Perhaps Bill Murray's next movie role should be a revised version of The Magnificent Seven.
He could play the part of Jason Chowning.
Murray, the actor, also is owner of the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, host team for the 53rd annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The Lexington Legends lead the Southern Division with a magnificent seven all-star selections.
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However, Chowning will not be on hand, as he was recently promoted to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League.
Murray, though, should be available, as he is part of the 2012 SAL Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Tuesday.
Legends on hand will be pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano and Carlos Quevedo, first baseman Zach Johnson, second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., and third baseman Matt Duffy.
"That's (a result of) how they work, their work habits, and put everything together in a game," Legends Manager Ivan DeJesus said of his stars. "The confidence builds. It's a credit to everybody — the pitching coach, the hitting coach and the players to improve every single day."
Activity begins Monday with batting practice and preliminary rounds of the Home Run Derby — aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.
The final round of the Derby will be Tuesday in Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, preceding the 7:30 p.m. All-Star Game.
Johnson and Duffy will represent the Legends in the Home Run Derby.
"I would expect it to be pretty windy," Johnson said of hitting off a carrier. "I'm not really sure if there's going to be a fence or how that's going to work. It'll be a good experience and it will be fun."
Duffy is curious about the particulars.
"I have no idea how the setup's going to work, but I'm assuming that you hit it off, into the water," Duffy said. "So definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing and probably the coolest thing I'll ever do in baseball."
Duffy, hitting .321 with 11 homers and 35 RBI, ranks among the top eight in the league in average, homers, hits, total bases and OPS.
Johnson, batting .251 with 10 homers, is tied for the SAL lead with 63 RBI.
Lexington's other infield all-star, DeShields, is batting .265 with three homers, 29 RBI and 49 runs scored. He leads the league and is just three off a single-season team record with 45 stolen bases.
Learning a new position (he had been a center fielder) at age 18 last year, DeShields hit .220 last and committed 23 errors. How has he come so far since last season?
"A lot of it is having that year under my belt," he said. "But I do put in the work. I start from the off-season, spring training, to even before the game — taking groundballs and stuff. All that comes into play at some point. I worked my butt off."
As for Legends all-star pitchers, Chowning was promoted June 4, having compiled a 1-2 record with 10 saves, 0.66 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 271⁄3 innings.
Foltynewicz (9-1, 2.13) leads the league in wins and innings pitched (842⁄3) and is second in ERA.
"Last year was just (my) first year in full-season, just trying to get my feet on the ground and get what the whole full year is going to be about," Foltynewicz said. "I'm pretty confident this year. Worked on a lot of things during the off-season, made a lot of adjustments, and they're working well for me out in the game. It's just been pretty fun to be out there."
Tropeano (5-4, 2.99) ranks second with 91 strikeouts and is top 10 in ERA and innings (811⁄3).
"I'm just excited to go against the best competition in the league and meet all the guys, meet new people," Tropeano said of being an all-star. "Great experience baseball-wise. Just ready to enjoy it."
Quevedo (4-2, 3.66, 3 saves, 4 holds) has gone from dependable starter last year to bullpen bulldog this season.
"Yeah. That's what I want," Quevedo said of moving to the bullpen. "I have to be ready for every day, every situation.
"I was working the winter ball: keep the ball down in the zone. And that's what I'm doing here. I think I'm better than last year."
Quevedo, who had 110 strikeouts to 19 walks last year, continues to pound the zone. So far, he has fanned 53 and walked only six.
Chowning's promotion could be an omen for more moves, as often happens at or near all-star breaks.
"I hope not," said DeJesus, who saw his Legends get hot in recent weeks. "I'm (of the) opinion, build a good, solid year. Anything could happen. It could happen late. We have a good team, good players around, good chemistry. And I think if we keep that all year around, they improve faster or better for next year."