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                            Baseball Stars 2 FAQ
                             For the Neo Geo/CD
                       Version 1.0 (Created 7/9/2010)
                              By Devin Morgan

      This file is Copyright (c)2010 Devin Morgan. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

1. What's New
2. Introduction
3. Controls
4. Overview
5. Team Data
6. Copyright Notice

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-=  1. What's New -=
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Version 1.0 (7/9/10): The first version.

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Baseball Stars 2 is a fun arcade-style baseball game, released for the Neo 
Geo system. It is a simple game to get into, especially if you know how 
baseball is played. You can play head-to-head against another player for a 
single game, or you can play the 15-game pennant race against the computer. 
There are only 12 teams (and interestingly enough two difficulty settings 
dividing them), each with their own advantages. The graphics are very much 
colorful, and you can see SNK really put an effort into this title. The 
animations that occur after getting thrown out, for instance, make the game 
even more light-hearted and playful. I would definitely recommend this game, 
especially if you are a baseball fan looking for a short and fun game!

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Batting Controls
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A (hold): Swing bat

B + Up/Down/Left (tap direction): Steal base

C (hold): Bunt

D: Call time out


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Pitching Controls
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A: Pitch ball (use joystick to change direction/speed of pitch)

B: Switch to infield view (A + direction to throw to bases)

D: Call time out


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Fielding Controls
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Joystick: Move fielder towards the ball

A: Jump to catch ball

A + Left/Down/Right: Dive to catch ball

A + Up/Down/Left/Right: Throw to specified base with ball in hand

B + Up/Down/Left/Right: Run to specified base with ball in hand

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Gameplay Modes
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In this game, there are only two modes of gameplay. They are:

Pennant Race: Play a 15-game pennant race against the other teams in your
              league. If you are top-ranked after 15 games, you will go on to
              the final championship game against the top team of the other
              league to decide the final results.

Game: Play a single game against a human player.

After you select a game mode, you will be asked to pick from automatic (easy) 
and manual (hard) controls. Automatic controls basically means that the 
computer will move your players to the ball, etc. Each mode has its own group 
of six teams, so they are in theory two separate leagues, only with the 
manual mode being harder. You can then select your teams, and then the game 
begins.


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In-Game Tips
============

While playing, you will see an image of the current pitcher's face. This is a 
tell-tale sign of how much strength he has. If the pitcher is looking out of 
breath and tired, and his pitches are slower/harder to control, it means you 
should probably switch pitchers to keep things fresh. If you are pitching and 
you end up hitting the batter, the batter will run up and punch the pitcher! 
This will result in an injury that will affect your pitches, so it would be 
best to switch out the pitcher at that point.

If you are playing the field after the ball is hit, you will be able to 
control your players' movements with the joystick. If the ball was popped up 
and you are standing at the location where it will fall, that player will 
open his arms wide to signify this. Granted this does not always happen, so 
you need to manually move your players to ensure the ball is caught promptly.

If you are at bat and have runners on base, there is something you need to be 
careful about. If the ball is hit and the runners advance to base, and the 
ball is CAUGHT, the runners must tag the starting base again or they can be 
thrown/tagged out at that base (if you know baseball, this makes sense). 
However, if you send your runners to the next base and they have already 
arrived at the base, you can NOT send them back, causing some forced outs to 
occur, so watch out!

Also, if your team is at bat, and you send in a pinch hitter to replace the 
pitcher's at bat (#9 position), you will need to switch your pitcher at the 
start of the next inning.


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Power Hitting
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One unique feature to this game is the Power meter when you are at bat. If 
you activate it, the current batter will become stronger and have a greater 
chance of hitting the ball far if contact is made. To do this, call a time 
out and select the "Power" option. Initially, you will only have five Power 
hits to use. If you are playing the Pennant Race and you win the game, you 
will receive 10 (the maximum) Powers for use in the following games. If you 
lose, you gain nothing and are stuck with the ones you had already.


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Post-Game
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In the Pennant Race, after the game is won, some new events will occur. First 
off, the most valuable player (MVP) will be determined based on their 
performance in the game, and they will be awarded a $100000 cash prize. This 
has no effect on the game, sadly. After that, you will see the current 
standings of the six teams in the league, as well as who your next opponent 
will be.

Finally, there wil be a screen with the team's owner (presumably). He will 
award you with either a special pinch hitter or a special pitcher. You will 
be asked to select a batter/pitcher currently on your team to swap out, and 
then get to pick one of 3-4 superior players to fill in for that game only. 
During the games themselves, you may randomly be awarded with a special 
hitter as well. The special pitchers are better at hitting and running, and 
pitch much faster. Likewise, the special batters are stronger and faster.

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-=  5. Team Data  -=
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NOTE: In this game, there are no designated hitters. Therefore, the pitcher
      always bats in the #9 position and will have a .150 batting average.
      The first 8 batters listed are the starters; the others are the pinch
      hitters. Once you switch a batter in/out, that's it!

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New York Monsters
=================

Team Average: .333
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Hitting

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Zombie      L    .290     10
Mummy       L    .280     10
Damien      L    .301     24
Freddy      R    .390     43
Alien       L    .352     24
Norman      R    .272     10
Cyclop      L    .207     24
Jason       R    .250     5

Jekyl       L    .342     18
Creepy      R    .280     18
Lenny       R    .250     24
Pumpkin     R    .213     38


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Hacker     L     5.13
Medusa     L     4.20
Boris      R     4.41
Hannibal   L     4.61


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Tokyo Ninjas
============

Team Average: .234
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Running

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Sasuke      L    .205     5
Kirikaze    L    .239     7
Jube        R    .253     10
Kamui       R    .312     38
Maru        R    .250     10
Raizo       L    .240     10
Kisaragi    L    .230     18
Kumosuke    L    .280     43

Ukkari      R    .210     18
Hachibe     L    .205     43
Jecy        L    .305     18
Taro        R    .261     31


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Hayabusa   R     3.54
Katana     L     3.12
Ikazuchi   R     3.54
Akane      R     4.41


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Napoli Angels
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Team Average: .301
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Balance

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Luigi       L    .202     10
Ugo         L    .252     18
Rom         R    .300     24
Sergio      R    .394     43
Alberto     R    .300     31
La          L    .253     18
Tercorsi    L    .205     7
Steve       L    .250     18

Nunzio      R    .275     38
Nigel       R    .254     31
Vigo        L    .280     43
Gustavo     R    .225     43


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Prospero   R     3.54
Gianni     L     4.20
Pietra     R     4.61
Adolfo     R     4.00


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Taipei Hawks
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Team Average: .283
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Pitching

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Kerry       L    .250     2
Bill        L    .271     5
Tony        R    .281     5
Chaz        R    .382     31
Red         R    .255     7
Xia         L    .250     5
Ray         L    .253     5
Shane       R    .150     38

Taylor      L    .150     10
Mack        R    .150     38
Pike        L    .399     2
Banks       L    .350     2


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Joey       L     1.25
Davis      L     1.70
Johnson    L     3.12
Miller     L     2.82


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Seoul Ivorys
============

Team Average: .230
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Chance

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Harry       L    .405     2
Alex        L    .209     7
Lefty       R    .172     10
Mike        R    .150     43
John        R    .192     2
Konan       L    .405     2
Clark       L    .203     7
Howard      L    .405     2

Tracy       L    .350     2
Pancho      L    .405     2
Axel        R    .325     18
J.J.        L    .235     18


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Dick       R     2.74
Mac        R     4.00
Raymond    R     3.82
Bobo       L     4.20


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Sydney Griffons
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Team Average: .299
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Fielding

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Jon         L    .300     10
Anthrax     L    .260     18
Vixen       R    .302     31
Crusher     R    .372     38
Slasher     R    .300     31
Masher      R    .240     18
Steeler     R    .215     10
Blade       R    .200     7

Pete        R    .299     18
Kyle        R    .250     18
Steve       L    .268     18
Jammer      L    .215     24


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Diamond    L     4.00
A.Kuper    R     3.82
Reggie.B   L     2.56
Dan        R     3.54


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U.S.A. Bisons
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Team Average: .275
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Hitting

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Gary        R    .320     18
Michael     R    .280     10
Don         R    .320     31
Brian       L    .402     43
Jonathan    R    .300     38
Marty       L    .280     18
Lee         R    .305     10
Chad        L    .200     43

Phil        R    .380     10
Glenn       L    .300     18
Richard     R    .210     38
James       R    .250     43


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Howard     R     2.40
Fireman    L     3.12
Iceman     R     3.00
Juan       R     4.20


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Japan Samurais
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Team Average: .343
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Running

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Harakiri    L    .299     7
Kamikaze    L    .168     7
Tenpura     L    .208     10
Sakura      L    .389     31
Geisya      L    .220     18
Utamaro     R    .160     24
Samurai     L    .280     10
Chonmage    R    .180     43

Kane        L    .215     38
Miyazawa    R    .198     43
Naniwa      L    .203     31
Sushi       L    .380     7


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Nissan     L     2.56
Honda      R     2.82
Kawasaki   L     2.74
Toyota     L     3.12


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Taiwan Dragons
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Team Average: .198
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Pitching

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Hong        L    .300     5
Wong        L    .270     5
Lu          R    .280     10
Song        L    .260     31
Dong        R    .201     10
Liu         L    .200     7
Chen        R    .203     7
Gou         R    .250     5

Zhuang      R    .200     38
Son         L    .250     18
Ding        L    .300     7
Chao        R    .350     2


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Rara       R     2.10
Li         R     2.82
Xio        R     3.54
In         L     0.12


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Korean Red Vipers
=================

Team Average: .288
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Chance

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Sun Nee     R    .380     5
Mee Sun     L    .230     2
Ann Sun     R    .180     10
Bomg On     L    .200     38
Akk Jil     R    .190     7
Yong Joo    L    .330     2
Yea On      R    .250     7
Yee Sul     L    .280     2

Yon Mee     R    .399     2
Tae Mok     L    .350     5
Tae Ho      R    .280     10
Jae Hoon    L    .220     38


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Tyson      L     3.30
Jae Bok    R     3.54
Chan Sok   R     3.30
Jong Ha    L     2.56


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Aussie Thunders
===============

Team Average: .265
Team E.R.A.: 2.00
Specialty: Fielding

Batters
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Name        L/R  Average  HR
----        ---  -------  --
Trevor      R    .330     7
Eddie       R    .250     5
Jackie      R    .280     18
Warren      R    .320     31
Murray      R    .300     18
Malcolm     R    .240     10
Ernie       R    .220     7
Bryan       R    .170     5

Mike        L    .230     24
Mr.Jinno    L    .250     18
Tommy       L    .280     18
Merle       L    .200     38


Pitchers
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Name       L/R   E.R.A.
----       ---   ------
Syd        L     4.00
Neal       R     3.54
Corey      L     3.30
Frank      R     3.12

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