Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the Rest of the ‘Pitch’ Cast Strip Down for New Photos

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If Fox’s Pitch, a show centered on the first female pitcher in the MLB, hasn’t earned your viewership quite yet, perhaps this bit of titillating PR will do the trick. In reaction to a recent storyline within the show, the on-screen athletes all posed for nude photo shoots, including Save by the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Wearing just his kneepads and cleats and hold his catcher’s mitt, the TV star is imposing and nearly unrecognizable in the new black-and-white image, and maybe that’s the point. On the show, he plays Mike Lawson, a veteran, and mentor on the San Diego Padres’ roster.

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Earlier this season, the show’s central character Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) is forced to cope with something all familiar in 2016 — a nude photo scandal. Instead of distancing themselves from their pitcher, the entire fictional team poses for nude photos in the act of solidarity.

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“The show takes place in the world of baseball, but it’s not about baseball; it’s about the relationships between the players, and their day-in and day-out struggles,” Gosselaar told Entertainment Weekly recently. “There’s comedy, drama, and everything in between. I don’t think I’ve gone through an episode where I haven’t teared up, but that could be because I probably need to go on hormone treatment or something. I’ll chalk it up less to the hormones, and more to the magnificent writing.”

Pitch airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox.