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The team ratings in MLB 13: The Show got leaked today. Teams got ranked in four categories: overall, batting, pitching and defense. The Detroit Tigers got top overall ratings and batting, and the Jays are up there for overall, batting, pitching, but their defense skills fell short. Here’s the full chart below:

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MLB 2K13 put out their trailer today. If you read my post from earlier this week, I would not recommend investing any time or money into this franchise.

But if you’re into that sorta thing, here’s the trailer:

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Remember at the start of the new year when 2K Sports announced that they’d be coming out with MLB 2K13 to everybody’s surprise? MLB 2K12 was nothing to write home about and it was assumed that it was going to be the last MLB game of the franchise. That January announcement was something that nobody expected, and I think it’s safe to say that nobody is expecting much from this year’s iteration. If you’re not convinced yet, here are 5 reasons why you should stray from picking this game up.

1. Rush job
They announced the game in early January of a release date of March 5th. That’s 8 weeks.

2. No new features
The list that 2K Sports put out when they announced 2K13 looked oddly familiar. Maybe because it was a list of features from MLB 2K12. My Player, MLB Today, Dynamic Tendencies, Franchise Mode, Home Run Derby… all from last year.

3. No news whatsoever
Sure, throwing a no-no for some cash is a creative concept, but other than the Perfect Game Challenge, not much else has been divulged about the game. Even going to their official site, this is the only info they have:

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A screen shot. No news, no videos. Just a screenshot.

4. They’re not showing the game to anyone.2k13mlbnbacover It’s customary for game publishers to send out early copies of games for review. Based on conversations with other game sites this morning, no copies have been sent out. We’re two weeks before the release date.

5. They’re riding the coattails NBA 2K13
This morning, they announced that they’ll be packaging the game alongside their more successful franchise, NBA 2K13, for a price of $79.99 (game cover seen on the right).

Are there any alternatives? If you’re on the XBOX, you could just look for a cheap copy of MLB 2K12, and update the rosters. Other than that, there are unfortunately no other options. PlayStation 3 users can pick up MLB 13: The Show, the superior game.

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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?

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For the second year now, MLB 13: The Show is being released on the PS Vita. By the looks of it, the graphics have gone through a complete overhaul. Nice subtle jab by the folks at Sony, showing Jose Bautista knock one out the park in Miami.

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In an effort to provide a little more variety to its Road to the Show game mode, MLB 13 The Show will introduce seven new minor league parks. The stadium pictured above is Stateman Park and it runs 336-feet down the lines and 390-feet to centerfield.

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The second park previewed, pictured above, is Bayfront Park. Via the game’s dev. journal:

“The background idea for Bayfront Park comes from viewing the Santa Monica Pier, which features a Ferris Wheel displaying a fantastic light show as it rotates around. Kevin decided to incorporate the west coast look of the Santa Monica Pier, blended with a Coney Island style for the unique background you see beyond the right field wall.”

Bayfront Park runs 330-feet down the left and right field lines, 390-feet to left and right center, and 403-feet to center field. By our count, the addition of seven new minor league parks raises the total to 26.

Via MLB The Show Nation

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MLB 2K13 is back for another year, even though the future of the franchise looked bleak after 2K12. Yesterday, they announced the return of their Perfect Game Challenge, a contest where you used to be able to pitch a perfect game and be eligible to win a million dollars. Things have changed this year: they’re still giving out a million bucks, but it will be split up between 30 teams.

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“This year, the $1,000,000 will be split between more gamers, with the 30 most perfect game winners each hauling in $25,000. That means a winner on every team,” says 2K Sports. “Then it’s on. The final showdown in New York during All-Star Week. The top four qualifiers wage an epic battle for perfect – and the grand prize of $250,000.”

Here’s David Price, CJ Wilson, Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw breaking down the rules:

We will for sure be attempting this. R.A. Dickey knucklers ALL DAY.