MLB 2004

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Description

After six games on the original PlayStation, Sony's acclaimed MLB series of aseball titles makes its PlayStation 2 debut with the release of MLB 2004. As in previous games, players step up to the plate with a full lineup of 30 professional teams, stadiums, and over 700 athletes with statistics and individual ratings based on the 2002 season. Pitching involves selecting one of four pitch types (which vary depending on who is on the mound), its velocity, and then its location by aiming a cursor over the plate. Hitting also involves positioning a cursor over the plate, the size of which is based on the batter's real-life statistics for the 2002 season. Players can also try to guess the pitch, which improves their chances of making contact by increasing the cursor's size if correct, or even charge the mound at the risk of being thrown out. While in the field, players can dive for the ball as well as make leaping catches at the wall to rob potential home runs. Managers can call for the double switch, pitch out, and warm up the bullpen before sending their fatigued ace to the showers. Twelve modes of play include Franchise, Season, Career, World Series, Playoffs, and General Manager. Career has players swinging the stick for ten consecutive seasons, with statistics tracked for 100 different categories, as well as varying hot and cold streaks, and end-of-year awards for MVP, Cy Young, and more. General Manager lets players assemble their dream team by reading scouting reports, signing free agents, and developing personnel in the farm system. Award-winning broadcaster Vin Scully calls the action from the booth while Dave Campbell provides the color commentary.

Game Controls

BATTERS BOX

HITTER

Left Analog Stick = move bat cursor, hit direction
X Button = swing bat
Circle Button = bunt
Square Button = normal or power hitting
L2 Button = pitch history
L2 + Triangle Button = guess pitch type 1
L2 + X Button = guess pitch type 2
L2 + Circle Button = guess pitch type 3
L2 + Square Button = guess pitch type 4
L2 + Left Analog Stick = guess pitch location

BASERUNNER

Triangle Button = all runners steal
L1 Button = all runners lead off
R1 Button = all runners lead back one step at a time
L1 Button + Left Analog Stick = runner lead off
R1 Button + Left Analog Stick = runner lead back
R2 + Triangle Button = steal 2nd base
R2 + Square Button = steal 3rd base
R2 + X Button = steal home

ON THE BASEPATHS

R1 Button = return all runners
R2 Button = sprint
L1 Button = advance all runners
Triangle Button + Left Analog Stick Left or Up = advance runner to 2nd base
Square Button + Left Analog Stick Left or Up = advance runn to 3rd base
X Button + Left Analog Stick Left or Up = advance runner to home
Circle Button + Left Analog Stick Down or Right = return runner to 1st base
Triangle Button + Left Analog Stick Down or Right = return runner to 2nd base
Square Button + Left Analog Stick Down or Right = return runner to 3rd base

FIELDING THE BALL

WITHOUT THE BALL

Left Analog Stick = move fielder
R2 Button = sprint
Triangle Button = jump to catch the ball
X Button = dive to catch the ball
Square Button = switch fielder
L2 Button = auto catch and throw
L2 + Circle Button = audo catch and throw to 1st base
L2 + Triangle Button = auto catch and throw to 2d base
L2 + Square Button = auto catch and throw to 3rd base
L2 + X Button = auto catch and throw to home

WITH THE BALL

Left Analog Stick = move fielder
R2 Button = sprint
Circle Button = throw to 1st base
Triangle Button = throw to 2nd base
Square Button = throw to 3rd base
X Button = throw to ome
R1 Button = throw to relay man

PITCHING

BEFORE THE SET

Triangle Button = select pitch type 1
X Button = select pitch type 2
Square Button = select pitch type 3
Circle Button = select pitch type 4
R1 Button = outfield positioning menu
R2 Button = infield positioning menu
L1 Button = status or scouting report

AFTER THE SET

Circle Button = pickoff throw to 1st base
Triangle Button = pickoff throw to 2nd base
Square Button = pickoff throw to 3rd base
X Button = pitch ball
Left Analog Stick = choose pitch location after releasing pitch
L2 + X Button = pitch out
R1 Button = outfield positioning menu
R2 Button = infield positioning menu
L1 Button = status or scouting report ~ Keith Adams, All Game Guide