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Ken Griffey Jr Baseball - All-Time Greats

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This is a custom hack of the original KGB SNES game, but with all-time legends on every team's roster!

I tried to include a bit of every championship era a team had on each roster, spanning all 98 seasons in MLB's live-ball era from 1920-2018. 

 

 

ROSTER STRUCTURES

I also kept the game's basic structure fundamentals for rosters. So every team has 5 starting pitchers, 5 relievers, 8 (or 9 in the AL) starting position players and 7 (or 6 in the AL) bench position players. I also stayed true to the original's roster makeup so that every bench has a catcher, 3 infielders and 3 outfielders -- except in the AL, where the DH's natural position dictates the remaining bench positions (example - David Ortiz's natural position  was 1B, so the Red Sox only have 2 IFs on the bench). Generally, a player appears on the team he played his best seasons for. But there are some exceptions in order to get as many deserving players in the game as I could (example - Mike Piazza had his best seasons with the Dodgers from '93-'97, but he is the Mets' starting catcher in this game). Also, I made a rule that no player can appear more than once in the game. So you will not see Barry Bonds on the Pirates and the Giants or Frank Robinson on the Reds and the Orioles. 

 

 

PLAYER STATS

Player's stats are based on their 5 peak seasons of their career, regardless of the team they played for. For example, Frank Robinson's AVG. is his 5 best career batting averages averaged out; his HR total is his 5 peak home run seasons averaged; and his RBI total is his 5 peak RBI seasons averaged. The same basic rules apply to pitchers as well for their ERA, Wins, Losses and Saves. Also, in order to really see every player on an equal playing field the 5-year peak season stats are pro-rated. So for instance, if you look at Tony Gwynn's stats in the game, those are his 5-year peak numbers pro-rated to 500 ABs. All position players' stats are pro-rated to 500 ABs. All starting pitchers' stats are pro-rated to 36 GS. And all relievers' stats are pro-rated to 70 G. This allows you to look at the players on even ground, so a player who may have usually had 720 plate appearances won't have bloated stats over a guy who may have only normally had 500 plate appearances during his 5-year peak. 

 

 

PLAYER RATINGS/SKILLS

Player's skill ratings also had a specific system I used. Using players' 5-year peak season numbers and pro-rated to 500 AB/36 GS/70 G, here were the ranking systems I used for each skill rating:

 

HITTERS

BAT uses the hitter's batting average in their 5-yr peak. Below is the system I used: (I didn't show 1-4 since there not any players rated that low)

POW uses the hitter's home runs in their 5-yr peak and pro-rated to 500 AB. Below is the system I used:

SPD uses the hitter's Stolen Base attempts + 3Bs in their 5-yr peak pro-rated to 500 AB. 

DEF uses the hitter's fielding percentage as well as DRS (Defensive Runs Saved). For outfielders, I also took into account their assists. For catchers, their CS% was also used. If a player received a GG they more than usually received a 9. Players with multiple Gold Gloves almost always received a 10 DEF rating. However, there are a few players who had great defense (9 or 10) that never won a GG. So that is always a good indicator of how well a player's defense is.

 

PITCHERS

SPD uses the pitcher's SO/9 innings pitched in their 5-yr peak.

CON uses the pitcher's WHIP as well as FIP in their 5-yr peak.

FAT uses the starting pitcher's innings pitched per games started in their 5-yr peak and a reliever's innings pitched per games played. 

 

 

PLAYER'S PHYSICAL APPEARANCES

I tried to be as faithful as I could to all player's physical appearances. Whether that was physical stature and physique, batting stances, hair length and color, facial hair or skin tones. I think I did a decent job and hope you feel like the players match their real-life counterparts as much as this game allows. If anybody notices a mistake or something that may need to be fixed, please let me know! I will fix it and re-upload an updated version.

 

 

 

 Please leave any feedback, criticism, suggestions or comments on here! I'd love to know what anybody else thinks that downloads and plays this. Also, I have a '98 expansion edition I will also upload very soon. 

 

ENJOY!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Griffey Jr. All-Time Edition.smc


 

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Very nice game, you did a great job! I noticed that Harmon Killebrew is a left handed hitter in the game, but he actually threw and hit right handed.

Thank you, I appreciate your hard work.

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Thanks for the feedback! Glad you guys are enjoying it! Also, I will fix the error with Killebrew being a lefty in the game. 

 

Speaking of updates, I actually did a more recent version of my all-time release over this past summer.

 

A few roster changes here an there, some lineup shifting and rotation shuffles. But the biggest change I did was regarding player ratings. I originally used player's 5-yr career best averages, but felt like there were too many red and orange (i.e., really darn good) guys in the game and it was slightly unbalanced. On this newer version, I decided to take a players' 7 year career best seasons instead of just 5, as well as making the rule that the 7 seasons had to be in succession or in a row (exceptions were military service or if a player missed the majority of a season due to injury). I also made it a rule that whichever team the player represented, his 7 year span had to mostly be on that team. So for instance, Mark McGwire is on the A's in the game, so his 7-yr span is 1989-1997 (1993 and 1994 were skipped since he missed most of those seasons). 

 

The result of using the 7-yr spans instead of 5 definitely made the game more balanced with less red and orange players and even some lime and teal green players appearing. 

 

I also fine tuned how I determined a player's skill ratings, which also helped balance the game out more. 

 

Anyways, I will post the new updated versions if anyone has interest on here. I feel like the new versions are a much better experience and more balanced and fun. Some teams are still better than others, but overall, there are not as many near perfect players and this makes for a more even playing field and enjoyable game.

 

Let me know and I will post the new versions!

 

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