MVP Baseball 2005

Strategy Guide

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  • Cheat mode

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Katie Roy" as a case-sensitive name to unlock all rewards, stadiums, legendary players, and uniforms.

  • Super hitter

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Keegan Paterson", "Jacob Paterson", or "Isaiah Paterson" as a case-sensitive name. The player will have a very large bat; he will hit a home run or a hard line drive every time you make contact, no matter what his stats.

  • Bad hitter

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Erik Kiss" as a case-sensitive name. The player will have a skinny bat that will break every time and send a little dribbler to the pitcher for a sure out. You also cannot bunt with him; it will just go foul. Additionally, you can use this player to your advantage: Create "Erik Kiss", make his stats all full, then trade him to a rival team. Then, go to "Locate A Created Player", and reduce his stats. Your rival will now have a bad batter on their team.

  • Small player with big bat

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Sean Paterson" or "Avery Larmour" as a case-sensitive name.

  • More broken bats

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Mark Curran", "Les Kram", or "G Clark" as a case-sensitive name.

  • Increase body size

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Kenny Lee", "Benny Lee", or "Teddy Lee" as a case-sensitive name to increase and fully change the player's size. Each bicep and other parts of the body can be changed differently from the other. When you go to the body part it will say both, press A to switch it to one side or the other.

  • Boston Red Sox St. Patrick's Day jersey

    Select the "Create A Player" option, then enter "Neverlose Sight" as a case-sensitive name to unlock the Boston Red Sox St. Patrick's Day jersey. The special jersey will appear at the jersey selection screen before an exhibition game.

  • All legendary players

    Once you have 5,000 MVP Rewards points, save your profile. Buy a legendary player, but do not save your profile. Add the legendary player to a team and save your roster. Then, load your profile and you will still have 5,000 MVP Rewards points and the legendary player will still be on the team. Repeat this process to get all legendary players on your team(s).

  • Heroes team

    Unlock each of the 25 Heroes team players to unlock the Heroes team.

  • Legends team

    Unlock each of the 25 Legends team players to unlock the Legends team.

  • Making of Owner Mode feature

    Buy all stadium upgrades in owner mode to unlock the Making of Owner Mode feature.

  • Getting money in Owner mode

    If people are not attending your games, you will obviously have difficulty making money. Make sure the Fan Happiness meter is high and you schedule Promotional Days occasionally to keep people coming out to the ballpark. Additionally, use the following tricks to earn money in Owner mode. Note: Save the game early and often. Also be patient, as this may take awhile:

      Use the money that is initially in your bank to purchase merchandise stands and concessions. The more revenue you stream in, the more chance you have to gain money in the future. Spend all your starting money (remember promotion days) quickly, as you will go into the negatives quickly.

      Select a team that is championship caliber. You will make more money by hosting big games. For example, good teams like Chicago, Boston, New York, or St. Louis. You will make somewhere around $500,000 for each playoff game.

      Never let your team have a losing year. That is the easiest way to get into a huge hole. In fact, make sure you go deep into the playoffs in the first few years.

      After the postseason, spend all the money that you have earned on ballpark upgrades (mostly seating capacity). The more seats, the more money you will earn.

      Turn off injuries, suspensions, and computer trades. This makes simulating a whole season much faster.

      Turn off fair trades. Check your rosters after the first few seasons to get rid of old overpriced players for cheap youngsters. You can even edit young 20 to 22 year olds in rosters.

      Keep your ticket prices at default for the unimportant games early in the season; perhaps even lower them a bit early in the season to get people through the door. In crucial September games and the playoffs, raise them to a reasonably high level. Fan satisfaction is higher then, and they are willing to pay more.

    When you start Owner mode, turn off "Injuries" and "Suspensions" so that your starting lineup will not be disturbed throughout the season. Set the budget to "Large". Start a season with a team with a small payroll (for example, the Minnesota Twins), or you could spend more time trading away all the big salaries (for example, the New York Yankees). Before you start the season, lower your ticket prices slightly. Your attendance will average slightly over 10,000 at first. Also, buy the first "Seating Capacity" upgrade so that your capacity is 25,000. Use the $1 million you have remaining and buy some concessions. Trade away your high priced players (anyone making over $1 million) and either sign lower paid players or call up players from your farm teams. Then, edit your roster so that you are the greatest team in the league (first in pitching, batting, defense, and speed). The players' salaries will stay low, but you will be the best team in the league. Raise your ticket prices after the first few months then raise them more during the summer months, and slightly more during the playoffs. You should win the World Series if you edited your players well enough. Take the money you made and upgrade your seating capacity. Repeat this process after the year. Let go of the players asking for more money, and just call up more bad players and edit them to great players. Only concentrate on seating capacity at first. You will make enough with ticket sales to be able to afford everything else in the later years. After a few years you should have the best ballpark in the league. Note: This trick is not for those that are attached to certain players -- you must be willing to part ways with your big names.

    If you want a team with a lot of money, then use the following steps. Start Owner mode with large budget, no suspensions, injuries, CPU trades, and financial advisor. Then start a fantasy draft for both players and coaches. Make sure that yoru team is first for both. Choose B. Cox, then simulate the coach draft. When you get to the player draft, chose who you want (not Dowd, Pujols, Thome, Abreu, or any other high-priced player). Select in this order: Huff (1B), Mueller (3B), Soriano (2B), any shortstop, Baldelli (CF), Holliday (LF), select the first four pitchers in SP and two RP, then simulate. When done, go into "Owners Box" and choose "Buy Assets". Enter "Seating Capacity" and go to level 2. Spend your money on a pizza stand, prospect store, and your last $100,000 on promotional days for your first, last, and rivalry games. Edit your players so that all of your player stats on main menu (pitching, fielding, hitting, speed) are at #1. For pitching, raise the stamina. For batting, raise contact and power. For fielding. raise fielding to 99 on all starters. For speed, set to at least 79. Simulate your season. You should finish with about 95 to 105 wins and $5 to 10 million in your bank.

    Have a good team in Owner mode like the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, or Boston Red Sox. Trade away anyone making over $1 million on all 4 rosters (A, AA, AAA, and MLB). Then, sign the worst players in all the free agent categories. Go to edit players, and give them the exact stats of the best position players in the MLB. By doing this you are getting players for $300,000 for three years, and with the value of $10 million dollar players.

    Before entering Owner mode, go to "Roster Management" and do the following. Send all of your high priced players to A ball. They will keep their contract years, but get paid $100,000 per year. For example, if you are the New York Mets, send Carlos Beltran to A ball. Instead of making $17.5 million over seven years he will make $100,000 over seven years. This will work with any player. This is an easy way to cut down price per day of player salaries and still get high media sponsorship.

  • Creating good players for low pay

    When creating a player, leave his bio, equipment, looks, hot zones, and batter tendencies alone. Set all of his batting and fielding stats to zero. Do the same with pitchers, but also make their pitches bad. Then, sign him to a seven year, $300,000 deal to the MLB. Then, edit their stats and make them perfect. This works for Owner mode. When their contracts are up, release them and make new players. You can make them look however desired and give them whatever bio you want. Try making them born from July on in 1987 or the year that they turn 17.

  • Getting good players

    To get a good player in Dynasty or Owner mode, create a player and make him very bad. Then, put him in the free agents and sign him to a seven year $700,000 contract. Then, edit him to be the best ever. You will save money and he will not complain about his contract.

  • Faster pitches

    When you are about to throw the ball, hold the button down until you get to the red. Let go, then hit the green. Your pitches will be faster.

  • Pitching

    If a good prospect is doing poorly in the minors, try hiring a new pitching coach or batting coach to put some spark back into their game.

  • Hit the batter

    To hit the batter with the ball, hold L + R and press Left Analog-stick Down. The batter will be hit with the pitch and the umpire will warn you. Do the same for the next batter and the umpire will eject the pitcher from the game. If you hit the next batter with the new pitcher, he will immediately be ejected from the game. If you wait for one specific batter out of all nine batters, the pitcher will not be thrown out immediately, and there is a good chance that the single batter will charge the mound. Note: This will not work if you only have one pitcher remaining on your team. It may also bring down your pitcher's stats in Owner mode and Dynasty mode. It is recommended that you try this with an opposing team or in Exhibition mode.

  • Easier trades

    If you cannot get an All-Star or top prospect with a player for player trade, go to free agents. Then, sign the top free agent available and offer the same trade along with the free agent to have a better chance at coming to terms with the CPU.

  • Easy Homerun Showdown win

    When the pitch is coming in, hold Left Analog-stick Up and time it well; you will almost always hit a homerun.

  • Easy grand slam

    Trade all fast players like O. Cabrera, Ichiro, and Carlos Beltran to one team. Create the "jacob paterson" player and sign him. Then, put the fast players as the first three hitters and the slugger as the number four batter. Have the first three players bunt. While this happens, take control of the other team so they cannot throw the ball. All of the fast players will be on base and the slugger will be up. Most of the time he will hit a grand slam.

  • Easy MVP points

    In dynasty mode, after simulating a season and before you go to the playoffs, save the game. Then, keep reloading it. This will give you a lot of MVP points. Additionally, enter an exhibition, owner, or dynasty mode game. Choose a good overall team (for example, the Yankees). Face a team with bad pitching and defense (for example, the Rockies). Play on the MVP level. Go to the game options in the in-game menu. Go to "Gameplay Tuning" and change all the CPU's abilities (Contact, Power, Speed, Pitcher Fatigue) to the minimum (-50). Change yours to the maximum (50). It will now be easy to complete the MVP checklist goals (hit two homers with same player, steal four bases with same player, hit a grand slam, hit a triple, strike out ten, pitch a perfect game). Because the game is under the MVP level, your total MVP points will be multiplied by four, giving you a large number of MVP points quickly. Note: You can do this on the other levels; on the Pro level the multiplier is two, and on the All-Star level the multiplier is three. There is no bonus multiplier for the Rookie level.

    Trade everyone from your A-team to the Red Sox or any other team you can get MVP points by winning a game against. Then, get eleven of the worst prospects on the free agents list and set their stats up as high as possible. Put them on your team, and set your team as the away team.

    Before the last out of the games, change the game option and game difficulty to "MVP". Press Start and the message "Are you sure you want to change the difficulty level? You will not be able to earn MVP points for this game if you continue" will appear. Select "Cancel". Then while still in MVP difficulty, press Y. The message "Are you sure you want to cancel your changes? Your changes will be lost" will appear. Select "Yes", and at the end of the game any milestones you get will be multiplied by four.

  • Argue calls

    If you think the first base umpire made a bad call, press Y during the replay to argue it. Doing this sends out your manager. It will show your manager walk out of the dugout. A bar will apear near the bottom of the screen that indicates argument intensity. Keep pressing Y as fast as you can to make a real strong argument. However, you will be ejected and the CPU will make all managerial decisions from now on. If you want to argue without being ejected, press Y only a few of times, so that about a one quarter or half of the argument intensity bar is filled.

  • Tinker Field

    Spring Training Stadium Three is in reality Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida. The football stadium past the outfield is the Citrus Bowl, home to the University of Central Florida's Golden Knights, and the 2004-2005 season Capitol One Bowl.

  • Stadium sign changes
      Bank One Ballpark

      On top of the scoreboard in center field, it reads "Arizona Diamondbacks" instead of "Arizona Republic" as it truly does at Bank One Ballpark.

      Camden Yards

      On top of the clock in the outfield at the actual Camden Yards there is a sign that reads "The Sun", which refers to the newspaper The Baltimore Sun. In the game, it reads "The Run".

      Fenway Park

      In the real Fenway Park, there are big Coca-Cola bottles above the green monster. However, in the game the bottles are called Rip Cola.

  • Recommended team

    The following recommended players can be bought for very low salaries. In Owner mode, a team like this has a good chance at winning a title. They are cheap and better yet they are young. However, because these players are younger they will generate less money from sponsors; make sure you have some popular players like Guerrero, Rodriguez, or Pujols to help raise the bar.

      Texeira (TEX): 1B
      Morneau (MIN)
      Uribe (CHW): 2B
      Rivas (MIN)
      Wright (NYM): 3B
      Blalock (TEX)
      Young (TEX): SS
      Mench (TEX): LF
      Bay (PIT)
      Baldelli (TB): CF
      Nix (TEX)
      Pena (?): RF
      Prior (CHC): SP
      Webb (ARI)
      Greinke (KC)
      Harden (OAK)
      Bonderman (DET)
      Nathan (MIN): RP
      Rincon (MIN)
      Ayala (WAS)
      Bauer (BAL)
      Martinez (CLE): C
      Mauer (MIN)

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