MLB The Show 21 continues to provide one of the best single-player Career Mode options in sports gaming, and new players are looking for the best tips to get Road to the Show going strong.
We've got the best tricks you need to send your Ballplayer all the way to the majors in MLB The Show 21 Road to the Show.
Latest - Game Update 6 addresses RTTS
Sony San Diego has dropped quite a few updates for MLB The Show 21 since the title launched last month.
They also haven't hesitated to release updates even with small and particular bugs being addressed in their own update, rather than waiting for a larger update and postponing the fix.
You can find full patch notes and details here about Game Update 6, but an ongoing crash in Road to the Show was among the issues fixed in this update.
Top Tips in RTTS for MLB The Show 21 Beginners
The first thing to be aware of in Road to the Show is that most of what you decide can be changed, and little is permanent.
Whether it's what position you play, what pitches you use, even most of the details about your Ballplayer can be edited down the line.
It can help to start off on one path and keep following it, but the game mode will give you plenty of opportunities to change course along the way.
If you're not enjoying Road to the Show on your current path, don't be afraid to try something different or even start over if you're still early and wanna do things differently.
How to train and upgrade your Ballplayer Loadout
The most direct way to earn XP and improve your Ballplayer in Road to the Show is keep playing games, as each of these will improve your stats and give you XP.
When you have off days between games, make sure to choose to head to the batting cages, bullpen, or another choice to improve the stats relevant to your position and current focus.
Make sure to watch out for Performance Gains when they're activated, as these will significantly boost your progress if you complete those actions in games.
Any time you earn a new Archetype item or Ballplayer perk, check on your loadouts and see what combination works best for your position, and whether the perk should cover for your weaknesses or further bolster your strengths.
Also, don't forget to check your Road to the Show Program and Missions, which are accessed from Loadouts where you press Square / X to open them.
Completing these throughout games in Road to the Show will help you earn XP and work towards earning better items for your Loadout, but some players have had issues with these not working.
Which position should you choose?
Ultimately, the position you pick for Road to the Show is up to you, but there are some key differences to keep in mind.
If you decide to purely be a pitcher, you will likely only be batting if you're with a National League team as the American League allows a Designated Hitter to bat for the pitcher.
Pitching lets you focus on closing, starting, or reliving, and you'll work throughout Road to the Show to improve your stats for pitching and accuracy in your chosen pitching interface.
If you really enjoy hitting, there are three kinds of positions to choose from outside of pitcher: outfield, infield, and catcher.
Catcher can be the most difficult as you'll need to predict and move your glove based on pitch delivery.
Infield positions like First Base tend to need quicker reactions and challenge your throwing decisions to other bases, whereas outfield positions like Left Field are more about making big catches and tossing towards the infield.
You also have the option to be a two-way player and do both pitching and position play, but this is not required and you'll have chances to change this throughout Road to the Show.
How to change position in Road to the Show
If you're not enjoying the position you currently have in Road to the Show, there is a way to change that.
While there isn't a directly accessible option at all times, if you continue Road to the Show for a few games one should present itself.
Usually either someone with the team, a coach or manager, will come to you to see how you are liking your current role.
You can then follow the dialogue prompts to say you're unhappy with where you're at and what you'd rather be doing.
You may also get a call from your agent checking to see how you feel about your team and duties, and answering that you want to do things differently can trigger that conversation with the team to change position.
How to throw in Road to the Show
Especially if you've chosen an infield position like First Base, throwing can be a challenge in Road to the Show.
While our fielding controls guide can give some general tips, the process is a bit different when you're player locked in RTTS.
In the infield, once you catch the ball you'll often be prompted to throw, at which point you actually use the left stick to move your camera and aim position then pull RT / R2 in order to execute the throw.
Outfield throwing is a bit simpler, and prompt should give you a button to press upon catching or retrieving the ball so you can send it to a specific infield player.
How to change pitches in Road to the Show
If you decide to be a pitcher or a two-way player, you'll be prompted early in Road to the Show to choose your pitches.
However, over time you might decide you don't like the selection and want to replace one of them.
This can be done on off days where there isn't a game scheduled on the calendar, and you'll have to choose your training for that day to be at the bullpen.
Scroll through your training options at the bullpen, and some of them should be the option to replace a specific pitch.
You'll likely only have access to certain pitches and a limited total early on, but that will improve as you progress in Road to the Show and upgrade your Ballplayer.