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One of the complaints about last year’s MLB: The Show was the high amount of players rated 99 overall. There were 44 players with a perfect rating, so the team at Sony has made some changes in the ratings algorithm for this year’s version. While they understandably didn’t get into specifics of their formula, every position now weighs different attributes accordingly.

With the new formula, now only 17 players have the 99 overall rating, and they are:

  • Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
  • Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  • Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
  • Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
  • Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
  • Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
  • Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
  • Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
  • Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

Just missing the cut is Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds, with a rating of 98.

Do you agree with the ratings? Who should’ve been on, or removed from the list?

Comments (16)

  1. I remember the days when no player was rated over 95, and even then, it was maybe 2-3. This is quite ridiculous.

    • Agreed. However, last year’s 44 is even more ridiculous. Glad they’re bringing down the 99 count.

  2. Interesting that C.C’s not there, but could have been on the cover.

  3. Kind of still ridiculous.

    I can see how these guys are the best in the game… but as a whole there should be like 2 or 3 “perfect” players. Not 17.

    Love this game and can’t wait for it…. but I wouldn’t have 13 or 14 of these guys as 99 overalls.

  4. Joey Votto is more ’99′ than Carlos Gonzalez. Come on now.

  5. 99 should be Babe Ruth, so in short there should only be a handful of players above 90, similar to FIFA.

  6. the new algorithm is cool, might be a 99 in right field but only a 97 at first. fifa has had this for years and its a great feature.

  7. Will there be a demo for The Show, or do we just have to wait until March 5th?

  8. It seems a bit preposterous to put a second year player at 99 overall to start the season despite seeing him play for only one year. (mike trout) Also, just out of curiosity, how does this number compare to madden? Madden seems to have fewer.

  9. The only way this would be justifiable is if the list was Mike Trout’s name 17 times.

  10. Where the heck is jose bautista?? Thats ridiculous

    • Haha. Jose Bautista? Seriously? That guy hit .248 with a lot of strikeouts last year. His power is declining too.

      • Don, Jose’s stats last year were ok it’s because he missed a quarter of the season because of his season ending surgery. But you got to give him credit for being on Canada’s edition of MLB 13 the shows cover.

  11. Joey Votto at just 98 but Tulowitzki and Trout at 99. Wow. Just wow. Boggles all commons sense and logic and rationality, AND credibility.

  12. There should be a 99 rating for a player in each position

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