CONYERS, GA – The South Coast League, in cooperation with John Fitzgerald – producer/director of “The Emerald Diamond,” a documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team, are teaming up to bring fans an inside look into the hearts, minds, and lives of the players, coaches, and staff of a minor league baseball team.
“John’s documentary “The Emerald Diamond” earned the Critic’s Choice award at the Hall of Fame film festival last fall in Cooperstown, NY and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a producer of his caliber,” said SCL Chief Executive Officer Jamie Toole. “We hope that this will generate a lot of interest in the SCL, the Peanuts, and the Albany community and open fans eyes to a whole new side of baseball.”
"Playing for Peanuts" is a reality TV show concept that will follow the first season of the South Georgia Peanuts, a member of the newly formed South Coast League. Besides embracing the daily struggles of a grueling 90 game baseball schedule, “Playing for Peanuts” will delve into the personal challenges that players, coaches, and staffs encounter throughout the year.
“I think the story of the Peanuts and the South Coast League mirrors every classic baseball movie I've ever seen," explains Fitzgerald. "You've got these veteran coaches who have seen it all, and they're trying to connect with and teach these kids with tremendous talent. There will be conflicts and misunderstandings, but there will also be great successes.”
Featuring many former big league personalities including Peanuts Manager Wally Backman, Music manager Phil Plantier, and South Coast League Roving Hitting Instructor Cecil Fielder, “Playing for Peanuts” will look to take baseball fans into the game like they have never seen it before.
“Someday some of these players will make it to the major leagues and these coaches and the local community will have played a huge part in their first experience in pro baseball,” added Fitzgerald.