Million Dollar Arm movie has Bakersfield connection

Company seeking best arm in US

BAKERSFIELD - A Bakersfield business had a part in the new movie, "Million Dollar Arm."

The movie is about an Indian baseball player winning a pitching contest to join American minor leagues.

The pitching cage featured in the film is the flagship product of Mojo Sports, in Bakersfield.

Mojo is sponsoring a pitching competition called the American Arm , searching for the best pitcher in the United States. The winner will sign a professional contract.

Joe Lewis, owner and operator of MoJo Sports, played professional baseball for six years before he invented the MoJo Pitching Cage in 2000 while working for ESPN. It is currently installed in 21 baseball stadiums across the U.S., including for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, and many other major and minor league ball parks.

"Over the past several years we've seen everyday athletes pitch at amazing speeds using our pitching cage," says Joe Lewis, inventor of the Mojo Pitching Cage. "So we are proud to be an integral part of this movie and continue to do our part to increase excitement and awareness of great unknown pitching talent around the world." 

"Million Dollar Arm" is based on a true story. It came in fourth at the box office on its opening weekend, after Godzilla, Neighbors, and the Amazing Spiderman 2.

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