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Home Runs in MLB The Show From 1996 to 2020

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Home Runs in MLB The Show From 1996 to 2020

Later today we’re going to get a look at how fielding is changing in MLB The Show 21 via the latest SDS feature premiere. Yesterday, we also got some answers to pitching and hitting questions for the upcoming edition of The Show. However, I thought it might be good to look back through the history of the series to remember how far we’ve come, and also to see how the presentation behind home runs has evolved through the years. This is why the latest video from Video Games Evolution is hitting at the right time to me.

From MLB Pennant Race to MLB The Show 20, it’s fun to track the evolution of 989 Studios into SDS. I have a special interest in this video because there’s always a good dialogue here on the forums about how to approach home runs and the presentation behind them. Some folks really want the camera to stay on the action/hitter rather than cut away as soon as the swing triggers a “no doubt” animation/camera cut. Others think there should just be wider angles rather than the close zoom-ins and so on. In general, the developers at SDS began to tweak the presentation last year to sort of blend broadcast and video games together a bit more, and I’m interested to see how that process continues to come together here on next-gen consoles.

Beyond that, I just think it’s fun to get a little nostalgic. I played the hell out of MLB 99 as a young kid, and that “Home Run” writing that comes on the screen during a dinger is burned into my memory banks. It’s also fascinating to see how the presentation changes right around the PS2 era with MLB 2004 and MLB 2005 to incorporate in-game replays and camera cuts right after the home run is hit. After that, it’s just cool to see the graphical upgrades (the second-year-on-a-new-console jump for SDS is very evident across multiple generations).

We have come a long way, and I’m still excited about the future of the series, which is amazing to say after about 25 years with the series. Baseball is timeless in all forms it seems. Anyway, thanks again to Video Games Evolution for putting this together. Take a little stroll down memory lane if you want as we wait for The Show news later today.

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  1. Freddy Sanchez going plakata in MLB 09; we like it.
    Wow, some of the lines Matty V had in that first MLB The Show 06 are still in use now. Not that there's anything wrong with that since they still work fine. It would be interesting if he keeps doing commentary for long enough, he might even start to sound older, then you'd have his current voice mixed in with his younger voice.
    man, that Scully kid sure sounded different before he turned 30. you gotta give credit to Vasgersian for one thing: it takes cajones to attempt to follow a legend.
    as for the Show, it's Lou Gehrig and 989 is Wally Pipp
    I remember back in MLB 99, I tried to create a player without a last name because I wanted the back of the uniform to not show a last name. Instead, they put "Murray" on the back of my shirt. First pitch at-bat, and I launched the ball 606 feet.
    Later, I found out there was a cheat code where you could create a player named "Scott Murray," and if you make contact with power you would blast the ball 609 feet each time.
    Why the three-foot discrepancy between creating the name for yourself and leaving it blank to fill in for you is beyond me, but that would be cool if they still had that in some of these games, haha.
    Or it would have been cool if you could do the left-left-right-right-right-left-left cheat code with Ken Griffey Jr. the year he was on the cover, so he could point to the fence and whack it out. Missed opportunities, for sure!
    Caulfield
    you gotta give credit to Vasgersian for one thing: it takes cajones to attempt to follow a legend.

    I Googled "cajones," and the top result I got was this:
    I'm really hoping in create-a-stadium you can create signage, would be great if you could pay homage in the Show with some well-placed 989 billboards
    I Googled "cajones," and the top result I got was this:

    tomayto tomahto
    in any case it's enough to make you not want a Big Kahuna Burger lol
    Jolly Roger
    Freddy Sanchez going plakata in MLB 09; we like it.
    Wow, some of the lines Matty V had in that first MLB The Show 06 are still in use now. Not that there's anything wrong with that since they still work fine. It would be interesting if he keeps doing commentary for long enough, he might even start to sound older, then you'd have his current voice mixed in with his younger voice.

    I'm certain one year recently Matt recorded lines with a cold or something, because there were a bunch of new lines that sounded different to all his others in the game.
    In Madden this past year, Brandon Gaudin was clearly recording audio at his home (vs. an EA studio) for the commentary updates, as his voice sounded very different, too.
    Jolly Roger
    Freddy Sanchez going plakata in MLB 09; we like it.
    Wow, some of the lines Matty V had in that first MLB The Show 06 are still in use now. Not that there's anything wrong with that since they still work fine. It would be interesting if he keeps doing commentary for long enough, he might even start to sound older, then you'd have his current voice mixed in with his younger voice.

    It's weird having played The Show since 06 and hearing his voice for so long and now I'm gonna have to hear him when I watch my Angels play. Which I'm completely fine with actually, pretty excited to hear him call games. I hope him calling games will give SCEA some content for him to record some excited calls for once. They've added some, but it really feels like a bit of a let down when you walk off in game 7 and all you hear is "Ballgame!" Instead of him going wild like with Rajai Davis' homerun in the WS.
    douggoud
    It's weird having played The Show since 06 and hearing his voice for so long and now I'm gonna have to hear him when I watch my Angels play. Which I'm completely fine with actually, pretty excited to hear him call games. I hope him calling games will give SCEA some content for him to record some excited calls for once. They've added some, but it really feels like a bit of a let down when you walk off in game 7 and all you hear is "Ballgame!" Instead of him going wild like with Rajai Davis' homerun in the WS.

    I've listened to Matty V call a game here or there.... he's 1000x better sounding when calling a live MLB game vs. his commentary in MLBTS. Without a doubt more lively, energetic, and entertaining.
    dbekoscke
    I've listened to Matty V call a game here or there.... he's 1000x better sounding when calling a live MLB game vs. his commentary in MLBTS. Without a doubt more lively, energetic, and entertaining.

    yeah, love him or hate him, Vasgersian isn't the problem: it's the script he's given to work with, and then the editing. it would be much better to pare it down to a two man booth, and even then be able to have 2 two man booths. a great script writer for the Show would incorporate different off-topic conversations, like where to eat in Philly or a good off-Broadway show in NY or a fishing trip he took in Minnesota or the college football game he went to in Atlanta or hundred other lines you only hear at certain stadiums. probably what hurts Vasgersian most is what played a part in his landing the gig in the first place. he's no longer always available to the Studio. like getting Padre Tatis to represent 21, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea when Vasgersian is ready to move on from the Show, is to look for a local guy again. someone who can spend meaningful time in SD
    Yeah, I miss when you could individually mute each commentator so you could just have Matty's play-by-play. On occasion he'll ask a question of one of the other commentators that obviously goes unanswered, but I didn't find that distracting.
    If they would just can all the inane draft talk, that would improve things immensely. I have never once heard a real baseball commentator discuss a player's current status in relation to his draft position. Everyone knows the MLB draft is something of a crap shoot; this isn't the NFL or NBA.
    dbekoscke
    I've listened to Matty V call a game here or there.... he's 1000x better sounding when calling a live MLB game vs. his commentary in MLBTS. Without a doubt more lively, energetic, and entertaining.

    Oh believe you me, when it was announced that he would be our announcer, I was thrilled! I'll miss Victor Rojas, but Matty V is fun to listen to, and I love hearing his excited calls. I just wish there was a way to have him watch those plays and make generic calls but at that level of excitement for The Show.
    Hell, I remember back in 06 and 07 I would purposefully dive on the last out of the game just to hear him get excited!
    As much as I love having him as the announcer, I can agree with Claufield that it may be time to replace him with someone who might have more time to be there and record more lines. Heck, we gotta share Matty V with ESPN or MLB Network this year because of his contract I assume. So he probably has no time for more lines outside of the off season (and I think he calls other sports occasionally right? I only say that because I saw a clip of him calling a football game, but I dunno how old it was).
    Jolly Roger

    Wow, some of the lines Matty V had in that first MLB The Show 06 are still in use now.

    That part got me. It's been obvious for the longest time that commentary in The Show has been weak for years, but I didn't realize they still had lines in the game dating back 15 years.
    Also... who in the world had Max Fried as the lead off hitter in a ballgame for The Show '20 and why?

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