Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Off-Day Fun: The Real 1993 Blue Jays Roster in Ken Griffey Jr. Major League Baseball
By Ian Hunter
In retrospect, the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays were a very good team; almost "video game good". But have you ever wondered how that squad would fare within the confines of the 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System?
Wonder no longer!
One man decided to do something about this. Alex Parkinson has taken it upon himself to play all 162 games of the MLB regular season as the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays in Ken Griffey Jr. presents Major League Baseball on the SNES. However, that's not all.
If you've ever played the game, you've noticed there are no real MLB player names in the game, save for Ken Griffey Jr. himself. Quite famously due to licensing issues, MLB could not use players, but they went ahead and used the team likenesses.
In order to remedy this to accurately reflect history, Alex went to the extra work of changing the Blue Jays player rosters to reflect the real 25-man roster as it was in 1993 (as you can see below).
He's currently doing the yeoman's work of playing every single game of the 162 game schedule as the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays and uploading the games to his Youtube channel.
Alex said this is an homage to his dad, whom he played Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball with as a kid. On occasion, the two still fire up the old SNES and play the game together.
Here are just the first few games of the schedule, but Alex is already up to Game 23 of the 1993 season with the Blue Jays.