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]][[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Judge Aaron Judge]] of the New York Yankees--the first rookie ''and'' first Yankee selected to grace the cover[[/note]]]]


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* RecycledTitle: There's TWO ''MLB 06'''s in the series, but they are actually different games. ''MLB 06'' was the first SSDS-developed game, released in 2005. The next game, released in 2006, is ''MLB 06: The Show'', with all the annual upgrades, the new Road to the Show mode, and matching the year in the title with the release year. Unlike other sports, MLB plays its schedule within the same calendar year, so it doesn't need the year-in-advance title like ''Madden'' or ''NBA 2K''; to avoid confusion with which game is supposed to go with a specific baseball season, baseball developers in the mid-aughts began to match title and release years.

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* RecycledTitle: There's TWO two ''MLB 06'''s in the series, but they are actually different games. ''MLB 06'' was the first SSDS-developed game, released in 2005. The next game, released in 2006, is ''MLB 06: The Show'', with all the annual upgrades, the new Road to the Show mode, and matching the year in the title with the release year. Unlike other sports, MLB plays its schedule within the same calendar year, so it doesn't need the year-in-advance title like ''Madden'' or ''NBA 2K''; to avoid confusion with which game is supposed to go with a specific baseball season, baseball developers in the mid-aughts began to match title and release years.

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* LuckyCharmsTitle: Starting with ''MLB The Show 16'', MLB is actually not spelled out on the official title logo, but represented by the MLB logo in its place.


* RecycledTitle: There's actually TWO ''MLB 06'''s in the series, but they are actually different games. ''MLB 06'' was the first SSDS-developed game, released in 2005. The next game, released in 2006, is ''MLB 06: The Show'', with all the annual upgrades, the new Road to the Show mode, and matching the year in the title with the release year. Unlike other sports, MLB plays its schedule within the same calendar year, so it doesn't need the year-in-advance title like ''Madden'' or ''NBA 2K''; to avoid confusion with which game is supposed to go with a specific baseball season, baseball developers in the mid-aughts began to match title and release years.

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* RecycledTitle: There's actually TWO ''MLB 06'''s in the series, but they are actually different games. ''MLB 06'' was the first SSDS-developed game, released in 2005. The next game, released in 2006, is ''MLB 06: The Show'', with all the annual upgrades, the new Road to the Show mode, and matching the year in the title with the release year. Unlike other sports, MLB plays its schedule within the same calendar year, so it doesn't need the year-in-advance title like ''Madden'' or ''NBA 2K''; to avoid confusion with which game is supposed to go with a specific baseball season, baseball developers in the mid-aughts began to match title and release years.


* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of six(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2006-2011, as retaliation from EA's new exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of six(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2006-2011, as retaliation from EA's new exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios studio closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).


* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2006-2011, as retaliation from EA's new exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) six(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2006-2011, as retaliation from EA's new exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* NewSeasonNewName: Has happened twice in franchise history. ''MLB 06: The Show'' was the first iteration with the Road to the Show mode, and ''The Show'' subtitle was added to the game to promote it (Sony did a similar tactic with its NBA games, first with ''NBA 06: Featuring The Life'' and ''NBA 09: The Inside''). Later, the game's official title underwent a tweak in 2016; with the game often being referred to as ''MLB The Show'' rather than ''MLB [year]'', the title was switched up to reflect it, going from ''MLB XX: The Show'' to ''MLB The Show XX''.


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* RecycledTitle: There's actually TWO ''MLB 06'''s in the series, but they are actually different games. ''MLB 06'' was the first SSDS-developed game, released in 2005. The next game, released in 2006, is ''MLB 06: The Show'', with all the annual upgrades, the new Road to the Show mode, and matching the year in the title with the release year. Unlike other sports, MLB plays its schedule within the same calendar year, so it doesn't need the year-in-advance title like ''Madden'' or ''NBA 2K''; to avoid confusion with which game is supposed to go with a specific baseball season, baseball developers in the mid-aughts began to match title and release years.


[[caption-width-right:350:Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners adorns the cover of the 2017 version.]]

->''Slow down, you're going too fast now\\
A delicate dance, take your foot off the gas now\\
Don't try making it last now\\
Sooner or later, you're a thing of the past''\\
--[[SignatureSong "We're All In This Together" by the Sam Roberts Band]] (used in MLB'17)

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners adorns the cover of the 2017 version.]]

->''Slow down, you're going too fast now\\
A delicate dance, take your foot off the gas now\\
Don't try making it last now\\
Sooner or later, you're a thing of the past''\\
--[[SignatureSong "We're All In This Together" by the Sam Roberts Band]] (used in MLB'17)
[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Tagline}} Baseball Is Better.]]]]

->''Welcome To The Show''
-->--'''Current tagline'''


* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2005-2010, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB from 2005-2010, 2006-2011, as a retaliating strike retaliation from EA's new exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).


** The game also has a control option that requires just a single button to play, designed specifically for physically disabled gamers.



* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out in time due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] exclusive at that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out in time due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB, MLB from 2005-2010, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).


* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] one at that. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out in time due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] one exclusive at that.that to the chagrin of baseball fans with an [=XBOX=]. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out in time due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).

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* LastOfItsKind: Sony was one of five(!) companies to release a console baseball sim in 2003; today, it is the only one left on the market, and a [=PlayStation=] one at that. And unlike similar cases in other sports game genres, this is not due to a league exclusivity deal; everyone else bowed out in time due to time lapsed from a prior exclusivity deal in the aughts (EA)[[note]]Who lost the license to their popular ''MVP Baseball'' series due to 2K striking a third-party exclusive rights deal with MLB, as a retaliating strike from EA's exclusive deal with the NFL[[/note]], poor games and sales (2K, Microsoft), studios closures (Acclaim, [=3DO=]), and escalating license fees (EA and 2K again).


'''''MLB: The Show''''' is a UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball video game series produced by SIE San Diego Studio, a development team that is part of SCE Worldwide Studios. The series debuted in 2006 for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable. There has been a new release in the series every year since 2006, with '11 being the last PS2 version. The series was on the [=PS3=] from '07 to '16, with '17's release being the first on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 exclusively. Like most sports franchises, each year features a different athlete on the cover; to commemorate his induction into baseball's hall of fame the previous year, Ken Griffey Jr. adorns the cover of '17.

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'''''MLB: The Show''''' is a UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball video game series produced by SIE San Diego Studio, a development team that is part of SCE Worldwide Studios. The series debuted in 2006 for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable. There has been a new release in the series every year since 2006, with '11 being the last PS2 [=PS2=] version. The series was on the [=PS3=] from '07 to '16, with '17's release being the first on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 exclusively. Like most sports franchises, each year features a different athlete on the cover; to commemorate his induction into baseball's hall of fame the previous year, Ken Griffey Jr. adorns the cover of '17.

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