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MLB The Show 21: 2nd Inning Program Guide and Overview

MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Program guide

MLB The Show 21

MLB The Show 21: 2nd Inning Program Guide and Overview

The 2nd Inning Program has launched today in MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty. More people than usual got to finish all the XP goals in the first program, so it will be interesting to see now if getting all of the rewards is more commonplace than it was in previous years due to the new way SDS is handling XP overall with no long-term XP goals. This new program will end 28 days from now, and the three new bosses will be available once more at 350,000 XP.

The three bosses here are Prime Jason Bay, Milestone Lee Smith, and All-Star Don Mattingly. At first glance, my guess is the competitive crowd will lean towards Lee Smith, but Bay and Mattingly fill different roles as power or contact threats. There are also a couple choice packs along the way that include some interesting names as well.

As always, I will update these program guides as more content is added by SDS. The only thing I do not include are the Daily Missions, as those are tied to each person and update each day for a small amount of XP.

Also, it’s worth noting that SDS has given everyone a make-good gift for all the Diamond Dynasty server issues.

Now, let’s get to the program.

MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Program Guide

MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Program

Showdown

MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Showdown

The 2nd Inning Showdown here includes drafting one of the three Bosses from the 2nd Inning Program. I have not yet done the Final Showdown, but it’s generally going to be the Boss from the program, but I’m not sure if they fill in a different pitcher for the Final Showdown should you pick Lee Smith. Still, you should always pick one of the hitters rather than the pitcher. You can earn a little over 4K in stubs and four The Show packs if you knock out every mission in the Showdown.

You will earn 35,000 XP for beating the Final Showdown.

Conquest

MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Program Conquest

The first Conquest map includes conquering eight strongholds. You do need to steal 3 million fans as well, so be sure not to skip out on that before taking all of the strongholds. You get at least six The Show packs and a Ballin’ Is A Habit pack for completing the map, but there will be secrets on the board as well.

Finishing the map will net you 25,000 XP.

UFO Conquest Map hidden rewards

The second Conquest map includes conquering six strongholds. You need to steal (abduct) 4 million fans as well. You will get at least two The Show packs, but surely there will be more hidden rewards on the map as well, which you can see courtesy of JProGaming:

Finishing the map will net you 25,000 XP.

Missions

There are three online missions to complete as of now. This is standard and more will be added throughout the month.

  • Competitive Dubs – Win 10 games in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • 21 Run Street – Score 21 runs in online modes with Prospect, Rookie, or Breakout players (7,500 XP)
  • Speed Demon – Tally 10 stolen bases in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Summer Time Vibe – Tally 15 XBH with Breakout, All-Star, or Live series players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Forty Two Total – Tally 42 bases with 42 series players in online modes (7,500 XP)
  • Heroes In Relief – Tally 9 IP with relief or closing pitchers in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Two Way Show – Tally 5 hits with any pitchers in online modes (3,750 XP)
  • Silver Studs – Tally 7 RBI with any silver players in online modes (3,750 XP)
  • Midas Touch – Tally 10 strikeouts with any gold pitchers in online modes (4,000 XP)
  • Can I Get An Assist – Tally 10 assists with middle infielders in online modes (3,000 XP)
  • We Do This All Day – Tally 10 putouts with outfielders in online modes (3,000 XP)

Collections And Moments

Note: For any old player programs from prior Innings, they still exist if you have not completed them yet. However, you won’t get the XP for “collecting” the cards in the new Inning, nor do you get XP for the prior Inning program anymore once it is gone.

The first set of Moments are tied to All-Star Fred McGriff.

All-Star Fred McGriff MLB The Show 21

  • Pretty Slow Start – 5 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 16 total bases
  • Slam Dog
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Padres Vs. Expos – 4 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 7 hits
    • Tally 4 XBH
  • 1992 All-Star Game
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 hits
  • More Homers Than You
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Crime Dog
    • Tally 2 hits
    • Tally 1 XBH

The second set of Moments are tied to All-Star Bruce Sutter.

All-Star Bruce Sutter MLB The Show 21

  • Just The Start
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 3 batters
  • Long Reliever Or Closer?
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 7 batters
  • Tough For Most
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 1 game
    • Do not give up 1 hit
  • Bruuuuce – 2 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 2 games
    • Do not blow 1 save
  • 1979 Cy Young
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 1 game
    • Strike out 1 batter
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Save Leader
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 1 game
    • Do not give up 1 run

As for collections:

  • 2nd Inning Collection – Collect all 3 1st Inning Bosses (50,000 XP)
  • All-Star Fred McGriff – Collect Crime Dog (35,000 XP)
  • Collect Rookies – Collect 15 rookies (15,000 XP)
  • All-Star Jason Giambi – Collect diamond Evolution Giambi (5,000 XP)
  • All-Star Madison Bumgarner – Collect diamond Evolution Bumgarner (15,000 XP)
  • Breakout Matt Kemp – Collect diamond Evolution Kemp (15,000 XP)
  • All-Star Bruce Sutter – Collect Bruce Sutter (35,000 XP)
  • Team Affinity Season 2 – Collect 3 Legends and Flashbacks from Season 2 (35,000 XP)
  • May Topps Now – Collect 3 May Topps Now players (35,000 XP)

Bosses And Rewards

Here are the three Bosses at 350,000 XP, plus their quirks:

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Here are the first set of players you choose from on the XP path multiple times. They are bronze and silver players. You select one bronze and one silver each time:

MLB The Show 2nd Inning Program

  • Silver Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Silver Chipper Jones
  • Silver Frank Thomas
  • Bronze Hank Aaron
  • Bronze Don Sutton
  • Bronze Brooks Robinson

The second choice pack you run into is a 2nd Inning Program gold choice pack.

  • Gold Ryan Klesko
  • Gold Michael Young
  • Gold Jim Hunter

The third choice pack you run into is a 2nd Inning Program Classics choice pack:

2nd Inning Program classics choice pack

  • Diamond Austin Riley
  • Diamond Michael Kopech
  • Diamond Brad Miller

(I’m Team Brad Miller all the way here.)

You only get one bite as this apple, so you’ll need to make your choice count, otherwise you’ll need to buy the other two on the market as of now.

The MLB The Show 21 2nd Inning Program in total goes up to 650,000 XP once again. At launch, you can acquire roughly 92K in XP knocking out everything available, but that number will increase from here.

Here are the main rewards:

  • 5,000 XP – 3,000 stubs, Danger stadium sound
  • 10,000 XP – 2nd Inning bronze/silver choice pack
  • 17,500 XP – Ballplayer chocie pack
  • 25,000 XP – 3,000 stubs, Universal Profile nameplate
  • 32,500 XP – Diamond bat slam unlockable, 3,000 stubs
  • 40,000 XP – Headliners Set 2 pack
  • 55,000 XP – Ballplayer choice pack
  • 70,000 XP – The Show pack (x3)
  • 85,000 XP – 2nd Inning bronze/silver choice pack
  • 100,000 XP – 2nd Inning gold choice pack
  • 115,000 XP – The Show pack (x5)
  • 130,000 XP – 5,000 stubs, Pittsburgh Pirates Alternate Home 1970 uniform
  • 145,000 XP – Ballplayer choice pack
  • 160,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 175,000 XP – 2nd Inning Classics diamond choice pack
  • 190,000 XP – Universal profile icon
  • 205,000 XP – 5,000 stubs, home run call
  • 235,000 XP – Gold Ballplayer choice pack
  • 250,000 XP – Bat skin
  • 270,000 XP – The Show pack (x5)
  • 290,000 XP – 5,000 stubs, diamond icon choice pack
  • 310,000 XP – Headliners Set 4 pack
  • 330,000 XP – St. Louis Cardinals Road 1951 uniform
  • 350,000 XP – 2nd Inning Boss choice pack
  • 380,000 XP – Gold Ballplayer choice pack, 5,000 stubs
  • 410,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 440,000 XP – The Show pack (x10)
  • 470,000 XP – 5,000 stubs, Philadelphia Phillies Alternate 2 uniform
  • 500,000 XP – Classic Stadium choice pack
  • 530,000 XP – The Show pack (x10)
  • 560,000 XP – Diamond Ballplayer choice pack
  • 590,000 XP – Space 2 choice pack
  • 620,000 XP – The Show pack (x10)
  • 650,000 XP – Live Series diamond choice pack
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  1. Is it just me, or did they forget to put the actual content in the program? A tiny conquest map worth only 15k, then that's essentially it? I know it's only just launched and they'll add more along the way, but that's pretty much nothing to actually do to get the experience (other than the usual "win 5 games of RS" etc)
    BigOscar
    Is it just me, or did they forget to put the actual content in the program? A tiny conquest map worth only 15k, then that's essentially it? I know it's only just launched and they'll add more along the way, but that's pretty much nothing to actually do to get the experience (other than the usual "win 5 games of RS" etc)
    Is Double XP still active?
    They slowly rolled stuff out in the first inning and it looks like they're really pushing for more gameplay XP vs solid chunks. There's most likely 2 or more player programs which should be about 70k there. The Showdown will be another huge chunk as well.
    It just looks like they're trying to reduce the immediate completion and really fill the month. Previously you could lock the bosses, do the showdown, conquest and a couple other things and basically finish the program in a day.
    papadell
    Is Double XP still active?
    They slowly rolled stuff out in the first inning and it looks like they're really pushing for more gameplay XP vs solid chunks. There's most likely 2 or more player programs which should be about 70k there. The Showdown will be another huge chunk as well.
    It just looks like they're trying to reduce the immediate completion and really fill the month. Previously you could lock the bosses, do the showdown, conquest and a couple other things and basically finish the program in a day.

    Just looks like not a lot to actually do though, especially as a mainly offline player. It's all well and good getting rewarded for playing, but you need a reason to play in the first place. Endlessly completing the US conquest map repeatedly isn't exactly riveting yet it's essentially the only offline thing to do that offers any reward at all
    papadell
    Is Double XP still active?
    They slowly rolled stuff out in the first inning and it looks like they're really pushing for more gameplay XP vs solid chunks. There's most likely 2 or more player programs which should be about 70k there. The Showdown will be another huge chunk as well.
    It just looks like they're trying to reduce the immediate completion and really fill the month. Previously you could lock the bosses, do the showdown, conquest and a couple other things and basically finish the program in a day.

    Yeah, they're using a season approach for sure. Rollout during the season, not a 'all at once' program.
    Yet somehow....there are bosses for sale on the market....like....WHAT? 3 hours after launch?
    JoshC1977
    Yeah, they're using a season approach for sure. Rollout during the season, not a 'all at once' program.
    Yet somehow....there are bosses for sale on the market....like....WHAT? 3 hours after launch?
    That's gotta be a glitch for sure. I know there were a couple methods floating around and they haven't patched them yet.

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