Mlb The Show  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mlb The Show  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network MLB The Show 18 Review: And the Crowd Goes Wild https://www.gameskinny.com/4etq3/mlb-the-show-18-review-and-the-crowd-goes-wild https://www.gameskinny.com/4etq3/mlb-the-show-18-review-and-the-crowd-goes-wild Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:13:46 -0400 Joseph Rowe

It's spring, and that means it's the start of baseball. MLB The Show 18 is one of the most anticipated sports releases of the year, but does it knock it out of the park like Babe Ruth, or does it swing, miss, and disappoint its teammates like I did in so many little league games? 

a pitcher stands on the mound deciding between pitch types in MLB The Show 18

The Sound: The Crack of the Bat

MLB The Show 18 will fill your ears with the sounds of cheering fans, the crack of the bat, and announcers questioning your pitching choices. Everything sounds as realistic as can be and puts you on the field with the players. They also have a great list to choose from for names that the announcers can say so that more players than usual will be able to hear their own name echo throughout the stadium. The nostalgic throwback retro mode has charming, old school-sounding beeps and boops to match its visual style.

This year's soundtrack has a lot to offer. It's got a good mix of genres and artists to make sure everyone's got at least one song to keep them satisfied. I was particularly pleased to see Beck and Queens of the Stone Age. The coolest part of it all is the ability to customize an individual player's music as well as their chants and yells. As the soundtrack consists of fewer than 20 songs, you'll probably switch over to Spotify once you've heard MLB The Show 18's musical offerings a few times through. It'll be good while it lasts, though.

players stretching before the game in MLB The Show 18

The Graphics: Beards Upon Beards

Everything in the game is superbly designed in terms of graphics. All the players look realistic, there is a lot of detail put into the player's gear (with customization available), and the stadiums are faithful to their real-life counterparts. The instant replays and random shots of the players will immerse you in the big ballpark experience. The developers add in small scenes like the one above that show players stretching during a practice for flavor, and it adds a bit more character to an otherwise routine experience.

The sheer amount of customization you have available to you in the player editor puts EA Sport's releases this year to shame. Just like those games, you can pick your equipment from a wide variety of brands and makes, colors, and even web styles. However, you can also edit every aspect of your player's face. This game probably has the most beard hair customization I've ever seen, and as someone with a beard, I appreciate that. You can even create your own batting stance!

graphics reminiscent of old-school baseball games adorn MLB The Show 18's retro mode

The Gameplay: Knocked One Out of the Park

The core gameplay of the game is magnificent. It handles super well, with loads of options to choose from in terms of batting, pitching, etc., meaning everyone can find a gameplay style they'll like. The basics of the gameplay are super simple, with each pitcher having a few pitches to choose from and each batter having three swings and bunts to utilize. This simple system becomes increasingly complex as player stats are taken into account, different pitches are chosen from, and players learn how to properly use the leading and stealing mechanics for their runners. The simplicity gives new players like me something to hold onto, and the complexity, along with tons of available customization, keeps the veterans happy.

I can't get enough of the Road to the Show mode. You create a player and play only their position throughout the game. It lets the games go by much more quickly, something a casual sports gamer like me can appreciate. Not only was I able to create a character sporting my beard, but the announcers are also able to say my full name. This aided in immersing me in the story. It's not quite as complex as some of what EA has to offer, but it does give you dialogue options and enough fast-paced action to keep you satisfied.

One of the newer changes to MLB The Show 18 is how you improve in Road to the Show. In previous games, you were able to choose how your character progressed; in this year's edition, however, you pick an archetype at the start of your career, and your player grows based on your choices. For example, I played a pitcher, so I could either go for fast strikeouts, control, or gimmicky pitches. Some players are definitely going to be upset at this change, but I found it helped me focus on the gameplay without having to worry about screwing up my progression by customizing my character incorrectly.

I don't play sports games much nowadays, but I used to play them more as a kid, especially Triple Play 98 on the PSX. Retro mode is a game mode in MLB The Show 18 that lets you play with more old-school, simplified controls. While it is not as fun as the core gameplay over extended periods of time, it is still a nice bit of nostalgia and one of my favorite aspects of the game.

Franchise mode is a straightforward multi-season game mode without the added story element. This is the mode I was most comfortable with as a casual sports gamer, as I was able to speed the game up to the most interesting points. This allowed me to play a full game if it was a big one but to skip through the bulk of the games I didn't feel like playing. I found that this helped to hold my attention, but over time, I ended up getting so into the game that I just played through with full innings.

 screen showing purchase options for diamond dynasty in MLB The Show 18

MLB The Show 18's Diamond Dynasty, Diamond Downer

I don't know when it started happening, but sports games lately have had a terrible habit of including card game-style gimmicks to try and take as much cash as they can from fans who have already invested a sizable chunk of change to purchase the game in the first place. There is no reason to ask players to fork over $100 more for in-game collectibles, especially when the price is so high that you make players go to the PSN store just to see it. It's not even like the collectibles are new DLC items, either. You can still get the items by grinding, but it'll take much longer and put you at a disadvantage against someone who has the cash to outplay you.

Final Word

Overall, MLB The Show 18 is likely to draw in any baseball game fan because of its solid gameplay, engaging story mode, and customization options. The game's graphics are superb, the soundtrack is one of the best on offer from a sports game this year, and the gameplay is enough to entice any MLB fan, casual or pro. However, a big downside of the game is the Diamond Dynasty mode. You can make the argument that you can grind for whatever you want over time instead of spending the money, but these modes are something I refuse to get used to. All things considered, MLB The Show 18 is recommended if you're looking for a realistic baseball game. If you are not fond of the developers playing it safe this year in terms of new modes, you can wait this one out.

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Five Baseball Gaming Series We Want To See Return https://www.gameskinny.com/o4plx/five-baseball-gaming-series-we-want-to-see-return https://www.gameskinny.com/o4plx/five-baseball-gaming-series-we-want-to-see-return Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:00:02 -0400 JakeElman

I'm bored of baseball games. With the Winter Meetings behind us, this should be the time of year where I'm starting up a new baseball franchise with some end-of-season rosters and trying to build a contender.

Instead, I'm stuck waiting to figure out if MLB The Show 17's franchise mode is actually going to be worth playing.

After MLB 2K's slow demise, Sony San Diego took over the baseball gaming monopoly and has seen fan reception to recent games lower due to less of an emphasis on the things that drew fans in. Franchise mode gets minimal, impactful touches, Road to the Show is a shell of its former self, and the commentary is just bad -- though that's all on the writers and not on Matt Vasgerian, Steve Lyons, and Eric Karros.

Once upon a time, there used to actually be a lot of really great baseball series. Today, let's count down a few (not counting EA Sports' MVP Baseball or the 2K series) that need to make a serious comeback.

High Heat: Major League Baseball

We start with a series that younger baseball fans probably won't ever think existed; but yes, there was indeed a series called High Heat. No relation to the Chris Russo show on MLB Network, unfortunately.

What High Heat did have, though, was excellent gameplay and an extremely realistic batter-pitcher interface. There was no 'swing stick' or juiced mechanics to get as many balls out of the park, meaning that you had to rely on your eyes and what you'd learn from your opposing pitcher than just hitting the X or A button.

But in the same way that NBA 2K17 has Park and Pro-Am, I'd love to see High Heat make a return with their Two-on-Two Showdown Mode. Using active MLB players, Two-on-Two Showdown Mode is essentially a team-up that will have two teams -- complete with one hitter and one pitcher -- try to outdo the other.

With the benefits and advancements that we've made in online play, this would be an amazing feature with some of today's players. Is the duo of Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez superior to Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper? Making sure that we have this for local play and multiplayer would definitely lead to people showing interest in a return of High Heat.

The Bigs

2K Sports' The Bigs, as producer Dan Brady explained, "is authentic baseball taken to arcade proportions." In the way that NBA Jam had players catch fire and pull off insane dunks, The Bigs was all about long home runs and power pitches.

If MLB Slugfest (more on that later) was all about mixing Grand Theft Auto III with America's Pastime, then The Bigs was all about mixing Grand Theft Auto IV with America's Pastime. The violence is still there with some of the hits you'll see when a runner collides into a catcher, but it's done in such a realistic way that you'll immediately fall in love.

I was also a fan of how The Bigs handled the premise of their Rookie Challenge/Become A Legend, their career mode. Rather than you being a top prospect in the MLB Draft, you're actually a player in the Mexican League who is coming off an injury and will play everywhere imaginable in hopes of making it to the big leagues.

As one of the only games on this list that made it to a next-generation console, you can still get The Bigs cheap at your local gaming store. The rosters will be old, sure, but who doesn't want to try hitting more home runs with Manny Ramirez for a cheap price?

MLB Slugfest

To the common fan, the only difference between MLB Slugfest and The Bigs was that the latter looked much better graphically -- which is true. But, the true difference is that while The Bigs truly did go for that arcade-style type of baseball where you'll hit balls 550 feet out of the park and throw fast enough to break the sound barrier, MLB Slugfest was exactly what it sounded like: a slugfest.

You'll score plenty of runs in the baseball type of slugfest and you'll...slug baserunners in the chest to commit a hard tag. That brutality isn't only on the fielding side, as base runners will slug right back with a vengeance and stiff arm fielders like they're Adrian Peterson in his prime.

Now, I do understand that due to the PC movement and the company looking out for their best intentions, Major League Baseball would probably never allow a return of MLB Slugfest -- at least, not with the intense violence. With that said, why not bring back Slugfest's other memorable features -- the turbo meter, special pitches, the ability to 'catch on fire' which was taken from Midway's NBA Jam, and so on?

We live in a time where those types of bonuses would be perfect in an online setting, especially if it could be done in a format where the bonuses are earned and not just bought like skills in NBA 2K

Speaking of bonuses, would you pass up playing with the Mortal Kombat All-Stars or the Scorpion Scorpions? They have swords for baseball bats!

All-Star Baseball

All-Star Baseball was pretty much MLB The Show before The Show became the Madden of the diamond, but this game had plenty of features that warrants a return. For starters, it had 'future' versions of stadiums!

Ten stadiums, in fact, had 'future' versions that were either based on concept art (i.e. 'BP Village' that became the new 'Busch Stadium' for the Cardinals) or just 'revolutionary' ideas (like the Yankees and Mets).

Why can't we have more games like this with these types of creative licenses, especially in a sport like baseball where every stadium is different?

All-Star Baseball also featured an excellent expansion mode, a 'Madden Moments' type of game that had you re-live moments from the past season (yes, Cub fans, you could stop Steve Bartman!), and was a fine baseball sim at its core.

MLB Power Pros

MLB Power Pros is probably the strangest game on this list if only because this was actually for the Nintendo Wii and it actually comes from the Japanese 'Power Pros' series. This wasn't necessarily a port by Konami, but I think anyone who's played can agree that this wasn't The Bigs or The Show.

Instead, Power Pros was its own title, and that's what made it so much fun for even the most hardcore baseball fans. This game had Create-A-Team, a career mode that had romance in it, and adorable player models. Look at that David Ortiz sprite!

Back to that career mode, though. In what little we've seen and heard about MLB The Show 17, it's looking like we're going to get some unique dialogues with coaches in Road to the Show. In MLB Power Pros' success mode, your 'road to the show' was really just you playing three years of college ball in hopes of landing a minor league contract.

That may sound somewhat boring and repetitive, but it's what was actually in the mode itself which makes it end up on this list. You had actual, meaningful ways that the story could change (i.e. finding an old baseball card in your attic as a pitcher will unlock a new pitch for you, while helping a teammate with romance problems will increase your teammates' skills and morale) instead of just buying attribute points.

Power Pros also had 'MLB Life Mode' which, ironically, is something else that MLB The Show fans have been constantly asking for. In this mode, you still had the relationship building and dating of Success Mode, but you could choose a big-league player from Alex Rodriguez to Dane Sardinha and piss away their money.

Also, you can find them a girlfriend -- so if you ever wanted to actually pair A-Rod up with Madonna, feel free. We need more games like that!

Which former baseball games do you want to see make a return? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Get ready to play ball, MLB The Show 16 hits stores tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/t7vjo/get-ready-to-play-ball-mlb-the-show-16-hits-stores-tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/t7vjo/get-ready-to-play-ball-mlb-the-show-16-hits-stores-tomorrow Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:57:09 -0400 Eric Adams

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and the king of sports video gaming will wear the crown once again tomorrow. MLB The Show 16, the latest installment in The Show franchise, will be out for PS4 and PS3 tomorrow, March 29.

There are plenty of updates and changes to this installment in the MLB series. The yearly improvements have been noted to change the gameplay, with one huge new addition being the Showtime feature. With the Showtime feature on, you will be able to slow down a certain situation in which you are taking part. So when fielding a ground ball, time will slow down so you can appropriately react to the play at hand.

And yes, this also means that the Showtime feature will slow down time for one pitch of your choosing during an at-bat. The Showtime feature is, however, limited to one pitch per game. There goes the hope of a home run per at-bat, sorry to the cheesing community.

Along with player updates and the Showtime feature, there are a multitude of new additions that make this installment of The Show worth your while. Be sure to pick up a copy tomorrow when the game comes to PlayStation consoles.

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MLB The Show 16 is one month away from release https://www.gameskinny.com/hst5z/mlb-the-show-16-is-one-month-away-from-release https://www.gameskinny.com/hst5z/mlb-the-show-16-is-one-month-away-from-release Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:19:13 -0500 Eric Adams

Spring is right around the corner and so is a new installment in the MLB The Show franchise. MLB The Show 16 looks to build on one of the more impressive sports gaming franchises and, if any past year is an indication, it is not likely to disappoint. A slew of new features have been added to this year’s edition of The Show and returning is the carry over saves from last year’s edition. Let’s go into depth on those features to see what is in store for us this year.

Carry Over Saves

Introduced in last year’s installment of The Show, carry over saves allow you to continue your Road to the Show or Franchise campaign from last year’s game. So, instead of restarting from the minors or from scratch, you can continue on your path to Cooperstown.

Showtime

This brand new feature will allow players to slow down time during a game. That’s right, you can make your player go full matrix mode in order to dig out a ball in the hole or properly see the ball go from your bat and into McCovey Cove.

Road to the Show Improvements

The best career mode in any sports game will be getting some new features this year as well. These features include a new training system and new animations once your player completes season and career milestones. Another new underrated feature is the ability to play an entire series without returning to the Road to the Show menu.

MLB The Show 16 will have a lot to offer when it comes out March 29th. Along with the regular version of the game, an MVP edition along with a digital deluxe edition have been announced and the details of what is included in the both editions can be seen in the image at the top of this article. MLB The Show 16 hits PS4 and PS3 soon so get ready to play ball! 

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MLB The Show 16 release date, cover athlete and gameplay details announced https://www.gameskinny.com/n1d1w/mlb-the-show-16-release-date-cover-athlete-and-gameplay-details-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/n1d1w/mlb-the-show-16-release-date-cover-athlete-and-gameplay-details-announced Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:52:40 -0500 Daniel R. Miller

Among the many exciting games shown off at the PlayStation Experience, MLB The Show 16 probably doesn't rank near the top for most gamers. However, for fans of hardcore Sports sims, the game is always a welcome sight. MLB The Show 16 will launch simultaneously on PS4 and PS3 starting on March 29, 2016 with Toronto All-Star Third baseman, Josh Donaldson taking the honors as the game's cover athlete.

The developers also made a post on the PlayStation Blog, detailing one of the biggest additions to the game, the ShowTime mechanic. ShowTime lets players slow down the action during critical moments in the game to allow them a better chance to make a big play. ShowTime will primarily affect play at Third Base, diving attempts at balls in the outfield, and when taking at-bats. 

The post also announced that pre-orders for the game are now being taken. There are three unique editions available, depending on how much you want to spend. They are as follows.

  • Standard Edition - $59.99
  • MVP Edition - $69.99 ($89.99 in Canada) - includes Limited Edition Steel Book and Packaging ($5.00 Value), 5,000 Stubs ($5.00 value), 1 Sponsor Pack ($5.00 value), 10 Standard Packs ($10.00 total value), 31 PS4 MLB Themed Avatars ($31.00 total value), 1 Opening Day Pack ($25.00 value)
  • Digital Deluxe Edition - $99.99 ($119.99 in Canada) - includes 11,000 Stubs ($10.00 value), 1 Sponsor Pack ($5.00 value), 20 Standard Packs ($20.00 total value), 31 PS4 MLB Themed Avatars ($31.00 total value), 3 Opening Day Packs ($75.00 value)

Quick Take: As someone who has spent more hours than they can count with MLB 15 The Show, the ShowTime mechanic really stands out to me the most. The hot corner (that's Third Base for those of you who aren't Baseball savvy) was a trouble spot in last year's game, particularly in regards to timing.

I played mostly as the Tampa Bay Rays, who roll out Evan Longoria at Third Base everyday, and he's no slouch with the glove. When balls were hit hard down the foul line, diving attempts always felt like they were a fraction of a second off, and this was a common complaint among reviewers and players that never seemed to get fixed. ShowTime looks like SCEA's answer to this problem, though in my opinion, it kind of takes away from the simulation aspect that the series has always strived for.

 

 

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Take Two's exclusive disappointment https://www.gameskinny.com/xukui/take-twos-exclusive-disappointment https://www.gameskinny.com/xukui/take-twos-exclusive-disappointment Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:53:14 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

It's August, which means we've just had a full month of nothing but baseball to watch, and have to wait another month before football starts. All of this just a further reminder that Xbox owners have suffered another summer without a quality baseball game. This year, they don't even have a bad baseball game to play, as 2K Sports ended its beleagured MLB 2K franchise. It's a fate that's ten years in the making.

Back in 2005, in response to EA Sports signing an exclusive deal with the NFL, Take Two Interactive signed a semi-exclusive deal with Major League Baseball for seven years. While EA can and probably should be criticized for starting the exclusivity wars, they at least continued to produce a product in Madden that has been adequate at worst, and actually saw significant improvement in its jump to Xbox One and PS4. 2K's baseball games did so poorly they've stopped making them entirely. In the process, sports gamers lost not only 2K baseball, but also a significantly better franchise: MVP Baseball.

While the semi-exclusive baseball deal did inspire Sony to make the fantastic MLB: The Show, it's a PlayStation exclusive. Xbox are owners are literally left without a baseball game, a fact made worse by the fact that MVP Baseball 2005, the last MLB-licensed EA Sports games, is one of the best baseball games ever made, significantly better than anything 2K sports put out.

2K could be at least somewhat forgiven if they'd made a worthy game, or if MVP had made a comeback in the three years since the deal ended in 2012. Unfortunately, there are significant barriers to resurrecting a game that's been shelved for 10 years and skipped an entire console generation. There's a lot of catching up to do, and with all the work that NHL and UFC need, it' understandable why MVP Baseball might not be high on the list of priorities.

PlayStation owners who enjoy baseball certainly have nothing to complain about with the quality of MLB: The Show, but 10 years ago, 2K made a promise they failed to live up to. That's a disappointment for everyone who wants to play on the digital diamond.

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Best MLB The Show 15 Players by Position https://www.gameskinny.com/gtl96/best-mlb-the-show-15-players-by-position https://www.gameskinny.com/gtl96/best-mlb-the-show-15-players-by-position Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:12:16 -0400 thatzacdavis

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And there you have it folks. The best players in this year's title by position. There are no MLB The Show 15 cheats, just pure skill and smart player picks.

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I hope you're ready for some baseball, since the game releases on March 31 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. 

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Right Fielders

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  7. Hunter Pence
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  9. Ryan Braun
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  11. Jayson Werth
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  13. Alex Rios
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  15. Matt Kemp
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Poor Yasiel Puig, he isn't even the top player in his position on the game that he dominates the cover for. The number one right fielder is, in fact, Giancarlo 'don't call me Mike' Stanton. According to the numbers, that outrageous salary doesn't look so outrageous after all.

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Center Fielders

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  9. Jacoby Ellsbury
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  11. Coco Crisp
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  13. Charlie Blackmon
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  15. Billy Hamilton
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  17. Ben Revere
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  19. Lorenzo Cain
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Center field plays host to some of the most exciting plays in baseball thanks to players like McCutchen and Trout.

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Overall, there aren't any surprises on this list thanks to the above-average years that people like Adam Jones and Coco Crisp put up every season.

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Left Fielders

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  7. Justin Upton
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  9. Alex Gordon
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  11. Hanley Ramirez
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  13. Starling Marte
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  15. Matt Holiday
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  17. Melky Cabrera
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  19. Carl Crawford
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Two back-to-back numbers ones spells good news for Rockies fans, but Gonzalez will have a lot of competition for that top spot as the season goes on with Hanley Ramirez.

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The three-time MLB All-Star, and has former NL Rookie of the Year was sent out to left this season, and could shoot up his rankings even higher thanks to his speed and fielding ability.

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Shortstops

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  11. Alcides Escobar
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Of course Tulo is still on the top for shortstops in MLB The Show 15, but the most interesting man on this list is Everth Cabrera down at #10. Coming off where he struggled both on and off the field, I doubt he will produce how his ratings project in real life. I even doubt the chance that we will get a shot to prove that he's worth a top 10 rating, sitting being J.J. Hardy on the Orioles' depth chart at short.

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Third Basemen

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  7. David Wright
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  9. Kyle Seager
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  11. Aramis Ramirez
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  15. Nolan Arenado
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Finding a solid fielder for the hot corner can be tough, but there are a ton of young, still developing guys at the position right now for career mode. And, of course, there's Josh Donaldson.

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Formerly of the Oakland Athletic's, Donaldson will now stand at third base in Canada as he tries to pick up where he left off with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Second Basemen

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  7. Ben Zobrist
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  9. Ian Kinsler
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  11. Chase Utley
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  13. Brian Dozer
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  15. Dee Gordon
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Second base is usually a fielder's position, but Cano has turned that stereotype on its head. All of these guys are dependable in the field, but if you're looking for some pop at the plate, look no further than Seattle's second baseman.

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First Basemen

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  1. Miguel Cabrera
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  3. Paul Goldschmidt
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  5. Jose Abreu
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  7. David Ortiz
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  9. Joey Votto
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  11. Victor Martinez
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  13. Edwin Encarnacion
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  15. Adrian Gonzalez
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  17. Chris Davis
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  19. Anthony Rizzo
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Most of these guys are likely DH candidates than true first basemen, but the young Cub Anthony Rizzo does stand out on this list. He has a lot of upside, and is a more than capable fielder.

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Catchers

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  1. Buster Posey
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  3. Yadier Molina
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  5. Jonothan Lucroy
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  7. Matt Weiters
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  9. Yan Gomes
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  11. Brian McCann
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  13. Carlos Ruiz
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  15. Russell Martin
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  17. Salvador Perez
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  19. Devin Mesoraco
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Unlike with closers, this list does not see a high turnover rate every year. In short, if your team is lucky enough to find someone with supreme skills behind the plate, you had better hold onto them. Weiters, Martin, and Molina have all been on this list for years, and it looks like they have at least a couple more years in the top 10.

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Closing Pitchers

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  1. Craig Kimbrel
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  3. Kenley Jansen
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  5. Sean Dolittle
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  7. Greg Holland
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  9. Aroldis Chapman
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  11. Jake McGee
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  13. Trevor Rosenthal
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  15. Glen Perkins
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  17. David Robertson
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  19. Dellin Betances
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MLB The Show 15 Closing pitchers basically operate on a flavor of the year cycle. It seems that one guy is never on this list two years in a row. But, it does stand to point at that the Royals' bullpen is looking strong with Holland at the end of the game and Wade Davis coming in before him in relief. 

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Relief Pitchers

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  1. Wade Davis
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  3. Andrew Miller
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  5. Pat Neshek
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  7. Charlie Furbush
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  9. Tony Watson
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  11. Neal Cotts
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  13. Danny Farquar
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  15. Junichi Tazawa
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  17. Darren O'Day
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  19. Sergio Romo
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Only a handful of these guys' names can be considered household but that doesn't mean they won't provide the relief you need when your starter gets tired or beat up.

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O'Day in particular is great in the setup role with his submarine delivery as if offers a completely new point of release for the opposing team.

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Starting Pitchers

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  1. Clayton Kershaw
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  3. Felix Hernandez
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  5. Max Scherzer
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  7. Adam Wainwright
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  9. Chris Sale
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  11. Madison Bumgarner
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  13. Johnny Cueto
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  15. Jose Fernandez
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  17. Yu Darvish
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  19. David Price
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The Tigers might have lost the third-ranked MLB The Show 15 starter this year, but they gained the tenth, and it might just work out for Detroit fans, who will be able to add to the game's pitching advantage by hurling with the lefty.

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All Positions - General

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  1. Clayton Kershaw
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  3. Miguel Cabrera
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  5. Mike Trout
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  7. Felix Hernandez
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  9. Andrew McCutchen
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  11. Craig Kimbrel
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  13. Troy Tulowitzki
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  15. Robinson Cano
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  17. Max Scherzer
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  19. Paul Goldschimdt
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MLB 15: The Show features three players with 99 overalls this year with Kershaw, Cabrera, and Trout.

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In my opinion, Trout is the most valuable of the three. A young outfielder that will play nearly every game for you and produce day-in and day-out is a great asset. And while it may be surprising to some, Trout is not only a better pick, he is also ranked significantly higher than Yasiel Puig, who did not manage to break the top 10 players in the game this year.

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The launch of MLB The Show 15 is right around the corner, and many gamers have been wondering who is going to be the best team and the best players to play with in this year's installment of the PlayStation 4-only baseball franchise.

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Here are the best players in the game by position.

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