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    The ESPN Baseball Tonight FAQ v1.0
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    For             :       ESPN Baseball Tonight
    System          :       Sega Genesis
    By              :       Jatin Bhatia
    Version         :       1.0
    Size            :       17 KB
    Started On      :       July 19, 2003
    Finished On     :       July 20, 2003
    Last updated    :       July 20, 2003
    My E-mail add   :       jb_003_india@yahoo.com
    
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    Table Of Contents
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    1.  Introduction
    2.  The Game
    3.  The Controls
    4.  The Game Modes
    5.  The Basics
    6.  The Teams
    7.  Version History
    8.  Credits
    9.  Copyright
    10. Contact info
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    1.  INTRODUCTION
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    This is my favorite baseball game and also the best sports game on the Sega 
    Genesis IMHO. Too bad no one is interested in writing a FAQ for it. I am going
    to try to help others looking for help about the game, but it would be tough, 
    since I have never played baseball in reality. This means I am not aware of 
    all the rules and terms used in the game. So, if you find something wrong or 
    missing, please inform me about it, so that I can make this a better FAQ.
    
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    2.  THE GAME
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    ESPN Baseball Tonight is a game based on (guess??) the American sport of 
    Baseball ,which has some similarities to Cricket, the most popular sport in 
    my country, India. Here is some info about this game :
    
    Name          :    ESPN Baseball Tonight 
    Author/Vendor :    Sony Imagesoft
    Released      :    1994
    Type          :    Sports
    Language      :    English
    
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    3.  THE CONTROLS
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    *******
    Batting
    *******
    D-pad    : Move the batter in the box
    A Button : Swing the bat (use along with D-pad)
    B Button : Block/Defence (don't use this)
    C Button : To show and cycle through the score board
    
    *******
    Running
    *******
    B Button : Return to the previous base
    C Button : Run to the next base
    
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    Pitching
    ********
    D-pad    : Move the pitcher or the ball
    A Button : Ball to the batsman.
    B Button : Throw at any other base
    C button : To show and cycle through the score board
    
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    Fielding
    ********
    D-pad    : Move the fielder/Select the base to throw
    A Button : Throw the ball (use with D-pad for selecting the base)
    C Button : Dive to grab the ball
    
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    4.  THE GAME MODES
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    Press Start on the title screen to bring up the option menu. Here are the 
    choices you get :
    
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    1 Player
    ********
    Use this to start a single player match versus the computer. Press the Left
    or Right keys to change this to 2 Player, in order to play a versus match 
    against a human opponent.
    
    ***************
    Exhibition Game
    ***************
    To start a single match against the computer.
    
    **************
    Practice match
    **************
    To practice the game, use this option. Press C to select batting or pitching.
    
    **************
    Home Run Derby
    **************
    In this mode, the aim is to hit as many Home Runs as possible.
    
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    Game Play Options
    *****************
    The following options are available :
    
    Sounds            : On/Off    : To play the sounds or not
    Errors            : On/Off    : If the computer will make any errors
    Assisted Fielding : On/Off    : The computer helps you in fielding
    Player 1          : Home/Away : Player 1 is the home team or the visiting team
    3 division league : 2/3       : Unknown
    Enter Password    : Unknown
    
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    Note
    ****
    Keeping the screen ideal for sometime will start the demo of the game. Its a 
    great way to learn the way the computer plays.
    
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    5.  THE BASICS
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    This section is for those who do not know anything about Baseball (although I 
    don't think I myself know much). Others may skip this section. Below is an 
    ASCII representation of the Baseball ground, I know it is crap, but this is 
    the best I can do, OK.
    
                                .------B--------.
                           /---/                 \---\
                        /-/                           \-\
                     ///                                 \\\
                   //                                       \\
                 //                                           \\
               //                                               \\
              //                                                  C
             A                                                  //
             \\                        3                      //
               \\                   //   \\                 //
                 \\               //       \\             //
                   \\           //           \\          /
                     \\       //               \\      //
                       \\   //         -         \\  //
                         \4           |5|          2/
                           \\          -         //
                             \\                 /
                               \\             //
                                 \\         //
                                   \\     //
                                     \\ //
                                       1
    
    In this game, there are two teams with equal number of players, each takes 
    turn to bat and field for nine times. In the end, the team with the most runs 
    wins. There are three main aspects of the game, batting, balling (pitching) 
    and fielding. Let us first discuss some terms used.
    
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    Explanation of some terms
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    Base
    ----
    1,2,3 and 4 represents the four bases. When your player is on a base, it is 
    said to be captured. If a fielder reaches on the base with the ball while you 
    are running to it, then also you are out. When you complete one cycle of the 
    bases (1-2-3-4-1), you score a run.
    
    Out
    ---
    Your batter can get out in a number of ways. When 3 batter's are out, your 
    batting is over and the other team gets a chance to bat. You can get out if:
    - You get three continuous strikes
    - The ball is caught by the fielder when you hit it
    - The fielder reaches the base with the ball before you  
    - The fielder touches you while you are not on a base and he has the ball
    
    Strike
    ------
    When the pitcher throws the ball, you don't hit it, and it goes over the base 
    1, its a strike. Three strikes and you are out.
    
    Ball
    ----
    When the pitcher throws the ball, you don't hit it, and it does not goes over 
    the base 1, its a ball. After 4 balls, you get a free walk.
    
    Home Run
    --------
    If you hit the ball, and it goes straight out of the boundary (ABC), it is a 
    home run. All the players present on the bases can now complete their run 
    freely.
    
    Grand Slam
    ----------
    If you have a player on all the 4 bases, and you hit a home run, its called a 
    grand slam, and you get 4 runs straight away.
    
    Foul Ball
    ---------
    If the ball goes to the left of 14A or the right of 12C, its called a foul 
    ball, and you get a strike.
    
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    Batting
    *******
    
    There are 4 bases on the ground (represented by 1,2,3,4). Your first batter 
    starts at 1. 
    
                            The pitcher throws the ball
                                           |
                             ______________|_____________
                            |                            |
                            |                            |
                    You hit the ball               You miss the ball
                            
    
    
                                    You hit the ball
                                           |
         ___________________ ______________|______ ____________________
        |                   |                     |                    |
    The ball crosses   The ball stays         A fielder catches    The ball goes
    the ABC part       inside the boundary    the ball in the air  to the left 
    (Home Run)         (you run to the        (you are out)        of 14A or right
                        next base)                                 of 12C (strike)
     
    
                                    You miss the ball
                                           |
             ______________________________|___________________________
            |                              |                           |
     The ball passes over      The ball does not passes      The ball hits you
     the base 1 (strike)       over the base 1 (ball)        (free walk)
    
    
    When your first player has reached the next base, a new batter comes out to 
    bat. Thus, your batter keeps advancing to the next base (unless he gets out) 
    and when he completes the cycle 1-2-3-4-1, your teams scores a run.
    
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    Pitching
    ********
    
    The pitcher stands at the place marked 5 in the ASCII art above. Just go up to
    see the controls for pitching. You might have noticed how the computer changes
    the pace of his throws, sometimes its fast, and sometimes its slower. You can 
    do that by the Up and Down key. Also, you can change the linear path of the 
    ball by using the Left or Right key. This is a good way of deceiving the other
    player, but make sure you do not get a Ball, which happens when the batter 
    leaves a ball which is off its path. Also be sure to keep an eye on the other 
    team from stealing a run, i.e. the other player on the bases try to run at the
    next base while the batter has not hit the ball. Use B and D-pad to throw the 
    ball to such bases.
    
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    Fielding
    ********
    
    Use the Assisted Fielding mode if you are having trouble doing things 
    yourself. It is located in the Game Play Options in the main menu. If the ball
    is in the air, try to place your fielder in the circle which shows the 
    position the ball will fall. To throw the ball to another fielder at a base, 
    use A and the D-pad, so that :
    A + Down  : Throw the ball to the base 1
    A + Right : Throw the ball to the base 2
    A + Up    : Throw the ball to the base 3
    A + Left  : Throw the ball to the base 4
    A + None  : Throw the ball to the pitcher
                                           
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    6.  THE TEAMS
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    National League West
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    San Diego Padres
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    San Francisco Giants
    Colorado Rockies
    
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    National League East
    ********************
    
    Atlanta Braves
    New York Mets
    Philadelphia Phillies
    Florida Marlins
    Montreal Expos
    
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    National League Central
    ***********************
    
    ST Louis Cardinals
    Houston Astros
    Cincinnati Reds
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Chicago Cubs
    
    ********************
    American League West
    ********************
    
    Oakland Athletics
    Seattle Mariners
    California Angels
    Texas Rangers
    
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    American League East
    ********************
    
    New York Yankees
    Baltimore Orioles
    Boston Red Sox
    Toronto Blue Jays
    Detroit Tigers
    
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    American League Central
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    Kansas City Royals
    Chicago White Sox
    Cleveland Indians
    Minnesota Twins
    Milwaukee Brewers
    
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    7.  VERSION HISTORY
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    Version 1.0
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    - 8:45 PM Sunday, July 20, 2003.
    - First version, added all that is there, except for the team roster.
    
    Plans for the future version
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    - Complete team roster (maybe).
    - Tips, Tricks etc. for batting, pitching, fielding and running.
    - Any contributions sent to me by you readers.
    
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    8.  CREDITS
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    Thanks to :-
    God            : for everything
    Me             : for writing this FAQ
    My brother     : for getting me this game and the emulator
    CJayC          : for including this file and creating Gamefaqs
    Sony Imagesoft : for creating this game which I like so much
    You            : for reading this FAQ 
    
    Special Thanks to :-
    
    The following FAQ authors, whose FAQs I read to find out how a base ball FAQ 
    should be written. I did not copied anything from them, though. ^_^
    
    Randy Lilley : for World Class Baseball (Turbo Grafx 16) FAQ
    OSUBrianY    : for World Series Baseball 2K1 FAQ
    Jason Chung  : for World Series Baseball 2K1 FAQ          
    
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    9.  COPYRIGHT
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    All the contents of this document belongs to the author and may not be 
    reproduced in any form without his written permission. Any part of the
    document may not be changed or copied and used in any form. It can be 
    printed but for your own reading only, and can not be used for profit. 
    It has been written by me based on my personal experience, except where 
    otherwise noted.
    
    This guide can be hosted by the following sites only -
    
    GameFAQs     : http://www.gamefaqs.com/
    My Home page : http://www32.brinkster.com/jb003/
    
    The most recent version can be found at Gamefaqs.com
    If you find this guide at any other site, please inform the author.
    If you want to host this guide at your site, request me and I will let you.
    
    Copyright 2003 Jatin Bhatia. All rights reserved.
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their 
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
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    10. CONTACT INFO 
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    E-mail        :  jb_003_india@yahoo.com
    AIM name      :  jb003
    Gamefaqs name :  jatin
    Home Page     :  www32.brinkster.com/jb003
    
    Please read the following before sending me an E-mail :-
    
    DO
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    2. Send in your contributions to add to this FAQ.
    3. Tell me your opinion on this game/FAQ.
    4. Ask any question you may have.
    5. Request for permission to host this FAQ.
    6. Include 'ESPN Baseball Tonight FAQ' in the subject of your E-mail.
    
    DON'T
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    1. Send me Spam, hate mails, chain mails, silly questions or anything not 
    related with the game.
    2. Expect me to answer your questions soon, because I don't check my E-mails 
    often.
    
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