Saturday, November 26, 2016

Commentary: Tim Raines Should Already Be In The Hall of Fame

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement... 

For the past several years I've watched in amazement as the Baseball Writers Association of America gets it wrong time and time again when it comes to Tim Raines

  • Raines played in 2500 games and has 2600 hits, so average at least a hit a game
  • He got on base via a walk 1300 times, so if he's not getting a hit, he's getting on base, like a lead off hitter should
  • He stole over 800 bases, good luck seeing a modern day player coming anywhere close to that
  • In the last year he played, his OBS was .351, there are players in the game today who would kill to have a .351 OBS, his career OBS was .391
  • The arugment that he's the poor man's Ricky Henderson is idiotic, just because Ricky did more and played longer, should not be held against Raines. 

Live From The Basement: Baseball Stars 2 (And Review)

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On this particular live stream I played Baseball Stars 2, which was an arcade game released way back in 1992, exactly how this played in the arcade is beyond me. Still I manage to win a game during this live stream  -- Watch live at

You know, as a kid, when I went to the arcades, I can't recall ever seeing Baseball-Stars 2 at any of the Neo-Geo cabinets, I remember a few fighting games and I think a racing game, but never this particular game. I also can't fully wrap my head around how a baseball game could be adapted for the Arcade, unless it was a quarter gobbler , having to put in a quarter after three outs or a certain amount of time (much like WWF Wrestlefest). But since this game is on Steam and I'm a PC gamer these days, I figure why not give it a whirl for a live stream over on Twitch instead of Star Trek Online. I have played a few games, and honestly wasn't good at batting, but pitching I held games close... so actually winning my first game on Twitch was a great surprise to myself (not to mention hitting a few homers!)

Now as a baseball game, it's perfectly okay, with the real highlight being batting and pitching, which is pretty solid. Fielding and baserunning is a whole other matter, even on 'easy' it can be a chore. Controls are for the most part responsive. Graphic wise, it looks like an arcade game from the early 90s, or a later stage SNES / Sega Genesis game. The music is repetitive and can grow to be distracting. Gameplay wise, this isn't any old rapid fire game, it's a freaking marathon as a single game takes about a half-hour (or at least with me playing it) which raises a ton of question about how the hell this did in the arcades, because playing two games back to back is a bit draining,

VERDICT: It's perfectly fine for what it is, it's nothing special, but its a game that you can play just to fill some time, like a good half-hour before moving on to something else.


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