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The Most Realistic Baseball Game Ever Hits Store Shelves Today

Troy Mack's Avatar Posted by Troy Mack on Mar 03, 2009 // Product Manager, MLB 10 The Show

If you’re a baseball fan, you don’t want to miss Opening Day on PlayStation. From Road To The Show to Franchise Mode to Online Leagues, there is something for everyone in MLB 09 The Show. Regardless of which PlayStation is your platform of choice, the MLB franchise dubbed “best sports game of the year” for the last two seasons hits PS3, PS2 and PSP today in the bid for a three-peat. So get yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jack and take yourself out to the ballgame.

But if tutorials, trailers and a downloadable demo didn’t clinch it for you, here is a peek at what reviewers are saying:

Welcome to the show – now PLAY BALL!

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+ TheGameV30 on March 4th, 2009 at 8:33 am said:

any update on the rosters update working? i know i read you guys are working on it. jw. thanks!


+ TheBigBadWolf76 on March 4th, 2009 at 8:52 am said:

Thanks for the reply…

So where do I go to upload my picture?


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on March 4th, 2009 at 8:54 am said:

I Haven’t played a BB game in a long time, might have to give this one a shot. What do you think “Mack Daddy” to you is the best feature of the game? The part YOU enjoy the most in the game or a component of it and can never get sick of?

Why don’t you spell check your answers? It looks unprofessional.

Also to Jeff, whom I know is always reading the Blog;
Can we have a way to reply to your replies of our comments. I comment, you reply, then I reply to that.
I think it would work out because sometimes the answers to questions are too short or cryptic.


+ Spyda8012 on March 4th, 2009 at 8:58 am said:

This may be a dumb question. When is online going to be fixed or are you just going to ignore it like last year. Offline is great but you seriously need to fix online play


+ RUDYDC on March 4th, 2009 at 9:07 am said:

When is a NEW ROSTER going to be released because there are a lot of guys who are signed not on teams yet!!

Come on Guys! I cant start my Franchise yet!! And, no I am not making all the moves

Making us wait 2 weeks to set up a league sucks too!


+ Frenchy17 on March 4th, 2009 at 9:22 am said:

Something has got to be done about the online lag, it is almost unplayable at times!


+ DropD on March 4th, 2009 at 9:27 am said:

“the most realistic” baseball game is the game itself, just sayin. gg btw


+ BigPoppaB on March 4th, 2009 at 9:32 am said:

This game looks amazing, but unfortunately the gameplay hasnt changed from last year. At the end of the day, all the bells and whistles added cant change the fact that the game just isnt all that fun to play.

Map the batting controls to right stick next year so it feels more intuitive and I’ll buy it.


+ DonnyG on March 4th, 2009 at 9:50 am said:

I’m not a huge fan of sports games but the demo was cool. After hearing your interview on the PS Nation podcast and seeing all of the hard work that went into this game I might actually pick this up just to show some support. Great job.


+ Gomez81 on March 4th, 2009 at 10:32 am said:

Hey Troy. Just wanted to follow up with my post and your response #39. I do have an HD Tv. The show looks great in 1080P and runs smooth. The replays once saved to the hdd look bad. Like I said only 640X resolution. I do not know whats wrong. Any suggestions???

Other than that, I love the game. Played non-stop yesterday. Once concern is updating the rosters deletes edited players. any plans to somehow patch this or take it as is? no worry’s though because this better get sports game of the year and decade!!!


+ TheGameV30 on March 4th, 2009 at 11:37 am said:

just wanted to say that i love this game A LOT. my ooooonly concern that i have is that you guys still have Papelbon pitching out of the wind-up and not out of the stretch. i know he was originally projected to be a starter but he should REALLY be pitching from the stretch all the time since all he does is close now. just my 2 cents. thanks


+ G-Bugle on March 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm said:

Troy (or anybody else),
Can you please tell us why Anti-Aliasing was disabled for online play? The extra jagged lines are quite distracting, and help to kill the immersion.


+ WILSONtm on March 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

Please tell me when I can expect to take my 20kb connection and have a quality gaming experience on your servers?
I just want the truth, details and technical definitions so i am removed of feeling responsible for the titles shortcomings again like i did in 08 and 07…this is getting old.


+ greeneyesjay on March 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

Why doesnt the roster work offline? Is there something wrong with the Update?


+ Gummy201 on March 4th, 2009 at 2:34 pm said:

Great game! Disappointed in the baserunning in rtts. Why fix something that wasn’t broken?


+ Brooklyn625 on March 4th, 2009 at 3:36 pm said:

I have a question Sony. Will you release a perfectly updated roster on Opening Day?


+ skybox1953 on March 4th, 2009 at 5:47 pm said:

Im new to the PS3 system. I just got MLB09. Question? can I get access to roster updates and use them in franchise mode or can I only use them while playing online.


+ tripleplayed on March 4th, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

Do we have to wait till opening day to see players like Kenshin Kawakami (New ATL Braves pitcher, Played in Japan) on the rosters?


+ c00lk1dd on March 4th, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

this has been already asked i think but does this game have online roster updates like the 2k games straight from the server daily?


+ buggs1a on March 4th, 2009 at 8:10 pm said:

where are the hall of fame players?


+ ejah on March 4th, 2009 at 9:11 pm said:

This is a great game SCEA…custom walkup and HR music, 40 man rosters, practice mode for fielding and hitting…AWESOME!

Thanks again, b/c this game is so good I am going to buy a copy for someone who cant afford. I know a few young kids who saved and saved to buy ps3 but only have 1 game for it. I know one kid whose ps3 is at his uncle’s house and he can only play when he visits there on the weekend. Dang, I may have to buy 2 or 3 more copies…LOL.

I need to spread the love.

But u guys at SCEA gotta do me a favor…please spread the love back by adding DLC for old time stadiums and greatest World Series teams.

Also, any we get HR derby and tourney modes next year?

Thanks again!


+ ejah on March 4th, 2009 at 9:11 pm said:

oops..I meant practice mode for running and hitting :)


+ rickbmrtg on March 5th, 2009 at 12:25 am said:

I am so disappointed with the graphics of this game.08 was so much better. Also, even in the easy mode with all sliders turned in my favor I can not hit well when I was in ’08. Additionally, often foul balls get lost in the background. Finally, even though I have the bluetooth connected, the Sounds of the Game does not detect a microphone attached. GRRRR I’ll have to play 08 now! Comeon…I cant be the only one that sees these issues!


+ ThreeLeggedFreak on March 5th, 2009 at 2:00 am said:

Hello Troy, 2 questions

1) Why does the NBA The Inside sucks and MLB The Show rocks? Don’t you guys develop both franchises?

2) Any Home support? Either with clothes or a Home Space with HR Derby mini game? Actually that would be awesome, make it happen please :D


+ bk1369 on March 5th, 2009 at 5:09 am said:

Very good game once again! Just a couple of questions/concerns. I was wondering if any one else had the issue of pinch hitting for the pitcher and then the pinch hitter being forced to face a batter on the mound before you could bring in your reliever. Has happened to me twice so far. Also, attention to teams not on the east or west coast is again lagging. How is George Brett not listed in the Hall of Fame on this game (psp) for the second year in a row? Just like in 2008 when you turned on the game……2007 season of milestones……but I played hundreds of hours and never once saw Craig Biggio recognized for his 3000th hit. But A-Roid was on there many, many times for his 500th HR. Other than those minor issues, awesome game… we come to expect from SCEA. Keep up the good work guys!


+ TK-855 on March 5th, 2009 at 5:21 am said:

It’s MLB: The Show, which says a lot. The new shaders/lighting are fantastic. Batting practice is a welcome addition (though some kind of overall stats would be nice to pitches thrown/hits/fouls), and I like the new baserunning system since it requires that you pay attention to the pitcher.

I’m not sure what to make of the dugout cutscene after a game. At AA/AAA levels, it’s context-free and hard to tell whether the manager is praising you or ripping you a new one.


+ TK-855 on March 5th, 2009 at 5:30 am said:


However, I’ve noticed a few quirks/glitches that surprise me:

– Graphic tearing on a fly ball to left. Not sure if this is a 720 v. 1080 issue.

– Guess Pitch/Scoreboard display vanishes intermittently when camera returns to Catcher view at bat.

– Baserunner HUD popped up when there were no runners on base, and thus the camera image at the center was a blank backdrop.

– Cutscene of RTTS player standing around while a bat goes through warm-up swings by itself.

– Giants AA batting coach appears to be same size as player (5’10”) going into batting practice, then is 6’7″+ and much larger coming out of batting practice. (This isn’t happening with the Rockies AAA coach.)

– When chasing fly ball that bounces off wall, camera view changes to player’s face – you can’t be sure you have the ball unless you try to throw it.

– First Name audio seems awkward; Matt Vasgersian ends up saying first name, like, “Troy,” and then there’s a pause, as if Matt is thinking about it, then, “Troy Hodges.” Haven’t tried choosing a nickname to see how that flies.


+ rickbmrtg on March 5th, 2009 at 6:44 am said:

The players seem boxier than in ’08. Do the sliders work?I put it on ROOKIE and ramped up the hitting features and I still can’t hit as well as MLB 08.


+ BossGoss on March 5th, 2009 at 6:49 am said:

having problems with the load on the game it freezes in the load screen and never get to the main screen also having trouble getting on line


+ BossGoss on March 5th, 2009 at 6:57 am said:

how do you adjust the game to play in 1080 and keeps jumping to 720????


+ fightindiamond on March 5th, 2009 at 7:29 am said:

During franchise I am having a problem with promotions I can’t find where to schedule them can i get some help here.


+ ALWAYS14U on March 5th, 2009 at 7:49 am said:

I bought this game and everything looks great but I have one problem. I tried adding chants but the game is not reading my mics. I have a rockband mic and a konami mic and it gives me no mics detected. I tried restarting it with and without the mics connected but nothing. Am I doing something wrong?


+ MightyMisterJ on March 5th, 2009 at 8:06 am said:

This game is AWESOME! I’ve been playing it non-stop since launch, as well as dabbled (a lot lol) with the Sounds of The Show Music Editor feature (WICKED addition guys!).

But I have made some observations that I’m hoping can either be patched or implemented in the future.

Firstly, I’ve noticed that during dugout shots of my team, there’ll be duplicates of players that are also on the field! So for example, I’ll get a key strike out with Brandon League and then sure enough during the dugout shot, which will show Cito pumping his fist, who’s sitting right next to Mr. Gaston? Brandon League lol! I don’t know if this can be patched or what, but it’s kinda spooktacular lol!

Also, and this is probably nitpicking lol, but since you guys are going for reality in your ball games (and for that I’m EXTREMELY thankful!) how about implementing actual first and third base coaches from all the major league teams? It’d be SICK to see Larry Bowa waving in Manny in this game lol! Maybe this can’t be done for some legal reason, but if not, it’d be cool to see lol!

But nitpicking aside, thanks for rewarding my patience (I waited four seasons for a decent baseball game!) with this AMAZING game!


+ Ronald172 on March 5th, 2009 at 10:38 am said:

I dont understand why does the playstation 2 and psp version has homerun derby and playstation 3 version doesnt, which playstation 3 is better than both, so it should have more stuff. I think you guys should add homerun derby in the mlb10 the show.


+ jinxy_13 on March 5th, 2009 at 12:02 pm said:

I love this game so far. I created my own pitcher. Does anyone know how to change the camera views when pitching? The only view is view from the outfield and I tried going through the game options and there is only a change or batter view.


+ dhotrodb on March 5th, 2009 at 2:00 pm said:

I had one question. I have never downloaded ne thing for the game b4 so i was wondering if ne one can help me with that or show me where i can find out. I have the Internet part on the back of my PS2. Let me know, thanks.


+ Baseballplayer50 on March 5th, 2009 at 2:19 pm said:

i am so excited! WOOHOO! I am going to get it later today. WHOOOOOO!!!! I am so excited.


+ Baseballplayer50 on March 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm said:

YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yea.


+ TheStud52484 on March 5th, 2009 at 8:40 pm said:

This is for Troy.
Accouple issues you may not be aware of…I juss got done play 15 hours straight since I requested off for games release and I found some issues.
1) In rtts as a backup 3rd base for the twins I had 5 goals completing 2 of the 5 I needed some skill increases so I trained and completed those as well so I had 4 of the 5 my last goal was 8 bases in total after the game i went back and now the goals went skyward ( same set of goals) to 22 total bases and the training I did earliar was now not good enough I thought I was seeing things i reloaded rtts from the game before and im back to having 4 completed after i train this is like my 1st set of goals in road to the show and it glitched up…? i wasnt seeing things it was still my 1st set of goals when it said I needed 22
2) I have the rockband 2 mic and it never reads it for cheers jeers? and 3rd are we going to see a classic stadium pack for say kingdome tiger stadium and municipal? please respond T-Mack


+ TheStud52484 on March 5th, 2009 at 8:43 pm said:

1 more thing troy for trophies Im online when achievement occurs and I got the walkoff hit one but do I have to be connected to sportsconnect or juss have pss3 online or not at all? thanks


+ buggs1a on March 5th, 2009 at 9:43 pm said:

Where are the hall of fame players ?


+ NotoriousC21 on March 5th, 2009 at 10:19 pm said:

I would like to play my friend in a 2 player season offline. Is there a flex schedule for offline 2 player season? I would like to play more than one game ahead of his schedule, without his game getting simulated. Otherwise, I would have to play a game, then he would play, the me, then him, etc. till we played each other in game 11. Not really user friendly, a flex option online but not offline why? Any suggestions?


+ sugar_pop on March 5th, 2009 at 10:40 pm said:

Picked up the game Tuesday….freagin awesome game! One question: The box states the game supports 1080P full hi-def but I am only getting it in 720P…I have 1080P Plasma hooked up via HDMI and all the settings are correct on the PS3 and my TV. What gives?

Also, how do you load a personal music collection to use for the game? With USB thumb drive? I already have an external HD loaded up with tunes hooked up the the PS3. Could I not use this to load tunes into the game? Thanks and great work!


+ Shepherdfox15 on March 5th, 2009 at 11:40 pm said:

Is it just me or is this years game twice as hard a last years, I mean I was hof last year with 15 game winning streaks and I have it on all star this year and am like 500!!


+ KBto_e1even on March 5th, 2009 at 11:57 pm said:

hi guys i just played the mlb 2k9 demo and damn it looks like 7 year olds made it campared whit mlb the show, your game looks great guys congrats.

ps.go sd padres


+ dhotrodb on March 6th, 2009 at 12:50 am said:

I have a couple of questions that i hope someone could answer for me. One, I havent come across the training games during road to the show… i have a ps2 is it on that game or wut?? Two, the sounds of the game… where is that and how do you use it?? PLEEEEASE get back to me about this. Thank you


+ TK-855 on March 6th, 2009 at 4:49 am said:


For the bug file – a CPU player named ‘Russell Whitesell’ on the graphics was announced by both Matt V. & the stadium announcer as ‘Calvin Vaughn’.


+ bness12 on March 6th, 2009 at 8:15 am said:

Has anyone that plays with Texas had Elvis Andrus on your roster. Even on the updates I don’t see his name? Is there a way to directly contact the producers for feedback? I new to PSN..



+ NotoriousC21 on March 6th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

2 player season offline, is there a flex schedule, otherwise a 2 player season is pointless. Having to play one game per person at a time, is not user friendly. Any suggestions?


+ philliespwn345 on March 6th, 2009 at 9:31 pm said:

I absolutely love this game, but there is one minor problem that would be awesome to have fixed and that is that Ryan Howard should point his bat when you press x before the pitcher starts his windup. Great game besides that.

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