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MLB The Show 21: 7th Inning Program Guide and Overview

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MLB The Show 21: 7th Inning Program Guide and Overview

Hammerin’ Hank has finally arrived. The 7th Inning is upon us in MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty, and the elusive 99 overall Hank Aaron is one of the 7th Inning Bosses. Joining 99 overall Milestone Hank Aaron is Future Stars Spencer Torkelson and Signature Series Tony Gwynn. The 6th Inning really ended up getting lost in the shuffle as Team Affinity 4 really sucked the air out of the room. I don’t think the same problem will occur here (at least not right away) because Hank Aaron was probably one of the last big cards people have been waiting to get a look at. That said, we’re going to be looking for Finest and Postseason cards soon enough (plus some Run It Back promotions), so it’s still going to be interesting to watch how this program unfolds. They have certainly lost some juice as the year has gone on (which is normal), and these inning programs are in danger of becoming window dressing for good as we move into the late stages of Diamond Dynasty for this season.

Still, let’s go through all the new cards and see what’s involved here so far.

MLB The Show 21 7th Inning Program Guide

Showdown

7th Inning Showdown

As expected with no 7th Inning Bosses being pitchers, Monthly Awards Dylan Bundy is who I went up against here. I would not be shocked if Signature Series Johnny Cueto might be another option. This Showdown seems even easier than usual because you get runs for beating the mini Showdown as well.

You get The Show packs (x10) and 35,000 XP for beating the Final Showdown.

Conquest

7th Inning Kraken Map

The first Conquest map is the Kraken map. You need to steal 7 million fans, but otherwise it’s an ordinary map. You will get a Field of Dreams pack at the end of it and 25,000 XP.

7th Inning Cubes Conquest Map

With the second Conquest map, you have to conquer the Diamondbacks on the first turn. Otherwise, you just need to conquer all the territories to get 25,000 XP.

Missions

There are the three usual online missions, and now we’re getting Extra Innings mission right from the start as well, which is nice. And, of course, more missions will be added throughout the program.

  • Competitive Dubs – Win 10 games in online modes (7,500 XP)
  • Extra Innings Dubs – Win 5 games in Extra Innings (7,500 XP)
  • Center Of Attention – Hit 10 home runs online with any players from Central division teams (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Center Of Attention – Hit 20 home runs with any players from Central division teams in Extra Innings (5,000 XP)
  • Please Sign Here – Tally 10 strikeouts online with any Signature Series pitchers (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Please Sign Here – Tally 20 strikeouts with any Signature Series pitchers in Extra Innings (5,000 XP)
  • Beaches & Palm Trees – Tally 15 hits online with any players from West division teams (7,500 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Beaches & Palm Trees – Tally 25 hits with any players from West division teams in Extra Innings (7,500 XP)
  • Bronze Bombers – Tally 5 XBH with bronze players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Bronze Bombers – Tally 10 XBH with bronze players in Extra Innings (5,000 XP)
  • Silver & Stingy – Record 6 strikeouts with any silver pitchers in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Silver & Stingy – Record 12 strikeouts with any silver pitchers in Extra Innings (5,000 XP)
  • There’s Gold In Them There Hills – Record 7 runs with any gold players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: There’s Gold In Them There Hills – Record 14 runs with any gold players in Extra Innings (5,000 XP)
  • Signature Swing, Stare & Strut – Hit 5 home runs with Signature Series players in online modes (7,500 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Signature Swing, Stare & Strut – Hit 10 home runs with Signature Series players in Extra Innings (7,500 XP)
  • Memorable Moments – Tally 16 total bases with any Milestone players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Memorable Moments – Tally 30 total bases with any Milestone players in Extra Innings (5,000 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.

We kick off with a player program to go with the inning program on day one, which is a rarity. The first player program is for Milestone Joe Carter.

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Moments

  • Wasting Joe Time
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
    • Don’t make 1 out
  • Joe Many Hits
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Get on base 3 times
  • Carter Hits The Ball Harder
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 6 total bases
  • Can’t Keep Joe In The Yard
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • He’s Joe Clutch
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Joe Carter, Mayor Of Fenway Park
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 total bases

The second player program is for Awards Willie Stargell.

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Moments

  • Setting An MVP Tone
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 total bases
  • Willie Ignites Fireworks
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Hit 1 home run
  • He Willie Dominated The Reds – 2 games
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 3 hits
    • Tally 1 XBH
  • Willie Ever Get Out?
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Get on base 3 times
  • Willie Powerful
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Hit 1 home run
  • He’s Willie Clutch
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Hit 1 home run

The third player program is for Signature Series John Smoltz.

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Moments

  • Smoltzie Goes The Distance
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Pitch 2 innings
    • Strike out 3 batters
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Marmaduke Mows ‘Em Down
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 1 inning
    • Do not give up 1 hit
    • Do not hit 1 batter
    • Do not walk 1 batter
  • Showing Up When It Matters Most
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Pitch 3 innings
    • Strike out 3 batters
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • What Can’t Smoltzie Do?
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Pitch 1 inning
    • Strike out 2 batters
    • Do not give up 1 hit
    • Do not hit 1 batter
    • Do not walk 1 batter
  • Going Down In The Record Books
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 1 inning
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • From Tommy John To Hall Of Fame
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Pitch 2 innings
    • Strike out 3 batters
    •  Do not give up 2 runs

As for inning collections:

  • 7th Inning Collection – Collect all 3 6th Inning Bosses (50,000 XP)
  • Milestone Joe Carter – Lock in Milestone Joe Carter (35,000 XP)
  • Collect Veteran Series – Collect 15 Veteran Series players (15,000 XP)
  • Awards Willie Stargell – Lock in Awards Willie Stargell (35,000 XP)
  • September Monthly Awards Program – Collect 3 players from this program (20,000 XP)
  • Signature John Smoltz – Lock in Signature Series John Smoltz (35,000 XP)
  • Future Stars Jared Kelenic – Lock in Future Stars Jared Kelenic (35,000 XP)

Bosses And Rewards

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

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  • Milestone Hank Aaron
  • Future Stars Spencer Torkelson
  • Signature Series Tony Gwynn

Here is the first set of players you get in a diamond choice pack. You only get one bite at this apple:

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  • Awards Justin Upton
  • Signature Series Johnny Cueto
  • Milestone Jonathan Villar

I will always rep a good Cueto card.

The second set of players you get to choose from comes from a diamond Classics choice pack. You will only get one bite at this apple as well.

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  • Finest Danny Santana
  • Monthly Awards Dylan Bundy
  • Postseason Adam Eaton

Here are the main rewards:

  • 5,000 XP – Ballplayer choice pack, 2,000 stubs
  • 10,000 XP – Diamond universal nameplate, 3,000 stubs
  • 17,500 XP – Headliners pack bundle (x2)
  • 25,000 XP – Diamond unlockable choice pack, 3,000 stubs
  • 32,500 XP – MLB The Show pack (x5)
  • 40,000 XP – Gold Ballplayer choice pack
  • 55,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack (x2)
  • 70,000 XP – Diamond home run call
  • 85,000 XP – MLB The Show pack (x10)
  • 100,000 XP – 7th Inning Diamond player choice pack
  • 115,000 XP – Detroit Tigers Home 1979 uniform, 5,000 stubs
  • 130,000 XP – Headliners pack bundle (x2)
  • 145,000 XP – Gold Ballplayer choice pack
  • 160,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack (x2)
  • 175,000 XP – 7th Inning diamond player Classics pack
  • 190,000 XP – Universal profile icon, 5,000 stubs
  • 205,000 XP – Diamond legend icon choice pack
  • 220,000 XP – Headliners Set 35 pack (x2)
  • 235,000 XP – Diamond stadium sound
  • 250,000 XP – Legend bat skin, 5,000 stubs
  • 270,000 XP – MLB The Show pack (x5)
  • 290,000 XP – Classic stadium choice pack, 5,000 stubs
  • 310,000 XP – Legend bat skin choice pack
  • 330,000 XP – Atlanta Braves Home 1953 uniform, 5,000 stubs
  • 350,000 XP – 7th Inning Bosses pack
  • 380,000 XP – San Diego Padres Home 1988 uniform, 5,000 stubs
  • 410,000 XP – MLB The Show pack (x10)
  • 440,000 XP – Diamond Ballplayer choice pack
  • 470,000 XP – MLB The Show pack (x10)
  • 500,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack (x5)
  • 530,000 XP – Diamond Ballplayer choice pack
  • 560,000 XP – 2021 Home Run Derby pack
  • 590,000 XP – 2021 All-Star Game pack
  • 620,000 XP – Field Of Dreams pack
  • 650,000 XP – 90+ overall Live Series diamond choice pack
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  1. Guide has been updated to include:

    • Willie Stargell Player Program
    • New Collection (Veteran Series players)
    • Showdown is out (easier than usual, I went up against Bundy, won't be shocked if Cueto is another option for Final Showdown)

    85K XP added in this update.

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