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MLB The Show 18 Gameplay Video - New Features (Astros vs. Yankees)

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MLB The Show 18 Gameplay Video - New Features (Astros vs. Yankees)

Gamespot has posted a new MLB The Show 18 gameplay video featuring the Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees. Ramone Russell talks about the gameplay updates and new features. Make sure to check it out and post your thoughts.

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  1. Looks like the generic presentation packages got a visual facelift along with the MLB Network one getting updated (from the IGN video). Looks sharp.
    bcruise
    Looks like the generic presentation packages got a visual facelift along with the MLB Network one getting updated (from the IGN video). Looks sharp.

    Was just about to post about that. Def much needed. Kind of wonder if the generic broadcast presentations give us different commentary teams. Just a thought...........
    The gamespot video to me was far superior to the IGN. Like last year, i don't care about your Dbacks...IGN host, just talk about the game. Definitely more detail mentioned from the GS video.
    Ramone also mentions in this video that they are going to put up another video about a feature they added that people have been asking for, for years apparently. Curious what it could be? Roster import feature? Player import into franchise mode feature? Any guesses?
    MLB14
    I haven't bought the game since '15. What year did the framerate get so smooth?

    Last year was ultra smooth on the Pro. And, just from what I'm seeing in these two videos it looks even better on Pro because the cutscenes all look to be 60 FPS or very close as well.
    I did hear about it not being as smooth last year on the regular PS4, though.
    ShowTyme15
    Ramone also mentions in this video that they are going to put up another video about a feature they added that people have been asking for, for years apparently. Curious what it could be? Roster import feature? Player import into franchise mode feature? Any guesses?

    First instinct is to say Expansion/Relocation, but it'll probably be something more like rain outs.
    ShowTyme15
    Ramone also mentions in this video that they are going to put up another video about a feature they added that people have been asking for, for years apparently. Curious what it could be? Roster import feature? Player import into franchise mode feature? Any guesses?

    Create a Stadium/expansion
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    ShowTyme15
    Ramone also mentions in this video that they are going to put up another video about a feature they added that people have been asking for, for years apparently. Curious what it could be? Roster import feature? Player import into franchise mode feature? Any guesses?

    Maybe Rotating interleague schedules
    tnixen
    Maybe "Create a team" feature? :y220:

    Create a team + being able to upload your logo would be a dream come true.
    I’ve wanted this since NCAA Football introduced their Teambuilder feature. And again with NBA 2k’s editor upgrades the past few years.
    TotesMaGotes
    For the "Feature people have been asking for" thing my money is going on a logo uploader similar to NBA 2k.

    don't want to to double-posting from the Game trailer thread but this is something I noted !!
    Damn, did the game play that smooth on regular PS4 last year?
    If not, I really need to think about getting a Pro... Even tho I dont have a 4k TV.
    That looked silky smooth!
    breakfastcat
    First instinct is to say Expansion/Relocation, but it'll probably be something more like rain outs.

    That's what I am thinking to. Because in one of the videos he did mention that they had something new with rain as well?
    One thing I noticed when seeing the batter view that the ball being pitched looked more realistic, instead of a white dot it looked more like baseball with shadow coming to the batter, JMO
    Bullit
    That's what I am thinking to. Because in one of the videos he did mention that they had something new with rain as well?

    would be cool..but curious how far they implemented it:
    - just rain delays where after a 2hrs wait you have to change your starting pitcher ? ..and game resume with no rain and wet field ?
    - a pre-game postponed game being re-scheduled on a scheduled OFF day ?
    - full blown : pre-game postponed or during game delays and/post-poned with a re-scheduled double-headers !??
    :popcorn:
    TripleCrown
    would be cool..but curious how far they implemented it:
    - just rain delays where after a 2hrs wait you have to change your starting pitcher ? ..and game resume with no rain and wet field ?
    - a pre-game postponed game being re-scheduled on a scheduled OFF day ?
    - full blown : pre-game postponed or during game delays and/post-poned with a re-scheduled double-headers !??
    :popcorn:

    TBH I still think putting in doubleheader logic (the game re-scheduling them) would be a logistical nightmare seeing as the real MLB often has trouble with it too, and as such I'll be surprised if postponements ever make it in.
    I kind of feel like Ramone might be referring to the rain affecting on-field play (players slipping, more errors, etc).
    Love the new pitching animations for Severino and Gray (from the IGN video). They both look so much better than what they each had last year. Hick's new stance also looks great.
    Love that they got Sanchez's face in this time. He looked so terrible last year that I actually used a player-created Sanchez from the vault that looked so much better than the in-game Sanchez.
    Glad they got the Judge's chambers in the game as well (from the trailer). I hope they were able to add the stadium lights flickering on and off for HRs during night games.
    Judges stance looks way better than last year's abomination, but it is still not correct. Hopefully they just haven't added in Judge's mo-capped stance yet. Torreyes and Andujar look to have generic stances. Torreyes had his own stance in last year, but it wasn't very accurate.
    I'm I the only one here who really would like the batter coming to the plate overlays to show the batters fielding Position example 3B,LF instead of whether the batter bats left or right example L,R? I don't want to complain to much but if they could just make some small changes here and there in the overlays would just be icing on the cake :)
    However I do like that they made the MLB Network Scorebug more accurate.
    And they even made the Home Run Overlays unique for MLB network compared to the other broadcasts presentations :)
    I hope all of the different broadcasts presentations got some nice upgrades and I am mainly talking about the stat overlays!
    Watched both vids, couple quick things I noticed:
    - Judge was wearing new Under Armor cleats
    - Altuve was wearing new New Balance cleats
    - Correa was wearing new Adidas cleats
    - Springer was wearing new Nike Batting gloves and what appeared to be a camo pattern on the trim? Anyone comfirm?
    - Sanchez was wearing new Nike Cleats
    - Bregman was wearing Marucci batting gloves
    - They added the Face Masks. This is cool
    - The new batting camera and presentation package looked smooth.
    - Hitting overall looks less mechanical and much smoother.
    - The new hit ball indicator trail was cool
    - The bat overlay on the hit chart is a cool idea. Shows where your bat was in the swing versus where the ball was. Could be a cool tool.
    - Bodies and faces looked much better. These were shown on PS4 Pro so I am curious how the game plays/looks on standard PS4...
    tnixen
    I'm I the only one here who really would like the batter coming to the plate overlays to show the batters fielding Position example 3B,LF instead of whether the batter bats left or right example L,R?
    Also I like that they made the MLB Network Scorebug more accurate.
    And they even made the Home Run Overlays unique for MLB network compared to the other broadcasts presentations :)

    So, fun fact here. Last year's MLBN scorebug was a dead ringer for the actual one in 2016 aside from having a graphical B/S count instead of numbers.... BEFORE they completely revamped it for the '17 season. So, there's no guarantee MLBN won't come up with a new one again here in '18, and we'll have an "outdated" one once again. Not a whole lot Sony SD can do about that.
    bcruise
    So, fun fact here. Last year's MLBN scorebug was a dead ringer for the actual one in 2016 aside from having a graphical B/S count instead of numbers.... BEFORE they completely revamped it for the '17 season. So, there's no guarantee MLBN won't come up with a new one again here in '18, and we'll have an "outdated" one once again. Not a whole lot Sony SD can do about that.

    Yep that's a real possibility.
    Not sure why the MLB Network can't just give Sony a heads up on any changes they may have made though for the upcoming season?
    bcruise
    So, fun fact here. Last year's MLBN scorebug was a dead ringer for the actual one in 2016 aside from having a graphical B/S count instead of numbers.... BEFORE they completely revamped it for the '17 season. So, there's no guarantee MLBN won't come up with a new one again here in '18, and we'll have an "outdated" one once again. Not a whole lot Sony SD can do about that.

    Here is MLB Network 2017 game presentation.
    And the batter coming to the plate overlays in fact do have the batters fielding Position on them. So not sure why Sony does not change this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb-9d9QGCz4&t=997s
    Seeing a lot of generic batting gloves, most likely because it's an early build but hopefully the game doesn't ship like that.
    And hopefully this is finally the year we can edit logo color on equipment.
    And i was hoping to see this elbow guard on Stanton, as many players started wearing it last year.

    It's very likely that not all new equipment has been implemented for these builds anyways.
    Would give anything if they would update umpires uniforms to current. Such an easy thing to fix.
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    I know the game will be good, that to me is a given. I respect the pedigree of SDS.
    1. Will we finally get the in depth on the D-Pad Batter/Pitcher Analysis back to where it once was, instead of in the pause menu
    2. Will they Make Quirks situational to reduce the amount of info you have to take in. I should not have to read war and peace to find out what is the quirk for this situation. Less is more.
    And, why in the hell are they acting like fast replay is something to even mention? Sometimes a talking point, is a balking point, So Ramone killed that noise about a fast replay.
    This is so small, but the second play of the game when Hicks got the ball back in, it looked like a new animation instead of the pausing that tended to happen sometimes. That particular situation happens so many times during a game having some smoothness will really help keep the immersion.
    He also says pinpointing pitches is harder. I love to hear that. If I can play on analog and actually give up walks that would be huge.
    You don’t care where I sent this from
    I love that part of Ramone's script (it seems like he's working loosely from a script comparing similar statements he made in both the Gamespot and IGN videos) about how they all got in a room from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and played the game focusing on hitting. He went on to mention they gave feedback about if they were getting enough singles/doubles etc...which begs the question, were they not doing this before? lol. Seems like pretty basic QA/QC to test that. Maybe he meant to say that they expanded the number of testers this year to include his department and it just came off like they suddenly had the idea to test the hitting in the game in a systematic way for the first time? This is pretty much slider-making 101.
    WaitTilNextYear
    I love that part of Ramone's script (it seems like he's working loosely from a script comparing similar statements he made in both the Gamespot and IGN videos) about how they all got in a room from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and played the game focusing on hitting. He went on to mention they gave feedback about if they were getting enough singles/doubles etc...which begs the question, were they not doing this before? lol. Seems like pretty basic QA/QC to test that. Maybe he meant to say that they expanded the number of testers this year to include his department and it just came off like they suddenly had the idea to test the hitting in the game in a systematic way for the first time? This is pretty much slider-making 101.

    They always test it but I think they are giving it extra attention because it went off the rails in 17 and there was a lot of backlash.
    nemesis04
    They always test it but I think they are giving it extra attention because it went off the rails in 17 and there was a lot of backlash.

    Fair enough. Everyone in the office jamming on the sticks from 3:30 - 5:00 for 3 or 4 months straight might be a bit more intensive than their normal testing process. That's probably what he meant.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Fair enough. Everyone in the office jamming on the sticks from 3:30 - 5:00 for 3 or 4 months straight might be a bit more intensive than their normal testing process. That's probably what he meant.

    Plus there's the alpha test to consider too. They got A LOT of feedback on the hitting this cycle that they haven't before.
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    bcruise
    Plus there's the alpha test to consider too. They got A LOT of feedback on the hitting this cycle that they haven't before.
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    I would think they have to keep that up. A mass test like that would be too valuable for a team that has limited time.
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    Wouldn’t mind seeing rain delays where you have to change pitchers. I can’t imagine we see rainouts or double headers.
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    That new HR camera looks bad. I noticed it in the alpha and thought it was a bug. Hopefully the option to turn it off is still there.
    Also, what's up with all the batters doing the Eric Hosmer/Trevor Story finger thing? I've been wanting that for years but it should be reserved for the players who actually do it.
    Can we finally fix the throwback uniforms. Like the 70's and 80's pullover jerseys. Example the Reds, Red Sox, White Sox, A's, Angels etc. Every game so far those jerseys keep showing as button ups. They need to fix that!
    bcruise
    I kind of feel like Ramone might be referring to the rain affecting on-field play (players slipping, more errors, etc).

    This is exactly what I thought too. No way it has anything to do with scheduling.
    hf199
    Can we finally fix the throwback uniforms. Like the 70's and 80's pullover jerseys. Example the Reds, Red Sox, White Sox, A's, Angels etc. Every game so far those jerseys keep showing as button ups. They need to fix that!

    It’s because they’re built on the same templates as the other jerseys. That will probably never be fixed.
    Noticed new Adidas and Under Armour cleats but old Nike ones on Springer
    Also need to fix Stantons stance, foot shouldnt be outside of batting box
    They said that uniforms were the main focus this year graphically, but it sounds like all that really amounted to was adding PBR to it. Which is cool, but it would have been nice if they could have overhauled them to fix the many issues people have with them: Multiple templates for throwbacks, cloth physics, number placement on jerseys that don't display names, static sleeves, etc.
    Color me unimpressed. I thought they added more animations this year? I didn't see any of this during the game play video that I haven't seen in MLB the Show 17. Touting the new tag system as the most improved part of the game, and the catcher reaction is nice, but we need more to be done. I'm hoping the* Twitch Streams & Developer Blog will reveal more.
    I loved everything about it.
    But please tell me that's not he final Judge.
    Everyone else on the Yankees looks perfect but him the cover boy.
    He's wayyy too fat! Body type should be like Sanchez in the game and the stance needs work. Looks nothing like his.
    But please more than anything fix his body type. Can't stand another year of him looking all fat.
    I will say, as an Astros fan, I am disappointed that Springer didn't opt to get a new face scan, his hasn't been bad but the WS MVP has had a beard for almost two full seasons and he's naked faced here. Same with McCann, even though his face looks tons better this year than ever, naked faced McCann just doesn't look right. (Especially in real life when he was on the Yankees.) However, the Correa face scan looks amazing.
    TotesMaGotes
    I will say, as an Astros fan, I am disappointed that Springer didn't opt to get a new face scan, his hasn't been bad but the WS MVP has had a beard for almost two full seasons and he's naked faced here. Same with McCann, even though his face looks tons better this year than ever, naked faced McCann just doesn't look right. (Especially in real life when he was on the Yankees.) However, the Correa face scan looks amazing.

    Give it some time. The rosters aren't done yet and are a work in progress. Last year they added Evan Longoria, and Colby Rasmus' beards to the game during spring training so you never know Springer could still get an update. Same goes for McCann.
    breakfastcat
    They said that uniforms were the main focus this year graphically, but it sounds like all that really amounted to was adding PBR to it. Which is cool, but it would have been nice if they could have overhauled them to fix the many issues people have with them: Multiple templates for throwbacks, cloth physics, number placement on jerseys that don't display names, static sleeves, etc.

    This. I'd be happy if they would do everything you just mentioned. Visually, the game is stale.
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    OUSOONERS#1
    Hitting in the Alpha sucked so they had better have it tuned before launch day otherwise you think there was backlash last year it was alot worse in the Alpha test ..
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    What actually sucked about the hitting in the alpha?
    breakfastcat
    They said that uniforms were the main focus this year graphically, but it sounds like all that really amounted to was adding PBR to it. Which is cool, but it would have been nice if they could have overhauled them to fix the many issues people have with them: Multiple templates for throwbacks, cloth physics, number placement on jerseys that don't display names, static sleeves, etc.

    Red jerseys not being red enough. Yellow not being yellow enough. Giants orange looking like someone’s puke after one too many screwdrivers.
    GoDucks1224
    Red jerseys not being red enough. Yellow not being yellow enough. Giants orange looking like someone’s puke after one too many screwdrivers.

    I really hope they can fix the colors for non-HDR users. The colors look amazing on my HDR display, but that shouldn't be the price you have to pay for vibrant and accurate reds. The yellows still need work, especially on the A's alternates.
    countryboy
    :lol:
    According to the stats on his batter walkup, Judge hit 52 homeruns and had 114 RBI's in 27 games!!! :shocked:
    :lol:

    those were his spring training numbers :D
    countryboy
    :lol:
    According to the stats on his batter walkup, Judge hit 52 homeruns and had 114 RBI's in 27 games!!! :shocked:
    :lol:

    Mash like that and you too can be a cover boy! :D
    bcruise
    New walkup overlay (didn't see this at all in the IGN thing so I'm guessing it's random):

    I think this is because in the IGN video the lineup did not turn over.
    So far I actually prefer the generic presentation to the MLB Network presentation this year. :shocked:
    breakfastcat
    I really hope they can fix the colors for non-HDR users. The colors look amazing on my HDR display, but that shouldn't be the price you have to pay for vibrant and accurate reds. The yellows still need work, especially on the A's alternates.

    I suspect they could fix any color they set their minds to. Seattle's teal unis looked lousy in previous years for example but were much improved in '17.
    Jon Arbuckle

    I suspect they could fix any color they set their minds to. Seattle's teal unis looked lousy in previous years for example but were much improved in '17.

    Yep this is my problem with the uniform color issues. Some get fixed and some don't so they don't seem to be lighting or coding issues they come across as "well we had time to fix Seattle but didn't have time to fix the Nationals color issue, maybe next year, sorry". I could be wrong but the outward appearance on this makes it seem this way and boy is it frustrating.
    Aggies7
    Wouldn’t mind seeing rain delays where you have to change pitchers. I can’t imagine we see rainouts or double headers.
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    ShowTyme15
    Ramone also mentions in this video that they are going to put up another video about a feature they added that people have been asking for, for years apparently. Curious what it could be? Roster import feature? Player import into franchise mode feature? Any guesses?

    Player import into existing franchise, will make it a day 1 buy for me. As I said after last yr, I was done buying this game day 1, because of lack of improvement with franchise mode. Player import into existing franchise, and a improved Spring Training within franchise are 2 things, that will change my mind about not buying day1, and playing the wait and see, before wasting money anymore.
    Im definitely now very interested to see what this feature is, that we have been asking for, for yrs now:D
    "Something to talk about with rain in the future",  (14:20) has my fingers-crossed hoping it is what I think it is.
    My biggest wish was improved first baseman play with better pitcher coverage of the bag.  At the 1:00 minute mark squashed that wish.  It's early though.
    dalger21

    To me not having rain delays is like not having injuries in Franchise mode. A rain delay, game cancellation, and double headers have effects on your roster.
    It requires some strategy and creativity on your part.
    I think it is a big part of a 162 game season and should be in the game.
    berenjena
    I loved everything about it.
    But please tell me that's not he final Judge.
    Everyone else on the Yankees looks perfect but him the cover boy.
    He's wayyy too fat! Body type should be like Sanchez in the game and the stance needs work. Looks nothing like his.
    But please more than anything fix his body type. Can't stand another year of him looking all fat.

    It won't be fixed because they can only work from the preset body types they have in the games. It's the same 3 they've had for years now. Judge is set to buff. It's also effected by weight. It's very cookie cutter.
    Im putting my money on expansion/relocation being the "big new feature long awaited." NBA has is, Madden has it, NHL just got it... The Show is the only game missing it currently. And I think Diamond Dynasty is/was a big foreshadowing that they were/are working on it.
    itsmb8
    Im putting my money on expansion/relocation being the "big new feature long awaited." NBA has is, Madden has it, NHL just got it... The Show is the only game missing it currently. And I think Diamond Dynasty is/was a big foreshadowing that they were/are working on it.

    I hope so. It has to be functional with offline modes like franchise or it just doesn't matter to most or at least half of us. Customization would be big for us black sheep offline players.
    I am sure I will be wrong but my guess and hope is that what Ramone Russell was referring to with the rain is Realtime Weather!
    Meaning when you start a game it could be bright and Sunny and as the game goes on it will get cloudy and start to drizzle or rain. Or the other way around a game could start off dark and rainy and then after so many innings the Sun pops out. Also maybe they got the Weather Channel involved this year? Also perhaps the rain actually will affect gameplay now?
    That's what I am hoping for anyway! :)
    Also I still do not think we are getting Rain Delays as it has been said many times before that Rain Delays is not happening any time soon if at all!
    xlatinoheatx
    It won't be fixed because they can only work from the preset body types they have in the games. It's the same 3 they've had for years now. Judge is set to buff. It's also effected by weight. It's very cookie cutter.

    Judge doesn't have the "buff" body type in game. He, for whatever reason, has the "husky" body type. The "buff" one would actually look good for him. That's what Giancarlo has and it works. Normal would be fine too, but he should definitely not be "husky" like he is currently.
    tnixen
    I am sure I will be wrong but my guess and hope is that what Ramone Russell was referring to with the rain is Realtime Weather!
    Meaning when you start a game it could be bright and Sunny and as the game goes on it will get cloudy and start to drizzle or rain. Or the other way around a game could start off dark and rainy and then after so many innings the Sun pops out. Also maybe they got the Weather Channel involved this year? Also perhaps the rain actually will affect gameplay now?
    That's what I am hoping for anyway! :)
    Also I still do not think we are getting Rain Delays as it has been said many times before that Rain Delays is not happening any time soon if at all!

    I would love more dynamic weather during games. If they want a perfect model for how weather should work, they should look at the weather in Codemasters Formula 1 series. It’s done almost perfectly.
    bronxbombers21325
    I would love more dynamic weather during games. If they want a perfect model for how weather should work, they should look at the weather in Codemasters Formula 1 series. It’s done almost perfectly.

    Yeah they do it well. I just wish it wouldn’t rain in 70% of the races. Hahaha.
    I am going to be disappointed if they feature people wanted for years is going to be something trivial like rain delays, which I bet if they are added are going to be way overdone.
    Expansion and Create a stadium or bust
    orioles0615
    I am going to be disappointed if they feature people wanted for years is going to be something trivial like rain delays, which I bet if they are added are going to be way overdone.
    Expansion and Create a stadium or bust
    With you on that one. Never cared about rainouts, but I've wanted expansion/relocation forever. I'm almost 100% certain it's the former, though. Expansion doesn't match the asterisks in franchise, and I doubt it would be in the little things stream because it's a pretty big thing.
    Weather delays are really kinda pointless in a way, or you would get is a cutscene of it then 1 hour later it's a different time of day.
    However if it was done in the way that we would get delayed to have double feature games it would bring in a completely new strategy. it would bring in spot starters.
    I would love injury and fatigue sliders for each player to be different in this case too. the way it is now being injury prone, means your durability sucks when that shouldn't be true. someone shouldn't be tired if they are injury prone player.
    So they would have to fix that to make it work with double headers and delays in the schedule. I fear we could get some wacky things happen in the schedule too if this happens.
    To those who are worried about Judges body type, they said his model in the demo is NOT the model they mocapped. They haven’t gotten that into the game yet. So when the game is released don’t worry, Judge will look like Judge.
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    Loving everything I'm seeing so far.
    I (for another year :) ) really hope they add the ability to use player lock but in regular camera.
    Ramone a couple versions ago said he wanted that too (Unless my old @ss remembers incorrectly)... so hopefully some day.
    El_MaYiMbE
    To me not having rain delays is like not having injuries in Franchise mode. A rain delay, game cancellation, and double headers have effects on your roster.
    It requires some strategy and creativity on your part.
    I think it is a big part of a 162 game season and should be in the game.

    This is exactly why I want rain delays in the game.
    The fact we still don’t have rain delays baffles me... growing up all my life playing ball and the most dreadful feeling was a sky full of dark clouds just before game time .. rain outs and delays were dreadful but made the game what it is today .. double headers were a blast and still are . One of my first mlb games i went too was a Saturday day game Tigers vs Angels with Colon pitching and the great Vlad playing right field . Game the night before was rained out so they did a Double header for the following day and that allowed me to catch two games my first time at the ball park. We NEED rainouts . Lol .
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    ElroyJetson
    The fact we still don’t have rain delays baffles me... growing up all my life playing ball and the most dreadful feeling was a sky full of dark clouds just before game time .. rain outs and delays were dreadful but made the game what it is today .. double headers were a blast and still are . One of my first mlb games i went too was a Saturday day game Tigers vs Angels with Colon pitching and the great Vlad playing right field . Game the night before was rained out so they did a Double header for the following day and that allowed me to catch two games my first time at the ball park. We NEED rainouts . Lol .
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    I’m fairly certain it’s because it’s a scheduling nightmare in the game.
    ...rain outs and delays were dreadful but made the game what it is today...

    either that or:
    1) 3 run homers
    2) strikeouts going down swinging
    3) stolen bases
    4) diving stops in the infield
    5) diving catches in the outfield
    but probably rain lol
    ...We WANT rainouts... Lol

    annnd ... fixxed.
    :lol:
    Loving that they’re making pitching harder across the board this year. Pitching had gotten way too easy to dominate over the past several years. You’d still have a bad game here and there, but they seemed to happen way too seldom.
    bronxbombers21325
    Loving that they’re making pitching harder across the board this year. Pitching had gotten way too easy to dominate over the past several years. You’d still have a bad game here and there, but they seemed to happen way too seldom.

    It will be interesting to see what degree they made it more difficult. I am thinking they are erring on the side of caution and its slight. If they gave some of the sliders more bite we could make it even more difficult. Ultimately they really need to retool the pitching mechanics, there are tons of ways to add more challenge to the existing ones.
    nemesis04
    It will be interesting to see what degree they made it more difficult. I am thinking they are erring on the side of caution and its slight. If they gave some of the sliders more bite we could make it even more difficult. Ultimately they really need to retool the pitching mechanics, there are tons of ways to add more challenge to the existing ones.

    The last few years, even with sliders it was very easy. I maxed out AI hitting sliders in 17 and still had no problem dominating most games even on the harder difficulties. The difficulty of the game in general has been decreased a lot the last several years IMO. Hitting and pitching both. I feel like the last time I had a truly challenging experience with this game was 2012.
    Baseball4ever39
    Hopefully they have adjusted the stamina/energy issues in season play.. steady everyday players routinely need days off..

    And, Oh God, if the SP stamina is still nerfed badly in the playoffs....such a bad design.
    Do not know if anyone saw it but Carlos Correa posted on his Instagram story some videos of him playing The Show 18 yesterday and some of the new menus looked very very good.
    Caulfield
    either that or:
    1) 3 run homers
    2) strikeouts going down swinging
    3) stolen bases
    4) diving stops in the infield
    5) diving catches in the outfield

    6) 2 out rallies...... and rain outs of course :D
    GoDucks1224
    Red jerseys not being red enough. Yellow not being yellow enough. Giants orange looking like someone’s puke after one too many screwdrivers.
    That reminds me of a funny story...
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