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As our colleague here at theScore, Scott Johnson, noted over at Franchise Mode, Sony scaled back the number of players with 99 overall ratings for MLB 13: The Show. It seems as though numerous complaints of too many players receiving the game’s top marks in previous instalments of the console set’s best baseball simulation were heeded. There will be 17 Major League Baseball players in total with a 99 overall rating in this year’s release, scheduled to drop on March 5, which is down from 44 last year.

Below is a list of the 17 players who picked up a 99 rating, each with a perfectly reasonable explanation of how they earned it.

Ryan Braun: Braun’s full marks in “PED appeal” rating pushed him over the 98 bump.

Miguel Cabrera: RBI and MVP were heavily weighted in Sony’s algorithm; defense and base running were not.

Robinson Cano: The Yankees second baseman’s “leave ‘em hanging” ranking was second only to Mark Reynolds’.

Aroldis Chapman: Rumoured ratings team discussion went like this: “give him a full score so his dominance will live long after Dusty Baker gets ahold of him”.

Carlos Gonzalez: Eschewing reality and park factors, Sony polled 100 fantasy baseball players and asked them who most deserved a 99 rating.

Josh Hamilton: The Anaheim Angels outfielder scored ∞ in caffeine consumption.

Felix Hernandez: He’s the King.

Matt Kemp: Players’ first half performance was more heavily weighted than their overall performance.

Clayton Kershaw: When you’re this good it goes without saying.

Craig Kimbrel: Kimbrel struck out 50.2% of batters faced in 2012 sooooo…

Andrew McCutchen: Sweet dreads + cover boy = 99

Buster Posey: Buster Posey was asked if he was cool with receiving a 98 overall rating and he simply replied, “not havin’ it”.

Albert Pujols: Pujols’ 240,000,000 rating for “earning” pulled him up to an overall score of 99.

Stephen Strasburg: See Kershaw, Clayton.

Mike Trout: The Show doesn’t award scores of 100, so 99 is what the best gets.

Troy Tulowitzki: Injury proficiency is a new rating category for MLB 13. Tulo scored exceptionally well here.

Justin Verlander: Well, if the American League MVP gets a 99 then the Detroit Tigers’ MVP might as well get one, too.

Comments (6)

  1. Votto doesn’t make the cut? Bizarre.

  2. Some of those players certainly do not deserve perfect ratings. also 99 overall really shouldn’t ever be given out, or at least only given to the best player in each league, all other stats should be rated based on that.

  3. How can they give dead man walking Tulo a perfect score and Bautista gets shafted after one measly tendon sheath displacement?

  4. Where is the NL Cy Young?

  5. hahahahahah Pujols 99 still hahahahahaha ahahhahahaha ahahahahh ahahahahah ahahahhahahaaaa

    Also, they should take a page from FIFA 13, in which earning even a 90 is hard for existing players. Messi 96. Suarez 86. Cavani 89. Just some figures for comparison.

  6. i love the show but the 99 rating was given out too easily, I mean, players that are below average runners and fielders should not be given a 99… only the very best 5 tool position players and Felix Hernandez should be able to have a 99

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