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Baseball Cards

In MLB The Show Diamond Dynasty you can customize your Diamond Dynasty players’ appearance, full name, and even their uniform number.  Player customization is definitely a good feature especially considering the generic random names MLB the Show has come up with for these Dynasty players.  With names like “Ron Makepeace”, it’s a little difficult to be able to form an identity with your team.  It’s hard to keep track of who’s who on your team unless you’ve played with them for a few games.  Before you know it, a Diamond Dynasty player’s 30-40 game contract will have expired by the time you became fully familiarized with the names.

To help form an identity with my team, I’ve devised an MLB player database that can be used as a reference when customizing new Diamond Dynasty players before they are activated.  The database grades each MLB player from A through F.  Although, it’s not a perfect rating system it’s still a pretty useful resource for customizing a Diamond Dynasty player based on his aptitude.  The grading that was used is based on ESPN’s player ratings.  Right now, home runs and run production seem to play a big factor in how good a batter’s rating is.  The rating system should probably be refined to be a little more accurate but for now the current system is in workable shape.   Again, the current rating system not perfect but it can still help give you pretty good idea on naming your Diamond Dynasty players after MLB players.

I’ve also included baseball card images on the player pages so one can get a better idea on how to customize their Diamond Dynasty player’s appearance to look like the MLB player version.

To use, go to the Buy/Sell/Manage Cards screen on PS3.  Before activating a card to your roster, search for an MLB player that fits the same criterea as your Diamond Dynasty player.  Let’s take Chris Chavez, for instance, he’s a third baseman with a B- aptitude so we will need to search for B rated MLB third basemen.  Chris Chavez also bats left-handed so we can filter the search to include left-handed hitters only.  I’ll also filter the search to include players who played for the New York Yankees.  It looks like Chris Chavez might be best fitted to perform like a Graig Nettles type.

Diamond Dynasty

I think this database look up makes Diamond Dynasty a bit more fun when you are able to recognize the names of your players.  So far, as a Giants fan, I’ve named a platinum card after Juan Marichal.  I’ve also had a gold lefty starter named after Steve CarltonJesus Alou, who is my current left fielder, is actually turning into quite a star in Diamond Dynasty.

Hope you Enjoy!  MLB Player Baseball Database for Diamond Dynasty.


Baseball Card Database

March 23, 2010

Baseball Card Database

Over 37000 unique cards can be viewed, searched and “flipped” in my new baseball card database.  I hope you enjoy these cards.  Maybe you’ll find something interesting.  I’ve spent hours looking through these cards.

Funny Baseball Cards

Take a look at Oscar Gamble’s large Afro hair or Wally Moon’s ‘eyebrow’ or Don Mossi’s ears.  Ross Grimsley also had a nice hairdo.  John Pacella of the dreadful Mets of the early 80’s lost his hat.

Check out Jason Michael’s big glove and Kirby Puckett carried a big bat.

Larry Haney appears to be a left-handed catcher in this reverse negative.   Bob Uecker is a right-handed batter but posed left-handed.

My Collection

I currently have about 15,000 cards in my baseball card collection. I have a least one card from every year from 1968 to 1995.

The oldest card in my collection is a 1968 Al Weis card. Al played a major role for the 1969 Miracle Mets in the World Series. In Game 2 his 9th-inning single drove in the winning run in a 2-1 victory. In the clincher, Game 5 at Shea Stadium, he homered off McNally in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3. The Mets scored two runs in the eighth to complete their improbable World Series victory.

Of my older baseball cards, I have quite a few from the 1974 set. I happen to have a Mike Schmidt and Charlie Hough rookie card. I also have Dan Fife’s only baseball card ever.

I started purchasing card packs in 1978. This set had a game on the back called “PLAY BALL. Played by two”. The instructions were as follows:

Player has 50 player cards. Toss coin for who goes first. First player turns cards over one at a time. Attempting to score runs until 3 outs have been made. After 3 outs, second player begins. Game is played with 9 innings. In case of tie, play extra innings.

If you turned up Paul Blair’s baseball card you would have a home run.

I always thought Mark McGwire’s United Stated Baseball Team rookie card would be worth a lot some day but its value has likely taken a major hit since the steroid scandal. I have four of these cards.  I also found a couple
Barry Bonds
rookie cards.