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What The Cast Of Major League Looks Like Today

Thanks to an ensemble cast of A-list celebrities, small-screen legends and future Hollywood stars alike, 1989's baseball comedy Major League was a bona fide home run, receiving a positive critical reception while raking it in at the box office. Infinitely quotable and hilariously funny, Major League deserves a spot in anyone's VHS collection...if it isn't there already.

So what happened to the members of this legendary—albeit fictional—pennant-winning Cleveland Indians squad? With such an all-star cast of memorable characters, it's certainly worth looking into.

Tom Berenger — Jake Taylor

Emmy-winning actor Tom Berenger has enjoyed a long and fruitful career on both the big and small screens.

Before playing the grizzled veteran catcher, team leader and former womanizer Jake Taylor in Major League, Berenger had already begun to establish himself in Hollywood, thanks to his role as Sgt. Barnes in Platoon—which also starred his battery mate Charlie Sheen. After sacrificing his knees to win the Cleveland Indians their first pennant in decades and win back the love of his life, Berenger went on to play significant roles as Thomas Beckett in the Sniper series, Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet in Gettysburg, Jonathan Shale in The Substitute, John Riley in One Man's Hero, Stan Gursky in Training Day, Browning in Inception, and more.

Berenger's also been a powerful presence on the small screen, with roles as Jeff Stevens in If Tomorrow Comes, Theodore Roosevelt in Rough RidersJim Vance in Hatfields & McCoys—for which he won an Emmy—and Jackson Raydor in Major Crimes.

Berenger isn't done acting yet, with roles already lined up for the coming years. Whether or not we ever get a Major League IV is another story, but Berenger says he'd "probably be up for it."

Charlie Sheen — Ricky Vaughn

Probably the most famous member of the team, Charlie Sheen's reputation as a "Wild Thing" isn't limited to his fastball-throwing delinquent character in Major League.

Sheen was already a star before busting out of jail to make spring training, having previously appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starred alongside Tom Berenger in Platoon, and landed starring roles in Wall StreetYoung Guns, and Eight Men Out. He went on to most notably star as Lt. Topper Harley in Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux, Aramis in The Three Musketeers, Charlie Crawford in Spin City—which earned him a Golden Globe—Tom in Scary Movie 3, Charlie Harper on the long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men, and Charlie Goodson in the television series Anger Management.

Sheen's reputation became all the wilder after an infamous interview in which the actor discussed his epic party lifestyle and his "bi-winning" psychology, which instantly went viral. Reports of alcohol and drug abuse, marital issues and domestic violence ultimately caused his lucrative Two and a Half Men contract to be terminated (he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher), and his open relationships with pornographic actresses kept the tabloids busy. In 2015, Sheen announced that he is HIV positive.

Corbin Bernsen — Roger Dorn

Known more for his television roles than his big-screen ones, Corbin Bernsen was brought on to bring even more star power to the cast of Major League.

Before playing the role of the vain, big-headed third baseman who'd rather commit an error than risk taking a nasty hop to the face in all three Major League movies, Bernsen most notably played Arnie Becker in the long-running series L.A. Law. He's since appeared as USAF Col. Henry 'Bull' Eckert in The Cape, Captain Owen Sebring in JAGJohn Durant in General Hospital, Jack Sherwood in Cuts, Henry Spencer in Psych, and Father Todd Williams in The Young and the Restless—just a few from an extensive list of credits.

Bernsen still has a vested interest in the Cleveland Indians. Despite growing up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, he recently narrated the Indians-focused MLB Network documentary The Dynasty That Almost Was. "Even before [Major League], there was one, smaller connection," he told Cleveland.com. "I was on the Indians in little league. When you're in little league, that's your team. You have a small connection either way. Then Major League came around. I grew up in a National League town, with the Dodgers...I was a Dodgers fan. I didn't pay much attention to the American League. Then, when we did Major League, I started saying, 'OK, this gives me a team to root for.' Not to mention, talk about an underdog story."

Rene Russo — Lynn Wells

Rene Russo's major acting breakthrough came when she landed the role of Lynn Wells—the former Olympic swimmer and love interest to Tom Berenger's Jake Taylor—in Major League. Before that, however, she was already an in-demand and famously tenacious Vogue model.

After dumping her snobby lawyer fiancé for the pennant-winning catcher in Major League, Russo went on to play Rita Lewis in One Good CopLorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, Lilly Raines in In the Line of Fire, Robby Keough in Outbreak, Karen Flores in Get Shorty, Dr. Molly Griswold in Tin Cup, Kate Mullen in Ransom, Catherine Banning in The Thomas Crown Affair, and many more. Most recently, you've probably seen her playing Thor's mother in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.

Despite her impressive filmography, Russo doesn't really care much for acting. When asked if she misses the set during her downtime, Russo told The Los Angeles Times "Oh, hell no! ... I wish I had a little bit more of [Julianne Moore's] passion in my work...I dropped out of high school and started modeling pretty young. And I didn't have a job. What was I going to do? I had no education. It is a stressful job for me."

Wesley Snipes — Willie Mays Hayes

Just as the Cleveland Indians served as the fleet-footed Willie Mays Hayes' big breakthrough, Major League is directly responsible for skyrocketing Wesley Snipes into the big show.

After playing the base-stealing speedster who "hits like s***" in Major League, Snipes notably went on to play Shadow 'Sax' Henderson in Mo' Better Blues, Nino Brown in New Jack City, Flipper Purify in Jungle Fever, Sidney Deane in White Men Can't Jump, John Cutter in Passenger 57, Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man, and the titular vampire slayer in the Blade trilogy, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, Snipes' Hollywood career took a downturn thanks to a series of less than stellar action movies, some run-ins with the law, and a strained relationship with the movie industry. Things got even worse for Snipes when he was convicted of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001, resulting in a three-year prison sentence. After his release, Snipes sued the Internal Revenue Service.

These days, Snipes' career has been on the rebound. He recently landed the roles of Doc in The Expendables 3 and Cyclops in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, and he's also written what he hopes is the first of a series of thriller novels called Talon of God—which has received generally positive reviews.

Chelcie Ross — Eddie Harris

In Major League, character actor Chelcie Ross played the crafty veteran spitballer (and Crisco-Bardol-Vagisil-baller) who learned the hard way what happens when you steal Jobu's rum—but that's not the actor's only major role in a memorable sports film. Before he was throwing junk from the mound and defending Jesus Christ's curveball-hitting ability, Ross played townie George in 1986's basketball classic Hoosiers and later played coach Dan Devine in Notre Dame walk-on story Rudy.

Ross's other roles include appearances and cameos on TV shows like Tales from the CryptGabriel's FireDallasMissing PersonsChristyChicago HopeJudging AmyKing of the HillEverybody Loves RaymondNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Grey's Anatomy. (If you can name a show, there's a solid chance Ross has been on it.)

Ross, a Vietnam veteran Air Force officer with a Bronze Star, still relishes his time spent filming Major League. "It was fantasy fulfillment for us all and a chance to be boys again," he told The News-Herald . "I was 47 at the time and the late, great Jimmy Gammon (who played Manager Lou Brown) was older, so I think that moment of reclaimed youth meant more to us."

Dennis Haysbert — Pedro Cerrano

If you own a television, it would be almost impossible to have not seen Dennis Haysbert—or at least heard his recognizable voice.

Aside from playing the Cuban defector who practices voodoo, makes sacrifices to Jobu and keeps his bats warm with "hats"—i.e. Roger Dorn's golf club covers—Haysbert has played Donald Breedan in Heat, Kenneth Dawkins in Waiting to Exhale, Detective Larry McBain in The Thirteenth Floor, Zeke McCall in Love & Basketball, Manute in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Steven in The Dark Tower, and Charlie Ventana in Reverie. Haysbert has also provided voice work for Wreck-It RalphKung Fu Panda 2, and Justice League, as well as video games like Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. However, most people will undoubtedly recognize him as either President David Palmer in 24, Jonas Blane on The Unit, or as the "Allstate Man" from the Allstate Insurance commercials.

Like his character Pedro Cerrano, Haysbert could also really crank fastballs out of the park. "Dennis Haysbert could hit it a country mile," Charlie Sheen told Sports Illustrated. "Big strong guy."

Bob Uecker — Harry Doyle

Major League wouldn't be the comedy classic it is today without National Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Uecker's authentic color commentary and memorable one-liners.

Uecker actually played in the majors from 1962 to 1967 for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves, batting a lifetime .200 with 14 homers and 74 RBIs over 297 games. Most people, however, know the witty baseball fanatic as the legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster—a role he's maintained since 1971.

Uecker's comedic take on the game, as displayed in Major League, is what has separated him from other color commentators, and he hasn't lost even an ounce of material. In a 2016 interview on 620 WTMJ, he discussed how he stays sharp in the offseason. "Arizona, I go to this place, I do senior citizens' broadcast," he said. "They don't even use a ball. They write on a piece of paper what they would do, and I broadcast it." Jokes aside, Uecker's near-half-century of calling Brewers baseball is inevitably winding down. "When I first started [scaling back], it was tough," he said. "I know at some point, we all have to back off."

Charles Cyphers — Charlie Donovan

Though he hasn't been seen much in recent years, Charles Cyphers has an extensive list of credits to his name.

Before he played the good guy General Manager who can't help but root for the Tribe against the orders of his boss, Cyphers made a slew of appearances on television shows like CannonIsisThe Six Million Dollar ManThe Bionic WomanPhyllisRoots, Charlie's Angels, Wonder WomanBarnaby JonesThe Betty White Show, AliceStarsky and HutchLou Grant, Hart to HartThe Dukes of HazzardAirwolf, Matlock, Dallas, Our HouseHill Street Blues, Night Court, 21 Jump Street...the list goes on and on and on. To say Cyphers is a legend of character acting is an understatement, and after Major League, he continued his epic run with roles in shows such as Seinfeld, ER, JAG, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Among that crowded filmography, Cyphers holds claim to one particularly memorable role: in 1978, he played Sheriff Leigh Brackett in the horror classic Halloween, as well as its 1981 sequel Halloween II.

Margaret Whitton — Rachel Phelps

Actress, producer and director Margaret Whitton got her start on the stage, making her off-Broadway debut in 1973's Baba Goya before debuting on Broadway ten years later in Nell Dunn's Steaming. She later transitioned to the big screen where, aside from playing Major League's antagonistic owner Rachel Phelps—whose only goal is to finish dead last and move the franchise to Miami—she played Jane in Parades, Sola Alcoa in Teenage Hitchhikers, Darla in The Best of Times, Molly in Nine 1/2 Weeks, Vera Prescott in The Secret of My Succe$s, Katrina in Ironweed, Holly Stevenson in Little Monsters, Catherine Palin in The Man Without a Face, and Jane Lyle in Trial by Jury.

Whitton also had a memorable presence on the small screen, appearing in The Doctors, Miami Vice, Hometown, Tales from the Darkside, Spenser: For Hire, A Fine Romance, Good & Evil, and Cutters—in addition to directing 2011's A Bird of the Air and acting as associate producer on the documentary Been Rich All My Life and co-executive producer on the documentary Casting By.

On December 4th, 2016, Whitton passed away peacefully in her Palm Beach, Florida home after battling cancer. She was 67.

James Gammon — Lou Brown

James Gammon may be well known as the old-school Cleveland Indians manager who leads a ragtag group of wannabes to pennant-winning fame, but Major League's Lou Brown is only one character in an extensive and legendary career.

Gammon got his start on television and remained there for the majority of his career, appearing on everything from late '60s shows like The Wild Wild West, The Monroes, Captain Nice, Bonanza, and Batman to later series such as Grey's Anatomy, Monk, and Crossing Jordan. His weathered appearance and bushy mustache made him a go-to guy for roles requiring an experienced expression, be it as a Western lawman, a stern father, or a tobacco-spitting minor-league baseball manager.

Anyone who ever worked with Gammon heaped praise on the gruff actor. "You want to talk about a Viking? An absolute f***ing warlock? This guy shows up one morning, and he's so hung over that he has the bar still attached to his head," Charlie Sheen recounted to Sports Illustrated. "I've never seen a man in this much pain trying to make a cup of coffee. I said, 'Bro, I'm a veteran of these wars. Anything I can do to help you?' He said, 'If you could just bring me 6PM, everything would be good.' He just wanted the day to end. He was an awesome dude."

The undeniably awesome Gammon passed away in his Costa Mesa, California home on July 16th, 2010, after battling cancer of the adrenal glands and liver. He was 70.