The Majors: Pro Baseball

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The Majors: Pro Baseball
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Major League Baseball Players Association
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
US
2418

The Majors: Pro Baseball is a baseball game for the Sega Game Gear released exclusively in North America.

The game has a Major League Baseball license but not the team licenses, so all of the players and cities from the 1991 MLB season are represented but none of the team names or logos appear. It was succeeded by World Series Baseball in 1993.

Gameplay

The game follows the rules of MLB baseball. Players can choose from any of the 26 teams from the 1991 season, plus the American League All-Stars and National League All-Stars ("dream teams" consisting of the best players from each league) and up to two custom teams created by the player. The game has the following modes:

  • Exhibition: An exhibition mode, for playing a single game against the computer. The player selects a team to play as well as a team to play against (which can be the same team).
  • Pennant: Plays a season of 32, 71, or a full 162 games against computer-controlled teams. The game cartridge stores the player's progress so it can be continued at any time.
  • Versus Play: The two-player mode, allowing two players to play a game against each other over a Gear-to-Gear Cable. Player one decides the length of the game and the stadium.
  • Edit: Allows the player to create up to two custom teams composed of any of the players from any of the teams in the game. The teams are stored on the cartridge and can be played in Exhibition Mode.

Before each game, players can choose a pitcher and create a batting line-up by ordering the starting members or swapping reserve players. Players also choose the length of the game (from 3, 5, 7, or a full 9 innings) and the stadium (the White Star Dome, Blue Sky Stadium, or Red Sky Stadium). Player one is the visiting team and bats first.

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Defense
All pitcher/batter confrontations use the same perspective from behind the umpire (with corresponding directional controls). When pitching, use Left and Right to position the pitcher on the mound. Throw the ball with 2; use Left and Right for a breaking ball, Up to throw a change-up (slow pitch), or Down to throw a fastball. Faster pitches are harder for the batter to hit but more likely to travel farther or potentially result in a home run. The batter is eliminated when three strikes are thrown; the batter gets a free base if the pitcher throws four balls or hits the batter.

Pitchers have a stamina gauge. Fastballs and curve balls wear out pitchers faster. When a pitcher is low on stamina, the ball becomes harder to control. The player can substitute a relief pitcher by pausing the game with  START  and pressing 1.

When fielding, the D-Pad controls all of the fielders simultaneously (with the camera focused on the one closest to the ball). The player can have the nearest fielder jump by pressing 2 or dive by pressing 2 while holding a direction. Once the ball is in possession, throw it to base by pressing 2 while holding a direction corresponding to the base (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for home) or press 2 by itself to throw to first base.

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Offense
When hitting, the D-Pad positions the batter in the batter's box. Swing with 2; the batter stops the swinging motion when the button is released. Square up a bunt by holding 1+2; the batter can be moved around while holding the bunt. The player can instruct a baserunner to lead-off by holding a direction corresponding to a base (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for home) and pressing 1 or steal a base by holding a direction and also holding 1.

The player can substitute a pinch hitter by pausing the game with  START  and pressing 1.

Teams

League Division Team Based on
American Western Minnesota Minnesota Twins
Chicago A. Chicago White Sox
Texas Texas Rangers
Oakland Oakland Athletics
Seattle Seattle Mariners
Kansas City Kansas City Royals
California California Angels
Eastern Toronto Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Boston Red Sox
Detroit Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Milwaukee Brewers
New York A. New York Yankees
Baltimore Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Cleveland Indians
National Western Atlanta Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego San Diego Padres
San Francisco San Francisco Giants
Cincinnati Cincinnati Reds
Houston Houston Astros
Eastern Pittsburgh Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis St. Louis Cardinals
Philadelphia Detroit Tigers
Chicago N. Chicago Cubs
New York N. New York Mets
Montreal Montreal Expos

Magazine articles

Main article: The Majors: Pro Baseball/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
65
[2]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
77
[3]
Sega Game Gear
71
Based on
2 reviews

The Majors: Pro Baseball

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Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 36ebcd6d
MD5 b0c35bc53ab7c184d34e5624f69aad24
SHA-1 76f3c504d717067134a88f7f1d0ef38bd6698e50
256kB Cartridge (US) 128B backup

References


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