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Nine 'Little Things' I Want to See in MLB 19 The Show

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Nine 'Little Things' I Want to See in MLB 19 The Show

The little things. So real, it’s unreal. Both terms have been used and are proud statements for MLB The Show. The “little things” also tie into one of our favorite threads we like posting in the forums each year where people drop in and talk about little touches they’ve seen in the game that may otherwise go unnoticed. With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at nine “little things” I want to see in MLB 19 The Show. Some are a little more out there than others, but I think each has its place in the series moving forward.

1. Interactive Trivia During The Ballgame

During television broadcasts, you often see a trivia question appear. It may be something like, “who is the all-time home run leader for the Dodgers”, or “what team has won three World Series in a four-year span?” It would be very cool to have the ability to have an interactive trivia question after the third inning that lets you choose the answer. When you select your choice, you would not be given the answer until the sixth or seventh inning. A correct answer can translate into XP, or Stubs or some other type of reward.

2. Situational Statistics

Baseball is all about stats. Statistics change as the situations change. For example, what is the batting average of a player against left-handed hitters? What is the batting average of player when runners are in scoring position? The same goes for pitchers. Does a certain pitcher have a proven history of working his way out of jams, or what’s his shutdown ability with runners in scoring position? What are a pitcher’s win-loss records when taking a lead past the fifth inning?

Give me all these. The more situational statistics the better. It may change the way you approach a 2-2 count with a runner on third.

3. Changing Weather

MLB games can sometimes be never-ending affairs, and weather can sometimes drastically change a 3-3 game in the eighth inning. You begin your game in the sun and shortly after the commentators begin speaking about thunderstorms rolling in toward the late innings. As you play through the game, you experience an increase in wind, rain and a variety of dark clouds. The wind begins to affect the flight of the deep fly balls into the outfield. The rain begins to pour, and screaming line drives into the gaps or down the lines hit the grass and slow up instantaneously on a rain-soaked field. What would normally be a double turned into a single. The change in conditions now disadvantages the team behind in the game.

4. Bubble Gum And Seeds

Baseball is known for bubble gum and sunflower seeds. They are everywhere in the dugout, including players spitting sunflowers all over the field. How cool would it be to see Jose Altuve spitting sunflower seeds over at second base in between pitches, or watching Didi Gregorius blow a bubble while he steps out to look at the third-base coach?

5. Fans Interfering With Foul Balls

It seems to happen during every game, and in recent memory we had the fan interference controversy in the Red Sox-Astros series this past October. Can you imagine trying to close out a close game in the bottom of the ninth and a fan interferes with your ability to make an out down the foul line? This could be somewhat difficult in terms of adding this animation into a video game — and The Show has dabbled with this stuff in the past — but the addition could be great.

6. Field/Ballpark History And Advantages

Each ballpark offers a different layout. Differentiating designs in ballparks may be utilized if the batting team can take advantage of it. For example, pulling hits toward the Green Monster in Boston. In situations where these could come into play, it would be awesome to hear the announcers commentate and play off those features. Another example is in Oakland where base hits side spinning down the lines can be taken advantage of because of the excessive room on the foul side of the chalk line. Announcers could even speak about the history of wind blowing in from right field during day games, etc.

7. Autographs Before The Game

Autographs. A small detailed addition to Road to the Show. As you wait at the loading screen before you start your game, you can be signing autographs for fans using the PS4 controller touchpad. This could occur after finishing games as well. The better your player gets, the more autographs you sign and it could even translate into more XP.

8. JumboTron Videos

Another distinct feature of attending a sporting event involves the videos being played on the JumboTron. Commercials, team videos and more are often seen on that big ol’ screen. You’ve also got things like the kiss cam in between innings or the dance cam. A small but realistic video on the JumboTron would be another detail that would bring a realistic environment to the game.

9. Players At The Top Of The Dugouts

During every MLB game, you see all the players sitting at the top of the dugout. They have their arms hanging over the rails, and in cold weather, you see them with hoodies over their heads. You see them spitting seeds, yelling at players and umpires, or even messing with each other. The same goes for those no-doubt home runs where you see the players pop off the benches and up onto the railing while losing their minds.

Wrap Up

MLB The Show has been fantastic at including subtle realistic details in every new release of the game. Every little detail creates a fresh and fun experience when playing. Among the nine details outlined here, there are many more that can be added (including some that are being talked about on our forums right now). I can’t wait to look for more detailed additions in the release of MLB 19 The Show.

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  1. I like the trivia question one. Reminds me of how OOTP does that as various things save/load. I've learned quite a few funny/interesting tidbits from just watching the loading screens. It would be a neat addition to the broadcast in The Show and this isn't really an idea I've seen posted about before. Pretty original.
    Some nice touches but.
    Player's Hanging Over The Dugouts
    There is the one static default for all teams. But I think this would need to be more of a add on to the in game presentation package. And not out of context just for show.
    A good example of this would be Play Off or Big games and General Win/Batter/Fielding Accomplishments. When it makes sense for team members to be hyping up or encouraging and reacting to what is actually happening on the field.
    Which reminds me why there are still no high fives in this game and are only seen on Home Run movie sequences.
    Been way too long for these small additions to be added.
    Jumbo Trons
    I don't know if it's just me but all the animation graphics on the Jumbo Tron's look old and pixelated and like they have not had a next generation face lift. But could definitely use more creativity in this area other than promoting the coming years title in a patch!
    I want a season mode for minor league teams.  I would love to just pick a team like the mudcats or whoever and play just set the number of games like 29 . Why can you play a season mode without the minor league teams?  Oh wait I did not buy last years game because they didn't even have a season mode for major league teams either.
    How about non-splitting broken bats?
    I don't ever count this, but I bet there are 4-7 broken bats a game on average. You'll never tell unless you listen for it, but it's there. The splitting ones are a rarity.
    I would like complete control after the play so I can throw the ball around. That was always something I enjoyed about baseball games in the past. MVP was he last series that allowed post play control. Since then, baseball games have been completely stagnant.
    How about new celebrations for winning the division, pennant and World Series? I'm sick of seeing a reserve outfielder hoisting the Commissioner's Trophy.
    For Jumbo Trons I think they need to actually get each teams true win animation on there. The W in Chicago or other items that are team specific. As it stands they are very generic and similar no matter where you play. 
    WaitTilNextYear
    I like the trivia question one. Reminds me of how OOTP does that as various things save/load. I've learned quite a few funny/interesting tidbits from just watching the loading screens. It would be a neat addition to the broadcast in The Show and this isn't really an idea I've seen posted about before. Pretty original.

    Wasn't there a game that had trivia in it?
    Please bring in dynamic announcing. NBA 2k does an amazing job with this and MLB 2k did it too. How does this game still have a static announce team that will never say anything new?
    @drugsbunny I completely agree. If true, it's crazy that MVP was the last where you could throw the ball around after the play. I LOVED that. It was part of my routine  just as it is in real baseball. 
    I think it was World Series Baseball on Sega Genesis (one of the early adopters of an inaugural fantasy draft if memory serves) that allowed you to do cartwheels around the base paths on your home run trot. I always found that kind of cool where I'd try to get in 8 cartwheels between bases when you could usually get about 7.
    In terms of 'priority' this doesn't even register for me, but I thought it fit the genre of "little things" well.
    Triple Play 98 was ahead of it’s time. Trivia questions even the aerial fly ins at the start of each game. Made you feel like you were at an actual game. Great article as it’s the little things that can make it more fun. Even the simple take me out to the ball game song by the fans in the 7th inning stretch was cool in Triple Play 98. 
    Blzer
    How about non-splitting broken bats?
    I don't ever count this, but I bet there are 4-7 broken bats a game on average. You'll never tell unless you listen for it, but it's there. The splitting ones are a rarity.

    Also, the maple bats should break easier than the ash bats.
    That would be a nice touch on the little things
    Very good ideas here. I’m certainly hoping for something to freshen things up. The Show is sensational and you don’t mess with a good thing by reinventing the wheel. But it has gotten a little stale the last few years.
    No bubble gum and seeds being spit! Especially in domes/retractibles. The grounds crew has to clean that shtuff up! Every.....friggin'.....night!
    Sorry....triggered.
    The_Hoss
    Please bring in dynamic announcing. NBA 2k does an amazing job with this and MLB 2k did it too. How does this game still have a static announce team that will never say anything new?

    While it absolutely needs to be better there is dynamic commentary. I play every game every pitch in my Yankees franchise and they have had plenty of dynamic storylines I have heard about players and the seasons they are having.
    Its there but if you are not playing a ton of franchise games and sim a lot you will miss it.
    Also as great as 2K is it all gets old too.
    But I really would love to see a lot more dynamic commentary especially in terms of historical matchups which they started but we need far more like a real baseball broadcast.
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    I agree 100% with that. I also want more all-time and team records. Just like stats being a big part of baseball, records are to. We need all the records in the game. Even a top 50 or 100 list of the all-time homerun leaders etc.
    DukesofHazzard
    I agree 100% with that. I also want more all-time and team records. Just like stats being a big part of baseball, records are to. We need all the records in the game. Even a top 50 or 100 list of the all-time homerun leaders etc.

    AMEN!!!
    Imagine taking these retro rosters, and actually playing out the chase to 755 with Junior, Bonds or Big Mc.. or 62.. or chasing down the hits records with Ichiro..
    Its a game of numbers. The numbers should be there!
    I would trade a lot of the "Little Things" that would be nice additions to the game, for the one "Big Thing" that I have been waiting patiently to be included...
    Player Collisions.
    I am amazed that we have guys that will throw a tantrum if the color of the wall underneath the center field scoreboard is the wrong shade of white, but an outfielder and a shortstop running through one another, with no regard to the whole "two objects not occupying the same space" rules of physics, is perfectly acceptable.
    Player collisions between defensive positions happen from time to time, can result in pretty horrific injuries, and would be the perfect situation to include a "call for the ball" or call-off button, when lining up to catch a fly ball.
    Honestly, I could care less whether or not the fog that rolls into the stadium comes from the right direction based on the axis of the seasonal azimuth, but watching players morph through each other seems to be an oversight ten years in the making.
    Maybe someone could freelance a Madden or NHL guy for an afternoon, and get some tips on how collision detection works.
    There's my Little Thing.
    ~syf
    I'd love a selectable option on singles and walks. Things like "feed me more" or pointing to dugout, etc. at least a handskake/fist bump from the 1b coach, taking off equipment, etc.
    I'd love awards/records noted somewhere in the Player Card/Player Profile = AS 2016, 2017, 2020 MVP 2019, GG 2018, SS = 2021 (and definitely mentioned in the commentary)
    I want the option to change/create uniforms, relocation, customize my own stadiums. Stuff we can do in NBA2K. So I can create a full league of MLB teams in Buffalo, Charlotte etc
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    Curulz
    I'd love a selectable option on singles and walks. Things like "feed me more" or pointing to dugout, etc. at least a handskake/fist bump from the 1b coach, taking off equipment, etc.

    Yeah the game “skate” had this. You could pick 4 reactions with the directional button after you landed a trick. You had like 10 gestures you could pick from and select 4 to the direction button.
    This could be cool when playing against each other.
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    One "little thing" I would like to see is updated player portraits as the season goes on. Once the season starts and Kikuchi is officially added, I want to see his actual Mariners portrait. Or if Mad Bum is traded at the deadline from the Giants to the Braves, I would like to see his actual portrait with the Braves cap, not a cartoon.
    1) Interactive trivia - Yes this would be cool and if done right, I would look forward to it
    2) I am dying for situational stats!
    3) Changing weather would be a neat feature, although I usually play with the Jays so half of the games I play are in a dome.
    4) Gum and seeds would be a nice graphical touch.
    5) Fan interference - I am torn on this I think it should be in the game but I imagine myself getting screwed over and raging
    6) Ballpark history would be nice, especially for using historic stadiums
    7) Autographs before the game - Yea I mean this would be a nice touch, Id like to see the batting practice before the game and during that maybe see some guys down the lines interacting with fans.
    8) Jumbotron videos - Would create a feeling of really being in the ballpark
    9) Players moving in the dugout - yes yes yes, not just the animations but when a foul ball comes flying in there should be more panic...
    I’ve been hoping for dynamic weather for years. How cool would it be to start a game in the sun and along the way dark clouds start rolling in and the threat of rain becomes a possibility.
    Keeping my fingers crossed again this year.
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    Question: When you check the team rosters, lineup or rotation, using L2 and R2, why the Nationals are between Miami and New York? If it's Washington, they should be between Philadelphia and the NL Central. If it's DC, they should be between Atlanta and Miami.
    Not really important, but I think they didn't change the ordre since the Expos have moved to Washington.
    I'd love to be able to just watch a game. Especially at this time of the year. I know that if you sit idle for a while, it will start a game (and give you the option to join in). But it stops a couple of innings in. I was sitting there last night and was in the mood to just watch a game.
    Also - Quick Manager - It should give us the option to actually watch the game from the dugout (and not the menu screen).
    bibibanax
    Question: When you check the team rosters, lineup or rotation, using L2 and R2, why the Nationals are between Miami and New York? If it's Washington, they should be between Philadelphia and the NL Central. If it's DC, they should be between Atlanta and Miami.
    Not really important, but I think they didn't change the ordre since the Expos have moved to Washington.

    Correct and this makes me mad too. It's still in order of the original NL East city names:
    Atlanta
    Florida
    Montreal
    New York
    Philadelphia
    It's been an 'issue' for a while but I don't really see this being adjusted.
    Another team in the wrong placement is the Astros. They should be after the Twins and before the Angels.
    These two features seem pretty reasonable:

    Improved dynamic player potential. This is technically already in the game but the way it works is flawed and doesn't work 100% of the time. I had a pitcher (Michael Kopech) last year who consistently had an era in the 8.00's. He still ended up around a 90 overall after a few horrible seasons. Progression should be stunted if a player has a few bad seasons in a row.
    Player personality. There are all kinds of personalities on each team. This should have an effect on your team. Each player should be tagged a personality with each one having varying effects. Having a "Locker room leader" would give the player's position group a slight rating boost while "Distraction" would do the opposite. Personalities should have the possibility of changing depending on the season a player is having.
    One thing I'm hoping is added is when you advance past the first season in franchise mode (the real life schedule in the first year), there are no more Sunday night games, day games on Memorial Day, 4th of July (unless it falls on a weekend), nor Labor Day. There should be start times from 1pm EST all the way to 10pm EST on these 3 days.
    I know its not a big deal but it kinda dampens the immersion when playing on those days.
    countryboy
    One thing I'm hoping is added is when you advance past the first season in franchise mode (the real life schedule in the first year), there are no more Sunday night games, day games on Memorial Day, 4th of July (unless it falls on a weekend), nor Labor Day. There should be start times from 1pm EST all the way to 10pm EST on these 3 days.
    I know its not a big deal but it kinda dampens the immersion when playing on those days.

    You mean you hope there ARE Sunday night games, day games on Memorial Day, etc., right?
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