When Ken Burns decided to update his epic documentary “Baseball” to chronicle the tumultuous developments since it first aired in 1994, he knew that he didn’t want to make a movie of the Mitchell Report.
Instead, Burns and coproducer Lynn Novick tried to bring Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and their pursuit of the sport’s hallowed home run records to viewers as fans experienced them at the time.
In the four-hour miniseries scheduled to debut on PBS next Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Burns and Novick take “Baseball” into extra innings, updating the original 18 1/2-hour documentary on the first 150 years of the sport’s history to include the successes and scandals since 1994.
“The Tenth Inning” details the influx of Latin American and Asian players, baseball’s help in healing — or at least distracting — the country from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the rise of a new Yankees’ dynasty and the Red Sox cathartic championship in 2004.
It contains mini-profiles of Cal Ripken Jr., Ichiro Suzuki and new statistical fads such as VORP.