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MLB ’15 The Show Screenshots: The Chicago White Sox

We were a little bored tonight, so as promised; here are some screenshots of a team we’ve been playing with a little bit on the game, the Chicago White Sox.


Jose Abreu looks nothing like the real Jose Abreu. Not sure if the game developers of the best visual game ever made couldn’t get Big Cuban Stud to come in for a scan scan or what; but this is not THE Jose Abreu.

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Abreu after a walk with some of the shadows showing. The lighting in this game from inning to inning is flawless.

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Here’s David Robertson shutting down save number one on the season.

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Sale’s wing ‘t’.

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Jeff Samardija threw me seven scoreless innings with seven K’s and no walks.

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Alexei Ramirez with a nice show of the background behind him. Every outfield and infield grass pattern in this game is cut to it’s true-life self.

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Gordon Beckham, one of our personal favorites in his second tour of duty with the White Sox. He’s playing third base this time around for me against lefties.

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Alexei turning two, jumping over a sliding Alex Rios.

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As bad as Abreu is, they absolutely nailed Adam LaRoche down to his shoes.

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And one to end it, the mouth-breathing Moustakas.

It’s MLB The Show ’15 Release Day…. At Midnight


Better than Madden because it actually works like a game of the sport you see on television, and it won’t have all the bugs that reduce us gamers to glorified beta testers; MLB ’15 The Show comes out in just a few short hours.

We’ll have some screenshots and tales up shortly. As for the team, I think we’re rolling with the Marlins for our franchise. Giancarlo Stanton 470-foot video game bombs are just too much fun to pass up. If you’re a baseball fan and you’ve never given this game a whirl, you’re missing out!


MLB ’15 The Show Looks Visually Good

In about three days, we’ll have MLB ’15 in our hands and we’ll bang out some games on the cyber diamond. We’ll post our own bit of screenshots and tell a few tales of what we think of the game. Some early copies of the game have went out to some fortunate (and possibly crazy) folks. There were copies of The Show selling for over $400 on ebay recently.

Here are a few screenshots that you can find on the Operation Sports forums if you’re not banned. Look at that ivy at Wrigley!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on this game. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t have it for this weekend or I wouldn’t leave the house. And after all, I have important things like Wrestlemania and three more fantasy drafts to get done.

The Baseball Show Podcast: talking Out of the Park ’16 with Developer Brad Cook


It’s really spring – and with another March passing us by it’s like a rite of passage that a new version of Out of the Park Baseball arrives on time.

It’s the greatest sports game simulation experience that someone can have. It’s like crack for the baseball fan.

I was lucky enough to be joined by head developer Brad Cook on tonight’s show to talk about new additions and maybe introduce some exciting experiences of my own past in OOTP. Brad also touches on the group’s next project, Beyond the Sideline Football.

Follow OOTP on twitter here, and check out their development website over at OOTP Developments. As Brad mentions on the show, the game will be ready for play on Monday, March 23rd; killing many long hours before the real start of the regular season and beyond.

Thanks to Brad for joining us again!

Here are more MLB The Show ’14 Screenshots

You’ll probably want to click to enlarge these to enjoy the full detail. Just a beautiful game visually, and you can only hope to have a game that plays this smoothly someday in the form of Madden of NFL Football.

We’re currently immersed about 65ish games into our Angels franchise. Trout sits at .310 with 17 home runs, 49 RBI, and 35 stolen bases! We are gunning for a 40/40 season.


This is trout legging out a triple, not stealing third. And there’s that decrepit Oakland Coliseum. A game or two later, Mike Trout hit two home runs off Sonny Gray in the same game.


Jered Weaver dealing! One of our favorite shots yet.


We faced Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez in Philly. Just had to get him on the blog somehow.


Albert Pujols may be done for the regular season. He cracked his tibia playing first base. There’s Mike Scioscia feigning being upset – Pujols wasn’t hitting worth a damn and he felt old and stitched together prior to this. This is a realistic game you realize when you’re playing with Albert Pujols day in and day out.

As Promised, here are some screenshots of MLB ’14 The Show

So these would be absolutely amazing if they were a little bit bigger and to scale. They’re really hard to see the intricate details. I am however off to a 16-7 start in my Los Angeles Dodgers franchise and Yasiel Puig is starting to figure it out.

He has just one home run thus far (in San Diego of all places), but he’s seen his average climb from just under .200 at one point to around .260 at the present time. Adrian Gonzalez has seven home runs. Hanley Ramirez has four. They’re a lot of fun to play with. I also traded for Junior Lake and Luis Valbuena, they fit right in with what I’m doing. Screenshots of them coming next time.






The Angels shots are from my lesser-played Angels Franchise where I am struggling a little bit other than with Mike Trout of course. He’s like the only guy above .240 and he’s hitting about .320 for the year.

Does this polygonal Yasiel Puig actually look like Yasiel Puig?


Courtesy of their official Facebook page, MLB The Show has posted some brand new screen shots from the Playstation 4 console that comes out in May.

And we have to admit – we’re nerds. We have waited all offseason to see what Yasiel Puig’s first face scan looked like in this game. Small details like this are everything to us. We thought it would feel as if we were looking into the eyes of the real Yasiel. Instead, we feel like it looks like Kenley Jansen. Are we wrong? Tell us we’re wrong.

And don’t get too excited by the new screenshots if you decide to check them out. Once we get our copy of the game we promise to post a nightly screenshot from when we’re playing. We’re going to make showing off the polygonal league a regular feature on this site. Tell me us it’s not cool to look at. You won’t do that, because if you did you would be tellin’ a lie!

UPDATE: According to his Instagram account, Puig is apparently taking on all comers this season in the game. We love this guy. Such a clown (in a good way)!

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MLB The Show ’14 releases May 6th for the PS4


It’s not as early as we would have liked, but it’s not as late as it could have been. While a release right about now similar to past years of MLB The Show would have killed many dull hours during spring training, we received good news that this year’s version of the game will arrive on Tuesday May 6th.

The news was confirmed via the MLB the Show twitter feed earlier today.

MLB The Show Disappoints Playstation 4 Owners with May Release Date


The news broke today about MLB the Show ’14, and to be clear it was not all that positive. The PS3 version will come out on April 1st. And for all of you that shelled out $400 for the PS4 like we did? You were given the worst news of all. There was no clear date, and the rumors of April 1st were likely at least six weeks off. The game will be announced sometime in May for that console.

This is a real bummer. Instead of SCEA Studios capitalizing on fans who are excited about the start of baseball season, they’ll be getting the game out to people when the season is six to eight weeks in. And by then the real season will be in full force, so many people will be so tied up with you know; following real actual baseball each night that they’re not going to have as much time to spend on the game. I have to give the creators of this game a huge thumbs down in this department. It’s always been great to get the game in March and have it during the dull spring training period. With any video game created now, there are numerous bugs that probably won’t be addressed until baseball is past it’s All-Star Break. There’s really nothing positive about this late release aspect.

Other things being reported
that we don’t really care about (much of this isn’t breaking news):

  • Facial hair and whatnot will be more detailed.
  • You can play a game faster now with “Quick-pitch”. Bleh.
  • There are 1,000 unique fan models instead of the usual 42.
  • All scoreboards are actual 3D objects.
  • Commentary will have some new wrinkles – we’re sure it will still be somewhat recycled.
  • There are ballgirls and ballboys. Who cares.
  • Leather actually looks like real leather now. Again, oh boy.
  • Here’s the big one I guess, if there is a big one: if a player gets hot, fans will hold up signs for him. This is somewhat dynamic at least in how it is sounding.
  • Fans will actually react to and catch foul balls. Pretty cool.

As a whole, I would be happy with a few less fan models and the leather still looking like old leather to have the damn game out when I want to play a baseball game. Madden sucks as per usual, and I don’t know how much more NBA2k14 I can realistically play. My PS4 is basically a $400 paper weight (sorry, I am not a big Blue Ray guy).

SCEA Studios, Ramone Russell, and the MLB The Show team, you did your loyal fans a huge disservice by deciding to release the game months in and have all info on an embargo. We still don’t know a lot about this new game outside of the big new leather and facial hair features, which makes me think the first version of this game on the new console will be largely a port with some new lighting. It’s still a really good game, it’s still always a buy for me on a count of I am a baseball addict. I will give you my money.

But a lot of people out there bought the Playstation 4 specifically for this game in mind. Making them wait until almost June to get it is a load of crap. Especially when all we heard all along was that you were working on this build in the early part of last year. You should have been working harder apparently. And bring back the damn hot zone guessing – quit removing features that people like just because you want to.

UPDATE: Here’s the game’s head developer Ramone Russell showing people what a jerk game developers can be.

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Russell_SCEA “likes” the post meaning he agrees with the take. Really? So you don’t owe people anything? People who spend money hand over fist to buy your game and put food on your table. This reminds me of Josh Looman, the head developer of the nightmare that is Madden. And that guy is a major dick.

MLB The Show ’14 Info Will Be Out Soon


One day soon, we’ll have more news on the grandaddy of all baseball video games, MLB the Show ’14.

There’s no release date yet, and details have been sparse in working their way out on the Official Facebook Page.

This series has set the standard for sports video games and is the only reason I bought a Playstation 4. We have to think they again deliver with the best rendition of their series to date. Plus, last year there was no custom face scan for Yasiel Puig and this year we get real Puig scanned into the game and that’s enough to take our money.

You best prepare yourself for us to screenshot the shit out of you on this site now that PS4 has the ‘share’ option.

We’ll leave you with one of the best baseball games of yesteryear: Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for the N64. My buddies and I battled on this game in high school and then in college we often played a World Series (often spanning seven games) while pre-gaming and drinking beers before going out. It’s a legend.

MLB The Show ’14 First Look

Wow! Now Jayson Werth’s facial hair is going to look even better! I’m kidding. This game was already insanely detailed and it can only continue to look like a great sports game next to the turds that the Madden team churns out yearly. The difference is this year it’s moving over to the Playstation 4 – where you can now play games in a matter of a few minutes thanks to ‘simulated pitch counts’ and you can push a button to upload your insane highlight plays into the video game wizard cloud forever (if there is a way, more than a few of those plays are going to end up on this site).

Also, there was no cover vote this season involving cheesy twitter hash-tags and bribes from candidates that you didn’t win. The cover player was deserving and it’s the best hitter on the planet, Miguel Cabrera. It also looks as if the series has unveiled a new logo.

Can it just be March so I can have a Playstation 4 and own this game and spend likely my last year outside of fatherhood being a damn baseball video game wizard? Please?

Out of the Park Baseball is Cool

Read it and weep.
Read it and weep.

I’m in the middle of another World Series here, and out of the blue my star third baseman in an Evan Longoria mold ‘suffers a career ending injury’. I read my e-mail inbox and come to find out that Gabriel Martinez has decided to donate his kidney so his cousin can survive….. and he couldn’t wait until after I had completed another World Series victory.

Here are a couple quotes about the game, the one about the OOTP slapping you around a little bit definitely ringing true here.

“The great thing about sports is that you never really know what’s going to happen. Your ace pitcher could go down just before the playoffs, or a scrub you thought had no chance of making it could blossom into a star. I love this unpredictability and possibility for crushing defeats, as most entertainment today is designed to end with a happy ending. In my opinion, an experience isn’t truly rewarding unless there’s the possibility of failure.”

“I’m a huge fan of deep, complex experiences. Whether movies, books or games I always lean towards the meaty stuff that will keep you occupied for a while. OOTP is great because it scratches that itch while giving me something I can constantly tinker with.”

“The ‘unfairness’ of OOTP really is fairly unique compared with other games. Most big titles these days lead players by hand and make sure nothing bad happens. It’s refreshing to play something which slaps you around a little bit, and without sympathy tells you to get back up for more.”

“I’ve really gotten into the ‘rogue-like’ genre lately, where there’s no saving or loading and death can come at any point – you just explore, experiment and die in horrible ways. Over time you learn the ropes, and those challenges you’ve overcome just make you love the game all the more. OOTP very much has that same kind of feel.”

Now, off to win another cyber World Series and get some sleep.

“Nerd Baseball”: My Review of Out of the Park Baseball ’14

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My wife has long referred to my Out of the Park Baseball simulation gaming as my “Nerd Game”. That didn’t stop me from picking up a copy of OOTP 14 and building some of the best imaginary teams that life has to offer……wait a second.

The best part about OOTP is not actually in taking over a monster team and winning a title. It’s in building something. My favorite thing to do is take over a rebuild job, have it fall apart (it assuredly will), and then rebuild it again only to finally reach the top of the mountain.

In OOTP, you’re going to have teams that win 117 games and are perfect on paper. Then you lose in an NLDS to a Phillies team that had 87 regular season wins. You’ll encounter tough decisions that real life General Managers and Ownership Groups face every day in real life: do I keep Andrew McCutchen around by way of extension for another four or five years, or do I insert the 5-tool stud signed from Caracas named Sergio ‘Honest John’ Ybarra and let McCutchen go to another team because Ybarra is a cheaper, better option for the long-term health of my team.

Since I’m the sentimental type, I stuck with Cutch. I wanted to see him along the names of the other greats in Pirates statistical history like Willie Stargell and the great Roberto Clemente. If you have the time for it, this game tracks each franchise’s historical leaders in basically every category. As time goes on, you’ll see some kid you signed as a 16-year old out of a third world country become one of the greats of your franchise, if you’re lucky.

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The highest score I’ve ever achieved in a season’s work (I simulate every game – there’s no other way) was when I posted a season score of 135 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I won the World Series this year with the Buccos despite having a payroll that was a fraction of the size of the rest of the field. It’s just like real life.

On my Pirates team that won the series, things had to fall carefully into place. If I had a big injury to the rotation or to one of my stud players, there just wasn’t the quality depth there to absorb any big injuries. You get your one crack at a big-time free agent with an organization like the Pirates in OOTP, so you better hope it works out when you sign Clayton Kershaw to that nine-year deal in Free Agency. In my case, it did. As I mentioned I won the World Series and swept the loaded Detroit Tigers in the 2015 World Series. I won something I’ve never seen before, they call it “The Moneyball Award”.

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In another OOTP Franchise of mine, I have the Los Angeles Dodgers. In a four year span I’ve won 103, 99, 99, and 117 games with them. And my goodness it is sweet to be one of these teams in OOTP. It’s almost too easy. Except when it isn’t.

You’ve got the luxury to re-sign anyone you want and the tough decisions are few and far between. You’ll never lose any big-named star if you don’t want to (I assume as long as my teams keep winning) and any youngster that turns into a star will be rewarded with a big, fat contract that no one can match. The best part about being a big-market monster is you can prepare quality depth. I go out every year and bolster the bullpen by signing closer-types to $9 million dollar deals and then make them middle-relievers. I don’t give a shit that Papelbon or Huston Street want to close. Shut your mouth, take your dough, and give me the holds I pay you for in those late innings.

I also have a starting outfield of Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, and Bryce Harper. All three of them are signed to long-term contracts. Harper gets hurt every single year in every single franchise I start. So I went out and obtained two 4-star guys to be the bench outfielders, and they get a fair amount of playing time when Stanton or Harper go down with an injury (Puig is nearing ‘Iron Man’ status and never misses any time).

Each year with the Dodgers, any international free agent who enters the free agency pool I have first pickings of. See a 6 foot 7 pitcher you like that has good upside? I don’t give a shit that he’s 16. Outbid the Twins and give that kid a $10 million dollar bonus just because I like his nickname and his latin heritage. If it doesn’t work out, fuck it. I’m the Dodgers. I can buy my way out of anything.

In all those years of winning though; I only won a single Championship and only made the World Series that year. Every other year has ended in disappointment.

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The greatest disappointment was losing in the NLDS to the lowly Phillies, led by Dominic Brown and some catcher named Sebastian Valle. I was up on the Phillies two games to nothing, all I had to do was take one more game. This Dodgers team of 2017 was by far the finest I’ve ever built. I had a season winning percentage of .722 while the Phillies were a lowly .519 for the year. It didn’t matter because Tim Collins shut my high-paid bats down in a one-game take all game five in Los Angeles. I went home to rebuild the rotation, with an itchy trigger finger ready to send the overpaid likes of Zach Greinke and Taijuan Walker elsewhere.

I’ll be back – I’ve got a staff of Kershaw and four other of the top young arms in baseball. It’s going to be like if Paul Wilson, Bill Pulsipher, and Jason Isringhausen had not blown out their arms for the Mets back in the 90’s. Mark my words, we will be back.

Along the path to glory and struggles, you’ll see some neat storylines develop. Legends like Albert Pujols chasing down milestones, guys like Mike Trout turn into players who make new records, and expansion teams like the Columbus (Ohio) Rockies turn into a league powerhouse. This game is good for at least one team owner to die per year and usually the more-lenient son takes over with a more laissez-faire approach then dad had. Guys you cut loose years before will come back to beat you in pivotal games – so make sure you don’t do business with a division rival.

There’s too much to OOTP to simply put in one post to review. There’s something for every die-hard baseball fan to enjoy, and the most enjoyment comes from the game’s small intricacies. If you love prospect management, you’ll love this game’s building of the various team farm systems and the league prospect ranking features. The teams you go up against are very smart, year after year. They field a lineup that is competitive and makes sense.

Every once in a while, you’ll build something really special. And you’ll win a year ahead of schedule. All of the things will line up just perfectly for you. Kind of like it did for my 2015 Pirates.


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