MLB: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game series produced by San Diego Studio, a development team that is part of PlayStation Studios. The series has received critical and commercial acclaim, and since 2014 has been the sole MLB baseball simulation video game on the market.
|MLB: The Show|
|Developer(s)||San Diego Studio|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch|
|First release||MLB 06: The Show|
February 28, 2006
|Latest release||MLB The Show 22|
April 5, 2022
The series debuted in 2006 with MLB 06: The Show for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, following the MLB series from 989 Sports. There has been a new release in the series every year since 2006.
The series was released on PlayStation 2 from 2006's MLB 06: The Show through 2011's MLB 11: The Show and was available on the PlayStation 3 from MLB 07: The Show through MLB The Show 16. Portable versions of the series for either the PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita accompanied every entry from MLB 06: The Show through MLB 15: The Show. The series started releasing on the PlayStation 4 with MLB 14: The Show.
After over two decades of exclusivity with PlayStation consoles, MLB: The Show ceased to be an exclusive PlayStation franchise, and was released on other console platforms, though the edition of the game at the time—MLB The Show 20—was a PlayStation 4 exclusive. MLB The Show 21 is the first title in the series to feature on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, with those editions being co-published by MLB Advanced Media digitally. MLB The Show 22 will be the first game of the series to be on a Nintendo console, releasing on the Nintendo Switch.
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).
Predecessors from 989 SportsEdit
|Game||Release date||Cover Athlete||Platforms|
|MLB '98||July 1, 1997||Bernie Williams||New York Yankees||PlayStation|
|MLB '99||March 31, 1998||Cal Ripken Jr.||Baltimore Orioles|
|MLB 2000||February 28, 1999||Mo Vaughn||Anaheim Angels|
|MLB 2001||February 29, 2000||Chipper Jones||Atlanta Braves|
|MLB 2002||May 7, 2001||Andruw Jones|
|MLB 2003||June 17, 2002||Barry Bonds||San Francisco Giants|
|MLB 2004||April 30, 2003||Shawn Green||Los Angeles Dodgers||PlayStation, PlayStation 2|
|MLB 2005||March 4, 2004||Eric Chavez||Oakland Athletics|
|MLB 2006||March 8, 2005||Vladimir Guerrero||Los Angeles Angels||PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable|
Special Edition CoversEdit
|MLB The Show 21||Jackie Robinson||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|MLB The Show 22||Shohei Ohtani||Los Angeles Angels|
|MLB 12: The Show||José Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays|
|MLB 13: The Show|
|MLB 14: The Show||Brett Lawrie|
|MLB 15: The Show||Russell Martin|
|MLB The Show 16||Josh Donaldson|
|MLB The Show 17||Aaron Sanchez|
|MLB The Show 18||Marcus Stroman|
|MLB 06: The Show||Chan Ho Park||San Diego Padres|
|MLB 14: The Show||Shin-Soo Choo||Texas Rangers|
|MLB 15: The Show|
|MLB The Show 16||Jung-ho Kang||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|MLB The Show 17||Hyun-soo Kim||Baltimore Orioles|
|MLB 13: The Show||Wei-Yin Chen||Baltimore Orioles|
|MLB 14: The Show|
|MLB 15: The Show|
|MLB The Show 16||Miami Marlins|
|MLB The Show 17|
Reception and salesEdit
|1998||MLB '99||2.52 million|
|2006||MLB 06: The Show||940,000 (PS2), 350,000 (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|
|2021||MLB The Show 21||2 million|
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