At the beginning of the year, Major League Baseball and their MLB Advanced Media in-house development studio announced that they would be bringing the classic RBI Baseball franchise back after nearly twenty years with RBI Baseball 14 for home consoles and mobile devices. Just last week, it was that the game may be set for an April 10th release. Today, MLBAM dished out the first actual details about RBI Baseball 14, and as someone who is desperate for a good baseball game on mobile, it sounds like it will be right up my alley.
Saw this nugget on MLB Network on Wednesday morning: In 2016, second basemen have hit 507 home runs. That’s already an MLB record for second-sackers (that number only includes home runs hit by guys when playing second, not when they’re a DH, pinch-hitter or at another position at the moment).
The last entry in the RBI Baseball series was in 1995, and for the rebirth MLBAM wants to stick close to those classic roots. This means that RBI 14 won't be a deep simulation game, but it won't quite be an over-the-top arcade game either. It'll fall somewhere in the middle. "It's going to be very true to the roots of the brand," MLBAM VP Jamie Leece in an interview. "It will be fast-paced; games can be played in under 20 minutes. From a user control standpoint, fans will find the controls to be 'classic,' reminiscent of the two-button controls from games of that generation."
The Cardinals have 15 pinch-hit home runs this season, which is already an MLB record. Matt Carpenter hit No. 15 on Tuesday night against the Pirates, on an 0-2 count with two outs and the Cardinals trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. That homer (Carpenter’s 18th of the year, btw) was also the 29th extra-base hit by a St. Louis pinch hitter this year, which — you guessed it — is an MLB record. This isn’t a home-run thing, but still pretty impressive: Cardinals pinch-hitters are batting .347 with a .418 on-base percentage and 1.071 OPS in 2016 (for perspective on how ridiculous that is, David Ortiz leads MLB with a 1.030 OPS this season).