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MLB The Show 20: 4th Inning Program Guide and Overview

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MLB The Show 20: 4th Inning Program Guide and Overview

The 3rd Inning Program has come and gone, so now we get the 4th Inning Program for MLB The Show 20. The top player rewards will remain at 300 stars, but this time we get the return of a more extended “bonus” rewards for getting to 300 stars and beyond. The 300 star rewards will be Cy Young Award Winner Felix Hernandez, Signature Series Joe Torre and Prime Jacoby Ellsbury. King Felix will be the prize for many, and that should be a surprise to no one.

With those rewards and more in mind, here’s your 4th Inning Program guide and breakdown. This guide will change and update as more content is released.

Showdown

mlb the show 20 4th inning program showdown

The entry fee is 500 stubs as usual. The Final Showdown in my test run was against the Cy Young Award Winner Felix Hernandez. You will be on All-Star difficulty for this final Showdown, so some might need to psyche themselves up before playing this.

Winning this Showdown will net you +70 program stars. Along the way, the same reward structure is in place as other Inning Program Showdowns, so you basically break even by getting past the first mini Showdown. You’ll get a silver player pack and a gold player pack as rewards along the way as well.

Conquest

4th inning program conquest map

This is a smaller Conquest map than last month’s 3rd Inning map, so it should go a little more quickly with only five strongholds to conquer (the AL West teams). The one goal to be aware of is you will need to take the Mariners stronghold in two turns or less. If you don’t do that during one of your runs on this map, you can’t ever finish the missions and get the +30 program stars.

There will certainly be secretes along the way, and you get a Ballin’ Is A Habit pack for conquering all the territories.

Father’s Day Conquest Map

fathers-day-conquest-map

This map will net you 15 points in the 4th Inning Program.

Missions

We have the two standard online missions so far, with the third bonus mission being switched out as usual. The other missions that are added will all be tied to new players released.

  • Win 10 games in Ranked Seasons (+15 stars)
  • Win 10 games in Ranked Seasons, Battle Royale or Events (+15 stars)
  • Tally 20 total bases online with Rookie or Future Stars players (+15 stars)
  • Tally 3 assists online with All-Star Omar Vizquel (+10 stars)
  • Tally 5 runs online with Rookie Honus Wagner (+10 stars)
Collections And Moments

The first set of Moments are tied to the All-Star Omar Vizquel card.

all-star omar vizquel ratings

  • Welcome to 1999
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 2 hits
  • Walk-Off Slam
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 3 hits
  • 4 Hit Day
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 total bases
  • All-Star Season – 2 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 hits
    • Tally 1 XBH
  • 1999 All-Star Game
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 1 hit
  • Victorious Vizquel – 3 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 7 hits
  • On-Base Omar
    • Difficulty: Hall of Fame
    • Tally 2 hits

The second set of Moments are tied to the Rookie Honus Wagner card.

rookie honus wagner ratings

  • Hitting Honus
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 2 hits
  • Doubles Machine
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Wagner’s Got Wheels
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 1 hit
    • Tally 1 SB
  • Homer Honus
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 total bases
  • Bonus Honus
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 3 hits
    • Tally 1 XBH
  • 1909 World Series – 7 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 8 hits
    • Tally 3 XBH
  • My Name Is Honus
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 6 total bases

The third set of Moments are tied to the Prime Ken Griffey Sr. card.

prime ken griffey sr ratings

  • Team Gwynning
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 2 hits
  • Like Father, Like Son – 2 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Born Hitters
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 2 hits
  • It’s A Biggio Cycle – 2 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 10 total bases
  • Dereck, I Am Your Father
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Get on base 1 time
    • Record 1 putout
    • Do not walk 1 batter
    • Do not hit 1 batter
    • Do not give up 1 hit
  • The Greatest Duo – 2 games
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 4 hits
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Father-Son Power
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Win 1 game
  • I’m The Captain Now
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Win 1 games

As for collections:

  • 4th Inning Collection (+75 stars) — collecting all three bosses from the 3rd Inning
  • Rookie Series and Future Stars (+20 stars) — collecting 15 Rookie and Future Stars players
  • All-Star Omar Vizquel (+20 stars) — collecting 4th Inning Program Vizquel
  • Rookie Honus Wagner (+20 stars) — collecting 4th Inning Program Wagner
  • Father’s Day Bat Skin (+5 points) — finishing enough moments in Ken Griffey Sr. Program
  • Monthly Award Cavan Biggio (+10 points) — getting enough points in Ken Griffey Sr. Program
  • Prime Ken Griffey Sr. (+10 points) – collecting 4th inning Program Griffey Sr.
Bosses And Rewards

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Above are the three bosses at 300 program stars.

Here are the three mini-bosses at 150 program stars in the 4th Inning Program:

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  • Diamond Ted Williams
  • Diamond Chris Archer
  • Diamond Ryan Braun

This program in total goes up to 900 stars, so that’s 300 more stars than the 3rd Inning Program.

At launch, you can get 240 program stars (excluding dailies) which has also become the standard total on day one.

Here are the main rewards:

  • 5 stars – The Show pack
  • 20 stars – Gear Up (gold) choice pack
  • 40 stars – Selfie Time home run celebration
  • 60 stars – Drums universal profile icon
  • 80 stars – Diamond choice pack for a bat slam
  • 100 stars – Headliners Set 10 pack
  • 120 stars – Koi Pond universal nameplate
  • 140 stars – The Show pack
  • 150 stars – Choice pack of mini-boss
  • 160 stars – Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy home run call
  • 180 stars – The Show pack (x2)
  • 200 stars – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 220 stars – Classic Stadium choice pack
  • 240 stars – Going, Going It’s Gone home run call
  • 260 stars – Beach Sunset bat skin
  • 280 stars – The Show pack (x2)
  • 300 stars – 4th Inning Boss choice pack
  • 350 stars – 2,000 stubs
  • 400 stars – The Show pack (x5)
  • 450 stars – Chomp stadium sound and 2,000 stubs
  • 500 stars – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 550 stars – 3,000 stubs
  • 600 stars – Players League Semi-Finals choice pack
  • 650 stars – Headliners Set 20 pack and 2,000 stubs
  • 700 stars – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 750 stars – The Show pack (x5) and 2,000 stubs
  • 800 stars – The Show pack (x10)
  • 850 stars – The Show pack (x10)
  • 900 stars – The Show pack (x20)
Prestige

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You will need to prestige these cards like the others, which is via online stat missions that will take major time commitments. Here are the stats required:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury
    • 98 hits
    • 44 XBH
    • 56 RBI
    • 57 runs
  • Joe Torre
    • 86 hits
    • 26 XBH
    • 48 RBI
    • 39 runs
  • Felix Hernandez
    • 60 IP
    • 118 IP
    • 60 strikeouts
    • 119 strikeouts
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  1. ValhallaVikings
    How is the showdown difficulty compared to others?
    I beat stage 2 al, central, and 2nd inning but continue to fail at the rest

    It is not bad. I finished it first try and I am not very good. There are some pitching moments though so don't completely ignore a starter and reliever. The pitching moments saved me as they were rather simple.
    The final Boss was Felix for me and I kind of struggled against him on what felt like All-Star difficulty.
    Dolenz
    It is not bad. I finished it first try and I am not very good. There are some pitching moments though so don't completely ignore a starter and reliever. The pitching moments saved me as they were rather simple.
    The final Boss was Felix for me and I kind of struggled against him on what felt like All-Star difficulty.

    I heard someone on Instagram got archer as a boss
    Dolenz
    It is not bad. I finished it first try and I am not very good. There are some pitching moments though so don't completely ignore a starter and reliever. The pitching moments saved me as they were rather simple.
    The final Boss was Felix for me and I kind of struggled against him on what felt like All-Star difficulty.

    I usually fail at Showdowns so I am hoping this one is easy enough to complete.
    ValhallaVikings
    I heard someone on Instagram got archer as a boss

    Archer was the sub-boss for me. I picked King Felix in my draft, so I'll tell ya who I get instead of him for the Final Showdown when I get to it.
    And yes, the Final Showdown is on All-Star difficulty.
    ChaseB
    Archer was the sub-boss for me. I picked King Felix in my draft, so I'll tell ya who I get instead of him for the Final Showdown when I get to it.
    And yes, the Final Showdown is on All-Star difficulty.

    That must've been what they meant... Are most of the moments on veteran?
    Showdown wasn’t bad, similar to the other inning program showdowns. The missions were pretty easy but I don’t ever expect a flawless run. I failed three of them and faced Felix down 11-15. His sinker is nasty but I just start my PCI low so it makes it quicker to get to.
    Got tons of packs from conquest, beating the showdown, and from the rewards path but didn’t get any diamonds.
    -ghoste
    So even if you pick King Felix in your draft, he is the Final Showdown, no way around it from what I witnessed while playing.
    The moments mix between All-Star, Rookie and Veteran. I went in with 11 runs, and I think it's easier than the 1st Inning and the 1st Team Affinity set of Showdowns.
    Get a good starter, get a good closer, and otherwise do the usual focus on hitting.
    That's the same approach I took with the starter and reliever. I've gotten burned in the pitching moments a lot lately.
    Struggled in some of the hitting moments. The roller coaster of the difficulties makes it tough to adjust to the pitch speeds some time.
    Went in down 15-11 though and beat it pretty easily.
    Huh what did I do wrong, I captured the Mariners Stronghold in 1 turn and I didn’t accomplish the goal...?
    I thought this only meant the stronghold itself and not including the surrounding territories?
    LastActionHero
    Huh what did I do wrong, I captured the Mariners Stronghold in 1 turn and I didn’t accomplish the goal...?
    I thought this only meant the stronghold itself and not including the surrounding territories?

    I just made b line to their stronghold then reinforced then attacked.
    LastActionHero
    Huh what did I do wrong, I captured the Mariners Stronghold in 1 turn and I didn’t accomplish the goal...?
    I thought this only meant the stronghold itself and not including the surrounding territories?

    Strange. Should be just the stronghold. I had three remaining Seattle territories after I conquered their stronghold and still accomplished the goal.
    -ghoste
    Man I’m getting screwed this year, I also threw a full game with a starting pitcher for daily rewards and it never registered
    Can you maybe reset the map after you finished it then try it again?
    LastActionHero
    Man I’m getting screwed this year, I also threw a full game with a starting pitcher for daily rewards and it never registered
    Can you maybe reset the map after you finished it then try it again?

    That should work. You can also reset the map at any time before finishing it, in case you haven't gone much further. Might also be worth restarting the game or system just to make sure your accomplishment didn't get temporarily lost in the ether.
    brunopuntzjones
    That should work. You can also reset the map at any time before finishing it, in case you haven't gone much further.

    You can? I didn’t know. How do you do this?
    I’m almost done so if it’s possible I’d rather complete it, then do it again and beat the Mariners
    LastActionHero
    You can? I didn’t know. How do you do this?
    I’m almost done so if it’s possible I’d rather complete it, then do it again and beat the Mariners

    You're probably better off just restarting and doing the Mariners on your second attempt, but I believe you can reset at any time by pressing square, unless they've changed that.
    brunopuntzjones
    You're probably better off just restarting and doing the Mariners on your second attempt, but I believe you can reset at any time by pressing square, unless they've changed that.

    I forget the button but there's a prompt for sure somewhere to signify that you can reset at any point.
    brunopuntzjones
    You're probably better off just restarting and doing the Mariners on your second attempt, but I believe you can reset at any time by pressing square, unless they've changed that.

    Ok I did the map again, captured the Mariners stronghold in 1 turn and didn’t complete the goal again...


    What am I doing wrong?
    Not sure.
    Did you reinforce? And if so did you happen to play a game in the steal fans phase instead of skipping it? That would count as 2 turns.
    That's the only thing I can think of.
    doubledeuceR6
    Not sure.
    Did you reinforce? And if so did you happen to play a game in the steal fans phase instead of skipping it? That would count as 2 turns.
    That's the only thing I can think of.

    Ah wait, does reinforce count as a turn?
    LastActionHero
    Ah wait, does reinforce count as a turn?

    A single turn consists of completing these three phases: Steal, Reinforce, and Attack. The display on the right tells you what turn you are on. I don't think playing or skipping during the Steal phase should make a difference.
    I'm wondering if there is a glitch for completing it in a single turn, even though that should work. I did it on the 2nd turn and didn't have any problem. You might try that.
    buziii
    A single turn consists of completing these three phases: Steal, Reinforce, and Attack. The display on the right tells you what turn you are on. I don't think playing or skipping during the Steal phase should make a difference.
    I'm wondering if there is a glitch for completing it in a single turn, even though that should work. I did it on the 2nd turn and didn't have any problem. You might try that.

    Yea that's the same thing I did.

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