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Backyard Baseball 2001 was the second Backyard Baseball game, and the fourth overall game in the Backyard Sports franchise. It was made for Windows/Macintosh. It was also the second game overall to have pros. Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles is featured on the cover.

Gameplay

The biggest change is the introduction of Pro Kids to the Baseball series. Starting with this game, all the kids are on the bleachers during the player draft; in previous Backyard Sports games, only a fraction of the kids were on the bleachers. The game also introduces the concepts of "good days" and "bad days", where the players' stats will increase or decrease at random. Batting powerups can now be obtained by turning double plays; in the previous game, they were only obtained by hitting powerup pitches.

In Season Mode, each opposing team now have a Backyard Kid and a Pro Kid as team captains. The Pick-Up Game fields are now available in Season Mode; the player chooses one as their home field. Several Backyard Kids had their stats changed. It is now possible to create a custom player; this feature had been introduced in Backyard Football.

Intro video

Sammy Sosa appears at the bat, with Mike Piazza catching. Camera closes into them, and Sammy Sosa takes a big swing of the bat and stops to reveal the BBL logo, Then Chipper Jones appears, who picks up a grounder, and throws to second. Stephanie Morgan catches the ball and hits foot on second base to get a sliding Jeff Bagwell (a Houston Astro) out. She throws it to first, covered by Colorado Rockie Larry Walker for the double play. A sweating and panting Dmitri Petrovich who runs by first base, tagged out. Lisa Crocket, who hits a ball that stops and turns into a white circle with the Cleveland Indians logo. Kenny Kawaguchi does the same thing only the ball turns into the Seattle Mariners logo now. Nomar Garciaparra (a Boston Red Sock) hits a Texas Ranger, then Ken Griffey Jr. (a Cincinnati Red), Luanne Lui and Kimmy Eckman, respectively, all take swings. After which more white circles with logos of various MLB teams appear, until all 30 teams appeared. After that, Randy Johnson appears and pitches the ball at the screen, and the Backyard Baseball 2001 logo appears.

Pros

Player Card Team Nickname
Barry Larkin BarryLarkinCard2001.png Cincinnati Reds 30/30
Juan Gonzalez JuanGonzalezCard2001.png Detroit Tigers (Texas Rangers on real baseball card) Juan Gone
Sammy Sosa SammySosaCard2001.png Chicago Cubs Slammin'
Shawn Green ShawnGreenCard2001.png Los Angeles Dodgers (Toronto Blue Jays on real baseball card) Squeaky
Frank Thomas FrankThomasCard2001.png Chicago White Sox The Big Hurt
Kenny Lofton KennyLoftonCard2001.png Cleveland Indians Blur
Jose Canseco JoseCansecoCard2001.png Tampa Bay Devil Rays No Way
Alex Rodriguez AlexRodriguezCard2001.png Seattle Mariners A-Rod
Curt Schilling CurtSchillingCard2001.png Philadelphia Phillies Heater
Mark McGwire MarkMcGwireCard2001.png St. Louis Cardinals Mac
Mo Vaughn MoVaughnCard2001.png Anaheim Angels Hit Dog
Jeromy Burnitz JeromyBurnitzCard2001.png Milwaukee Brewers (Different Brewers logo on real baseball card) The Kid
Raul Mondesi RaulMondesiCard2001.png Toronto Blue Jays (Los Angeles Dodgers on real baseball card) Tuesdesi
Vladimir Guerrero VladimirGuerreroCard2001.png Montreal Expos Alvino
Jeff Bagwell JeffBagwellCard2001.png Houston Astros (Different Astros logo on real baseball card) Bags
Nomar Garciaparra NomarGarciaparraCard2001.png Boston Red Sox Spiderman
Barry Bonds BarryBondsCard2001.png San Francisco Giants Big Guy
Jason Giambi JasonGiambiCard2001.png Oakland Athletics Slugger
Larry Walker LarryWalkerCard2001.png Colorado Rockies Canadian Clubber
Chipper Jones ChipperJonesCard2001.png Atlanta Braves Chipper
Derek Jeter DerekJeterCard2001.png New York Yankees D.J.
Mike Piazza MikePiazzaCard2001.png New York Mets Supreme
Tony Gwynn TonyGwynnCard2001.png San Diego Padres Pal
Alex Gonzalez AlexGonzalezCard2001.png Florida Marlins Li'l Mitt
Jason Kendall JasonKendallCard2001.png Pittsburgh Pirates Patch
Ken Griffey Jr. KenGriffeyJr.Card2001.png Cincinnati Reds (Seattle Mariners on real baseball card) Junior
Carlos Beltran CarlosBeltranCard2001.png Kansas City Royals Buckles
Cal Ripken Jr. CalRipkenJr.Card2001.png Baltimore Orioles Iron Man
Ivan Rodriguez IvanRodriguezCard2001.png Texas Rangers Pudge
Randy Johnson RandyJohnsonCard2001.png Arizona Diamondbacks The Big Unit
Marty Cordova MartyCordovaCard2001.png Minnesota Twins Shade

Fields

Teams

Major League Baseball

American League National League
West Central East West Central East
Anaheim Angels Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves
Oakland Athletics Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox Colorado Rockies Cincinnati Reds Florida Marlins
Seattle Mariners Detroit Tigers New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Houston Astros Montreal Expos
Texas Rangers Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Devil Rays San Diego Padres Milwaukee Brewers New York Mets
Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays San Francisco Giants Pittsburgh Pirates Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis Cardinals

Custom Teams and Names

Names Teams
Blue Melonheads
Crazy Hornets
Green Wombats
Humongous Bombers
Junior Monsters
Little Fishes
Mighty
Red
Super Duper
White

Due to similarities with the real teams included in the game, the custom team names Giants and Socks are cut from this installment of the Backyard Baseball series. The names All Stars and Rockets are no longer available as well.

Trivia

  • The stylized menus from the previous games are replaced with a more streamlined look. This menu system is featured in all subsequent SCUMM-era games.
  • The voice clips of the Backyard Kids and the commentators were mostly recycled from the first game. The Backyard Kids have new voice clips for getting a strike, getting a ball, and hitting a home run. Vinnie the Gooch also has several new lines.

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