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MLB 10: The Show – Online Season Leagues

Jason Villa's Avatar Posted by Jason Villa on Feb 02, 2010 // Producer, MLB 10 THE SHOW

Hey there Baseball fans,

In this post I’ll be describing the details of the all-new and revamped Online Season League system for MLB 10: The Show. Forget what you knew about SportsConnect leagues last year, and please continue reading…

Our goal coming into this year was to give online users the same season experience online as they’ve come to expect in the offline season mode. However, there are still the Online League specific features, like creating a Draft or Non-Draft league. The draft still allows for 6-30 teams, with some audio queues for “your turn” and “countdown.” A few new Create League settings: Custom Sliders, Presentation Mode, Umpire Balls and Strikes, Ejections, Home Run Celebration.


We are again providing you with all online user stats and leaderboards, but the huge change this year is the addition of all player stats for your full 40-man roster. You will get access to the full “Around the League” screens, including Playoff Brackets, Standings, Statistics, Team Rankings, League Leaders and Awards. Just to relay the amount of data available in Online Leagues, we are potentially talking about 30 teams, with 40 players, each with 70+ stats!


Beyond stats, we are including the pieces, essential to effectively managing a team during a season: Team Management. Under Team Management you can set your lineup, defensive positioning, pitching rotation and more. One of the keys to making a season mode realistic is the concept of Energy and managing your team with energy considered. This year, you won’t be able to use your ace for every game, over and over. If you overuse your players, your attributes will take a hit, and you run the risk of injury. This is a great segue to our next set of additions…

Injuries, disabled list, trades and free agents are all now a part of Online Season Leagues. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game. Just like in the big leagues, you’ll have to deal with injuries. Luckily there is the addition of the free agent pool and a 40-man roster to help you manage. You can now perform trades online. Trades can be 1 for 1, 2 for 1, 3 for 1, etc. There is a league voting system, so don’t think you’re going to get away with trading a scrub for an ace.


Now this is still an online league, so there are league management tools available that you wouldn’t need in an offline league. First, you can drop a user from your league. New to this year, you can also replace that user with another from the Invite Player screen. This is something that really helps a commissioner keep quality players in a league and ultimately the league progressing nicely. Another league management change is that any user, commissioner or league member can abandon or quite a league at anytime. This used to only be available while a league was in the forming stage. Now, you can quite while in season.

There are a few new additions and changes I wanted to rattle off:

  • Additional Commissioner Slot (6 total leagues now)
  • NEW Auto-resolve feature. Set to On/Off when creating a league and helps keep leagues progressing
  • Ability to Drop and Replace players within an In-progress league
  • Apply a Custom Slider to a league
  • League Invitation system upgrade
  • New My Complete Leagues list, showing a summary of all completed leagues, the winner and playoff participants
  • New League Round-up and League History tabs in Gamer Card
  • More emails and communication on league changes
  • Players Needing Leagues upgrade. Commissioner can now send invites directly from that screen
  • Additional information about users for a commissioner resolving a game
  • Quit a league at any time (commissioner or league member). No more being held hostage

We look forward to seeing a ton of leagues created and played to completion.

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+ MusicMan9909 on February 2nd, 2010 at 11:55 pm said:

I agree with the other guys, how is 2/15 considered soon for the Sounds of Show blog? I think it was annouced a week or 2 ago that their would be a sounds of show blog. So, 2 week does not seem soon. Hope you realize that the game will be out in 2 more weeks after that. I know you usally only post 1 blog a week, but last week you posted 2 blogs. If you can’t post it this week, can you please post it as the blog for next week? We would love to use the sounds of show feature to its full potentional on release day. So, if you could post the blog any sooner so it would give us time to know what songs to get together, that would be great.

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    + Jason Villa on February 3rd, 2010 at 10:11 am said:

    I\’ll see what I can do to bump it up, but cut us some slack guys, we\’re working on getting a polished game out the door! :-)


+ Oakridge on February 3rd, 2010 at 4:08 am said:

Can I get an email address so i can email someone that will answer my ?


+ TheGameV30 on February 3rd, 2010 at 5:37 am said:

thanks for answering my question!


+ G-Bugle on February 3rd, 2010 at 7:06 am said:

Another quick question…

Has the bug that made online Hit & Run impossible been fixed?

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    + Jason Villa on February 3rd, 2010 at 10:15 am said:

    We\’ve been hitting and running all year. You should have not problems.


+ RuthlessEd on February 3rd, 2010 at 7:41 am said:

#25 & #26:

Are you kids on Ritalin?

Two weeks isn’t a very long time to wait for something.

Cripes, this generation of “Gimme Now” brats…

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    + Jason Villa on February 3rd, 2010 at 10:15 am said:

    Thanks for the support RuthlessEd. :-)


+ Tmw204 on February 3rd, 2010 at 8:41 am said:

This Is Very Nice. It Would Be Nice If You Could Take Your Road To The Shower Player Online And Add Him Too Your League Team.

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    + Jason Villa on February 3rd, 2010 at 10:16 am said:

    Oh, you think like us. We\’re not far from that.


+ nemesis04 on February 3rd, 2010 at 8:55 am said:

Hi Jason,

I have two questions I was wondering if you could help me with?

1-Does the commissioner have the ability to reset a game that had a dropped connection?

2-Do we have the option to set a series length for playoffs, IE. best of 5 or 7? In the past it was just a one game playoff series.

Thank You!

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    + Jason Villa on February 3rd, 2010 at 10:20 am said:

    1 – We had it on the list and become a bit complicated towards the end. I would love to say yes, but it\’s not an option this year.

    2 – Series length in Playoffs will follow the format during the regular season. So you have a choice of 1,3 or 5.

    Thanks for the questions.


+ nathan118 on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:57 pm said:

I’ve been burned too many times hoping the online works better. I’ll wait this one out.


+ Baseballplayer50 on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:20 pm said:

You guys do a terrific job with the game. Anyways, I have a question to ask.
When will the demo come out?
That’s all i need to know but furthermore keep up the tremendous work ethic you guys have, you’re doing great!


+ beatintoddallday on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm said:

Anyway you can make the sounds of show blog sooner than 2/15? I think it’s the one that’s most dependent on being posted before the game’s released so again like I said we can get our music together.


+ TheHerp80 on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:22 pm said:

Re: CPU Controlled Teams. What was the biggest reason why this isn’t available? So many people seemed interested in creating a real representation of an MLB season without having to fill the league with all User controlled players.

Thanks for keeping us posted!


+ TheGameV30 on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:16 pm said:

very quick question (non-online related sorry), was just wondering if Papelbon’s delivery was finally fixed??? since he hasn’t pitched from the windup since becoming a closer. thanks! can’t wait!

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    + Jason Villa on February 2nd, 2010 at 10:20 pm said:

    Papelbon has been fixed!

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