Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball

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Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball is a SNES only title, and it was something big in 1993 and 1994. As the Super NES entered it’s second and third years, the sports games began to advance.

 

I see Ken Griffey Jr… But where are the players?

Although Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball had a MLB license, it didn’t have a license from the MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association), therefore, the only current (at the time) player is Ken Griffey Jr. Oddly, the rosters of this league have former U.S. presidents, English punk rockers, old famous actors, writers, Motown singers and the Boston Red Sox team has characters from the TV show Cheers. The St. Louis Cardinals have Moe from the Three Stooges.

In this game, you can edit player names; you can have a team filled with Mega Man enemies if you wish. With the MLB license and the MLBPA one missing, each team has its own stadium.

Gameplay & Story

I had a friend back in 93-94 who had got this game for Christmas. I remember playing two games as he created himself on the Seattle Mariners (the team Griffey was on at the time) to join Griffey, I was the California Angels where I created myself using my then middle name, (R.Jason) and added one of my half-brothers (T.Spear) My first game, he beat me by 15 or more runs.

Then on the second game, I was able to prevail, much to his anger and wonder how I was able to learn the game quickly. The game is fairly easy to adapt too. I wasn’t sure why I selected the Angels although we were from Detroit (well, a suburb actually), but I think it was due to the Tigers sucking big time during the 1990s. I know it was before Angels in the Outfield.

 

Beware!

According to Wikipedia, the game has some major bugs. Season stats get deleted for no good reason during season play, and roster names go back to their generic names from time to time.

So, if you are looking to get a 162-game season going with Ken Griffey and all the characters from Weeds, beware. It would be interesting if Nancy Botwin from Weeds was the leadoff hitter in the Major Leagues (or probably not).