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FAQ/Strategy Guide

by VinnyVideo

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Table of Contents
[INTRO] Introduction
[MODES] Modes of Play
[TEAMR] Team Ratings
[TEAMS] Team Summaries
[QUEST] Frequently Asked Questions
[REALL] Comparing to Reality
[VERSN] Version History
[COPYR] Copyright
[CONTC] Contact Information

Navigation tip: Press Ctrl and F to bring down a search bar. Then type in the
name of the section you're looking for - like [VERSN] for the ever-popular
Version History.

Introduction                                                         [INTRO]
Baseball season's here again, so Vinny's next project is an outdated baseball
game! What a way to spend a few kilobytes of disk space, a few hours of time,
and space on your walkthrough list (26 and counting). But really, All-Star
Baseball 2003 is still a pretty fun game with effective game play and dramatic
music. In fact, it's not much different from the N64 All-Star Baseball games.
What's more, this is a great new addition to the VinnyVideo brand's ever-
growing portfolio of FAQ/Walkthroughs. Okay, I do read the Business section of
the newspaper sometimes...

Note: Since you're playing an old baseball video game, I'm assuming you know at
least a little something about the rules and strategies of baseball (i.e. you
know what strikeouts and shortstops are). If you don't, then go to your local
library or visit Wikipedia or and find out.

Modes of Play                                                        [MODES]
---Single Player---
These are one-player games. 

Quick Game: Play an exhibition game with two randomly selected teams. All you
have to do is select the team you control and the difficulty level, and that's
it. This is good if you want to get to the game quickly.

Exhibition Game: Play an exhibition team using the teams of your choice. You
can also change the difficulty level.

All-Star Game: Play a single game between teams consisting of the best players
of the National and American Leagues. You can change the team you control and
the difficulty level, but unfortunately, you can't pick the players.

Batting Practice: Practice hitting with any batter in Major League Baseball at
any venue. You can also select a specific pitch or plate location to work on
and can choose between a right-handed pitcher and a lefty.

Home Run Derby: The Home Run Derby matches up sluggers in a free-swinging
contest to smash as many home runs as possible. You can change the players
involved, and you can also use the Options menu to change team selection,
venue, time, and game type. The Innings mode can take a while, so you may
prefer the Modern style. The best American League sluggers are Manny Ramirez
(Boston), Alex Rodriguez (Texas), Jason Giambi (New York Yankees), and Carlos
Delgado (Toronto). Pick Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs), Barry Bonds (San Francisco),
Luis Gonzalez (Arizona), and Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati) or Todd Helton
(Colorado) for the N.L.

Season: Season mode lets you play through a Major League Baseball season. Since
a full 162-game season may get boring after a while, a variety of schedule
types are available. After selecting the schedule, you'll pick the team you
control. Before you start playing games, though, you might want to adjust your
pitching rotation and set your rosters for left- and right-handed pitchers and
for DH and non-DH games. It's also possible make trades with other teams, but
remember that the game won't let you trade players of widely differing
abilities; for example, Morgan Burkhart for Derek Jeter. You can also view
schedules and statistics. Press A on the schedule screen to simulate games up
to that point. Your progress is saved after each game so you don't have to play
through a marathon of games to see how long your batteries last.

World Series: Play a best-of-seven series between the A.L. and N.L. teams of
your selection. There are no options to adjust, but you can view series
statistics. The game will save your current status after each game.

I believe all of the one-player games are available in Multiplayer mode except
for Season play. I am not absolutely sure about this because I don't have a
Game Link cable, a second Game Boy Advance, and a second ASB2003 cartridge.
Also, I think you're able to play with three or four players, which is about as
much fun as watching the tarp get wet during a rain delay.

---Trading Cards---
You receive a special trading card at the conclusion of every game. This
feature lets you view the list of cards you've collected. Also, if you have the
right equipment, you can trade duplicate cards to another copy of All-Star
Baseball 2003.

Options changes settings, mostly settings related to sound. I like to keep
Crowd Noise and In-Game Music (familiar bouncy ballpark organ tunes) on, and I
would strongly consider turning Auto Fielding on for beginning players. These
settings can also be adjusted from the in-game pause menu.

See who helped produce this game. Give them a round of applause while covering
your yawning mouth. Press B to end the credits.

Team Ratings                                                         [TEAMS]
                     OVR SPD POW CON DEF BEN PEN ROT
Anaheim Angels        76  68  53  54  94  82  91  91
Arizona Diamondbacks  77  59  57  59  88  85  92 100
Atlanta Braves        78  66  60  60  97  78  89  97
Baltimore Orioles     71  65  50  54  86  77  82  82
Boston Red Sox        74  58  56  57  91  73  92  95
Chicago Cubs          74  66  54  57  89  77  86  94
Chicago White Sox     75  64  58  59  94  79  86  87
Cincinnati Reds       74  63  54  56  92  83  85  85
Cleveland Indians     74  62  52  56  86  82  93  89
Colorado Rockies      76  67  57  64  93  82  84  85
Detroit Tigers        72  67  52  55  88  78  80  85
Florida Marlins       71  60  49  51  90  71  82  96
Houston Astros        76  70  52  55  93  80  89  91
Kansas City Royals    74  70  53  55  91  80  85  84
Los Angeles Dodgers   75  69  53  56  93  77  85  94
Milwaukee Brewers     71  59  53  56  86  71  85  86
Minnesota Twins       75  70  54  55  91  79  84  92
Montreal Expos        71  62  50  54  89  77  80  89
New York Mets         76  62  55  58  94  84  90  94
New York Yankees      79  65  58  60  98  76  99 100
Oakland A's           78  68  59  56  96  80  89  97
Philadelphia Phillies 73  65  52  54  92  74  85  93
Pittsburgh Pirates    72  66  52  54  91  77  82  83
St. Louis Cardinals   74  63  50  55  91  79  90  92
San Diego Padres      74  69  54  53  89  87  88  83
San Francisco Giants  78  63  62  63  95  80  95  91
Seattle Mariners      78  71  53  56  97  83  85  96
Tampa Bay Devil Rays  71  68  46  51  84  76  88  83
Texas Rangers         77  65  60  60 100  78  87  89
Toronto Blue Jays     74  70  52  54  89  80  85  91
                      71  58  46  51  84  71  80  82
                      79  71  62  64 100  87  99 100

Rating are (in order) Overall, Speed, Power, Contact, Defense, Bench, Bullpen,
and Rotation.

Team Summaries                                                       [TEAMS]
Anaheim Angels: The Angels were the World Champions this year, much to the
surprise of followers of the game. The Angels aren't going to hit a lot of
balls out of the park, but they can certainly play "small ball," as the lineup
is full of threats on the basepath. Their pitching is pretty good, and Troy
Percival is a lights-out closer.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The D-backs are the defending World Series champions. The
lineup is good but not spectacular, even with Luis Gonzalez at his peak.
Instead, the Diamondbacks win ballgames from their pitching - specifically,
their starting pitching, and especially Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. When
one of them is on the mound, expect a 10-strikeout performance and an Arizona

Atlanta Braves: As usual, this is a playoff-caliber team. There's power and
contact throughout the lineup, especially for Chipper Jones, Gary Sheffield,
and Andruw Jones. Even 43-year-old first baseman Julio Franco is an important
contributor. Don't overlook the Braves' fine defensive play. Greg Maddux and
Tom Glavine are the main members of a strong rotation, while John Smoltz is the
new closer.

Baltimore Orioles: This is not a good team. Marty Cordova is the only bright
spot in a terrible lineup, although Tony Batista will hit home runs despite his
terrible batting average. Rodrigo Lopez is the best member of a terrible
pitching staff. According to the game's ratings, the O's have the game's worst
starting pitching and are tied for the worst fielding.

Boston Red Sox: Manny Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra are real superstars. There
aren't many threats on the basepaths, though, with this lumbering ballclub, and
there's little depth from the bench. The pitching is very good. In real life,
the Sox missed the playoffs despite career years from Pedro Martinez, Derek
Lowe, and Tim Wakefield.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubbies don't really look like a team that's going to the
playoffs. Sammy Sosa, of course, is a menace to pitchers, and Fred McGriff and
Moises Alou are also great players. However, there are many near-automatic outs
in the rest of the lineup. The Cubs' rotation is quite good, even if two of
their best pitchers - Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior - weren't called up until
later in the year, and another key pitcher (Matt Clement) was acquired from the
Marlins before the season and isn't on the Cubs' roster in this game.

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have four talented sluggers in Paul Konerko,
Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Lee, and Frank Thomas. The team ranks in the middle of
the pack in every rating - except the most important one, starting pitching,
where they lag near the rear. Keith Foulke is one of the best relievers in the
game, though.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have a fairly average-looking lineup. Ken Griffey Jr.
is the main threat when he's not on the disabled list. The Reds' hurlers are
mediocre at best. In addition, the Reds are loaded with bad gloves and chronic

Cleveland Indians: By this time, the Indians' days of automatically winning the
A.L. Central were over. Ellis Burks and Jim Thome are the main threats in the
lineup, but otherwise there's not much. Another problem is the poor defense.
The bullpen is pretty good, but the starters aren't much good.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have some superb hitters like Larry Walker and
Todd Helton and one of baseball's best leadoff men in Juan Pierre, but the
pitching stinks. Get ready for high-scoring baseball if you select this team.
The game gives pretty generous ratings to this 89-loss franchise.

Detroit Tigers: This is a really bad team; that's why they lost 106 games in
2002 (and 119 the next year). There's little to like about the lineup, but the
pitching is even worse, particularly in relief.

Florida Marlins: Mike Lowell, Derrek Lee, and Preston Wilson supply almost all
of the Marlins' home runs on this low-power team. The Marlins have the worst
Contact and Bench ratings in the game, and they're tied for worst overall. I
think they're better than the other 71's, though. The Marlins were just a year
away from a World Series title, mostly thanks to their young and talented
pitching staff, which includes future stars like Josh Beckett and Brad Penny.
The majority of the players on the roster came from the Marlins' farm system.

Houston Astros: The Killer B's provide most of the pop in the Astros' bats, and
the pitching is pretty good, too, especially ace Roy Oswalt and closer Billy
Wagner. The speed rating of 70 is much higher than it should've been.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals have a young, fleet-footed lineup. Carlos
Beltran is a superb all-around player, and Raul Ibanez and Mike Sweeney are
also major threats. Unfortunately, the pitching is just too poor to keep Kansas
City in contention.

Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers' diversity of players makes the team look like
a United Nations conference. The hitters can't consistently hit for average,
but they've got decent power and speed. The pitching staff is pretty good,
mostly thanks to Kevin Brown. You'll notice a lot of past and future Cubs on
this team.

Milwaukee Brewers: This is not a good team! Speedsters Eric Young and slugger
Richie Sexson are all the lineup has to offer. The weak pitching won't do
anything to bail out the offense, which can't hit for average at all. According
to the game's slightly dubious rating system, this team is tied for worst in
All-Star Baseball 2003. The Brew Crew has serious problems with arm, bat,
glove, and foot.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins shocked the baseball world by making the playoffs
despite speculation that the Twins would be "contracted." The Twins' roster
consists almost entirely of "home-grown" players. There aren't a lot of stars
on the team (except Torii Hunter, as David Ortiz wasn't in his prime yet), but
the abundance of good players will win ballgames.

Montreal Expos: Vladimir Guerrero, who had 34 or more doubles, homers, and
steals in 2001, is one of the best players in Major League Baseball. While
there aren't a lot of other great hitters, this better-than-average Expos team
achieved a winning season even with the distraction of possible contraction.
They're easily the best of the All-Star Baseball 2003's five worst teams. The
pitching, led by Javier Vazquez and Carl Pavano, is pretty good.

New York Mets: The Mets stumbled to a 75-86 despite having a plethora of
prominent players. Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn, and Jeromy Burnitz will hit home
runs, Roberto Alomar is a good overall hitter, and Roger Cedeno has super
speed. The pitching, led by starters Al Leiter and Steve Trachsel, should also
be pretty good.

New York Yankees: The Yankees are arguably the best overall team in All-Star
Baseball 2003. Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada are
among the Yankees' Hall of Fame-caliber superstars, although some of the
reserves are iffy. The starting rotation boasts an impressive group of Roger
Clemens, Andy Pettitte, David Wells, Mike Mussina, and Orlando Hernandez (I
won't talk about steroids). Closer Mariano Rivera forms the base of the game's
best relief corps.

Oakland A's: The Oakland A's play like the Oakland A's. The "Money-Ball" system
hits plenty of home runs, draws many walks, doesn't always hit for average, and
steals very few bases. The rotation, led by Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark
Mulder, is one of the most skilled in baseball.

Philadelphia Phillies: Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, and Scott Rolen are the main
threats in an unremarkable lineup. Jimmy Rollins is ultra-fast. The Phillies'
pitching staff is merely average, although Robert Person and Randy Wolf are
good starters.

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates have a lot of players with mediocre batting
averages and moderate power, although Brian Giles is a great all-around hitter.
The pitching staff is too weak to keep the Bucs out of their ship's cargo hold.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Redbirds boast a well-balanced lineup even after the
retirement of Mark McGwire. A wise pitcher will strongly consider pitching
around to Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. The pitching staff is generally sound.

San Diego Padres: This team has some fleet-footed runners and a little bit of
power, but there's not much contact hitting. The starting pitching is very bad.
The best pitcher is closer Trevor Hoffman, who will have very few games to
close. Note that Mike Darr is on the game's roster even though he was killed in
a car accident before the season started.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants have plenty of players who hit for a
respectable average and slam 15 home runs. However, the offense is clearly
built around super-superstar left fielder and 2001 home run champ (and alleged
steroid user) Barry Bonds. In most situations, if you're pitching against him,
go ahead and intentionally walk him like they did 198 times in 2002. Heed not
the boo birds! Kirk Rueter and Jason Schmidt are the most prominent members of
an effective group of starting pitchers. The bullpen is even better.

Seattle Mariners: The 2002 Mariners faltered a bit, missing the playoffs a year
after a 116-win 2001 campaign. The Mariners have one of the most balanced
lineups in the game, with plenty of contact, power, and speed to go around, in
addition to good fielding. Ultra-speedy Ichiro Suzuki is one of baseball's best
pure hitters. You'll like the pitching, too.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Yuck. Greg Vaughn is a good hitter, but that's all the
lineup has. The Devil Rays (nowadays just the Rays) have the lowest power,
contact, and defense ratings in the game, and there's very little to like about
that pitching staff, which includes a lot of mediocre players you've never
heard of.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers have a swing-for-the-fences style, slugging many
homers and stealing very few bases. Much of the power comes from lampooned
superstar Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro (accused of using steroids, but
maybe he got that power from the sildenafil citrate drug he endorsed). The
Rangers' pitchers are hardly remarkable, although they're not awful. The
Rangers are much overrated in this game - in real life, they lost 90 games,
and injuries are only partially to blame.

Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have a decidedly average-looking team (the
Jays are very good at being in the middle of the pack), although they do have a
lot of speed.

Frequently Asked Questions                                           [QUEST]
Q: What are the controls?

Control Pad: Move hitting cursor
A: Swing the bat
B: Hold to bunt
R+Control Pad: Select the swing angle (left/right, up/down)
L: Hold to manipulate runners (see Running section below)
SELECT: Toggle between a contact and power swing

A: Confirm pitch type/throw pitch
Control Pad: Select pitch/Select pitch's plate location
B+Control Pad: Throw over to corresponding base (Right = first base, etc.)
R: Cycle through infield defensive shifts
L: Cycle through outfield defensive shifts
SELECT+L/R: Change view to check baserunners

R: Return runners who aren't on a base to last base (especially helpful if you
overshoot the intended base).

On force plays, just press the Control Pad direction corresponding to the
runner's current base - for instance, Right to move a runner from first to

If it isn't a force play, press the Control Pad direction corresponding to the
runner's current base and then the next base. For example, to move a runner
from second to third, press Up+Left.

To steal a base, hold L, use the button combination you would for a non-force
play to get a lead, and then apply that combination again to take off running.
It may not work though, so be careful. For example, to steal second with a
runner on first, hold L and press Right+Up twice.

Control Pad: Move fielder
A+Control Pad: Throw ball to corresponding base (Up = second base, etc.)
A: Change player to control/throw to pitcher
B: Attempt diving catch/throw to pitcher
L: Throw to cutoff man

Press START at most times to pause the game and bring up a menu that allows you
to view game statistics, change your lineup, or adjust game settings.

On game menus, the A button will select an option, and B will take you back to
the previous screen.

Q: Should I hit for contact or power?
A: You'll often want to hit for power if you have a player who has a high Power
rating (like Sammy Sosa). There are some other factors as well; for example, if
the count is 2-0, there's a good chance you'll be getting a sluggable fastball
down the middle - an invitation for power. An 0-2 count may force you to use a
more defensive contact hit. Having runners on base may make power more useful;
empty bases is usually a more desirable condition for contact. And lastly, if
you're bunting, using power won't help you bunt farther and will make it harder
to angle your bunt.

Q: What are the differences between the difficulty levels?
A: The main difference between the Rookie and All-Star levels is the speed. On
harder difficulty levels, the pitches seem quite a bit faster (even though the
radar gun says the same speed as in Rookie mode), giving you much less time to
react, whether hitting or fielding. Also, opposing pitchers are a little more
willing to work the corners of the plate and hitters are less likely to ignore
a fastball down the middle. In short: If you're inexperienced or have poor
reaction time (maybe because you're drunk!), stick with Rookie or Veteran mode.

Q: How do I change team lineups before the game?
A: You can't in exhibition games. This is probably the game's biggest
shortcoming. You can pinch-hit, make substitutions, and change pitchers from
the pause menu once the game is started, though, and you can set starting
lineups, positions, and rotations in Season mode.

Q: How can I bring in a pinch-runner?
A: You can't. You can only pinch-hit.

Q: Does anything special happen if I pitch a no-hitter?
A: No. Sorry.

Q: I can't hit a home run in the Home Run Derby. What's wrong?
A: First of all, make sure the participants have high Power ratings (check the
Modes of Play for my recommended hitters). Second, always hit the ball with a
power swing (press SELECT after each pitch). Third, hold R to tilt the contact
zone to the proper area: Press Down a notch or two to hit a slightly higher
ball. If you're left-handed, hold R+Left until the cursor is just a notch or
two from reaching its most extreme angle. If you're a righty, use R+Right. This
way, you'll pull the ball fairly high, and it should go out of the park.
Lastly, remember that different ballparks have unique dimensions, making it
easier or harder to slam home runs.

Q: What tips do you have for the game?
A: Here are a few tips that might help you out:


* To make good contact with the ball, swing the ball when your cursor overlaps
squarely with the pitcher's aiming sight. Watch the latter closely, as it may
dip or curve, especially on breaking balls.
* At the plate, don't try to chase bad pitches that are well outside the strike
* You can use the R button to change the angle of power shots, too. However,
make sure to set the angle before pressing the SELECT button; otherwise, you
won't be able to see how far you're tilting the contact zone.
* Don't angle the ball with R too sharply, or you'll hit a foul ball or a puny
pop-up. To keep the latter from happening, I'd just change the horizontal
angle, leaving the flat vertical angle unchanged.
* If you don't angle your cursor a little, every contact hit will go straight
down the middle, regardless of the batter's handedness and tendencies.
* With practice, you can bunt well. Angle the cursor so you'll hit the ball
slightly down and strongly toward the third base foul line. Don't angle too
sharply, though, especially horizontally. One notch below the sharpest angle
possible is best. There's no point in using the power cursor when bunting.
* Use pinch-hitting to your advantage, especially when a tired pitcher is at
the plate. But don't pinch-hit for an effective pitcher who still has gas in
the tank.
* Baserunning isn't easy, so expect to make some mistakes early on. But don't
feel bad: Real runners have the advantage of having base coaches, in addition
to the ability to see the entire field.


* In All-Star Baseball, your pitching will be most effective if you aim for the
corners of the strike zone. Unlike real umpires (who can be quite
inconsistent), the game's strike zone never changes.
* The changeup is the most effective pitch in the game, but don't use it
* If your pitcher is getting tired, don't throw high breaking balls to a heavy
hitter unless you'd like to give up a home run.
* Different pitches have different pitches to choose from, and some pitchers
(like Greg Maddux) have bigger repertoires than others.
* If you're ahead in the count (like 0-2), throw a tempting pitch at the edge
of the strike zone or even in the dirt.
* You can aim breaking balls a little off the plate, and if done properly,
they'll curve back for a strike (keep in mind whether you're a lefty or a
* You can also tell your (and your opponent's) pitcher's energy level by
watching the aiming sight, which turns from white to green, yellow and then red
as the pitcher becomes more fatigued.
* Remember that you don't have to warm a pitcher up in the bullpen before
making a pitching change.


* In this game, fielding is tough. The small screen (unless you're playing on a
GameCube or emulator) can make it worse. You may want to use the auto-fielding
option when you're starting out with the game.
* If you're manually fielding, check the radar on the upper-right corner of the
screen to help position your fielder (the yellow dot) near the red circle
(where the ball will land).
* Bring the infield in (check the Controls section) if you think the opposition
is planning to bunt. Use infield and outfield shifts to your advantage.
* When making substitutions, don't insert a player into an unnatural position -
for example, don't play a first baseman in center field. Remember that "CO"
stands for Corner Outfielder and "MI" is a Middle Infielder.

---Other Game Notes---

* All-Star Baseball 2003's stats are based on the 2001 season (the game was
made right before the 2002 season began).
* On the box score screen, press L or R to cycle through to different stat
* Use the "Change Controls" option on the in-game pause menu to change the team
you're controlling. The other options are self-explanatory.
* I've seen several hit batters, but as far as I know, the game doesn't have
balks, wild pitches, passed balls, catcher's interference, or other rare
events. And, of course, there aren't rain delays or bench-clearing brawls.
* Kenny Lofton is the best free agent, but there aren't a lot of other stars
who didn't have a team when the game was made. Remember that in season mode,
you can trade anyone to and from the Free Agents team (scroll all the way down
to find it); you can even trade an A-rated player for a C (or vice versa).
* Most teams in this game have 11 pitchers on their 25-man rosters.
* Some things in this game aren't realistic; for example, Jamie Moyer's 
fastball will never approach 100 MPH in real life, and Wrigley Field doesn't
have a grass infield.
* Two venues - Turner Field and The Ballpark at Arlington - obviously have
signs advertising Anheuser-Busch's most popular brand. Also notice the massive
ENRON sign across Astros Field. The energy giant had collapsed just a few
months before this game was released. However, by the time the game was
released, the stadium was known as Astros Field.
* The hill in the outfield at Astros Field doesn't affect play; in this game,
you can't even see it.
* On game menus, the positions for players who play multiple positions are
separated by backslashes (\) instead of the more conventional slashes (/). A
useless observation.

Comparing to Reality                                                 [REALL]
The "Comparing to Reality" section is used in many of my sports guides to
provide a brief summary of the season upon which the featured game is based or
to show discrepancies between the game and real life. More detailed information
about the 2003 MLB season can be found at,, and other
Internet and print sources.

Was 2002 the best season of the millennium, or was it the worst? It's hard to
say. It may have been both. This was the season that brought us a tied,
shortened All-Star Game, the death of a prominent active pitcher (Darryl Kile),
an umpire savagely assaulted by two intoxicated spectators, labor strife, and
endless speculation about "contraction." It also brought us some exciting
pennant races and a memorable World Series comeback, where the Angels came from
behind to win Game Six and force a deciding seventh game, which the Angels won
to wrap up a Cinderella-like season.

In February, Jeffrey Loria bought the Florida Marlins and sold his old team,
the Montreal Expos, to a group owned by the 29 other major league teams. This
was not a good arrangement, so at this point, the lords of baseball began
threatening to "contract" the Expos - folding the team. Since a 29-team league
would not be operable, a contraction plan would have had to kill off another
team - usually the Twins, although sometimes the Devil Rays, Marlins, Angels
(often including an A's move to Anaheim), or other teams. Fortunately,
contraction did not occur, as people realized that such a plan would be
devastating to the game of baseball.

The 2002 season was not high on parity; the Tigers, Brewers, and Devil Rays
each lost 106 games. The Oakland A's won an amazing 20 consecutive games in
August and early September, propelling them to an A.L. West title, even as
their division rivals won fewer games yet took home a World Series

Former slugger Ken Caminiti made the rather sensational claim that 50% of
major-leaguers used some form of performance-enhancing steroids. Soon
afterwards, the players' union finally agreed to begin drug testing programs.
The players even agreed to the new collective bargaining agreement without
going on strike, though not before a few threats from union chief Donald Fehr.

Several individuals reached significant milestones; Barry Bonds hit his 600th
home run, and Rafael Palmeiro his 500th, while shortstop Mike Bordick broke
fielding records.  Some more unusual records were set as well. A record 62 home
runs were hit during the games played on July 2. On August 29, Mark Bellhorn
became the first player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same
inning. On September 3, Joaquin Benoit achieved a statistical oddity as he
recorded a seven-inning save - the longest in major league history. The next
day, another Ranger, Aaron Myette, started back-to-back games - extremely rare

In addition to Darryl Kile, notable baseball personalities who died during 2002
include Mike Darr, an active pitcher killed in a car crash before the season,
along with Jack Buck, Pete Gray, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter, and Dave

Now that I really think about it, that was a lot longer than I usually make
these segments. However, a season as eventful as 2002 deserves a long Comparing
to Reality segment.

Version History                                                      [VERSN]
Date    | Version | Size |
5-15-08 |  0.2    | 33KB | Began guide based on my All-Star Baseball template.
5-16-08 |  0.3    | 34KB | Completed Team Ratings section.
5-22-08 |  0.4    | 36KB | Did some stuff.
5-24-08 |  0.6    | 36KB | Completed Team Summaries.
5-26-08 |  0.7    | 36KB | Did a little.
5-27-08 |  0.8    | 36KB | Did some more.
5-28-08 |  1.0    | 38KB | Finished things up.

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