MLB: The Show

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MLB: The Show
Genre(s)Sports
Developer(s)SIE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
First releaseMLB 06: The Show
February 28, 2006
Latest releaseMLB The Show 20
March 17, 2020

MLB: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game series produced by SIE San Diego Studio, a development team that is part of SIE Worldwide Studios. The series has received critical and commercial acclaim,[1][2][3][4] and since 2014 has been the sole baseball simulation video game on the market.[5]

The series debuted in 1997 with MLB '98 for the PlayStation. There has been a new release in the series every year since 1997, though the series did not adopt "The Show" subtitle until 2006, after ten entries.

The first eight entries in the series—through MLB 2005—were released on the PlayStation, with MLB 2005 among the final releases for the PlayStation. The series was released on PlayStation 2 from 2003's MLB 2004 through 2011's MLB 11: The Show and was available on the PlayStation 3 from MLB 07: The Show through MLB The Show 16. The series is currently released exclusively on PlayStation 4 consoles, with the mobile versions of the game being shelved after the release of MLB 15: The Show. Every entry in the series from MLB 2006 had been released for either the PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita.

After over two decades of exclusivity with PlayStation consoles and five years as the sole baseball simulation on the console market, on December 9, 2019, it was announced that MLB: The Show will cease to be an exclusive PlayStation franchise, and will be released on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms in the future, though the edition of the game in development at the time—MLB The Show 20—would be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay simulates a typical game of baseball, with the player controlling an entire team or a select player. The player may take control of one of 30 Major League Baseball teams in any game mode (excluding Road to the Show) and use that team in gameplay. The Series has variable game modes in which a player takes control of a team for a single game, one season, or a franchise (multiple seasons).[6]

Games[edit]

Game Release date Cover athlete (team) Platforms
MLB '98 July 1, 1997 Bernie Williams (NYY) PlayStation
MLB '99 March 31, 1998 Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL) PlayStation
MLB 2000 February 28, 1999 Mo Vaughn (ANA) PlayStation
MLB 2001 February 29, 2000 Chipper Jones (ATL) PlayStation
MLB 2002 May 7, 2001 Andruw Jones (ATL) PlayStation
MLB 2003 June 17, 2002 Barry Bonds (SF) PlayStation
MLB 2004 April 30, 2003 Shawn Green (LAD) PlayStation, PlayStation 2
MLB 2005 March 4, 2004 Eric Chavez (OAK) PlayStation, PlayStation 2
MLB 2006 March 8, 2005 Vladimir Guerrero (LAA) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable (as simply MLB)
MLB 06: The Show February 28, 2006 David Ortiz (BOS)
Chan-ho Park (SD) (Korean release)
PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
MLB 07: The Show February 26, 2007 (PS2/PSP)
May 15, 2007 (PS3)
David Wright (NYM) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
MLB 08: The Show March 4, 2008 Ryan Howard (PHI)
MLB 09: The Show March 3, 2009 Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
MLB 10: The Show March 2, 2010 Joe Mauer (MIN)
MLB 11: The Show March 8, 2011
MLB 12: The Show March 6, 2012 Adrián González (BOS) (United States release)
José Bautista (TOR) (Canadian release)
PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
MLB 13: The Show March 5, 2013 Andrew McCutchen (PIT) (United States release)
José Bautista (TOR) (Canadian release)
Wei-Yin Chen (BAL) (Taiwan release)
MLB 14: The Show April 1, 2014 (PS3/Vita)
May 6, 2014 (PS4)[7][8]
Miguel Cabrera (DET) (United States release)
Brett Lawrie (TOR) (Canadian release)
Shin-soo Choo (TEX) (Korean release)
Wei-Yin Chen (BAL) (Taiwan release)
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
MLB 15: The Show March 31, 2015 Yasiel Puig (LAD) (United States release)
Russell Martin (TOR) (Canadian release)
Shin-soo Choo (TEX) (Korean release)
Wei-Yin Chen (BAL) (Taiwan release)
MLB The Show 16 March 29, 2016 Josh Donaldson (TOR) (United States and Canadian release)
Jung-ho Kang (PIT) (Korean release)
Wei-Yin Chen (MIA) (Taiwan release)
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
MLB The Show 17 March 28, 2017 Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA) (United States release)
Aaron Sanchez (TOR) (Canadian release)
Hyun-soo Kim (BAL) (Korean release)
Wei-Yin Chen (MIA) (Taiwan release)
PlayStation 4
MLB The Show 18 March 27, 2018 Aaron Judge (NYY) (United States release)
Marcus Stroman (TOR) (Canadian release)
MLB The Show 19 March 26, 2019 Bryce Harper (PHI) (United States release)
MLB The Show 20 March 17, 2020 Javier Báez (CHC) (United States release)

Commentators[edit]

Commentator 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Total appearances
Matt Vasgersian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 15
Dave Campbell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 7
Rex Hudler Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Eric Karros Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Steve Lyons Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 4
Harold Reynolds Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Dan Plesac Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Mark DeRosa Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 3
Heidi Watney Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 2
Justin Allegri Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Total 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5

Reception and sales[edit]

Year Game Sales
1997 MLB '98
1998 MLB '99
1999 MLB 2000
2000 MLB 2001
2001 MLB 2002
2002 MLB 2003
2003 MLB 2004 660,000
2004 MLB 2005 900,000
2005 MLB 2006 400,000
2006 MLB 06: The Show 940,000 (PS2), 350,00 (PSP)
2007 MLB 07: The Show 930,000 (PS2), 280,000 (PS3), 280,000 (PSP)
2008 MLB 08: The Show 420,000 (PS2), 700,000 (PS3), 330,000 (PSP)
2009 MLB 09: The Show 330,000 (PS2), 720,000 (PS3), 270,000 (PSP)
2010 MLB 10: The Show 410,000 (PS2), 730,000 (PS3), 210,000 (PSP)
2011 MLB 11: The Show 130,000 (PS2), 590,000 (PS3), 180,000 (PSP)
2012 MLB 12: The Show 930,000 (PS3), 200,000 (PSV)
2013 MLB 13: The Show 840,000 (PS3), 150,000 (PSV)
2014 MLB 14: The Show 430,000 (PS3), 730,000 (PS4), 120,000 (PSV)
2015 MLB 15: The Show 400,000 (PS3), 1.01 million (PS4), 40,000 (PSV)
2016 MLB The Show 16 380,000 (PS3), 960,000 (PS4)
2017 MLB The Show 17 1.16 million
2018 MLB The Show 18 1.06 million
2019 MLB The Show 19
2020 MLB The Show 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB 11: The Show". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  2. ^ "MLB 12: The Show". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. ^ "MLB 09: The Show". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. ^ Square, Push (2020-01-17). "MLB The Show 19 Is the Best-Selling Baseball Game of All Time". Push Square. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. ^ a b "MLB The Show is Set to Begin Arriving on New Platforms as Soon as 2021". DualShockers. 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  6. ^ Kato, Matthew. "The Sports Desk – 48 MLB The Show 17 Details: Gameplay, Graphics, Diamond Dynasty & More". gameinformer.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "MLB 14 The Show launches May 6 on PS4". Polygon.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  8. ^ "Road to The Show: The Evolution Continues in MLB 14 The Show – PlayStation.Blog". Blog.us.playstation.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.