Play Station 2
Immediately after the pitcher releases the ball, press Start. You will
see where the ball is going and if it will be a strike or ball. Resume
the game and move your batting cursor over it to get a nice powerful
swing. This will help you improve your hitting. Note: You do not need
to press Start directly after he lets go of the ball -- it just gives
you more time to move your cursor after the game is resumed.
Use the pause technique before batting. When you see where the ball
is going, try your best to get the ball as close to the point of the
contact triangle (the part closest to the batter, not the thick part
of the triangle). you will usually get homeruns or at least doubles.
Wait until the pitcher's arm is in motion and is coming forward, then
swing. If it looks like a bad pitch do not swing. This strategy woks
most of the time, and works well with players such as Giambi, Bonds,
Press L1 at the controller selection screen to activate cheats that
have been bought.
Hold L2 + R2 to select alternate jerseys.
Hit a homerun and on the way to third (after replay), press L1 or R1.
Your player will taunt the other team's players.
Better franchise or expansion mode teams
Use trades to get rid of your older less talented players for slightly
better players. Even if the CPU rejects your trade, keep trying repeatedly
and it is usually eventually accepted. However, make the trade reasonable,
such as B- for a B or B+. If the player you really want just does not
seem to want to join your team, try trading for another player who is
slightly better, then return to that player you want and try again.
Do this every season to keep good young players.
Press L1, R1, Triangle at the team selection screen in exhibition mode
to get a football field as a stadium.
You can gain "points" for certain feats performed during a
game. An easy way to get a lot of points is to throw a perfect game.
This is worth 100 points. Switch controls every time the CPU is up at
bat and intentionally strike out. This will get you points for 27 strikeouts,
and for a perfect game. Repeat as many times as needed.
To get more points in franchise mode to sign your free agents, during
the off season either create a player and pick him up as a free agent
or sign free agents and release them at the end of the season.
Get Barry Bonds to bat in the third spot in the order and play against
the Cubs. Take control of the Cubs and start intentionally walking everyone
until Barry Bonds is up for the second time. Rotate the hitting icon
so it will hit a home run. Make contact and you will hit a grand slam.
Repeat this as many times as needed. Note: Do not check the box score
after 100 runs or the game will freeze.
Easy wins in a season
Save the game then go to schedule. Simulate the game. If you did not
win, return to the main menu and load the season. Repeat this until
you win the game.
Control homerun replay
After hitting a homerun, a replay of it will be displayed. When you
see your batter heading home from third base, press various buttons
to see different angles.
The best pitchers have a pitch called a "Slurve" (for example,
Mark Burhele of the Chicago White Sox). Also try the "Dominate
Curve" with Pedro.
Restore pitcher's energy
In season, franchise or expansion mod, go to the DL, and put any pitcher
on the15 day DL. Then immediately take him back into your lineup. He
will have recovered all his energy.
While at bat, after pitcher selects the pitch press L3 + R3 and swing
with X at the appropriate time to have a better chance of getting a
Use the following trick to unlock all the cards in one or two games.
Once you unlock the Cooperstown Legends and the Pixels, play as the
Legends. You will find that within the fifth or sixth inning, every
hit equals ten points and possibly more. Constantly hit homeruns and
strike out the batters and you should have forty to fifty packs to open
after the game. This is the easiest way to complete your card collection
and unlock the cheats.
Start an exhibition game. If you are starting from a clean slate (i.e.
no cards), use the Cooperstown Legends and the Baltimore Orioles as
the two teams. Have the Orioles as the home team to give the Legends
a DH, and their pitching an extra half-inning to get more strikeouts.
Set the controller icon to the Legends, and the difficulty to Veteran.
Set your weather, game options, and lineup to however you like. Who
you start (Ryan, Gibson, or Seaver) does not matter. Next, press Square
to go to the "Control Setup" screen . Set all of the players
to CPU control for offense and defense. Press X to exit, then press
X again to start. You can now sit back and watch the points pile up.
The only thing that would require your attention is in the event of
an injury. Any of the Legends' starters can go the distance, netting
you 10 easy points for a complete game. The offense usually has a field
day and will give you lots of points for cards. Once you get the Glen
Cove Islanders and the Fresno Pixels, the fun can really begin. Pick
those two as your teams, and set up an exhibition game with the same
set-up as above, using Glen Cove as your team. Sit back, and watch your
boys pile on the offense. Be prepared for anywhere between 20 to 70
runs per game from your offense, with a couple of cycles and loads of
home runs. Your pitching staff can give you a complete game shutout
or (if your defense plays a bit off) a 1-run game, with no more than
5 hits allowed and over 10 strikeouts. You can get anywhere between
15 to 45 card packs per game.
Thom Brennaman's stories
Start a game and allow the controller to remain idel. After a few minutes
after they have announced the lineups and the starting pitcher, Thom
Brennaman will start telling in-depth stories about baseball.
In season, expansion or franchise mode, create players then trade them
for the person you want. The best created player you can make is a designated
hitter. Use the following settings. Note: Only American League teams
need designated hitters. If you want someone in the National League,
then trade your created designated hitter for a good American League
player then trade him for the desired National League player.
Arm Accuracy: D-
Arm Strength: D-
Use the following settings for a better designated hitter.
Arm Accuracy: D-
Arm Strength: C+
You can also set Bunt to D- with Arm Strength C+.