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The series in general provides examples of:

  • Broken Base: Has happened many, many times. Just check below at Ruined FOREVER and They Changed It, Now It Sucks. Although, most later games are universally panned.
  • Critic Proof
  • Deader than Disco: As of 2011, the games fit here snugly, as nobody outside the devoted fandom seems to remember the old ones anymore. The very recent mobile entries by Evergreen have been ignored by everyone, except the original creators, who seem to hate them completely.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Half the pros. Many of them took steroids (Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa), and many have their own specific reasons (Ricky Williams chose drugs over Football).
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks: A complaint of the later games.
  • Memetic Badass: Pablo Sanchez, full stop. For just about every single player, he's the first pick. His incredibly high Game Breaker level stats combined with being a Bilingual Bonus made him the single most popular character in the series, and survived when the games went 3D.
  • Pandering to the Base: Atari only tries to attract young sports fans now.
    • And they went to baiting the fans of the old games back with Sandlot Sluggers. It failed, and the series is now forgotten. The current producers have gone back to the sports fan pandering, albeit even worse than before.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The series has just become a cash cow for the sports leagues. The developers don't try in any other way.
  • Ruined FOREVER: When online play was taken out. Then the games arguably became better.
    • And again with the redesigns.
  • Sequelitis: As with every other sports game ever.
    • If you really want to get specific on how the Sequelitis started, the company who had started the series, Humongous Entertainment, went bankrupt after a failed experiment. All the rights were sold to Atari, Inc. after 2002. They made all of the 3D titles, and have caused decline in quality ever since, even, nay, especially after Evergreen got the rights.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Backyard Hockey, because the characters were redesigned.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Again, when online play was removed. Also, when the characters were redesigned.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The later games until Sandlot Sluggers, with robotic announcing, bad controls and graphics, and barely any background sound whatsoever.
  • Vindicated by History: The early Atari titles weren't well-recieved when they were initially released. After the 2007 games rolled around, though, most fans went back to those and realized that they were actually faithful to the original games in comparison. It is possible their 2010s efforts will be viewed more positively compared to Evergreen's efforts.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: You can make this happen yourself with the custom players in most games, if you give them the opposite voice of their physical appearance.

Certain installments of the series provide examples of:

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