While MLB The Show 2019 has its fair share of small improvements across the board to help freshen things up, it also feels like the first substantial improvement in years. Yes, the core gameplay is very familiar and Franchise Mode remains nearly identical to last year’s, but Road to the Show serves as the culmination of years of improvements and a new mode, March to October, is a novel way to experience the MLB season.
One of the areas that sees increased improvement in 2019 is defensive play, which has often been considered a weaker part of the MLB The Show’s gameplay. In the past, issues like animation oddities and a lack of player variety made me eager to get back up to bat. Most of these problems have been addressed this year.