But those plusses are not enough to sustain a TV series, and with Ball Four's premiere its creators can claim only partial success. They got the show on the air, but it is neither the character comedy nor the inside look at baseball they once planned. And the series, for however long it survives, is now largely in the hands of professional television people. Ziegel has returned to sportswriting, and Kitman is doing a series of articles on TV writing for his old newspaper. Meanwhile, Bouton, who at the moment is neither a pitcher, a sportscaster, an author nor an actor who appears to have a big future, is dangling on the outside corner with Ball Four.