ANNUAL MLB THE SHOW SURVEY RESULTS

  OVER 2800 PEOPLE SUBMITTED TO THIS SURVEY. THE RESULTS WERE CALCULATED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

OVER 2800 PEOPLE SUBMITTED TO THIS SURVEY. THE RESULTS WERE CALCULATED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

WHAT WAS YOUR OVERALL ENJOYMENT OF MLB THE SHOW?

33% I really liked it, well worth the money.

31% It was the definition of mediocre.

27% I was really disappointed with it.

6% I loved it.

3% I legit disliked it, a lot.

WILL YOU BE PRE-ORDERING THE GAME NEXT YEAR?

38% Yes, of course.

34% Undecided

15% I’ll say no, but I probably will.

13% Honestly, no chance

WHAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S GAMEPLAY?

32% Offline gameplay

21% No comment

14% The Community

13% The Content

8% Variety of Modes

7% Online Gameplay

4% RTTS

2% Communication & Patches

WHAT WAS THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S GAMEPLAY?

50% Online Gameplay

31% Content

8% Communication & Patches

4% RTTS

3% Offline Gameplay

2% Variety of Modes

2% The Community

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU WANT FIXED FOR NEXT YEAR’S GAMEPLAY?

46% Contact hitters to matter more

31% Better or harder results when squaring up the PCI

8% The “Pitcher Wall” to finally be destroyed

8% Fielders to have a better sense of urgency

7% Pitch speeds need to be increased

HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ROSTER UPDATES?

76% Every week

18% Every other week

5% Every day

2% Once a month

1% Get rid of them

WHO SHOULD HAVE WENT GOLD THIS SEASON (AS OF SEPTEMBER 1)?

34% Khris Davis

28% Ronald Acuna Jr

14% Rhys Hoskins

6% Mitch Hanniger

6% Jesus Aguilar

6% Other Option

6% None of the above

WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED THIS YEAR (AS OF SEPTEMBER 1)?

42% Josh Donaldson to GOLD

20% Buster Posey to GOLD

13% None of the above

8% Miguel Cabrera to SILVER

7% Stephen Strasburg to GOLD

6% Other Option

4% Andrew Miller to GOLD

SHOULD A PLAYER’S OVERALL RATING DECREASE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME (IE COREY SEAGER)?

51% Keep Rating Locked

21% I don’t care

20% Slowly decrease

SHOULD A PLAYER BE TAKEN OUT OF DIAMOND DYNASTY CIRCULATION IF HE’S SUSPENDED FOR PEDS?

61% No

21% Yes

18% I don’t care

HOW WAS THE COMMUNICATION THIS YEAR BY SDS?

33% Better than in year’s past but not where I want it to be

30% Not very good

19% Pretty good

15% Bad

2% Pretty strong, fantastic even

HOW WAS THE PRESENTATION OF THE CONTENT & COMMUNICATION (IE livestreams, blogs, etc)?

38% Pretty good

29% Better than in year’s past but not where I’d like it to be

22% Not very good

6% Really strong, fantastic even

6% Bad

DID YOU KNOW WHERE TO GO AND AT WHAT TIME TO SEE CONTENT DROPS?

53% It was easy to find and at a regularly scheduled time

22% I knew where to go, just not when

16% It was confusing

8% I knew when content was dropped, just not where

DID YOU MISS SPECIALTY PACKS?

64% Yes

31% I didn’t care

5% No

WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE “FACE OF MLB THE SHOW”, THE PERSON WHO CAN MOST ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS?

44% I honestly don’t know, it’s confusing

31% Ramone

22% Tips

6% Victor

1% Luis

DID YOU USE CREATE-A-PLAYER IN H2H ONLINE PLAY?

52% No

32% Yes

16% A little

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 125 ATTRIBUTE CHANGE IN THIS YEAR’S GAME?

39% I liked it

36% It’s hard to tell because of the way the hitting engine worked

19% I didn’t like it

7% I didn’t care

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS YEAR’S ROAD TO THE SHOW?

36% I don’t play it

27% It needs a complete overhaul in story and presentation

26% It’s a nice diversion

11% Love it!

DID YOU MISS ONLINE FRANCHISE?

41% I’m indifferent

33% Yes

26% No

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON FRANCHISE IN GENERAL?

52% I like Franchise, but it needs some more detail to make it truly amazing

39% I don’t play it

6% I love franchise the way it is

3% I don’t like it

WHO WAS BEST IMMORTAL (NON-PITCHER)?

42% Ken Griffey Jr

37% I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get enough to compare

11% Babe Ruth

4% Other Option

3% Albert Pujols

2% Chipper Jones

WHO WAS THE BEST IMMORTAL PITCHER?

54% I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get enough to compare

16% Nolan Ryan

14% Bob Gibson

10% Tom Seaver

4% Billy Wagner

2% Goose Gossage

WHO WAS THE WORST IMMORTAL?

43% Jackie Robinson

40% I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get enough to compare

11% Cal Ripken

5% Mike Piazza

1% Other Option

HOW MANY IMMORTALS DO YOU HAVE?

57% None

26% 1-3

10% 4-6

6% More than 6, but not all

2% All of them

YOUR FEELINGS ON IMMORTALS IN GENERAL?

50% I liked then, but would like to see them dropped in a different way

31% I disliked them

10% I am indifferent

9% I loved them

WAS THE GRIND FOR IMMORTALS FAIR?

49% As a whole- NO

30% The hitting statistics were reasonable but not the pitching ones

17% As a whole- YES

4% The pitching ones were reasonable, but not the hitting ones

WHO WAS THE BEST CAREER ARC PLAYER?

40% Frank Thomas

30% Mike Schmidt

12% Billy Wiliams

8% Other Option

7% Chase Utley

3% Albert Belle

WHO WAS THE CAREER ARC PITCHER?

38% Trevor Hoffman

36% Don Sutton

16% Bret Saberhagen

7% Fergie Jenkins

4% Other Option

WHO WAS THE WORST CAREER ARC PITCHER OR PLAYER?

40% Roberto Alomar

31% Paul Moliter

14% Jack Morris

8% Johnny Bench

7% Other Option

WHO WAS THE BEST REGULAR PROGRAM PLAYER OR PITCHER?

36% FS Gleyber Torres

20% AS Justin Bour

15% BO Mark Reynolds

11% FS Victor Robles

11% IV Anibal Sanchez

4% Other Option

3% FS Francisco Mejia

WHO WAS THE BEST PLAYER, NON-IMMORTAL OR CAREER ARC?

28% Joey Gallo

25% JD Martinez

22% Mike Trout

8% Gary Sanchez

5% Other Option

5% Jose Ramirez

4% Texas Ranger Collection Nelson Cruz

2% HW Ernie Banks

1% POTM Ozzie Albies

WHO WAS THE BEST STARTING PITCHER, NON-IMMORTAL OR CAREER ARC?

30% Chris Sale

26% HW Felix Hernandez

17% Max Scherzer

11% Other Option

8% POTM Justin Verlander

8% Clayton Kershaw

WHO WAS THE BEST RELIEF PITCHER, NON-IMMORTAL OR CAREER ARC?

33% HW Eric Gagne

20% POTM Josh Hader

12% Pat Neshek

10% Other Option

9% Aroldis Chapman

9% POTM Edwin Diaz

9& POTM Blake Treinan

WHO WAS THE MOST DISAPPOINTING LIVE SERIES PLAYER, MEANING HE DIDN’T PLAY THE WAY YOU’D HOPE HE WOULD?

30% Jose Altuve

16% Corey Seager

15% Joey Votto

14% Charlie Blackman

9% Willson Contreras

9% Other Option

7% Paul Goldschmidt

WHO WAS THE MOST DISAPPOINTING PITCHER, MEANING HE DIDN’T PLAY THE WAY YOU’D HOPE HE WOULD?

29% James Paxton

26% Noah Syndergaard

20% Jake Arrieta

17% Kenley Jansen

8% Other Option

WHAT WAS THE BEST MODE THIS YEAR?

32% “Best” is a relative term

15% Ranked Seasons

14% Events

13% Battle Royale

11% Conquest

9% I liked them all

6% Other Option

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT ALL THE NEW LEGENDS IN THIS YEAR’S GAME?

36% It was good. Not great, but good.

27% They did a great job getting new legends this year!

19% They didn’t get enough new legends.

18% They did OK.

WHO IS THE ONE PLAYER YOU THINK THE COMMUNITY WOULD MOST WANT IN THE GAME?

32% Barry Bonds

17% Randy Johnson

13% Mickey Mantle

12% Other Option

10% Alex Rodriquez

9% Pedro Martinez

7% Willie Mays

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE ADDED MOST TO NEXT YEAR’S GAME?

47% Multiple Limeups

24% Create-A-Stadium

9% Esports or Tournaments

8% Other Option

7% Online Franchise return

5% Co-Op Play

WHAT CLASSIC OR UNIQUE STADIUM DO YOU MOST WANT ADDED TO THE GAME NEXT YEAR?

39% “The Sandlot”

17% “Field of Dreams”

16% The Astrodome

8% Old Tiger Stadium

7% The KIngdome

7% Ebbets Stadium

5% Other Option

WHO WAS THE MOST HATED PLAYER IN THE GAME?

48% Reliever Phil Niekro

28% Joey Gallo

15% Career Arc Joe Torre

7% Gary Sanchez

3% Other Option

1% PS Pedro Alvarez

WHO WAS THIS YEAR’S BEST YOUTUBER?

KevinGohd

WHO WAS THIS YEAR’S BEST MLB THE SHOW TWITCH STREAMER?

Jerz

MillsGamingTV

WHO CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATES SPORTSMANSHIP, INTEGRITY, AND A HELPFUL HAND TO THE COMMUNITY… SO MUCH SO THAT THIS PERSON SHOULD BE THE #1 NEXT SONY PARTNER?

CardinalBird5

HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT EA TO MAKE A NEW VERSION OF MVP BASEBALL?

29% I’d like a new version of a baseball game, but am leery of EA making it.

28% I don’t care.

24% Please dear God make it happen.

19% That would be cool.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE MLB THE SHOW GUEST?

Shelfy

WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE US TO INTERVIEW NEXT YEAR?

MightyGOAT

HOW OPTIMISTIC ARE YOU FOR NEXT YEAR’S GAME?

44% I’m cautiously optimistic for next year’s game.

18% I don’t know, I’m torn about it.

18% Not overly optimistic

12% It’ll be the best version ever.

9% Zero optimism

Kurt Larson