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MLB The Show 20: Second Inning Program Overview and Tips

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MLB The Show 20

MLB The Show 20: Second Inning Program Overview and Tips

The First Inning Program has wrapped up, and so the launch of the Second Inning Program in MLB The Show 20 now begins. Within Diamond Dynasty, you will be trying to get to the usual 300 stars to unlock one of three bosses: diamond Hanley Ramirez, diamond Joe Carter and diamond Bob Feller. With that in mind, consider this a Second Inning Program guide of sorts.

That Hanley Ramirez card in particular is an old favorite within the community, so I would suspect that might be the most popular choice as of right now. In order to get to 300 stars (and beyond), you’ll have a variety of options at your disposal. Let’s go through them now.

Showdown

The entry fee is 500 Stubs like last time. The final boss is Bob Feller. However, your first draft pick will be one of the three legend bosses, so if you pick Bob Feller then, the final boss (at least the time I tried it) was Ken Giles. Tactically, it might be worth picking Bob Feller in the draft as a closer is much easier to face than a starter in the Final Showdown.

second inning showdown final boss

Along the way to the Final Showdown, you can pick up 15 runs (as expected) and a Silver player pack. To break “even” on a run you basically have to beat the first Showdown boss — that boss will vary run to run. If you beat the Showdown, you get a Gold player pack and 70 program stars.

Conquest

diamond dynasty second inning conquest map

The Conquest map is not very noteworthy (at least when it comes to non-hidden rewards). You will need to win a minimum of seven games to take all the territories. You also need to steal two million fans, so that’s at least one more game for a total of eight games to complete all the challenges. If you complete the map, you will get 30 program stars.

Undoubtedly, there will be some secrets along the way, and the first one is a Prospects Set 1 choice pack that can be found if you head up towards the Padres and take a left into that open section. The second is a Prospects Set 3 choice pack you get if you take the Athletics stronghold.

Missions

There are the two expected online challenges that will net you 15 program stars each.

  • Win 10 games in Ranked Seasons
  • Win 10 games in Ranked Seasons, Battle Royale or Events

Obviously, the most efficient way to get these 30 Stars is just win 10 games in Ranked Seasons as then it covers both elements. The third set of 15 stars ties into Face of the Franchise cards.

  • Tally XBH in online games with Face of the Franchise players

So that’s 45 more stars in total so far. We are now up to 145 program stars.

Collections And Moments

mlb the show 20 diamond al kaline

With all programs, you get a chance to lock in 75 Program Stars if you collected the three bosses from the previous program. So if you have Helton, Oswalt and Snider, you can lock them in for 75 Program Stars. If you have five Face of the Franchise players, that’s worth another 20 Program Stars. Lastly, Postseason Al Kaline is worth 20 Program Stars, and he is the first set of moments we have for the Second Inning Program.

To get the Kaline, the math works out like the other Moments have been so far. In other words, you need to complete all the moments and then either beat the Tigers on All-Star difficulty, or do an online challenge. In this case, the online challenges are get 10 hits with outfielders or get 3 XBH with Tigers.

Here are the moments:

  • Kaline’s 3000th
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 1 hit
  • Hall Of Fame Kaline
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 4 total bases
  • 1960 All-Star Game
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 1 XBH
    • Tally 2 hits
  • 1968 World Series — 7 games
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 11 hits
    • Tally 4 XBH
    • Hit 2 HR
  • All-Star Al
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Mr. Tiger
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 3 hits
    • Tally 1 XBH
  • Never An Easy Out
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Get on base 2 times
    • Don’t strike out 1 time

breakout bob gibson 2nd inning program

Bob Gibson is the second player added to this program. You can get a diamond Breakout Bob Gibson by doing moments and missions for him.

mlb the show 20 breakout bob gibson program

  • First Win Of The Season
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Strike out 5 batters
    • Do not give up 3 runs
  • First Shutout Of The Season
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 3 innings
    • Strike out 3 batters
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Scoreless Inning Streak
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 8 innings
    • Strike out 9 batters
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Strikeout Machine
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 12 batters
    • Do not give up 2 runs
  • He Can Hit Too??!
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Strike out 4 batters
    • Tally 1 hit
  • First Career All-Star Game
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Pitch 2 innings
    • Strike out 1 batter
  • 200 Strikeouts
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Strike out 5 batters

Here are the missions:

  • Tally 5 strikeouts with Cardinals online (+10 points)
  • Pitch 9 innings with Breakout pitchers online (+10 points)
  • Exchange starting pitchers (+5 points)
  • Play the CPU Cardinals on All-Star or higher difficulty (+8 points)

Once you collect Bob Gibson, you can get 40 program stars via:

  • Collecting Breakout Bob Gibson is worth 20 points in the 2nd Inning Program
  • Winning two games online with Breakout Bob Gibson is worth 20 points in the 2nd Inning Program

breakout jorge posada

Jorge Posada is the third player added to the Second Inning Program. You get him by doing various missions and moments.

jorge posada 2nd inning program missions

Moments
  • First 4-Hit Game
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 5 total bases
  • First Home Run Of 2000
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Hip Hip, Jorge!
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 3 hits
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • 4-Hit Machine
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 7 total bases
    • Hit 1 home run
  • On-Base Machine – 4 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Get on base 9 times
    • Hit 1 home run
  • First All-Star Game
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 1 hit
  • Mariners Masher – 4 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 8 hits
    • Tally 3 XBH
  • 2000 ALDS – 5 hits
    • Difficulty: All-Star
    • Tally 4 hits
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • World Series Champs – 5 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Get on base 9 times
    • Tally 1 XBH

Doing all the moments will net you 42 of the 50 needed points to unlock Posada.

Missions
  • Tally 3 XBH online with catchers (+10 points)
  • Tally 10 hits online with Breakout players (+10 points)
  • Exchange catchers (+5 points)
  • Beat the CPU Yankees on All-Star difficulty or higher (+8 points)

You can then get 40 program points by doing the following two missions:

  • Tally 4 runs online with Breakout Jorge Posada (+20 points)
  • Collect Breakout Jorge Posada (+20 points)
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 Second Inning Program:

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  • Gold Jonathan Schoop
  • Gold Steve Bedrosian
  • Gold Wade Boggs

This program in total goes up to 600 program stars so far, well below the 1,000 stars from the First Inning. I’m not sure if that’s because so few people got above 600 stars in the last program, or if this program will be shorter, or maybe more stars will just be added later. Here are the main rewards:

  • 100 Program Stars – Headliners Set 9 pack
  • 150 Program Stars – Gold choice pack with mini-boss
  • 200 Program Stars – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 300 Program Stars – Second Inning Program boss
  • 350 Program Stars – 5 The Show packs
  • 500 Program Stars – Prospects Set 2 choice pack
  • 600 Program Stars – Classic stadium pick
Prestige

Lastly, here is a look at the three Prestige bosses:

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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.

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  1. Missed opportunity to use the retro themes for the Kaline moments IMO.
    Also, this is kind of a "welcome to Outliers" moment group since you can run into both Emmanuel Clase and Jordan Hicks if the game situations present themselves.
    I'm unimpressed and seriously doubt that I can be bothered to put in the work to get to 300 this inning. It looks even rougher than last inning unless they somehow made Showdown easier.

    • 30 points for conquest.
    • 20 points for the player program.

    The collections are not great either

    • Buy the 2 bosses you did not choose in the first inning to get 75 points towards one unexciting boss in the 2nd inning.
    • Collect 5 FOTF players which, if you are not good at Showdown, means multiple runs of March to October (4 for me)

    Beyond that I'd simply have to grind, grind, grind a bunch meaningless offline games and do two dailies that I don't find fun and usually requires me to buy equipment to exchange.
    agreed. very underwhelming. also, with the quarantine going down, im pretty sure lots of people have numerous diamonds already through the xp award path and the previous inning.
    Dolenz
    I'm unimpressed and seriously doubt that I can be bothered to put in the work to get to 300 this inning. It looks even rougher than last inning unless they somehow made Showdown easier.

    • 30 points for conquest.
    • 20 points for the player program.

    The collections are not great either

    • Buy the 2 bosses you did not choose in the first inning to get 75 points towards one unexciting boss in the 2nd inning.
    • Collect 5 FOTF players which, if you are not good at Showdown, means multiple runs of March to October (4 for me)

    Beyond that I'd simply have to grind, grind, grind a bunch meaningless offline games and do two dailies that I don't find fun and usually requires me to buy equipment to exchange.

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    I completed the Faces of the Franchise collection needed to receive stars for the 2nd Inning program. This pushed me ahead to earn the 2nd Inning Boss Choice pack but that pack is not showing up for me. Anyone else have this problem? How can I get it fixed?
    vegaswade
    I completed the Faces of the Franchise collection needed to receive stars for the 2nd Inning program. This pushed me ahead to earn the 2nd Inning Boss Choice pack but that pack is not showing up for me. Anyone else have this problem? How can I get it fixed?

    Hmmm no can't say that I have. Did you make sure to lock in the FotF in the designated area of the program?

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