Xbox 360 baseball fans just took another foul tip to the nads with yesterday's revelation that Konami's MLB Bobblehead Pros -- along with all of its downloadable content -- has been permanently removed from Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade service.
If you've already purchased MLB Bobblehead Pros but don't currently have the game installed to your hard drive, you can still redownload it without issue by scrolling through your account's download history.
Online play also remains fully functional as of this writing, though finding an opponent outside of your friends list is about as likely as a Chicago Cubs World Series championship.
During the eight-year history of Xbox Live Arcade, only three titles -- Doom, Totemball and Hexic HD -- have ever reappeared on the marketplace after being delisted. Xbox Live Arcade games typically retire whenever a product license or league licensed has expired, or whenever a title simply cannot sell enough units to offset Microsoft's marketplace listing fees.
Debuting in the summer of 2011, MLB Bobblehead Pros was originally announced as both a PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade release, but poor initial sales of the Xbox Live version caused the PlayStation Network release to be canceled. PlayStation 3 owners can still purchase the Japanese retail version of MLB Bobblehead Pros by importing the game through an international retailer like Play-Asia.
Konami's excellent Power Pros franchise can also still be experienced on the Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 2, so browse your local game stores or surf online auction sites for a copy of MLB Power Pros 2008 if you want to experience the game that many fans view as the best overall Power Pros entry.
Finally, consult Operation Sports' original reviews for MLB Bobblehead Pros and the DLC add-on, MLB Bobblehead Battle, if you'd like to read more about the newest member of the Xbox 360's baseball retirement community.