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MLB The Show 19 Franchise Mode Review: A Wishlist for 2020

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MLB The Show 19 Franchise Mode Review: A Wishlist for 2020

A summer-long franchise was synonymous with baseball for many years. It remains a test kitchen, a way to rewrite history, a great educator, and a marvelously interactive way to spend the season. Personally, I use franchise mode for all sorts of different experiments. I use it to stay as concurrent as possible with the real-life Astros season, conducting a full multi-season rebuild with OSFM rosters, and answering questions like “would a team of just Texans outperform a team of just Californians?”

The point being, franchise mode can still be this playground for various ideas you come up with, but it’s a mode that also needs to give you the tools to create these new experiences and moments.

This Year’s Updates

I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of updates to the mode altogether, but thanks to the noticeable on-field gameplay improvements in this year’s title, franchise mode remains an incredibly immersive experience. True, the updates are fewer and farther between than previous entries, but it still makes for a great time.

It was nice to be able to extend players amid the league-wide movement to lock down homegrown superstars, but the options remained limited. I was still able to sign both Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel to one-year deals at under $6 million each before the season started. I fumbled through August waiver trades and was not notified when my free agents signed with my team. Some older (Sergio Romo) and random (Dexter Fowler?) — but perfectly capable — players retired at the end of the 2019 season.

Real-life baseball is rapidly evolving. Trends catch on quickly in an industry where any sort of competitive advantage is tirelessly analyzed and on public display for 162 games. Data-driven managerial aspects of the game have been implemented (shifts are more noticeable than ever in ’19), but there is still tangible freedom complicated or completely blocked by how franchise mode is structured now. Again, the on-field gameplay brings new life to franchise mode, but I could not help but throw together the following list of ideas for the mode’s eventual reconstruction.

Roster Customization

Shifting is present, but the opener, four to six-man rotations, international free agency, and two-way players all remain absent but could truly increase the game’s already sky-high replay value. Could franchise mode take a feature from RttS’ archetypes and have franchise archetypes? What about the ability to shift to and from a six-man rotation midseason as prospects tear up Triple A or pitching depth takes a toll? Baseball is rapidly moving away from traditional structures, and we should have the freedom to not only do the same, but also carry the experiments even further (such as bullpen games for an entire season).

Full Draft Revamp

The trouble with baseball’s draft is that even the most elite talent will take their lumps in the minors for a couple years before getting called up. A franchise and even an entire league can look incredibly different in its third year when that happens. To truly provide an immersive draft experience, scouting and the draft need to be revamped. International Free Agency is missing altogether. All of my scouted players for the First Year Player Draft felt useless again. I gravitated towards the blue chip prospects and sorted by accuracy for the rest. Draft class editing existed during the last console generation and is currently live in Madden 19, and the Roster Vault is a perfect opportunity. Sure, 40 rounds is overkill, but maybe SDS expands the draft past its current iteration of six rounds. The thrill of landing a Nolan Ryan in the twelfth round, an Albert Pujols in the thirteenth round, or a Mark Buehrle in the thirty-eighth round is tangibly real for every MLB team every June, but could certainly be a tall order to implement in The Show.

Overhauled Trade Screen

The current trade screen has the easily resolvable problem of having too much dead space and not enough information displayed. Why not make it mirror franchise’s roster screen? Re-purposing it to show more than just five players, adding the ability to sort by various statistics, or even introducing international bonus money as a trade commodity could improve one of the most exciting elements of the mode. While not as complicated as three-team trade logic, MLB teams can add more than three players to a trade, so we should be able to stack assets in franchise as well.

Critical Situations For Other Franchises

Let’s say you are controlling the Houston Astros, and you are neck-and-neck with the upstart Oakland Athletics for the AL West crown. The A’s are playing the last-place Texas Rangers towards the end of September. What if a critical situation found you playing as the division-rival Rangers to take the series from the Athletics since it would tangibly impact your own franchise’s playoff chances? And how fun would it have been to play as Adrian Beltre sitting at 2,999 hits in 2017? Even though he’s on the Astros, jumping into a Beltre player lock to get hit 3,000 would have been a wonderful refresher in an already varied experience. It will be interesting to see if elements of March to October or even Moments get folded into franchise mode in the future.

The Elephant In The Room

Regrettably, there is a gargantuan hurdle that could be preventing a drastic franchise mode overhaul: baseball’s looming CBA issues. While I want updates like relocation and a stadium editor as much as anyone, I can understand SDS for holding off until the CBA is resolved before investing significant man hours and development time into the mode. Sweeping changes to the mode are, unfortunately, best suited for when there is a clearer picture of how certain elements will or will not shake out (such as the real-life complete removal of August waiver trades and reduction of September callups). A sturdy and comprehensive transformation of franchise mode is inevitable, not just to appease longtime fans, but also to keep the game on par with the real-life shifts in how baseball is managed.

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  1. I want an owner mode. MLB more then any other sports mode would benefit with a true owner mode. Selling tickets, promotions, luxury tax, building stadium, yearly budget, etc.
    There is so much that could be done in running a good franchise that an owner is apart of that just is not there in an NFL or NBA game.
    I am actually quite shocked that an MLB game does not have this type of mode.
    goillini03
    My wish for The Show, and all sports games, is for us to stop having to do Wishlists every year.

    I guess Mr. Jenkins doesnt know the sky is falling & there won't be a franchise mode in 20 lol
    Everything mentioned in the article would be nice to have in franchise mode next year. One thing I would also like that wasn’t mentioned in the article is an injury system like 2k has.
    1. Play as your top prospect or draft signee in a RTTS mode throughout the season.
    2. ArchTypes and Personalities from RTTS.
    3. Morale expanded to include the manager player interaction dialogue boxes as seen in RTTS.
    4. Player relationship as well as player and team rival trash talking/text as seen in RTTS.
    5. Since Nick stated that he wanted other modes to bleed into each other this is an easy start since you already have the assets and RTTS is essentially and or synonymous to franchise.
    6. Challenges like RTTS, but it will be more in the vein of being called up or sent down AAA/AA, maintaining a batting avg, reducing your ERA or WhIP as a Pitcher ect...
    Already been said but I want to simply be able to change any team's name.* If i want to change the New York Yankees into the Chernobyl Two-Heads, i should be able too.* Just backspace and rewrite.* Then allow us to upload custom logos etc.* A stadium creator would be great, but i would be happy if they just added a bunch of realistic (not goofy) new, (even generic) major league and minor league stadiums.* Let me edit number of teams or divisions in the league.* And let us assign certain stadiums to teams.* I want to be able to create an independent league if i want.* You get the idea...!
    Already been said but I want to simply be able to change any team's name. If i want to change the New York Yankees into the Chernobyl Two-Heads, i should be able too.* Just backspace and rewrite. Then allow us to upload custom logos etc.
    the bolded would be the easiest way to introduce relocation to the Show.
    Step 1: Massively fix everything that's currently in franchise mode.
    Step 2: Add more stuff
    Step 3: Fix the new stuff as it'll almost certainly have issues.
    10 games into my franchise and the Giants are starting Mark Melancon against me.
    Some great suggestions earlier relating to features in RTTS that should be migrated to franchise to make the franchise experience better. Like many, at one stage I just assumed that would happen given these features are already built and in the system for want of a better way of putting it, but of course they haven’t been. Truth is they need to.
    Elliot, great post. But doesn't this fall on deaf ears? we've been deserving of these changes for YEARS, yet SDS makes it all about the money with DD 
    Sounds like you want a new game.
    I am pretty shocked at how shallow franchise mode is from what I been reading. I was expecting much more when i first started looking into this game recently. This mode seems to be about 5 to 10 years behind other games with a franchise type mode.
    b22gamer
    Elliot, great post. But doesn't this fall on deaf ears? we've been deserving of these changes for YEARS, yet SDS makes it all about the money with DD*

    Yeah I guess that's why it's called a "wish" list. It's cheaper than throwing pennies in a well, and less disturbing than rubbing a dev's lamp. If i thought it would come true i wouldn't have listed what I listed. I would have simply wished for a million more wishes.
    BigOscar
    Step 1: Massively fix everything that's currently in franchise mode.
    Step 2: Add more stuff
    Step 3: Fix the new stuff as it'll almost certainly have issues.
    10 games into my franchise and the Giants are starting Mark Melancon against me.

    Maybe they're going with an "opener" strategy lol
    Therebelyell626
    Maybe they're going with an "opener" strategy lol

    Sadly, they don't have a long reliever so instead burnt their entire pen in the first game of our 3 game series. A mistake compounded by them pinch hitting for Samardjzia in the 2nd inning of game 2 because he'd given up 4 runs.
    Wish #1... Allow us to upload players into existing franchises...
    Wish #2... Change budgets to register annually -vs- weekly, I prefer not  needing a calculator here...
    Wish #3... Merge with OOTP :-)
    Thank you in advance...
    -GW-
    1: rotating schedules
    2: all aspects of all players editable and exportable
    3: every first and last name in the list with audio
    4: 25 man A slots , up from the current 15
    5: individual commentary sliders
    6: 3 or 4 times more commentary variety / it gets repeatable VERY fast
    7: double headers
    8: bad weather rescheduling at a later date
    9: challenges other than first base
    10: stop making the game faster with cutting off animations. Currently it's all about how fast you can get through a game. I want the game animations to play out in full if I so choose. Batters box step outs, throwing the ball around, giving the ump more balls, etc...
    11: ball girls on the side lines
    12: two sets of clothing options based on temperature / long sleeve if cold, face masks etc..
    13: foreign country stadiums
    Honestly, I can't think of any reason why most if not all of my suggestions aren't already in the game.
    Edit: I just thought of a reason... DD
    Cowboy008
    Everything mentioned in the article would be nice to have in franchise mode next year. One thing I would also like that wasn’t mentioned in the article is an injury system like 2k has.

    What is 2K's injury system like/how does it differ from the Show?
    Caulfield
    my wishlisht for MLBTS 20 is simple, & short:
    I want to be able to edit everything the Studio can
    :D

    1000% agree.
    One of the best things about franchise mode IMO is that we can edit so many things. Allows for workarounds for a lot of things that personally bug us. But there are a handful of things we can’t do.
    I wish, for example, that I could make true utility players. The secondary positions are a little bit limited.
    Also, quirks. Annoys me when I sim into the offseason, see a draft pick with nice secondary positions and quirks, remember I forgot to do something before advancing, reloading, and seeing that same draft pick now with no secondary positions and no quirks.
    I don’t see any reason not to give us that sort of thing. It’s a single-player mode where we can already turn our entire 90-man roster into gods if we want.
    Since years they put no love in franchise mode. Every year a new wishlist from users. But still nothing happens. :bandito:
    My dream would be:
    - Fully customizable relocation feature
    - Add more immersion like in NBA2K. Talking with players, managers and such things. Implement Social Media.
    - Fixed morale system (A canadian born player is angry playing in Toronto? LOL)
    - Team chemistry
    - Give us the chance to do Owner stuff like Ticket prices etc.
    - Better trading/pitching rotation/lineups KI for CPU teams
    - Lets us upload real player pictures. I'm tired seeing a lot of players without a real picture.
    - Better Trading and Free Agent system.
    - Way more overlays when playing a game. More statistics and stuff like whats going on in the league.
    - Dynamic and progressing commentary like in Madden 20.
    :cheers444
    eric7064
    I want an owner mode. MLB more then any other sports mode would benefit with a true owner mode. Selling tickets, promotions, luxury tax, building stadium, yearly budget, etc.
    There is so much that could be done in running a good franchise that an owner is apart of that just is not there in an NFL or NBA game.
    I am actually quite shocked that an MLB game does not have this type of mode.

    Remember when these features were in The Show 09? I remember.
    I say this every year but a collaboration between The Show and OOTP would address all of these issues, and then some. This would be the ultimate baseball game, but with EA cozying up to OOTP it's even more unlikely than before.
    All I really want is some sort of way of keeping up with the league. It really kills immersion when your only form of notification is the score ticker at the bottom of the screen during games or manualy checking player stats.
    Even if I can get an email when a player from another team does something exciting (great pitching performance, 3+ HRs, no-hitter, cycle, etc.) I'm also in the camp of wanting more stat keeping i.e let me see other teams previous records, more in depth award history, all-star selections, etc.
    Would also be cool if we could negotiate bonuses into contracts too, based off of hitting season targets or winning awards.
    Anything that makes the league feel a little more 'alive' would be a welcome addition.
    Eyeman79
    I say this every year but a collaboration between The Show and OOTP would address all of these issues, and then some. This would be the ultimate baseball game, but with EA cozying up to OOTP it's even more unlikely than before.

    EA cozying up to OOTP? Tell me more
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    mariner690
    EA cozying up to OOTP? Tell me more
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    Just a partnership that allows OOTP to be distributed on Origin - EA has no say in OOTP's development process, and they are not the publisher.
    A SDS and OOTP partnership would be ideal. OOTP keeps saying their 3D goal is to match The Show, but what better way to do that than to partner with The Show.
    itsmb8
    A SDS and OOTP partnership would be ideal. OOTP keeps saying their 3D goal is to match The Show, but what better way to do that than to partner with The Show.

    Shows visual engine with OOTPs everything else engine
    delspf
    Shows visual engine with OOTPs everything else engine

    It'll never happen and the best thing for both games is that they push each other to be better. Unfortunately, SDS don't seem as interested in franchise mode as OOTP is.
    I NEED to be able to import players into an active franchise. I don’t care if it’s through custom draft classes or just importing over an existing player. I just NEED it.
    It would also be cool if the player cards showed awards, all star appearances, when a player was drafted or signed etc.
    Make a mode for casuals/noobs, like easier than whatever is the easiest level currently so we won't have so many complaints about hitting or not walking enough bla bla. Also add a mode above Legend, call it "Simulation" for the ones that eat/drink/sleep baseball and well the ones with the instinct/reaction....so like the 5 percent of us
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    *NBA 2K injury system, with the lingering injuries and specific joints.
    *More editing options. Coaches, uniforms, divisions, anything really...
    *Rotating schedules or even custom ones.
    *Improved AI decision making. Rosters, bullpen management, trades, etc.
    *Anything from March to October. Especially the momentum thing. Would be cool to see a team gain more and more momentum as the season goes on. Something like the A's have done in recent past.
    *Owner Mode.
    I'm very content with the game, these things would put it over the top for me. The injury system thing would be great for story lines. Do you skip a start, or try and push through with some arm fatigue? Push too hard, and it's a permanent thing that will bother him over time. I would be good with little improvements, I'm not going nuts like other folks I've read. The March to October has some stuff I'm really interested to see what makes it in...
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    Literally anything franchise related would be welcomed.
    Everyone always covers everything else, but all I've ever wanted is to be able to choose a different windup and a different stretch for each pitcher. And to be able to select separate batting stances from each side of the plate for switch hitters. I think it was MLB 2k12 that had all this previously and would add to the immersion a great deal.
    Edit: also fully customizable injury lengths. Having all injuries fit neatly into a return time sucks.
    how about they allow you to set up a franchise mode with friends. For example, I have my team, friend "A" has his, friend "B" has his, etc... then we can al play together against each other Why this or custom leagues was taken out is beyond me, that and teamplay/co-op. Those features being removed (yes they used to be in the game a few years back) has most likely cost the maker of this game some $$$> Off of my froends list alone it has cost them 8 people purchasing the game
    jw9036
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    THIS is why I am boggled at the people that think the current iteration of the Show's franchise mode is good, or one of the better out there among sports games. WHAT? Its been completely stripped down. I fear SDS will never implement this again because of there strategy of "its confusing to people". The show is 100000000x more fun to play then madden, but madden has the shows franchise mode beat by a mile, and even Madden needs alot of attention.
    Do what 2k does, have a hardcore franchise mode, and a stripped down franchise mode for casuals.
    It
    eric7064
    THIS is why I am boggled at the people that think the current iteration of the Show's franchise mode is good, or one of the better out there among sports games. WHAT? Its been completely stripped down. I fear SDS will never implement this again because of there strategy of "its confusing to people". The show is 100000000x more fun to play then madden, but madden has the shows franchise mode beat by a mile, and even Madden needs alot of attention.
    Do what 2k does, have a hardcore franchise mode, and a stripped down franchise mode for casuals.

    I dont care how the Show stacks up against other sports games, I do care how it compares to other baseball games onthe market. OOTP's franchise kills the Show by miles but since its text only I cant go all in. Plus I prefer my gaming on console to PC. When there's a baseball game that beats the Show on console I'll be on it faster than a New York minute even if it means having to purchase an Xbot
    eric7064
    THIS is why I am boggled at the people that think the current iteration of the Show's franchise mode is good, or one of the better out there among sports games. WHAT? Its been completely stripped down. I fear SDS will never implement this again because of there strategy of "its confusing to people". The show is 100000000x more fun to play then madden, but madden has the shows franchise mode beat by a mile, and even Madden needs alot of attention.
    Do what 2k does, have a hardcore franchise mode, and a stripped down franchise mode for casuals.
    While some of this is true, there's nothing about Madden that is better. Of course, this is my opinion. I'm pretty good at being wrong, but Madden is also good at being bad. Franchise Mode in that game is the reason I don't play it anymore...
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    Jaysguy44
    My wishlist is to get new developers that'll just work on Franchise mode and keep the old developers to work on silly things like DD and the rest of the casual things.
    about a year & half ago , I really thought Sony would hire extra devs when the economy took off like a rocket . I thought 19 was gonna be The Year for franchise . I still have hope for the same in MLBTS20
    The ability to edit service time and options remains at the top of my wishlist.
    There is not a remotely close 2nd for me.
    I understand why we should not be able to edit trademarked MLBPA players.. but I see no reason whatsoever why we should not be able to edit CAPs.
    eric7064
    THIS is why I am boggled at the people that think the current iteration of the Show's franchise mode is good, or one of the better out there among sports games. WHAT? Its been completely stripped down. I fear SDS will never implement this again because of there strategy of "its confusing to people". The show is 100000000x more fun to play then madden, but madden has the shows franchise mode beat by a mile, and even Madden needs alot of attention.
    Do what 2k does, have a hardcore franchise mode, and a stripped down franchise mode for casuals.

    There are scores of things I'd rather have than running marketing scams.
    Bobble head night... or the ability to truly breakdown whether your AA lefty is looking like the next Tom Glavine, or the next Brien Taylor?
    Raising soda prices... or being able to allocate scouts internationally to potentially find the next Omar Vizquel or Andruw Jones?
    Goofy cap night.. or advanced scouting on upcoming opponents?
    If we're gonna talk features, I'd rather they deal with the on-field product, not off the field budget stuff. Wins and losses matter to me. Not the size of the pocket book at seasons end.
    I’d like the ability for pitchers to develop a fourth or fifth pitch. Not just edit him so he automatically starts using it but expand the training mode to develop one. Have them learn in the spring or make A ball useful and learn it there.
    Madden08PCgmr
    There are scores of things I'd rather have than running marketing scams.
    Bobble head night... or the ability to truly breakdown whether your AA lefty is looking like the next Tom Glavine, or the next Brien Taylor?
    Raising soda prices... or being able to allocate scouts internationally to potentially find the next Omar Vizquel or Andruw Jones?
    Goofy cap night.. or advanced scouting on upcoming opponents?
    If we're gonna talk features, I'd rather they deal with the on-field product, not off the field budget stuff. Wins and losses matter to me. Not the size of the pocket book at seasons end.

    I agree. I think the scouting in the game currently is really bad, and does not do a good job of representing the sport. I think there needs to be an international signing period as well, I am for all of that.
    Yet personally, I still am amazed there is not an owner mode for an MLB game when the owner is extremely important. It would be awesome to have dynamic attendance. Based on team popularity, players, promos, time of day, month etc.
    Being a mid market or low market team and trying to be in the green as much as possible would be fun. Maybe starting with a small 75m budget and within 6-7 years be a team with 150m budget with good ownership moves.
    Each player having a popularity rating for jersey sales, tv contracts with different money payouts. There is just SO much they can do. That is what keeps me invested. Thats just scratching the surface. There is a ton they can do to improve the game overall.
    Madden08PCgmr
    There are scores of things I'd rather have than running marketing scams.
    Bobble head night... or the ability to truly breakdown whether your AA lefty is looking like the next Tom Glavine, or the next Brien Taylor?
    Raising soda prices... or being able to allocate scouts internationally to potentially find the next Omar Vizquel or Andruw Jones?
    Goofy cap night.. or advanced scouting on upcoming opponents?
    If we're gonna talk features, I'd rather they deal with the on-field product, not off the field budget stuff. Wins and losses matter to me. Not the size of the pocket book at seasons end.

    Agree 1000% on this.
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    Madden08PCgmr

    If we're gonna talk features, I'd rather they deal with the on-field product, not off the field budget stuff. Wins and losses matter to me. Not the size of the pocket book at seasons end.

    The thing is, finances matter for attaining wins and losses as well as how you get those wins and losses (players you can get/keep, etc).
    While I don't care about promotional stuff, the financial side of franchise should not be ignored and unimproved.
    My wishlist can be summed up with 1 line. Give me,an offline franchise player, a reason to buy this game again after 2 years now going without. Unfortunately there are probably a ton of things from the 2014 version of this topic that haven't been implemented. Go look at ootp for franchise ideas, or even nba2k.
    A few highlights that could get me on board for 2020 though.
    Revamped scouting and draft, make scouting more engaging and rewarding.
    Improve trade screen, both from a UI perspective as well as increase the number of trade slots.
    Massive overhaul of available stat tracking. It's insane that a video game based on a sport that has so many stats that fans keep track of is so shallow in that department, especially when it comes to career stats.
    There are a lot more that I want, but these would at least get me back into a game I used to love
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    I always thought it would be cool to have a "key moments" feature option while simming games. (That i could Watch - not play..). I sim the entire league except my game. I check box scores but there is a lot of stuff i wonder about.
    That big rally in that bottom of the 9th walk off, how did that all go down? Who was the hero?
    That Complete Game one-hitter.. how far did that pitcher take the no-hitter? 1 inning, or 8.2 innings? Who broke it up and how? Maybe let me watch from the top of the 6th on if something like this is happening..
    A hitter has 3 HR's...i would love to see his last AB to see if he can join the exclusive 4 HR club.
    I see it like the 'Live Look-ins" on MLB Network. If it could alert me with an option to look in while simming games, or skip. But have the option to turn the entire feature off, in case you don't want simming to be interrupted.
    Another option would be a highlights feature for already-simmed games. It would just have to build the highlight after the fact, according to what was simmed, but still. But that might not work that well though...
    But heck i would take just game notes after the simulation. This player was the POG. This player took a no hitter into the 7th. Like a more in-depth Inside the Show feature..but more detailed Etc.
    Remember the newspaper write ups that we used to have after games? That would be cool too if they could get it to re-write the game stories for simmed games in a detailed way...
    Just dreaming..
    I would love simply being able to designate who my ace pitcher is and then let him pitch anywhere in the rotation. It's maddening when I have an important game and I would like to pitch my ace, but it's not his turn according to the 5-man rotation and proceeds to get pissy because he's not in the precious #1 pitching slot. I would like to be able to click on his player card and tell that dummy he's my ace rather then being stuck with him at a certain rotation slot.
    Similarly, I would like to place a star hitter in the #2 spot in the order and not have him get mad that he's not hitting 1, 3, or 4. That's stupid.
    Spring Training hasn't improved one iota, without the ability to use more of 90 players available. It's a feature that has slipped backwards this year, with the CPU's failure, to even use a full batting squad, in later innings of a game and has instead left any changes to be made,only by switching to the opposing team and making the alterations, manually. Poor form SDS . Commentary in ST that bodes well initially, giving great opening descriptions, then slips into regular season mode quips and completely loses its way.
    It always appears to be a game, that for every one major step forward,yearly, it takes two steps backward.
    It's no use praying and wishing, each year, anymore. SDS implements what they want, when they want and generally, only when it is financially/ commercially beneficial for them to do so. Smart move initially maybe...Down the road and for the consumer, not so much.
    Losing sight of the huge following for Franchise Mode and the changes that are much needed to keep people interested in this game, is a challenge, they may not up to,..... in the coming years.
    Personally, I think this is a waste of time. They've stopped paying any real attention to franchise.
    My favorite suggestion is the one that mentioned putting our ace pitcher anywhere in the rotation and star players in the #2 slot without them acting like babies.
    Being almost a strictly franchise gamer, here is a few things I'd love to see
    -HISTORICAL CRITICAL MOMENTS. My main one I'd love to see that I think would change franchise mode experience for lots of players. Now that critical moments are in the game, I would LOVE to see an ability to play super rare historical critical moments for every team in the franchise. When a player is nearing 500, 600, 700 homeruns, 3000 hits, a strikeout record, hitting-streak record, etc. This makes the entire franchise feel more genuine, and gives you a reason to go checkout another team for a game or two rather than just roll with yours the entire time. In-game records would be great too, approaching 20 K's in a game and you can watch or play and drive the record home.
    -One of my other main things is the feel of the end of games. They should mix it up and have more than just one ending presentation. The player of the game card thing is outplayed and old, and you'd never really see that in real game. Just a nice highlight combo package would be great, similar to what 2K does, and have it fade to black, and then bring up the screen where you can go box scores, etc. In the playoffs, this should be totally different. For example after winning a world series you see the dramatic cut scene, and then it goes right to a player of the game card animation with the announcer in a very monotone voice. Just feel like with baseball you have so many games, so you see so many endings.
    -Ability to see how each player has done against the starting pitcher you are facing in the lineup editor screen. This puts you more into the managerial position to maybe put in a guy on the bench who has crushed this pitcher in the past, and give someone who has struggled a day off. They always mention these stats in the game when the batter is up, so the data already exists.
    -ATMOSPHERE. This is one of the things I think is lacking in the game. Way more dugout interaction, celebrations not just for homeruns. Just making the game feel true to the sport, and making the players more life like with their emotions. Obviously super ramped up come Sept/Oct/Nov.
    -4 to 6 pitcher rotations. Should be an easy thing to code. You literally just select what style you want to run in pitching rotation menu, and it translates to the played game pitcher selection screen and sim.
    -Curtain calls, when a starter goes deep into the game, does a great job, and is removed...Having the crowd give a standing applause as he walks to the dugout. Maybe tips his cap. Those are the moments that make you feel the game is real.
    -I always loved what NCAA Football did with recruiting, making it a mini-game in itself. Doing something fun with Free Agency would be nice to see. Ability to persuade a free agent, pitch your city, franchise, etc. More than just offering a deal and seeing a meter at the top of the screen. They have all of the morale features, why not use them a little more and have some fun with it?
    -I always loved in High Heat Baseball how a random rainout would come into play forcing a double header. This would be one of those fun little things franchise players get excited about.
    -I know a lot of guys have been begging for an update to online franchise. If it is updated, I feel like this is a mode I would play a lot with my friends.
    -Rotating interleague schedules. This is something a lot of the longer term franchise players have been asking for.
    -The loading screen before a game. Adding more to this, maybe spotlight matchup or a pick to click type of deal. (A hitter who has crushed a pitcher before).
    -Better AI Roster Management. Call ups/downs, lineups, etc.
    -If you won a world series last year, on your home opener, have a big cut scene celebration. This is done in NHL.
    -Making the post season feel much larger. The towels are a great start. Now find other ways to reward us for playing a full season. Maybe new scorebug?
    -Love in NBA 2K when you are in a certain part of the year (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving), having the game feel as if it was played during that time. I love the pink gear on mothers day, the blue on fathers day, etc. Maybe go further with some baseball holidays (July 4th, etc).
    -Ability to see holidays on the calendar. (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, July 4th, Memorial Day). The game already does some fun uniforms and such during these days, so it'd be fun to even have a tiny asterisk letting us know, so we don't sim over it.
    -During the first month of the year, when you face an opponent in the first game of the series, showing their key losses/additions from last year would be cool. Having announcers talk about it for a sec. That could be a cool moment.
    -Catcher snap throws back to the bag // Catcher Relevance overall. I feel like its becoming a little more common for catchers with rocket arms such as Yadier Molina(more so back in the day), Wilson Contreras types to fire back at the bag. As of now I've never seen it in the game, at least not done when you can even get someone close. The catcher is an extremely important defensive position, would love to make that more important when playing the game.
    More stats. More stats. More stats.
    Contextual stats that work with carryover saves. I’m in year 2023, in a carryover save from 2015 and I have yet to see an OSD that shows “vs pitcher” stats. I’d also love to see player stats vs a team.
    Also for them to bring back batting averages vs lefties and righties when you press up on the d-pad in games.
    For the love of all things holy, when selecting a pinch hitter, we need to see lefty/righty splits and vs current pitcher easily on the main screen.
    There are a ton more situational stats that then can to implement to improve the overall user experience.
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    Greencollarbaseball
    More stats. More stats. More stats.
    Contextual stats that work with carryover saves. I’m in year 2023, in a carryover save from 2015 and I have yet to see an OSD that shows “vs pitcher” stats. I’d also love to see player stats vs a team.
    Also for them to bring back batting averages vs lefties and righties when you press up on the d-pad in games.
    For the love of all things holy, when selecting a pinch hitter, we need to see lefty/righty splits and vs current pitcher easily on the main screen.
    There are a ton more situational stats that then can to implement to improve the overall user experience.
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    Agree Greencollarbaseball. Also would like SDS to increase uniform options without having to earn or buy stubs. This year you have to buy/earn stubs for sound enhancements, homerun calls etc. in franchise.
    Franchise, if it continues to be a game option, is headed to DD type earn/buy stubs. You will pay or earn stubs for uniform enhancements or Russell yelling a phrase in the crowd. (already happening :)
    Rosters will be controlled by SDS with the MLBPA granted rights. Players want the right to their face, body, swing type and stats. This is part of of the negotiating with MLB and the upcoming CBA. MLB is in the process of changing from statcast to Hawk-eye stat tracking in a battle with MLBPA to have the proprietary rights to player stats etc.
    Greencollarbaseball
    More stats. More stats. More stats.
    Contextual stats that work with carryover saves. I’m in year 2023, in a carryover save from 2015 and I have yet to see an OSD that shows “vs pitcher” stats. I’d also love to see player stats vs a team.
    Also for them to bring back batting averages vs lefties and righties when you press up on the d-pad in games.
    For the love of all things holy, when selecting a pinch hitter, we need to see lefty/righty splits and vs current pitcher easily on the main screen.
    There are a ton more situational stats that then can to implement to improve the overall user experience.
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    the funny thing about the stats is that they exist in the game, the announcers say them all the time, they just simply haven't created a graphic or area to view these.
    And super agreed on the bench players. Very important to make an educated decision, which isn't possible right now.
    Gagnon39
    I have many wishes for franchise mode, but I think I'd give all of them up if Heidi Watney would be taken out of the game.

    Please don't take Heidi out of the game. Her role/contributions/information needs to be expanded upon.
    1. Add storylines in "menu mode" and have those be presented in-game. I'd like to see a massive expansion of Heidi's role in the game where she can discuss these things (pre-game/post-game commentary would be great). Storytelling is the most important aspect of franchise mode - we need to feel like we're in a universe greater than the team we are using. Now, in fairness, SDS already does this better than any other sports game on the market; but I'd like to see more here. What Madden's trying to do with their scenario engine (along with SDS' amazing March to October presentation/story-telling elements) would elevate this a whole other level.
    2. Expand training/rating system to capture how familiar player's are at fielding each position and allow us (and the CPU of course) to develop players in both new primary and secondary positions (this would need to involve a player playing X number of innings at a position...even if he is OOP to start - adding some flavor to spring training).
    3. I'd like to see player personalities (along the lines of those in RTTS) be added. Not necessarily to the point where we have to micro-manage every player, but SDS has done some really nice work here....expansion of some aspects of this into franchise would be terrific.
    Same thing I have been asking for for years......way more realism...right now it still feels like I am a single team and not a part of a wider league. More league news, Storylines , media articles, build a rivalry with a few teams...Just feels stale now. The gameplay is great though.
    Guys, knowing that franchise mode has been neglected by them devs, have the major issues been fixed, like the budget/salary problems and the DH logic? Is there anything else major left? for me this is huge as franchise is all I play.
    SM-G955F
    countryboy
    Please don't take Heidi out of the game. Her role/contributions/information needs to be expanded upon.

    Agreed. After the first month of the season Heidi actually talks about things other than "The manager is happy/upset with the way their offense is hitting the ball".
    Expand on it and it'll be far better.
    Realism...
    Take from OOTP baseball....
    Draft revamp
    International FA
    Trade Deadline feature
    Ability to attach money to deals
    4/6 man rotations
    Rehab assignments
    Trade / FA logic still needs common sense attached
    digitalrock
    Same thing I have been asking for for years......way more realism...right now it still feels like I am a single team and not a part of a wider league. More league news, Storylines , media articles, build a rivalry with a few teams...Just feels stale now. The gameplay is great though.

    I remember one of the versions had a menu item of "around the league" or something and it showed no hitters, milestones etc. I know there is a radio show but I don't have time to sit through the menu and hold it on that calendar day for the entire show just to see if someone did something important. I wouldn't think that would be that hard to do.
    One of the early Madden games had in game break aways to other games. Like if a team was going for a game winning field goal at the buzzer it would give you the option of watching it happen cpu vs cpu. It was one play but it was cool. Maybe if you got to see a game in progress like a big home run or key strikeout with animations like they show in commercials and not game play.
    The franchise mode has gotten stale and it's a shame because it's all I care about now.
    With the Rays exploring being a two city team, splitting playing time in Montreal & Tampa, this would be perfect timing to include relocation and building new stadiums. It will be interesting to see how The Show handles The Rays playing in two different cities.
    UFCMPunk
    With the Rays exploring being a two city team, splitting playing time in Montreal & Tampa, this would be perfect timing to include relocation and building new stadiums. It will be interesting to see how The Show handles The Rays playing in two different cities.

    The idea of the Rays playing in two different cities is in the extremely infant stages and something that if did happen is likely several years down the road. I don't know that this exploration is reason to hurry the inclusion of relocation, expansion and create a stadium.
    With that said, expansion, relocation, and create a stadium is something that the devs have extremely high on their priority list of inclusion into franchise mode. But its likely not to be included until the switch to PS5.
    There is zero chance the Rays ever play a season in Montreal and Tampa. But it may move relocation/create a stadium up the to-do list a spot or two.
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    The ability to edit team cities and names as well as uniforms. The ability is already in the game in Diamond Dynasty. Also include old designs for hats (as in DD) and add in addition some historic old shirt designs or styles such as with collars etc. (Not yet in DD).
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    mariner690
    There is zero chance the Rays ever play a season in Montreal and Tampa. But it may move relocation/create a stadium up the to-do list a spot or two.
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    that sounds like the percentage chance the Expos had of splitting not one but multiple seasons in Canada and Puerto Rico
    I have a big one for 20 that I think would actually go a long way to fixing the bullpen AI complaints many of us raise every year, among other things.
    Manager profiles.
    Anyone remember NFL 2k's VIP system?
    Every manager should have a profile. How they handle their starter... leave them in for as long as possible? Pull them at the first sign of trouble? How often do they shift? A lot, never, sometimes? How does a manager deal with left-right matchups? How does he deal with young players? Does he manage differently on the road versus at home?
    The kind of tendencies you could profile given the depth of data about baseball is endless and this information would directly inform the AI decision making process. It would make each manager unique, every series unique and elevate the importance of who is managing your club.
    I would love to see The Show go down this road. Heck, we could even start a spreadsheet and start populating it with the tendencies for every MLB manager using our own knowledge of them.
    I think it would revolutionise the AI for The Show.
    A lot of great ideas from the group.
    Just a few small things I’d like to add:
    1. Make the budget system easier to understand so I don’t miss out on a free agent I might want because I don’t have x number of guys on the 40 man, etc. Maybe I’m a little slow but this still puzzles me.
    2. Non roster invites for ST so we’re not senselessly burning up minor league options. I’d like to take my prospects on a test ride before committing to adding them to the 40 man.
    3. Some sort of all-time single season and career statistical leaderboard. Something similar to what Madden has. What they’ve given us in this regard is sad.
    4. Add filters to scouting. I’d like to filter so I can view a specific region at once. I’d also like to be able to view and sort “currently scouted” attributes instead of only having the option to sort potential attributes.
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