MLB 16 The Show Live Stream #3 Overview – Unofficial Player Ratings

By: Jefferson Marshall

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(Left to right) Nick Livingston; Senior Game Designer, Charles Cruz; Production Assistant, Kyle Saul; Game Developer

Just a couple days after their previous stream on core game-play, the game developers at San Diego Studios came back with another live stream, but this time the focus was on the “little things”.

One of first features that they touched on that categorized as one of the “little things” was the return of Sounds of the Show. The developers showed off how to upload MP3 files into the game anywhere the user would like; either that being as a specific player’s walk-up song (Road to the Show players too), or the music that’s played as the home team takes the field.


Sounds of the Show comes back after a two year absence since the series has made the jump to Next Gen consoles

Sounds of the Show also brings back the ability to assign custom cheers and jeers to certain players. This takes roasting your buddies to a whole nother level, as now you can record something reminding them about the time they tried to holla at (and eventually struck-out) with ‘whats her name’ or the time they yakked in the middle of the dance floor at the club after drinking too much Captain Morgan …. (I’m not speaking from personal experience if that’s what you’re thinking *cough cough*)

During the stream there were glimpses of some team’s rosters and here are a few screenshots of the unofficial player ratings:

blue jays ratingsrockies ratingscardinals ratingscubs ratingsdodgers ratingsdiamondbacks ratingspadres ratingsreds ratingsroyals rating sOrioles ratingsPirates ratings

Now, like the developers said in previous streams: these ratings could be tweaked at anytime before March 29th, and the debate on these numbers are still on-going.

Another element to the game that was discussed was the improvements to the Challenge of the Week. The game mode that puts players into a certain in-game situation, and rewards the users who preform the best out of all the players in The Show community with digital or real life prizes, like authentic merchandise and autographed memorabilia. This year COTW has redesigned leaderboards that lets users toggle through current leaders, live leaders, and friends. Also, bonuses will finally be listed on the pause menu, and the in-game screen will display pitch counts, hit counts, longest hit, outs, current streak, and difficulty level.

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In this Challenge of the Week, Josh Donaldson takes cuts against the Mets’ Jacob deGrom in one of this year’s historical parks: Polo Grounds

Other notable “little things” that were mentioned in the stream were: ball parks with retractable roofs now have the option to be open or closed, hundreds of new statistics/context based commentary lines added, and much more.

At the very end of the stream they teased the new feature of ‘captains’, which the relevance and the concept of that will be explain next week.


Josh Donaldson, Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer, and David Ortiz all feature as captains this year 

The next stream will be on February 16th 5 P.M EST/2 P.M PST and the focus will be on Diamond Dynasty.

Check out previous stream overviews if you missed them:

Overview #1 – Will ShowTime Feature Be A Bust?!?!

Overview #2 – New Presentation Screenshots!


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