Tommy Lasorda Baseball

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In 1989, Sega Genesis released the first baseball game for their system, which was also the first 16-bit baseball game ever. In the United States, it was Tommy Lasorda Baseball; in Japan and Europe, it was Super League Baseball.

This same pattern was repeated for Pat Riley Basketball when it was released around the same time; it would go to Japan and Europe as Super Real Basketball.

When looking at the rosters, there is a clear retro element. The players’ surnames are limited to five characters, one more than Baseball Simulator 1.000. Tommy Lasorda Baseball doesn’t contain an MLB license, but it does contain all 28 MLB teams (that existed in 1989). A commercial was made for the game with Tommy Lasorda himself appearing in it.

 

Features & Graphics

Tommy Lasorda Baseball has managerial options such as pitcher & lineup changes. It has a season mode by password, and also an all-star game. It does not have editing options; you can’t add yourself to this game.

The at-bat view is behind the batter, while the ball-in-play view comes from the Goodyear Blimp. When the ball is in play, the game announcer tells you which player you are going to control just as the ball flies from the bat. If the ball is going to the outfield, it will name a position in the outfield.

The game doesn’t give you the controls to the left fielder if it’s going deep right by the foul line; it is convenient to get the close fielder at your control when the ball flies from the bat. It’s different however with Glitch Mode (explained later).

One of the more hilarious items of Tommy Lasorda Baseball is the “invisible” catcher. The catcher during at bat view is drawn with just black lines and no color so you can see through him. It reminds me of a coloring book—go get your crayons! (I know, not funny).

Sound & Music

As noted earlier, a voice tells you which fielder you’ll be controlling when the ball is hit. Although limited to just that, the voice is clear and pleasant to listen to, unlike Sports Talk Baseball, which came out a year later. Sounds are usual for a 16-bit baseball game, but the crowd noise after a home run is hit can be annoying. The in-game music for Tommy Lasorda Baseball is goofy. I wouldn’t say it sucks, it’s just plain goofy. The music changes every 3 innings during the game.

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Glitch Mode

This game has a few passwords out that make baseball a little more interesting and also strange. Here are three passwords that can enhance (or eff up) your game play. You can play against an invisible team, enable special effects (tried that one myself, nothing really exciting happened) or use the Glitch Mode. The video we have a link to with the Glitch Mode shows a home run going, going, going and still going. Funny!