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MLB The Show 21: 9th Inning Program Guide and Overview

MLB The Show 21 9th Inning Program

MLB The Show 21

MLB The Show 21: 9th Inning Program Guide and Overview

It’s coming to that bittersweet time in the cycle where we’re winding down in MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty. This 9th Inning Program guide is the start of the final stretch that will include the release of one more major legends collection, Team Affinity 5, and the Finest set of cards for the 2021 season. I’m personally starting to phase out The Show as I always lose a little steam once the normal season ends, but this is also the most I’ve ever played Diamond Dynasty in a single year so it’s just getting to be about time for me.

That said, this is a really solid way to end the “normal” inning programs for the year. We’re getting a fresh player, our first look at the really amazing artwork for the 2021 Finest cards, and just a good set of throwback cards as well. The bosses for the 9th Inning Program are Signature Series Babe Ruth, Milestone Eric Gagne, and Awards Johnny Bench. I think there’s a case that’s more easily made for Ruth or Bench over Gagne, but that’s just how things generally are going to work out when it’s two premiere position players versus a closer.

With that said, let’s get into the program.

MLB The Show 21 9th Inning Program Guide

Showdown

The Showdown will presumably pop up next week, and it should be against Milestone Eric Gagne, which inherently usually makes the Final Showdown easier due to stamina.

Conquest

Umbrella Conquest Map 9th Inning Program

The first Conquest map is the Umbrella. You need to steal  3 million fans and then capture all the territories to secure the 35,000 XP. It looks like you just get a bunch of normal The Show packs for finishing the map, but I’m sure there’s a couple solid secrets here.

Missions

There are the three usual online missions, and we’re now used to getting Extra Innings missions right from the start as well, which continues to be a nice touch. 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)
  • Postseason Blues – Tally 15 hits with any 2021 Postseason players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Postseason Blues – Tally 25 hits with any 2021 Postseason players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Legendary Dingers – Tally 5 home runs with any legend players in online modes (5,000 XP)
  • Extra Innings: Legendary Dingers – Tally 10 home runs with any legend 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.

The first player program is for Finest Buster Posey:

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Moments

  • Posey’s Welcome Gift
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 1 hit
  • Buster Hugs
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • MVPosey
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Buster Bashes The Baseball
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Center Of The Dynasty
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 3 hits
  • End Of An Era
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 4 total bases

As for inning collections:

  • 9th Inning Collection – Collect all three 8th Inning Bosses (50,000 XP)
  • Finest Buster Posey – Collect 2021 Finest Buster Posey (45,000 XP)
  • Signature Robin Yount – Collect Signature Robin Yount from the Evolution Program (20,000 XP)
  • Milestone Mike Scott – Collect Milestone Mike Scott from the Evolution Program (20,000 XP)

Bosses And Rewards

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

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  • Signature Series Babe Ruth
  • Milestone Eric Gagne
  • Awards Johnny Bench

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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  • Milestone Larry Doby
  • Future Stars Hunter Greene (new player)
  • Signature Series Luis Aparicio

I will pick Hunter Greene purely because he’s new. It doesn’t hurt that he has outlier either.

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 Matt Chapman
  • Finest Jack Flaherty
  • Finest Gleyber Torres

Finest Gleyber Torres is always the pick. What a legend he was last time this card was in the game.

Here are the main rewards:

  • 1,250 XP – Pittsburgh Pirates Digital Camo Alternate uniform
  • 2,500 XP – Diamond bat skin
  • 5,000 XP – Cincinnati Reds Digital Camo Alternate uniform
  • 10,000 XP – Diamond universal profile nameplate, 3,000 stubs
  • 17,500 XP – Gold Ballplayer choice pack
  • 25,000 XP – Diamond unlockables choice pack, 3,000 stubs
  • 32,500 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack (x2)
  • 40,000 XP – Headliners pack (x2)
  • 55,000 XP – Diamond universal profile icon, 3,500 stubs
  • 70,000 XP – 42 Series choice pack
  • 85,000 XP – The Show pack (x5)
  • 100,000 XP – 9th Inning Diamond choice pack
  • 115,000 XP – Cincinnati Reds Alternate 2 uniform, 3,500 stubs
  • 130,000 XP – Headliners pack (x2)
  • 145,000 XP – Diamond bat skin
  • 160,000 XP – Diamond legends icon choice pack, 4,000 stubs
  • 175,000 XP – 9th Inning Classics choice pack
  • 190,000 XP – Classic Stadium choice pack
  • 205,000 XP – Diamond universal profile icon, 4,000 stubs
  • 220,000 XP – Kitchen Sink 1 choice pack
  • 235,000 XP – Diamond home run call
  • 250,000 XP – Diamond bat skin, 5,000 stubs
  • 270,000 XP – Kitchen Sink 2 choice pack
  • 290,000 XP – Diamond bat skin, 5,000 stubs
  • 310,000 XP – Diamond Ballplayer choice pack
  • 330,000 XP – Headliners pack (x2)
  • 350,000 XP – 9th Inning Boss choice pack
  • 380,000 XP – 2021 All-Star Game choice pack
  • 410,000 XP – 2021 Home Run Derby choice pack
  • 440,000 XP – Diamond Ballplayer choice pack
  • 470,000 XP – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack (x5), 5,555 stubs
  • 500,000 XP – 90+ overall Live Series player choice pack
  • 530,000 XP – The Show packs (x2)
  • 560,000 XP – Headliners pack (x2)
  • 590,000 XP – 2021 All-Star Game choice pack
  • 620,000 XP – 2021 Home Run Derby choice pack
  • 650,000 XP – Field Of Dreams choice pack
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  1. Thanks for all you work on these. Has really helped me get into the mode and know what the heck I was doing.  As I mentioned in the DD forums, first real dive into The Show  and went completely in on DD grinding away and 99% of the time offline.

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