A mishmash of inspirations -- baseball, Japan, and romance among them -- shapes Jerry Goldsmith's Mr. Baseball, a fleetingly lovely but ultimately disappointing score fatally undermined by the composer's reliance on the electric organ, an instrument far better suited to the ballpark than the home stereo system. Making liberal use of diamond staples including "Baby Elephant Walk" and the immortal six-note "Charge!" motif, Goldsmith creates a loud and grating score so profoundly inspired by the ballpark experience that one wonders why the composer's credit is even attached to the music -- much better is a series of jazzy love themes that make effective use of the Japanese shakuhachi flute, but too much of Mr. Baseball feels mailed in, as if Goldsmith simply spent the afternoon at Dodger Stadium rather than investing quality time at the piano.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny