With the start of the Major League Baseball season comes another tradition that many fans enjoy joining in: the release of the annual MLB The Show video game. This year is no different as game developer San Diego Studios is doing its part to bring the game to a wider audience as the 21-series version hits the Xbox game console after having been since the game’s inception in 2006 The Jackie Robinson Edition of the game was released on April 16, while the Standard Edition was released on April 20.
While there have been a number of MLB-licensed video games over the years, including those developed by EA Sports and 2K Sports, after MLB 2K13, The Show was the exclusive platform for gamers who liked to play America’s Pastime. Over the years, RBI Baseball has given fans another way to enjoy the sport virtually. The Show is still at the forefront when it comes to MLB licensed games in the industry.
While the game is also being rolled out in Xbox, it will also be cross-platform, meaning anyone who owns either console can play a different player, no matter what system it’s on. Of course, many of the modes that made the series so popular will return. like Franchise, Road to the Show and March to October (a new game in season mode).
Of all the game modes, Diamond Dynasty remains one of the most popular. Diamond Dynasty is an online mode that allows players to build their own team by unlocking or purchasing player cards that they can use to face other players. Over the years, challenges have been added to the mode to make it easier for new players to unlock.
The players naturally include current MLB superstars in the league, from your multi-year MVP candidates to the utility player of your favorite team with options for smaller leagues, and last year many top prospects were waiting for their chance in the big leagues. The show also offers bonus cards from current players who usually celebrate an award-winning season like MVP, Cy Young or Rookie of the Year. While all current players are great to use, many fans enjoy the opportunity to unlock legends of yesteryear in the game.
Over the years, The Show has added many former players. Legends like Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., and Bob Gibson have graced the game, which frankly is a great way to give fans a chance to learn more about sports history. Each year The Show will introduce a handful of new players who can be used in many modes, most notably in the Diamond Dynasty. Pedro Martinez (reintroduced after his 2009 retirement) and Hank Aaron are among those making their debut this year.
The angels have been well represented in the game over the years too. Angel legends introduced include Garret Anderson, Troy Percival, Nolan Ryan, and Jim Edmonds. Tim Salmon’s card debuted last year and Darin Erstad was featured in the 2018 edition, though his character hasn’t been back since that year. Vladimir Guerrero has also been a playable character for the past couple of years, and while he’s mostly known as an Expos legend, you can also unlock a Big Vlad card from his great 2004 MVP season with the Angels in Diamond Dynasty.
This year, The Show dropped a handful of new legends to join that pool of players. In addition to the aforementioned Martinez and Aaron, Angel’s great Frank Tanana is also making his debut in the game. For you Angel fans who love this mode, you should unlock the great left-handed map when you start this year’s edition. While Diamond Dynasty is a fun mode in its own right, the ability to use the Legends and add them to any roster brings another exciting dynamic for longtime fans of the baseball game. As a longtime Angels fan, I always look forward to seeing Mike Trout line up with Vladdy and Garret Anderson in Franchise Mode.
That got me thinking with all of the new cards that are dropped in the game every year. Who are some of the angelic greats who would be fun as The Show kept moving? I’m going to talk about four Halos legends that could rightly be brought into play in the future. And before I begin, please bring Darin Erstad back, okay, in the very slim chance someone from San Diego Studios is reading this, okay? Many Thanks!