The game is one that was state-of-the-art for the time and even now, it has some features that are not in baseball video games a decade and a half later. One of those is the ability to have the manager come out and argue with the umpire (which is something of a lost art now due to replay). With that, you can control the intensity that the manager will argue by how long you depress the “B” button (on GameCube).
The game also has features that were brand new for its time. An owner mode where you own the team for 30 years. You can create your own stadium, add upgrades to the park, and set ticket prices among other things.
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Another new feature was arcade games for pitchers and hitters. For hitting, for example, you can choose your hitter and the pitcher and you’re in a stadium in the middle of what looks like a rundown backyard. If you hit things like a dilapidated school bus, cars, fences, and other objects, you get points to move on to the next level.
The game also features 63 Hall of Fame players, 15 classic MLB stadiums (some of which are in no other MLB game), and 119 classic jerseys from all 30 teams. Looking back, most of the normal uniforms for the teams are classic as it is.