MUT Huddle w/ Sports & Snaggle

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Sometimes a plan just really comes together quickly.

Kris and I have known for a while that Bullpen Banter was going to end up going on hiatus. With that, we also knew wanted to continue working on stuff together, outside of OOTP Developments, where we are the Community Management team for Out of the Park Baseball.

So today, we’re announcing our new project, MUT Huddle. As we started dipping into Madden NFL 19, we noticed that there was a void that needed to be filled. There are a bunch of great shows, and videos for the experienced and hardcore Madden Ultimate Team fans. However, there isn’t a ton of stuff for casual players that are just getting into the mode.

MUT Huddle is not going to be super gameplay centric. If you’re looking for a Cover 3 beater, or the 6 pre-snap adjustments you need to make to combat a WR Bunch formation, we don’t have that knowledge, and we’re not going to fake it. There are a lot of great places to go to if you need that, and we’ll be more than happy to point you in that direction.

The show will be streamed on both Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer and Twitch.tv/SnaggleJ, and you can follow the show on Twitter, @MUTHuddle, and we’ve got a Discord server for more in-depth conversations at ThatSportsGamer.com/Community

Bullpen Banter Goes On Hiatus

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You’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a new episode of Bullpen Banter in (WOW!) almost 2 months. Sadly, this year’s iteration of MLB The Show has made me really lose interest in the game.

After two years, Bullpen Banter will be going on a semi-permanent hiatus.

Right now, the passion for the game is just not there for me, and without my heart being in it, I just feel like I would be doing you a disservice by just regurgitating the latest post on TheShowNation.com. You deserve better than that. 

Over the last two years, I’ve loved working with Kris and Chris on the show, and I hope one day I’ll be back loving, and discussing MLB The Show. Will that be later this year, or the launch of MLB The Show 19? I really don’t have an answer to that right now.

If you liked Bullpen Banter, I’m working on developing a similar show(s), but for a different game(s), but there is nothing to announce right now. 

While the show is going on hiatus, we, and the great Bullpen Banter community, are still talking about MLB The Show on a daily basis over on the Discord server, and you can join that over at ThatSportsGamer.com/Bullpen-Banter

MMAA: Roster Evaluation (Pitchers)

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On the pitching side of things, we’re probably also going to move almost all of these guys. Syndergaar and Matz both fall into the same situation as Conforto. They are free agents after 2021, and while I’d love to keep them, if there is a great deal, I’ll definitely take it. Also, if they are willing to sign an extension at a good price, I’d definitely want to keep them.

Yamaguchi, our Scouting Director, only really loves Callahan. He’s the only 3-star or higher prospect in our minors. However, the OSA, which also loves Callahan, actually likes a handful of our prospects better than Yamaguchi. It should be interesting to see who is right on these guys.


Just a reminder, I am the Baseball Community Manager for Out of the Park Developments, makers of Out of the Park Baseball. This series is not an ad for the game.
This is an ad for the game: If you’re interested in checking out Out of the Park Baseball 19, you can go to ThatSportsGamer.com/OOTP19, and use Promo Code TSG19 to save 10%.

 

MMAA: Setup And Personnel Changes

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The setup for this franchise in Out of the Park Baseball 19 is pretty straightforward. It’s a New Standard Game, and the only leagues that will be in are Major League Baseball and the US Independent Leagues. The only setting I’ll be changing is the AI Trading Difficulty, which will be set to Hard, because if I don’t do that, OOTP Developer, Matt Arnold will never let me live it down.

Some of the team personnel has got to go if we’re going to change the culture of the Mets. The first one on the block is, Scouting Director, Marc Tramuta. His Fair, and Poor Scouting Ratings are just not going to cut it for what needs to be done here.

We’re going to be bringing in Norio Yamaguchi to reevaluate what we’ve got in the pipeline, and help us make the decisions going forward on who to bring into the fold. As of now he’s the only personnel change we’re going to be making for the time being. Though, once we start bringing in new players, we’ll probably make some other changes as well.


Just a reminder, I am the Baseball Community Manager for Out of the Park Developments, makers of Out of the Park Baseball. This series is not an ad for the game.
This is an ad for the game: If you’re interested in checking out Out of the Park Baseball 19, you can go to ThatSportsGamer.com/OOTP19, and use Promo Code TSG19 to save 10%.

 

MMAA: Roster Evaluation (Batters)

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When I loaded it up, the above image was the Mets lineup. Obviously, since we’re going to be diving into a rebuild, the vast majority of these players will be going. With our goal being a 2022-ish run, the only realist players from this current lineup staying are Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario. The notable names not shown here are Juan Lagares, who will probably be moved, and Wilmer Flores, who I’m still on the fence about. Also, Dominic Smith starts the season on the DL, and he looks like someone I will want to keep around.

Michael Conforto (starts on the DL) is a really big question mark for me right now.  At 25, he’s young enough to be there when we plan to be ready. He’s eligible to be a free agent in 2021, but, if I were to be able to buy out some arbitration years, and maybe lock him up until 2023, that would be a huge windfall. However, if there is an amazing offer, I might have to pull the trigger.

These for guys are the best prospects we’ve got according to our new Scouting Director, Norio Yamaguchi. I wish there was a little more, but I’m going to trust in Yamaguchi’s knowledge. With what we’ve got in the future, and Rosario already playing in the big leagues, we should have a very nice infield as we start to turn things around.


Just a reminder, I am the Baseball Community Manager for Out of the Park Developments, makers of Out of the Park Baseball. This series is not an ad for the game.
This is an ad for the game: If you’re interested in checking out Out of the Park Baseball 19, you can go to ThatSportsGamer.com/OOTP19, and use Promo Code TSG19 to save 10%.

 

Make The Mets Amazin’ Again

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Today, while listening to The Ringer MLB Show recap the latest craziness that has happened to the Mets, I was inspired. Within the talk of a lackluster players in return for Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard contracting hand, foot and mouth disease, the prospect of losing Yoenis Cespedes for an extended time due to calcium in his heels, and Jacob deGrom’s agent asking the Mets to “shit or get off the pot” and either give him an extension or trade him, all the hosts seemed to agree that this Mets team was to good to just throw in the towel and start from scratch.

While I agree that this team “should” be good enough to get some pieces and make a decent run at the NL East in 2019, I remembered that I’m the Baseball Community Manager for Out of the Park Developments, makers of Out of the Park Baseball, and I have an amazing tool at my finger tips, and I could see what could happen if the Mets had decided to trade away everything in 2018, and rebuild for the future. So that’s just what I’m going to do.

If you know me, you probably already know that I’m a Braves fan. However, you might not know that when I started watching baseball, the Mets were my team. I remember sitting at the kitchen table, watching the Mets on a little 5″ black and white television, intrigued by the game I would grow to love. However, the Mets didn’t stick. Somehow I ended up watching a lot of TBS, and a lot of Braves games, and I would quickly become a fan of them. Yes, I know it’s weird that a kid from N.J. would become a Braves fan. Also, if you want to see some OOTP action with the Braves, I’m currently doing a series on my YouTube channel called Acuña Matata.

Back to the plan to make the Mets amazin’ again. I’m going to try to make the Mets a serious contender for the title by 2022. It’s probably not going to be very pretty for Mets’ fans like Rich Grisham and Gus Ramsey to watch. We’re going to be trading away a lot of players, and making some tough decisions, but hopefully it will all pay off in the end.

I hope you stay tuned, and are interested in joining me on this journey.


Just a reminder, I am the Baseball Community Manager for Out of the Park Developments, makers of Out of the Park Baseball. This series is not an ad for the game.
This is an ad for the game: If you’re interested in checking out Out of the Park Baseball 19, you can go to ThatSportsGamer.com/OOTP19, and use Promo Code TSG19 to save 10%.

 

Bullpen Banter Ep. 80: Catching Up

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I cover a lot of stuff from the last two weeks including two Events, a handful of new Positional Programs, and a whole lot of new cards. P.S. That Gagne is nasty.

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The show is streamed live on Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer, so head over there, follow the channel, and turn on notifications so you know when we go live.

Keep on the conversation going on the Bullpen Banter Discord Server.

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be.

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Bullpen Banter Ep. 79: Mother’s Day & More

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I fly solo to talk about the latest update to MLB The Show 18 featuring Luis Severino jumping up to the Diamond level. Also, Mother’s Day equipment has been rolled out, and collecting all five pieces will land you a pretty amazing new Eddie Mathews card.

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Be sure to follow Healy on Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube.

The show is streamed live on Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer, so head over there, follow the channel, and turn on notifications so you know when we go live.

Keep on the conversation going on the Bullpen Banter Discord Server.

Follow our hosts on Twitter:

Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be.

The Bullpen Banter logo was created by BT Creative.