About This File
The first release in the MLB17 series is finally here.
This is the 2017 edition of the NES classic, R.B.I. Baseball.
All 30 teams are represented here with rosters and starting lineups closely representing the ones used on Opening Day. I say "closely" because I took the liberties of juggling some of the lineups, due to a player being injured who would typically be in the starting lineup (i.e. Adrian Beltre, Didi Gregorious, and Steve Cishek).
I did this ROM a little differently than previous years. One of the first changes you will notice from the top is in the presentation. In the past I would truncate a player's name if it exceeded (and most do) six letters. So, Madison Bumgarner would be listed as "BUMGAR." This year, I went with the classic "cramming" method, so Bumgarner is displayed ad "BMGRNR," Gary Sanchez is "SANCHZ", David Robertson is "RBRTSN", etc. I tested out both way with last year's release to see what the general concensus was as far as preference goes. Most seemed to like the "crammed" method, so that way stuck this season.
Another difference is with the way I rated players. With EVERY R.B.I. ROM release up to this date, I rated a player based on the previous season. On paper, this seems like a good idea, but a lot of elite players were being stunted because of injuries. I first took note of this a couple seasons ago where Prince Fielder had a .247 average and 3 homeruns. Because of this, he was rated not much better than a player on the back of the Padres' bench. So, this season (and future seasons) I rated the players on their complete body of work based pro-rated over a 162 game season. In doing so, even though Mike Trout had a "down" year with only 29 homeruns, he is still rated like a beast.
If I botched anything, let me know. Enjoy.
The second release in my MLB17 series, R.B.I. Baseball 3: 2017, will be released in the next 2-3 weeks (earlier if you're a Patreon.com/BaronGaming member).
What's New in Version 1.0.0 See changelog
A couple of bug fixes:
Fixed KCR's Kelvin Herrera's ERA. It was showing up as " '.51 ". It now reads correctly.
Changed MIA's Brad Ziegler's pitching stance from overhand to sidearm.