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ESPN has posted part 2 of their Major League Baseball 2K9 diary.

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"Anyway, the Giants start the season 12-8 with the new lineup and on the brand new code I just got from 2K Sports. I have to say, the game is playing even smoother (and smarter) than the previous build of the game. Not only have the frame-rate issues been almost completely ironed out, I just saw a play where there was a grounder to second with a man on first and the base runner actually stopped in his tracks so that the second baseman couldn't simply tag him and throw to first to complete the double play. Just goes to show some of the AI enhancements to the game."

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# 1 CarryTheWeight @ 02/17/09 06:18 PM
Wow, the Futures game is in this year? Awesome. Hopefully this will be a way to play with your draft picks and prospects in the absence of the AA and A levels of the minors.

Not sure if The Show 08 or 09 has the Futures game, but the last games I played extensively that did have it were ASB2004 and 2005.
 
# 2 tyler289 @ 02/17/09 06:27 PM
Sounds pretty good. I'm really excited about the game.
 
# 3 bigfnjoe96 @ 02/17/09 06:28 PM
Great Franchise Blog by Jon Robinson as always. Glad to hear Jon got an updated code & that code seemed more stable in the frame rate dept. Also good to hear the AI seems more realistic in it's ways. Hope this also means more realistic AB from the AI..

The ability to play the Futures Game is SWEET...
 
# 4 ShowTyme15 @ 02/17/09 06:28 PM
I Liked what i read. Maybe the people who were complaining about framerate may change their toon now LOL. Great read though this looks like it's going to be a great game this year. Big step up from 2k8.
 
# 5 ShowTyme15 @ 02/17/09 06:32 PM
Also the trade logic seems better. The Matt Cain for Lance Berkman deal seems realistic to me. Also Marlon Byrd for Zito cause Zito is on the decline at the moment. Also you have to take into consideration he was trading players and releasing players to dump salary.
 
# 6 Eddie1967 @ 02/17/09 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ShowTyme15
I Liked what i read. Maybe the people who were complaining about framerate may change their toon now LOL. Great read though this looks like it's going to be a great game this year. Big step up from 2k8.
Make that a huge step up from last year. And that is great news about the frame rate issue being ironed out. The more info we get the better this game sounds. Looks like a monster year for baseball fans.
 
# 7 JoshCA916 @ 02/17/09 08:24 PM
i am a giants fan and i hope so too, but i don't see that happening, lewis to get over 20 would be something special, and fransden with 25 after being out all of last year due to injury i don't see happening, and well i think everybody knows rowands power numbers came due to playing in philly, 31 is an awful big number specially after last season, but i am all for it lets go giants!!!!!!
 
# 8 SoxFan01605 @ 02/17/09 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by a2ndrgmaster
looks like giants got some power , aside from berkman.

rowand - 31HR
lewis - 23
frans - 25


only if that happens in real life =/
Yeah, it was kind of funny to me reading how "realistic" all the stats were over on the 2K forum. I expect them to be a bit overhyped though...lol. The power numbers seem inflated for the wrong guys (based on this blog and the screens here).

That said, it should be fixable with some edits (I've yet to play a game that didn't need it at all). Overall, it was a good blog and it seemd the trade logic, while not completely believeable (I mean the Zito trade was a stretch), seemed much better.

Thus far it's a small sample and nothing to bank on of course, but it sounds like franchise play should be a big step up from 2K8
 
# 9 Stroehms @ 02/17/09 08:30 PM
Sounds good and a good read too. Congrats 2k, you will earn my hard earned money this year.
 
# 10 CMH @ 02/17/09 10:25 PM
The simmed stats weren't perfect, but they looked better.
 
# 11 JBH3 @ 02/18/09 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ShowTyme15
Also the trade logic seems better. The Matt Cain for Lance Berkman deal seems realistic to me. Also Marlon Byrd for Zito cause Zito is on the decline at the moment. Also you have to take into consideration he was trading players and releasing players to dump salary.
That Zito deal offered up by the Rangers didn't make sense to me AT ALL if we're talking improved trade logic. For the Rangers to take on so much money on a pitcher like Zito, swapping an expiring contract at that... Zito is under contract till 2014. There isn't a team in baseball that would trade for Zito; for the CPU to accept that deal offered by the user is one thing.

For the CPU to offer that deal is another. Offering to acquire Zito IMO doesn't spell improved trade logic.

Improved trade logic would be no team EVER offering or acquiring Zito and making the user or CPU live w/ the signing through the life of the contract, or making the tough decision of releasing him.

Cain should've come w/ a prospect or two too if we want to say the trade logic is improved. Berkman is worth at least that.

Improved trade logic in my mind would be the CPU asking for a ridiculously high price, and forcing the user into negotiations or haggling - which is where making the game accessible to all rears its ugly head. I'm guessing the average user wants to settle on something quicker than having to haggle w/ the CPU. So it seems for that reason the CPU just does all the work for you, and asks in return the bare minimum of what they would want.

Zito is probably rated too high as well which is why there would be a team interested in acquiring him.
 
# 12 Blzer @ 02/18/09 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by JoshCA916
i am a giants fan and i hope so too, but i don't see that happening, lewis to get over 20 would be something special, and fransden with 25 after being out all of last year due to injury i don't see happening, and well i think everybody knows rowands power numbers came due to playing in philly, 31 is an awful big number specially after last season, but i am all for it lets go giants!!!!!!
To be fair, Lewis can turn on fastballs and puts an incredible amount of backspin on his hits. If he was a #7 batter in Houston or somewhere, 20 home runs would be rather plausible for him.
 
# 13 Coug00 @ 02/18/09 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by JBH3
That Zito deal offered up by the Rangers didn't make sense to me AT ALL if we're talking improved trade logic. For the Rangers to take on so much money on a pitcher like Zito, swapping an expiring contract at that... Zito is under contract till 2014. There isn't a team in baseball that would trade for Zito; for the CPU to accept that deal offered by the user is one thing.

For the CPU to offer that deal is another. Offering to acquire Zito IMO doesn't spell improved trade logic.

Improved trade logic would be no team EVER offering or acquiring Zito and making the user or CPU live w/ the signing through the life of the contract, or making the tough decision of releasing him.

Cain should've come w/ a prospect or two too if we want to say the trade logic is improved. Berkman is worth at least that.

Improved trade logic in my mind would be the CPU asking for a ridiculously high price, and forcing the user into negotiations or haggling - which is where making the game accessible to all rears its ugly head. I'm guessing the average user wants to settle on something quicker than having to haggle w/ the CPU. So it seems for that reason the CPU just does all the work for you, and asks in return the bare minimum of what they would want.

Zito is probably rated too high as well which is why there would be a team interested in acquiring him.
Agreed. That's very disappointing for me as well. No team in MLB would take on that albatross of a contract straight across. The Giants would have to throw in some high quality prospects for it to even be halfway believable.

This has me worried the CPU bases trades solely off of overall rating and doesn't take into account the financial details of the players contracts.
 
# 14 Woodcutta @ 02/18/09 02:05 AM
Good article and it actually offered insight into the game which some of the videos haven't done. The trade for Zito isn't that big of a stretch considering Zito pitched better in the 2nd half (4.59 ERA, 6-5, .232 OBA) with a 3.15 ERA in September. I'm not saying he is anywhere close to his Oakland form but he can still pitch and we are talking about the Rangers. Remember Kevin Millwood and Chan Ho Park?
 
# 15 boomhauertjs @ 02/18/09 09:56 AM
I'm glad the Tribe made the World Series! Also, good to hear about the framerate and AI issues.
 
# 16 GrandMaster B @ 02/18/09 10:00 AM
So the Yankees didn't win the whole thing with their $5 billion payroll?
 
# 17 ronnyballgame @ 02/18/09 12:04 PM
The Yankees not winning was sweet, but the Mets winning was uncool! Ha, but anyways, I really enjoyed these write-ups/blog, that were very insightful, and have me more even wired up to play the game in 2 weeks. I am glad the framerate is fixed. The power numbers seemed a bit high, did he say what level he was playing on? The trade logic is a lot better, and maybe the Rangers(who need a pitcher) went after Zito(maybe having a good year), to push themselves to the top of the division? But the other trades seemed plausible, so I am interesting in trying this game out. Good job. 2k. VC! Well done!
 
# 18 DocHolliday @ 02/18/09 12:10 PM
Those season ending stats looked pretty damn good.
 
# 19 idesign2 @ 02/18/09 12:53 PM
This all sounds good, but from what I remember this guy didn't mention any gameplay issues in his 2K8 writeup. In fact, I remember being really psyched about the game after reading his diary. Now here he is this year saying how great the game is....again.

I'm not saying that means this year's game is going to be as bad as 2K8, but it is food for thought.
 
# 20 MizzouRah @ 02/18/09 01:52 PM
Excellent read!

I don't want perfect stats, just believeable.. which it looks like they are to me.

I have ootp to really get close to perfect stats. This is a joystick game and if I can make it so Ankiel has 40 hrs.. so be it.
 

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