SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends

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In recent years, SDS has brought so many legends to The Show for us to use in Diamond Dynasty. It wasn't long ago that our pool of legends was limited to only a few per team. Now? Almost every team has a good number of legends.

The Show 17 brought us Ken Griffey Jr., Roberto Alomar, Wade Boggs, Jorge Posada, and Jason Giambi among others.

The Show 18 gave us Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Bob Gibson, Vladimir Guerrero, and Roy Oswalt among a lot more. In fact, I think The Show 18 might have been our biggest jump from year-to-year.

... and of course The Show 19 continued the trend and brought out the big guns with Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson, Ivan Rodriguez, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, and Walter Johnson.

With all those legends added, the game has evolved into a baseball fan's dream, especially in Diamond Dynasty where they've found a good balance of time spent and rewarding the player without the feeling that you need to spend money like so many other Ultimate Team card collecting modes. It made a ton of sense for them to target the bats before the arms but I think the next few years should be spent focusing on getting the big name pitching legends that we've been asking for.

It's true that they've added more than a few of baseball history's best hurlers but I still think that the selection of pitching legends is far too small. Obviously they took a huge step the last two years in acquiring rights to some great legends and I'm glad they got the rights to Mark Buehrle, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Robin Roberts, and Al Leiter this year; while last year we got Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, and A.J. Burnett. There's no denying that the selection we have already is impressive but imagine a game with all the legends we have now, plus big names like:

  • Pedro Martinez
  • Randy Johnson
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Tim Lincecum
  • Roy Halladay
  • Barry Zito
  • Mike Mussina
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Roger Clemens
  • Curt Schilling
  • Steve Carlton

Yeah, a few of those guys are unlikely (Clemens and Schilling specifically) but to match the legendary bats of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., and Lou Gehrig, we need the best pitchers the world has ever seen to match. Just adding a few of these legends like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Roger Clemens would go so far and further the notion that MLB The Show offers the best Ultimate Team experience of any sports game.

It's exciting to think about the ridiculous matchups we could have and likely will have in the coming years. I could go on for hours talking about players I'd love to see return to or make their debut in The Show. I'm certain the team at Sony San Diego Studios shares this belief and are working on getting a large number of these guys into the game. Even beyond the household names they could build on those by adding other popular pitching legends like:

  • Carlos Zambrano
  • Tim Hudson
  • Johan Santana
  • David Cone
  • Andy Pettitte
  • Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Brandon Webb
  • Gaylord Perry (re-acquire his rights)
  • Chuck Finley
  • Josh Beckett
  • David Wells
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Tim Wakefield
  • Frank Viola
  • Kevin Brown
  • Javier Vazquez
  • Dennis Martinez
  • Bobby Thigpen
  • Armando Benitez
  • Jose Mesa
  • Freddy Garcia
  • Jon Matlack
  • Brad Radke
  • Dontrelle Willis
  • Jim Bunning
  • Hideo Nomo
  • Jamie Moyer
  • Don Drysdale
  • Kyle Farnsworth

... and guys that recently retired like:

  • C.C. Sabathia
  • R.A. Dickey
  • John Lackey
  • Matt Harvey
  • Bronson Arroyo
  • C.J. Wilson
  • Jonathan Papelbon
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Joe Nathan
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Dan Haren
  • Matt Cain
  • Jered Weaver
  • Jonathan Papelbon
  • Koji Uehara
  • Junichi Tazawa
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Jonathan Broxton
  • Brian Wilson
  • Neftali Feliz
  • LaTroy Hawkins
  • Octavio Dotel
  • John Axford
  • Ryan Madson
  • Jim Johnson
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Carter Capps
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*Tips cap

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You are missing 2 very important pitchers, Fernando Valenzuela and Kent Tekulve. other than that a very good list. double checked and , 3 finger Brown and Grover Cleveland Alexander.

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You had me at Lincecum.

Post of the year right here @Collin_SDS

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Satchel paige.... drops mic

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What about:

Ramon Martinez
John Wettland
Daryl Kyle
Dave Stewart
Bob Welch
Rick Sutcliff
Hideo Nomo (the Tornado himself)
Todd Stottlemeyer (the Blue Jay we should’ve gotten)
Andy Benes
Andy Petitte
Jimmy Key (another More deserving Blue Jay)
Alex Fernandez
Jose Rijo
Pat Hentgen (another Blue Jay)
Doug Drabek
John Candeleria
Francisco Liriano
Barry Zito
Brett Tomko
Dave Dravecky
Dave Righetti
Felix Rodriguez
Tim Worrell
Ben Sheets

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About 75% of the names in this thread would go over like a fart in church a la Tom Henke.

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They need more relievers

Just looking at the Cubs. I'd love to see...

Rod Beck
Randy Myers
Tom "Flash" Gordon
Carlos Marmol
Rick Aguilera
Ryan Dempster

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@Cubieblu said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

They need more relievers

Just looking at the Cubs. I'd love to see...

Rod Beck
Randy Myers
Tom "Flash" Gordon
Carlos Marmol
Rick Aguilera
Ryan Dempster

And closers: Brian Wilson

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Give me a Tim Lincecum and a Joe Nathan card and I'll be happy

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@Cubieblu said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

They need more relievers

Just looking at the Cubs. I'd love to see...

Rod Beck
Randy Myers
Tom "Flash" Gordon
Carlos Marmol
Rick Aguilera
Ryan Dempster

Carlos Marmol broke my heart more times than I coulld remember in real life. Why would I want to relive that in the game?

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@mrcityofwin said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

@Cubieblu said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

They need more relievers

Just looking at the Cubs. I'd love to see...

Rod Beck
Randy Myers
Tom "Flash" Gordon
Carlos Marmol
Rick Aguilera
Ryan Dempster

Carlos Marmol broke my heart more times than I coulld remember in real life. Why would I want to relive that in the game?

LOL!! I just remember how nasty his stuff was...too bad he could never locate.

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Great list. My son and I have been talking about this for a while. We're big Halladay fans so would love to see that. Think about how nasty a Cy Young Lincecum card would be... And Steve Carlton? Awesome.

Edit- Warren Spahn? Not in the game, is he?

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Petition to make Cy Young Barry Zito Card

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@ballistic911 said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

What about:

Ramon Martinez
John Wettland
Daryl Kyle
Dave Stewart
Bob Welch
Rick Sutcliff
Hideo Nomo (the Tornado himself)
Todd Stottlemeyer (the Blue Jay we should’ve gotten)
Andy Benes
Andy Petitte
Jimmy Key (another More deserving Blue Jay)
Alex Fernandez
Jose Rijo
Pat Hentgen (another Blue Jay)
Doug Drabek
John Candeleria
Francisco Liriano
Barry Zito
Brett Tomko
Dave Dravecky
Dave Righetti
Felix Rodriguez
Tim Worrell
Ben Sheets

Don’t forget Dave Stieb, maybe a lesser known BJ Ryan, Duane Ward, Mark Eicchorn, Chris Carpenter, Jim Clancy,

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Dizzy Dean, Carl Hubbell and Big Chief Bender.

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@formallyforearms said in SDS needs to prioritize getting the rights to more pitching legends:

Dizzy Dean, Carl Hubbell and Big Chief Bender.

Hubbell would be amazing.👌

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You mean to tell me there are better pitchers in history than Corey Kluber???

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Awesome list... There was some guys that absolutely NEED to be in the game. I'm just tired of facing Kluber every other game... I must have the worst luck because it's been literally every other game. I'm hoping some of the new cards yesterday will make the variety better. I won't even use Kluber because I don't want Kluber versus Kluber every time I use him.

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Tons of great options in this thread, the starting pitchers I'd like to see the most are:

Pedro Martinez
Mario Soto
Randy Johnson
Jose Rijo
Chris Carpenter
Carlos Zambrano
Tim Lincecum
Andy Pettitte
Hideo Nomo
Roy Halladay
Jose Fernandez
Satchel Paige
Bronson Arroyo
Dan Haren
Doc Gooden
Tim Hudson
Josh Beckett
Dontrelle Willis
Johan Santana