Mix Up Your Pitches

Nothing sets up a good curveball better than a couple of fastballs. Your pitcher will be much more effective if he mixes up his pitches. Don't fall in love with any one pitch, or you'll find the batters falling in love with it too One exception to this suggestion is if your team has an ace reliever who specializes in throwing 96 mph fastballs. Most ace relievers never pitch more than an inning and a half at any one time, so throwing their best pitch is usually recommended.

Hints And Tips

Pitching The big, breaking curve ball and the 'back-door' slider are two excellent strike out pitches. Some of your team's pitchers will be able to throw these pitches, and once mastered, will make these pitchers more effective. A big, breaking curve ball can be thrown by pressing down and the A button together (selecting a breaking ball), then pressing 'up on the control pad while the pitcher is in his motion (aiming for the upper part of the strike zone), then pressing down when the ball is...

How To

Batting and bunting are accomplished by pressing the A' button. Press the control pad in conjunction with the A button to alter your batter's swing. Or, just hit 'A' for a regular swing. Like in real baseball, if you hit the ball on the bat's sweet spot, it will go further than if you hit it on the end of the bat. Bunting can be accomplished one of two ways. You can bunt by swinging halfway and then adjusting the bat with the control pad to make it meet the ball, or you can press the A button...

Bases Loaded Ii Second Season

Your team has endured lengthy batting slumps by most of the starting lineup throughout August. And your team's number one starter, Rubin, has been erratic over his last three starts. But still, your team clings to a tenuous three game lead over the rest of the Eastern division, and there are only two weeks remaining in the season. But forget about the future, you need to score runs now You trail 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth with one out and your leadoff man, Weir, is...

Your Lineup

You have a nine man lineup to set up in the most effective batting order. The order your players start in is usually effective, but as you learn your players' individual strengths and weaknesses, you may wish to alter the lineup to best suit your playing style. You should also take into consideration which players on your team are 'hot,' and which are cold. Player Change Select 'Player Change to replace a starter with a bench player before the game starts. Move the arrow next to the player you...

Pitchers

The physical rating controls the stamina of a pitcher. How long a pitcher can throw at a high speed and control his pitches is determined by his physical rating. The sensitivity rating determines emotion or adrenaline level for a pitcher. A pitcher with a positive sensitivity rating will be able to throw at a higher speed than when he has a negative sensitivity rating. The intellectual rating affects the pitcher's curveball. A positive intellectual rating will allow a pitcher to make the ball...

How To Pitch

Pitching is accomplished by pressing the control pad and the A button at the same time. When the pitcher goes into his wind-up, you can curve the ball either horizontally or vertically by pressing the control pad again. The longer you hold the control pad, the more movement you will put on the pitch. The ability to move or curve the ball is primarily determined by numerical ratings under the pitcher's curve ability see team charts in back of manual . There are three types of curves vertical,...