A suggestion,for what it’s worth. For the record, I would probably be categorized as an SDS fanboy in these forums. So, you can take that into account...
If you are really frustrated with this game, but love baseball, try MTO. The key, though, is to view it as a way to enjoy baseball, not as a way to get affinity. The affinity is just a bonus. It is not a means to an end. It is simply an enjoyable activity.
If you haven’t already moved on, let me be more specific. Pick a mode that is challenging, for me that is hall of fame. And, DONT go into it assuming that you have to win the World Series to get all the affinity. Remember, affinity is a positive byproduct, not the the end. The challenge is coming from behind in the bottom of the ninth or trying to catch the Yankees with the rays. But, if you fail, you have plenty of opportunities to recover.
Are you with me still? Now, go into settings and turn off the fast speed. Watch the cut scenes in between pitches. Watch the breakdown of you 360 ft homerun brought to you by statcast. Watch the intros. Enjoy PNC park at sunset or a day game at dodger stadium. Don’t be afraid to trade for a pitcher because you don’t want to waste time. Do it to help your team.
Then, at the end, maybe you’ll have a new future stars card and you’ll be ready to jump back into online.
Just a suggestion, because I know many of you are frustrated because you want to play a game about the sport you love. Take it or leave it. Just trying to help.
PS. Don’t do the orioles or the Astros. The backdrop is really annoying when you are trying to hit and you will be back here yelling at me.
This game really has a lot of awesome things to offer. I think they are showcased in MTO.