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    I buy MLB the Show every single year. I always think that I won't and then I do. I buy it, play it a lot, then completely forget about it. In fact, here is an easy to use monthly breakdown of my MLB the Show usage:

    • March - Buy the game, play it often.
    • April - Continue to play the game, less often, tell myself "I'll just play this one for the next two years and buy the newer version every other year."
    • May-February - Completely forget about MLB the Show, place disk under a couch, in a cereal bowl or on a shelf.
    • Late February - See a commercial or read a review for the next MLB the Show, tell myself "Eh, I don't really need to buy this."
    • Early March - See some extremely minor change in the new game that makes me want to buy it.
    • March - Buy the game, play it often.

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Using this information, you can logically conclude that I am in the "play it often" stage of my MLB the Show development cycle. In fact, I did buy the game. I stopped on my way home from work Wednesday and I bought it. I played it for a little bit that night, then really got into it on Friday, when I didn't have to work.

    It's fun. It always is. The minor change that convinced me to buy the game this year is about as minor as it gets. They finally decided to give players numerical ratings instead of vague bar graph ratings! Yeah! This is nice because it is now much easier to see which players are better than others. This is important to me for some reason. I'm 30.

    Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what Sony thinks of the Twins. In looking at the player ratings, there are some questionable ratings, along with some downright comical ratings. All of the ratings are out of 99.

    Joe Mauer leads the way with an overall 93. He also has a clutch rating of 99, so take that, haterz1! Mauer also leads the way with a 90 contact rating, an 82 arm strength rating, a 90 fielding rating, and a 99 handsome rating. In short:

    Sony ♥ Joe Mauer

    The Twins best pitcher, according to Sony, is Glen Perkins, with an overall rating of 90. He has the best control on the team, at 90, and the highest K/9 rating with an 81. He also has a fielding rating of 6. Interestingly, whenever a ball is hit to Perkins in the game, he falls down and splits his pants. Nobody's perfect.

    The Twins best starter is Vance Worley, with his 84 rating. Their top Canadian player is Justin Morneau at an 86. The best bad player on the team is Esmerling Vasquez at a baffling 74 overall rating, the same overall rating as Trevor Plouffe, Brian Duensing and Kevin Correia.

    Are you still with me? Let's look some of the Twins' best ratings:

    This opens itself to a debate. Is Anthony Swarzak good or bad at horseplay? He did crack ribs as a result of horseplay, but what is the true goal of horseplay? Perhaps we can come back to this, at another time.

    A few other things I learned from the game:

    • Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier are equally good fielders - 59
    • Kevin Correia is a better strikeout pitcher than Mike Pelfrey - 46 to 43
    • Jamey Carroll has "A" potential, and stands to get better as he gets older

    Now, not all Twins players are in the game. If a player wasn't in the MLB last season, they do not appear. So, Aaron Hicks, Joe Benson, Rich Harden, Kyle Gibson, and so forth, are all MIA. But, you can make players, which is a tedious chore. I made Aaron Hicks, based on his current Spring Training performance. Here is the result:

    Not sure I captured his eyes perfectly, but everything else seems about right.

    If Sony has anything to say about it, here is the Opening Day lineup:

    Mastroianni CF
    Carroll 2B
    Mauer C
    Willingham LF
    Morneau 1B
    Doumit DH
    Parmelee RF
    Plouffe 3B
    Florimon SS
    Apparently, Ron Gardenhire works for Sony. Here is the rotation:


    Looks to be fairly accurate actually. I might flip a few around, but those five seem pretty likely. Of course, if you take the five best starters by rating, it would look like this:

    Worley - 84
    Pelfrey - 78
    Diamond - 77
    De Vries - 76
    Correia - 74

    Prior to a roster update, De Vries was an embarrassing 81 overall, and was the Twins' best starter. They addressed that issue within the first 24 hours of the game launch. His rating is still much too high. Apparently Sony loves players from Minnesota as much as we all do.

    You like former Twins? Here are some of the more notable ratings I found when looking around:

    • Danny Valencia - Clutch - 71 - lol
    • Tsuyoshi Nishioka - Fielding - 81 !!!! Yep, Nishi's in the game; get excited!
    • Delmon Young - Speed - 36 - HA!
    • Delmon Young - Clutch - 92 - Come on
    • Delmon Young - Fielding - 58 - *spit-take, fall-over-in-chair, choke-on-gum, pants-fall-down, head explodes*
    • Denard Span - Fielding - 53, worse than Delmon, but wait
    • Carlos Gomez - Fielding - 46, so yeah
    • Luke Hughes - Spring Training - 99 (see below)

    I want that hat. The worst former Twin I could find is Eric Komatsu, at an emasculating 55 overall. Most of the computer generated minor leaguers are better than Eric Komatsu. Jeff Gray is nowhere to be found, but I am sure we can all agree that he would be a -84.

    But, my favorite part of this whole exercise was finding Nick Blackburn, pitching as the Ace of the New Britain Rock Cats. In fact, Sony didn't even put his picture in the game, opting to computer generate him.

    Not terrible, but Blackburn's real face isn't that fat. His K/9 is worst on the team, but you already knew that.

    If you prefer real baseball news to tomfoolery, I analyzed the Kyle Lohse signing that hasn't happened yet. You can read it here: Kyle Lohse signs with [MLB Team].
    This article was originally published in blog: Analyzing the 2013 Twins using MLB 13: The Show started by Brad Swanson
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. ahart10's Avatar
      ahart10 -
      Please tell me you made more interesting roster moves than TR.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      Other than contact what attribute could you honestly rate Mauer at 90 or above at this stage of his career?
      A guy who led the majors in on-base average probably should be a 90 at something.

      In response to another comment: I am about to turn 59 so I am waiting for the Books-on-8Track-Tape version of this game.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Yes Mauer is only one of the top 7 or so catchers of all time and lead the league in OBP last year. No way does he deserve a good rating in a video game...

      On a more positive note: this is one of my fav articles posted on this site, very good work! I might actually have to dust off the ps3 and buy it.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Also it's weird hicks isn't in the game I thought all 40 man roster players were in it
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PopRiveter View Post
      Here I've been creating Miis of the entire 40 man roster to play Mario's Super Sluggers (like a chump.) Your solution is so mich simpler!
      How did I not think of that yet? Too bad it isn't 2007 Anymore. You could just use any of the billion Toad characters for Punto.
    1. Andrew Bryz-Gornia's Avatar
      Andrew Bryz-Gornia -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Also it's weird hicks isn't in the game I thought all 40 man roster players were in it
      Nope, players are only in the game if they happened to play in the big leagues during the prior season. I believe it's due to the contract that the player's union has with The Show.

      However, there are always some weird guys that fall through the cracks, such as Tsuyoshi Wada being in the game for the Orioles despite not pitching a single major league inning last season.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Yes Mauer is only one of the top 7 or so catchers of all time and lead the league in OBP last year. No way does he deserve a good rating in a video game...

      On a more positive note: this is one of my fav articles posted on this site, very good work! I might actually have to dust off the ps3 and buy it.
      That is very kind, thank you! I would recommend the game. I've played each of the last four MLB the Show games and I think they keep getting better. The hitting has really improved.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Yeah I always end up playing games for. 2-3 weeks then run out of time etc, I bought the show the last 3 yeas, last years I think I literally only played it a few times. It is a great game though.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I played an early version and it seemed like good reflexes were important, especially for batting and fielding. Is that still true? Can a good player with great reflexes take the Astros to the World Series and win?
    1. UCLA_YANKEE_COLA's Avatar
      If you want updated rosters with full, accurate minor leagues check out MLB 13 The Show Forums - Operation Sports Forums. This community does awesome work and posts full rosters out on the Vault. It's pretty awesome to play a season and have the option to call up real prospects rather than their fake players. Plus they tweak some of the weird rankings to give a more realistic player landscape.

      They also build histrorical rosters of the full league (on last years version I think I have 65, 69, 75, 84, 95). Pretty cool stuff.
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