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MLB The Show 20 Video - Custom Leagues

Prior to the MLB The Show 20 livestream, scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at 3:00 PM PT, featuring custom leagues, Sony San Diego Studios has posted a new video revealing some more details about the mode.

Confirmed today, you can create and customize your own online league with friends. Choose the number of teams you want, determine the size of your postseason bracket and decide how many games you want to play, per series. As the commissioner, you set your own house rules.

You can play in a relaxed or competitive season long format with a flexible game schedule. For rosters, you can use the 40-man MLB Live rosters or your Diamond Dynasty collection.

  • The 40-Man Live MLB Leagues use the 40-man rosters of all 30 teams that are updated frequently throughout the year. If you’re not happy with your current roster, try making some trades!
  • Diamond Dynasty Collection Leagues allows you to use your entire Diamond Dynasty Collection of player items to build your lineup. Commissioners can even set restrictions on team overalls to keep things even.
  • All Leagues offer a Regular Season experience that builds to a Postseason Playoff bracket ending with the World Series. If you didn’t make the Postseason cutoff this season, don’t sweat it. With no limit on the amount of seasons your league can play, there’s always “next year.
  • Regular Season length is determined during the creation phase of the Custom League by how many teams are in the League and how many times you play each team (1, 3, 5, or 7).
  • Flexibility is important when coordinating online play. With Custom Leagues’ flexible schedule, you can play your Regular Season games in any order. If your opponent is online, you can knock out those games right now! No calendar generation needed.
  • Set the rules and play against your friends to win the World Series with Custom Leagues in MLB The Show 20.

We have posted some screenshots below, as we wait for the meat and potatoes in the Twitch stream on Thursday.

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  1. Syce
    just to make it clear from the sounds of it. its a Season Long league, so IF that is the case. once the season you make is done, then you would have to start a new league.

    Hard to say, the front tile of the mode says muti-season. Seems conflicting if that is the case.
    nemesis04
    Hard to say, the front tile of the mode says muti-season. Seems conflicting if that is the case.

    Yeah it’s a bit confusing. If you just watched the video you’d assume this is just a single season mode. But the description on the tile def says go through multiple seasons with your friends. So you just start over with the same rosters?
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    Mercury112491
    Yeah it’s a bit confusing. If you just watched the video you’d assume this is just a single season mode. But the description on the tile def says go through multiple seasons with your friends. So you just start over with the same rosters?
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    Maybe it's a multi-season mode, rosters (with any trades made during the season; unless DD squads are used) carry over to a 'new' season (with the same house rules). However, this makes me wonder if there is NO player progression/regression, bc if there's no free agency or player draft, then no new players coming into the custom league.
    Either way, we'll find out things on Thursday. Can't wait!
    Culture Rot
    Will we be forced to play 162 game seasons? I don't see that being feasible for many people, especially with friends.
    You can select how many games per series which will be multiplied by the amount of other teams in the league.
    So if you had a 30 team league, the smallest season length would be 29 games.
    At least, this is how I understand it....

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    The setup is basically the same as we had before so it will be easy to configure. The big question is the CPU player. This will make or break the mode imo.
    Great start honestly to online leagues.
    Some must have additions I can think of right off the bat for future releases:
    Custom teams
    Custom rosters
    Front office moves beyond trades
    eric7064
    I really dont think that there will be CPU teams.
    Based on the first round of the bracket, it looks like there is only one user team (Toronto) based off of the screen name below the logo.
    I'm assuming this means you can have teams set to CPU or EVERY team would have a screen name below them.
    Unless it only displays the users that are currently online?

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    polyduster
    Based on the first round of the bracket, it looks like there is only one user team (Toronto) based off of the screen name below the logo.
    I'm assuming this means you can have teams set to CPU or EVERY team would have a screen name below them.
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    That says there is one user online. Not just one user in the league. I hope you are right though. Without CPU controlled teams as a possibility then I will never touch the new mode.
    polyduster
    Based on the first round of the bracket, it looks like there is only one user team (Toronto) based off of the screen name below the logo.
    I'm assuming this means you can have teams set to CPU or EVERY team would have a screen name below them.
    Unless it only displays the users that are currently online?

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    In the past it would list the user as CPU. Still hoping CPU is available.
    polyduster
    Based on the first round of the bracket, it looks like there is only one user team (Toronto) based off of the screen name below the logo.
    I'm assuming this means you can have teams set to CPU or EVERY team would have a screen name below them.
    Unless it only displays the users that are currently online?

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    eric7064
    I really dont think that there will be CPU teams.

    I think it might have to have CPU-controlled teams, because otherwise the whole league might have to be thrown out if one player needs to quit the league or the commissioner needs to kick out an unruly player.
    omegaminus
    I think it might have to have CPU-controlled teams, because otherwise the whole league might have to be thrown out if one player needs to quit the league or the commissioner needs to kick out an unruly player.

    When we had someone quit or we bounced them we would flip the user to CPU until we found a replacement.
    I wish it wasn't just the DD collection you have. That could be very unfair for those that do not really use DD.
    I wish all the DD cards were available for leagues, and the commish could set restrictions when making a team.
    5x diamonds, 7 golds, rest silver, etc.
    Something like that would be fun and get you using many different types of players.
    With no fantasy draft, and only USING DD collections that people own, who the hell is going to want to be the marlins in a one season league. There is no minors, no mention of progression/regression, etc. I know it said multi-season but is it as simple as just "resetting" the league and any trades, etc that happened stay in place? That would be my guess.
    Good step, but not quite back to online franchise which I would like to see.
    Big question is, can I use the 1989 rosters, put Houston in the National League, Brewers in the AL, have 2 divisions in each league, and eliminate Colorado, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Arizona?
    We ran some DD leagues in the past. We would set up card restrictions as far as how many Diamonds, Golds, Silvers etc. Then we would have a card draft on GroupMe or Discord.
    So no team would have the same cards.
    Now we can actually have a real league set-up. Still do a card draft. But now everything is done for us in terms of schedule, stat's, standings, post season etc.
    This is a very nice start to online leagues again.
    Herschie
    Big question is, can I use the 1989 rosters, put Houston in the National League, Brewers in the AL, have 2 divisions in each league, and eliminate Colorado, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Arizona?

    you can't use the 1989 rosters (custom rosters). Unsure about the other questions
    Only rosters available are MLB Live Rosters or Diamond Dynasty
    Herschie
    Big question is, can I use the 1989 rosters, put Houston in the National League, Brewers in the AL, have 2 divisions in each league, and eliminate Colorado, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Arizona?

    No custom rosters.
    omegaminus
    I just went back to check the video from yesterday, and one of the shots that Steve put up may show something interesting to me.
    https://www.operationsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/mlb-the-show-20-custom-9.png
    We don't see any sliders to adjust CPU tendencies, just Human ones. As I recall, the CPU sliders are right after the Human ones and before the pitch speed sliders.
    Or maybe I'm wrong and I'll be pleasantly surprised Thursday.

    CPU and Human sliders are separate and have been since I can remember.
    desouza7
    CPU and Human sliders are separate and have been since I can remember.

    They are, but the video doesn't show the CPU ones between the Human sliders and the pitch speed sliders, which is where I remember them being.
    Herschie
    Big question is, can I use the 1989 rosters, put Houston in the National League, Brewers in the AL, have 2 divisions in each league, and eliminate Colorado, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Arizona?

    countryboy
    you can't use the 1989 rosters (custom rosters). Unsure about the other questions...

    It’s pretty clear from the video that there are no divisions and it’s a balanced schedule, so that’s a “no”. You could do 26 teams, but you’d have a 25, 50, 75, 100 (etc) game round robin and single pool playoff.
    Armor and Sword
    We ran some DD leagues in the past. We would set up card restrictions as far as how many Diamonds, Golds, Silvers etc. Then we would have a card draft on GroupMe or Discord.
    So no team would have the same cards.
    Now we can actually have a real league set-up. Still do a card draft. But now everything is done for us in terms of schedule, stat's, standings, post season etc.
    This is a very nice start to online leagues again.

    Count me in if your setting up another DD league
    duh1call3dston3s
    Really hope they allow a fantasy draft for this league

    Highly unlikely in my opinion. I hope I am wrong for the sake of those who would like it but I think it would have been mentioned in one of the videos
    duh1call3dston3s
    Really hope they allow a fantasy draft for this league

    Same here.
    That and CPU teams are the 2 things I’m hoping for.
    Custom rosters would be nice, but not a deal-breaker for me.
    Added to the OP link, but will add it here.

    • The 40-Man Live MLB Leagues use the 40-man rosters of all 30 teams that are updated frequently throughout the year. If you’re not happy with your current roster, try making some trades!
    • Diamond Dynasty Collection Leagues allows you to use your entire Diamond Dynasty Collection of player items to build your lineup. Commissioners can even set restrictions on team overalls to keep things even.
    • All Leagues offer a Regular Season experience that builds to a Postseason Playoff bracket ending with the World Series. If you didn’t make the Postseason cutoff this season, don’t sweat it. With no limit on the amount of seasons your league can play, there’s always “next year.
    • Regular Season length is determined during the creation phase of the Custom League by how many teams are in the League and how many times you play each team (1, 3, 5, or 7).
    • Flexibility is important when coordinating online play. With Custom Leagues’ flexible schedule, you can play your Regular Season games in any order. If your opponent is online, you can knock out those games right now! No calendar generation needed.
    • Set the rules and play against your friends to win the World Series with Custom Leagues in MLB The Show 20.

    Source - PS Blog
    I just think that’s awful schedule generation.
    There should have been divisions and decided that way. If you have 20 players - you’re stuck at 20 or 60 games right off the bat and have to play 19 different people.
    Not ideal but I enjoy the idea of it as a first step. Obviously I’d love, if at some point, they could create franchise mode like CFM in Madden where your online leagues have access to all the same things as offline.
    But there’s a lot of fun to be had here for sure. Hopefully the community and SDS can work together to build this into an amazingly robust mode in the future.
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    Steve_OS


    • The 40-Man Live MLB Leagues use the 40-man rosters of all 30 teams that are updated frequently throughout the year. If you’re not happy with your current roster, try making some trades!


    I may have miss something but do we have player progression and injuries in that mod ?
    If not why bother to have 40 man roster when we can play your best 25 players all the time.
    TripleCrown


    I may have miss something but do we have player progression and injuries in that mod ?
    If not why bother to have 40 man roster when we can play your best 25 players all the time.
    Did it say use updated live rosters? Does that mean it pulls ratings from the live rosters?
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    tabarnes19
    Did it say use updated live rosters? Does that mean it pulls ratings from the live rosters?
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    Yes right... so it will follow real life injuries, call ups maybe ? don't know. So if Judge is injured on may 11th, my roster will reflect that on the 12th ?
    I'm lost :confused:
    Why do I keep getting this sinking feeling that the CPU is not in this mode? They keep driving home leagues with friends. Having the CPU option is intrigual even if you have a league of human players.
    Tomorrow will tell all!
    TripleCrown
    Yes right... so it will follow real life injuries, call ups maybe ? don't know. So if Judge is injured on may 11th, my roster will reflect that on the 12th ?
    I'm lost :confused:
    Not sure. They mention trades as well. So I would assume the user can trade amongst each other.
    I was taking ratings being based off live rosters. DD the same.
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    This is just crazy, how can you have a league without CPU? People quit and if you don't replace them you are stuck. So that makes no sense. But how can you use DD teams with CPU control, but what about trades then? And what about cards accumulated during the season are they available?
    And it does not look like you can mix and match say put you DD team in a league with LS rosters.
    So many questions for tomorrow's stream, I hope they answer them all.
    nflman2033
    This is just crazy, how can you have a league without CPU? People quit and if you don't replace them you are stuck. So that makes no sense. But how can you use DD teams with CPU control, but what about trades then? And what about cards accumulated during the season are they available?
    And it does not look like you can mix and match say put you DD team in a league with LS rosters.
    So many questions for tomorrow's stream, I hope they answer them all.

    The more time goes by, the more anxious I get. One of the screenshots on the PS blog article shows a screen where "The League Is Currently Forming / 1 of 10 Teams". Is the league going to be initially unplayable until every team is taken by a human player? This is so close to what I've been wanting ever since I quit 19's DD last April that disappointment is going to hurt.
    This mode has been confirmed that there are cpu teams. Where is this fake news no cpu teams coming from? This mode will never surpass expectations that this board has but will be extremely deep with tons of customization.
    douevenbench
    This mode has been confirmed that there are cpu teams. Where is this fake news no cpu teams coming from? This mode will never surpass expectations that this board has but will be extremely deep with tons of customization.

    Where was this confirmed, I have not seen anything definitive.
    douevenbench
    This mode has been confirmed that there are cpu teams. Where is this fake news no cpu teams coming from? This mode will never surpass expectations that this board has but will be extremely deep with tons of customization.

    You're the only one with confirmation, so if you know its confirmed then you need to share with the board/community instead of touting fake news claims.
    douevenbench
    This mode has been confirmed that there are cpu teams. Where is this fake news no cpu teams coming from? This mode will never surpass expectations that this board has but will be extremely deep with tons of customization.

    Are you claiming based on a screenshot that shows only one user online? Please share your link for confirmation.
    nflman2033
    This is just crazy, how can you have a league without CPU? People quit and if you don't replace them you are stuck. So that makes no sense. But how can you use DD teams with CPU control, but what about trades then? And what about cards accumulated during the season are they available?
    And it does not look like you can mix and match say put you DD team in a league with LS rosters.
    So many questions for tomorrow's stream, I hope they answer them all.

    There are no trades for DD based teams if I remember correctly. The option for trades was grayed out, I believe if you chose that option. It could have been abused and used as a way to transfer stubs (I'll trade you this common player for Mike Trout then I can sell Mike trout for the stubs).
    Good question about CPU control in a DD league. I assume that if there is CPU controlled teams it will only happen with live rosters?
    douevenbench
    This mode has been confirmed that there are cpu teams. Where is this fake news no cpu teams coming from? This mode will never surpass expectations that this board has but will be extremely deep with tons of customization.

    As others have asked, where is this been confirmed or denied? There is only the one screenshot that showed "1 user online". "1 user online" means just that. It could be a 30 person league with 29 of the users offline.
    nemesis04
    Why do I keep getting this sinking feeling that the CPU is not in this mode? They keep driving home leagues with friends. Having the CPU option is intrigual even if you have a league of human players.
    Tomorrow will tell all!

    There was a clip of the sliders in one of the videos and they did not include the ability to modify CPU sliders. I could be wrong but I would assume that implies that there is no CPU option in this mode unfortunately.
    The MLB live rosters will not update themselves inside your custom leagues.
    If this was the case it would take away any roster trades other leagues have made not going to happen.
    MLB LIVE ROSTERS: means whatever date you choose to create a custom league will use that roster update that's out then.
    Only my opinion, but MLB LIVE ROSTERS in the past were not very accurate always had missing players in the lineups, I even seen some legends in to fill holes.
    Now with more players on the game this year maybe it wont be as bad as in the past with missing players, But MLB LIVE ROSTERS will not be 100% accurate.
    The 6 sec clip today on twitter says play anyway you want fully customizable league with your friends? But it's not fully customizable to me if you can't use custom rosters!
    Lastly, the old league setup or online franchise you could have the real MLB SCHEDULE and able to keep it realistic playing real life series. This generated schedule stuff not a fan of and will be based off how many teams on the league you have. I just still prefer the option to use both real MLB schedule or generated schedule.
    In the old setup there were CPU teams, you could be the only user if you wanted to be and move to any team you wanted to back then. I was the master at setting up leagues on 17 to reflect realism and real life. I had the AL and NL setup correctly , teams in order etc back then the AL was on wrong side by default so when you got to playoffs the bracket was backwards.
    Anyways if anyone has questions how it was then and what we "might" have now feel free to ask.
    I'm not sure if it's the same on MLB 20 until I see a league made and go under TEAM MANAGEMENT. This is where you could setup things like divisions, how many CPU teams u wanted, change division names or move teams around before activating your league.
    Where was this confirmed, I have not seen anything definitive.
    You're the only one with confirmation, so if you know its confirmed then you need to share with the board/community instead of touting fake news claims.
    Are you claiming based on a screenshot that shows only one user online? Please share your link for confirmation.
    As others have asked, where is this been confirmed or denied? There is only the one screenshot that showed "1 user online". "1 user online" means just that. It could be a 30 person league with 29 of the users offline.

    and the silence was deafening.
    cant wait till tomorrow, hope it's a Tell-All.
    Houston
    The MLB live rosters will not update themselves inside your custom leagues.
    If this was the case it would take away any roster trades other leagues have made not going to happen.
    MLB LIVE ROSTERS: means whatever date you choose to create a custom league will use that roster update that's out then.
    Only my opinion, but MLB LIVE ROSTERS in the past were not very accurate always had missing players in the lineups, I even seen some legends in to fill holes.
    Now with more players on the game this year maybe it wont be as bad as in the past with missing players, But MLB LIVE ROSTERS will not be 100% accurate.
    The 6 sec clip today on twitter says play anyway you want fully customizable league with your friends? But it's not fully customizable to me if you can't use custom rosters!
    Lastly, the old league setup or online franchise you could have the real MLB SCHEDULE and able to keep it realistic playing real life series. This generated schedule stuff not a fan of and will be based off how many teams on the league you have. I just still prefer the option to use both real MLB schedule or generated schedule.
    In the old setup there were CPU teams, you could be the only user if you wanted to be and move to any team you wanted to back then. I was the master at setting up leagues on 17 to reflect realism and real life. I had the AL and NL setup correctly , teams in order etc back then the AL was on wrong side by default so when you got to playoffs the bracket was backwards.
    Anyways if anyone has questions how it was then and what we "might" have now feel free to ask.
    I'm not sure if it's the same on MLB 20 until I see a league made and go under TEAM MANAGEMENT. This is where you could setup things like divisions, how many CPU teams u wanted, change division names or move teams around before activating your league.

    Which makes sense, but why only live series then, why not custom roster as well? There should be no difference starting a league with a custom roster or LS roster if you are stuck with what you started with.
    I hope all of this is addressed tonight.
    douevenbench
    Patience is undefeated grasshoppers.

    Glad to see you are up on your fortune cookies but you still have not brought anything to the table.
    My guess going by MLB 17 Online Franchise experience is the created faces, data, memory etc there were some issues with created faces turning to glitch faces, skin tone issues etc.
    They did eventually fix all of that and since MLB 20 is only 40 man and not 90 the issues would be minimum, but I guess the 1st year back with leagues they wanted out of the gates not those kinda concerns.
    When leagues were only 40 man before you had to set your players on your roster pick and choose who was on the 40 for all 30 teams then you saved that. Then u create your league and was able to load that roster into your league.
    It wasnt perfect because u didnt have everyone available, but at least u had control of who would be on the 40 man roster for each team.
    nflman2033
    Which makes sense, but why only live series then, why not custom roster as well? There should be no difference starting a league with a custom roster or LS roster if you are stuck with what you started with.
    I hope all of this is addressed tonight.
    douevenbench
    He who mocks others likely lives an unhealthy lifestyle. Be better.
    I had that same unfortunate cookie too. Confucius say better to have lived unhealthy than to die unhappy. Just Be.
    and back on topic, what's the difference in a Relaxed Atmosphere League vs. a Competitive Atmosphere League?
    Caulfield
    I had that same unfortunate cookie too. Confucius say better to have lived unhealthy than to die unhappy. Just Be.
    and back on topic, what's the difference in a Relaxed Atmosphere League vs. a Competitive Atmosphere League?

    That’s the difference hahah
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    Caulfield
    I had that same unfortunate cookie too. Confucius say better to have lived unhealthy than to die unhappy. Just Be.
    and back on topic, what's the difference in a Relaxed Atmosphere League vs. a Competitive Atmosphere League?

    It’s just a label to let the searchers know what to expect of the people involved. Has no impact on gameplay.
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