Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Daughter Pitches Better Than His Son: I Want My Girls to ‘Attain Their Dreams’

09/09/2016 at 11:15 AM ET

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s kids may not be into the beard their dad’s been sporting for his new role on Fox’s Pitch, but he’s hoping they gain a positive outlook from the show.

“I think it’s an important message for my daughters and for my sons as well,” Gosselaar, 42, told PEOPLE at the Paley Center for Media preview of Pitch in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday night.

“I have two sons, and I don’t want them to grow up in a world where they tell their sisters that they can’t play baseball because of their gender,” he adds.

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In reality, the gals in the Gosselaar family are highly talented on the field — just like Ginny Baker, Dad’s costar Kylie Bunbury‘s character.

“I could probably tell you that one of my daughters is probably better than one of my sons at throwing,” he says. “Baseball has been dominated by men for years, and it’s a male sport.

“I don’t think we live in that world anymore. I think we’ve evolved a little bit more. It’s important for my daughters to be able to dream and attain their dreams.”

#Priceless. Spending a day at the park with your daughter. #Pitch

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As a father of four — Lachlyn Hope, 18 months, Dekker Edward, 2½, Ava Lorenn, 10, and Michael Charles, 12 — Gosselaar teaches his children that dreaming alone is not enough. Success takes hard work, discipline and talent.

“They have to have talent and ability,” he says. “I don’t think that just because you say you can, you do it. The character, when you watch the show, [is] still struggling. And no, she can’t pitch with the velocity of a man, but she pitches with something else. And that works.”

"Shit! It's only Tuesday!" #lala

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Shooting Pitch has definitely taken up the better part of Gosselaar’s calendar, but the Saved By the Bell alum always makes family his priority.

About date nights with his wife Catriona, he stresses, “It’s pretty important. We try to do it at least once a week, where we just go for dinner. Something that we do that’s very simple is we watch TV together at the end of the night.

“We binge-watch something — when I say binge-watch, binge-watching for us takes about a month,” he continues. “Right now, we’re watching Narcos. House of Cards, when that comes back. Mr. Robot, things like that … we don’t get three shows in a night. We get one show.”

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amanda on

I love how many people are martyrs for gender.. I hope he also tells his children how privileged they are and that baseball (and most sports) are for the rich– not necessarily 1% but comparing it to the developing world where they can’t afford basic sports equipment.

heather on

Kind of strange he’d be intentionally vague about which daughter is a better pitcher than the son. I’m guessing it’s the other two children, but if it’s not something to be ashamed of, why not use names?

heather on

So which team is he a fan of? Or does he just like wearing the merchandise?

J on

He has an 18 month old daughter and a 10 year old daughter… Why must he name which one is better at pitching??!?!? You can’t figure it out?

Katie on

amanda, your bitter diatribe is not making sense when I, and ardent baseball fan for most of my life, have seen year after year of professional baseball players coming from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, as well as other countries, on all major teams! They talk about hitting a rolled up sock with a stick to learn how to play ball. I grew up poor myself, and we had to do some of the same things when we were young. Eventually, we could save up money for a glove, but it wouldn’t be some $110 plus glove. Good grief! Baseball isn’t only for rich kids, but Little League, Select, etc, is for Talented kids. Bitter jealousy is just getting old….makes you sound ridiculous.

Sara on

He looks sexy!!


He needs to rid himself of the beard, perhaps it makes him look a wee-bit older, but it also makes him look like a stalker of sorts these days in 2016, too! Zip it on the facial whiskers’, thanks!