes at the plate and is electrifying in the field. Hell, he’s even a human highlight reel on the basepaths.
Javy will have to play to second or third base to make room for Francisco Lindor, shortstop of the Cleveland Indians. Nicknamed “Mr. Smile” for the enthusiasm he displays every day he’s at the ballpark, Lindor is someone I could very much see gelling well with the Tune Squad. And he’s the best shortstop in the game, no big deal.
Rounding out the cast would be Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. He’s one of those “all or nothing” hitters, but when he connects, look out. The Tune Squad would already have no shortage of power in the lineup, but the team needs a bonafide slugger. Someone that could hit the ball to the moon. Joey fits that bill.
As for pitchers, Bugs Bunny has “ace” written all over him, but should he need a little help from a couple of big leaguers, I would go with Marcus Stroman or Blake Snell. Both of them are good social media presences, and in turn, I believe that would make them good screen presences as well.
What MLB players would you like to see in Space Jam: Baseball Edition?