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                            MVP Baseball 2005 (PS2)

                          The Complete Strategy Guide

                            Version: 0.2 - 03/06/05
                               By Jim Chamberlin
                           red_phoenix_1@hotmail.com


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  << Disclaimer >>

  This document may be freely distributed so long as it is not edited or
  or altered in any way, I am given credit, you do not charge for viewing
  this guide; this includes, but is not limited to websites, cds, dvds,
  magazines, etc.

  This document was made for personal use only.  No part of this document may
  be copied or used in any form of media without the express written consent
  of Jim Chamberlin.  Unauthorized use of any information herein is a direct
  violation of Copyright Law, and legal action will be taken.

  This document is Copyright © 2005 Jim Chamberlin.  All Rights Reserved.

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  << Online References >>

  MVP Baseball 2005's Official Site     http://www.mvpbaseball2005.com


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                                 Contacting Me
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  I am NOT hiding any information, however if your question has not been
  properly answered in this FAQ, email me.  Be sure to read through the FAQ
  (Frequently Asked Questions) section, as that is where I answer questions
  that either will or have made me answer multiple times.  When emailing me,
  put "MVP Baseball 2005" or "MVP 2005" in the Subject.  Doing that will get 
  you a faster reply...hint, hint.

  If you don't want to use email, an alternative is a message board.  Below
  is an address for the MVP Baseball 2005 (PS2) message boards on GameFAQs.  
  There are others who visit that forum, who I am sure can and will help answer
  any question you may have.

           http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/gentopic.php?board=925211

  I would also recommend checking out MVP Baseball 2005 fan sites, just do a 
  Google search, and I'm sure you'll be able to find some of them.

  If you have a strategy or tip for MVP Baseball 2005, please feel free to
  submit it, by emailing me.  As mentioned above, please include
  "MVP Baseball 2005" in the Subject Line.  If your tip is used in this guide,
  you will be given credit.  If you don't want your Email-Address listed
  in this guide, for fear of getting SPAM, please mention this in your
  email, and I'll happily just include your name/alias.

  If you like this guide and just want to comment on the guide, please feel
  free to email me as well.


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                                 Author's Notes
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    Over time, links or URLS (Uniform Resource Locators) may become out-of-
    date.  Unfortunately, this does tend to happen with the Internet, so I
    must remind you that the addresses originally in this document did in
    fact work.  If you find a link that doesn't work properly, please let
    me know, and I'll see if I can either find a replacement for it, or
    include some sort of notice stating the problem.

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                                Revision History
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  Version 0.2  -  March 06, 2005  - 19 KB

    I just added a few Frequently Asked Questions to the FAQ.  If you have
    tips you'd like to share, send them on in.


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                               Table of Contents
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  Introduction

  MVP Baseball 2005 Features

  Controls
  Game Modes
  Player Positions

  Pitching

  Team Profiles

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  Appendices

    Glitches
    Links
    Revision History

  Final Words...


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                                  Introduction
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  There is just something about Baseball that has kept Americans interested
  in baseball for oh so many years.  I'm not sure if it's the players, the
  home runs, the bottom of the 9th suspense, or the fields the players play
  on.  Whatever it is, it's kept me watching baseball for several years, and
  there's no signs of me stopping.

  MVP Baseball has been around for several years now, but its future is unclear
  at the moment because of a series of exclusive contracts game manufacturers
  have made with the major sports organizations.  This will be the last baseball
  game from EA Sports in the series, unless they go either with some sort of
  fictional league (and players) or go the college route.  To the best of my
  knowledge, no one has made a college baseball game before; this could be a
  great thing for EA Sports to try given their experience with other collegiate
  sports titles.

  Most of the FAQs I've written have been for Strategy titles, this is the first
  Sports game I've written for (if you exclude Wrestling), so it's going to be
  a challenge.  If you have anything you'd like to contribute, big or small,
  don't hesitate to send me an email.  There is a lot to include in this FAQ,
  and I could certainly use the help.


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                           MVP Baseball 2005 Features
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  Own the Plate
  Change your position in the box to adjust to where the pitcher is working
  you, or keep the defense honest with a bunt for a hit.

  Precision Pitching
  Paint the corners or send a message with the new Precision Pitch Meter, or
  catch runners napping with unparalleled pickoff control.

  Enhanced Big Play Control
  Make an underhand toss to the pitcher as he sprints to cover first, slide
  around a tag at home, and make user-controlled stretches and dives.  While
  leading off base, exercise your reflexes by beating pickoff throws with the
  all-new manual leadoff control.

  Build an Empire
  Control every aspect of your organization in all-new Owner Mode.  Create your
  line-up based on player progression during Spring Training, or help build
  player attributes by competing in a variety of mini-games.

  All-New Create Ballpark
  In Owner Mode, build a pitcherís paradise or a hitterís dream.  Will you
  spend your earnings to upgrade your ballpark or to sign that key free agent
  who could bring you a championship?

  Expanded Minor Leagues
  Advanced Single A squads and additional stadiums have been added to round
  out the list of teams available in the minor league system.


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                                    Controls
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  Before playing MVP Baseball 2005, get familiarized with the controls in
  the game.  If you wish, feel free to customize the controls to better suit
  your needs.  Consult your manual for the listing of controls.


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                                   Game Modes
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  MVP Baseball 2005 has more than just one or two different game modes.  Below
  you will find a brief description as to what you can expect to find while in
  that part of the game.

                        I'm going to fill this in soon.


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                                Player Positions
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  There are a number of positions for players to play at.  If you aren't at
  all familiar with baseball, this section will give you a much better idea
  of who does what on the field.

  Pitcher (P) - Charged with delivering the ball to the plate in a manner 
  difficult for a batter to hit.  Good throwing speed is good indication of 
  a pitcher, but accuracy is more important.  They should be tough, smart, 
  and retain their composure when faced with a challenging situation.  Will 
  be required to 'cover' home plate on a short pop fly or foul when there 
  are runners on third.

  Catcher (C) - Generally the team leader while on the field since they 
  are the only player facing all the other players.  The catcher will: track
  the count on the batter; track the number of outs; remind fielders of 
  their position on the field; back up 1st base on every infield play; and 
  generally spend most of the time getting up and down from the squat 
  position.  Makes my calves hurt just thinking about it!  This player should
  be your most rugged and quickest thinking individual.

  First Base (1B) - The perfect place for a 'lefty' who can catch the ball 
  well.  Balls will be bouncing in, flying in, on target and off target, so
  their primary responsibility will be to catch and/or stop the ball. 
  Strength and size are also strong determining factors.  Strong concentration
  skills will also be a necessity, as they will potentially be involved in 
  every play.

  Second Base (2B) - Size and stature are of little importance.  Speed, 
  quickness and good fielding will be the determining factors.  Must be able 
  to 'think-ahead' when there are base runners, I.e. "If the ball is hit to 
  me, I will touch second base, or tag the runner, and then throw to first".

  Third Base (3B) - This player should have excellent forward and lateral 
  speed, as most balls hit at them will be short, and/or to the players' 
  left.  They should be able to throw the ball on a dead-run and be able 
  to field the ball barehanded.  They are the furthest from first, so a
  strong throwing arm is required.

  Shortstop (SS) - This player has more ground to cover than any other 
  player does and must be fast, quick, agile and have a strong throwing 
  arm.  The shortstop will potentially field more ground balls, in more
  off-balance positions, than any other player.  Being able to 'think-ahead'
  is required for this position as well.  This position will backup the 
  second baseman on any throws to second.

  Left Fielder (LF) - Of all outfield positions, this player should have 
  the weakest arm, as they do not generally throw the ball as far. They
  still require good fielding and catching skills and backup third on 
  pick-off attempts from the catcher or pitcher.

  Center Fielder (CF) - This will be the player that has the best 
  combination of speed and throwing distance.  Like shortstop, they cover
  more 'grass' than any other player and, most likely, will catch the most
  fly balls.  They must backup second on all bunts and throws from the
  catcher.

  Right Fielder (RF) - As well as the requirements above should be a 
  good 'think-ahead' player.  This player backs up first base on all
  throws from the catcher and all bunted balls, since the catcher must 
  be available for fielding the ball.  They backup second on any ball
  thrown from the left of the diamond. I.e. shortstop, third base or
  foul territory.



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                                    Pitching
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  Between Pitching, Fielding, and Hitting, I'm best at pitching, although I'm
  by no means superb at it.  It's something that you must work on, like any
  other aspect of the game.

  In order to pitch well, you're going to need to know your pitcher, among
  other things.  Chances are, your pitcher doesn't have a great ability to
  throw all of his pitches.  He likely excels at one or two, but the other one
  or two probably don't break much over the plate.  Other than how much the
  ball breaks, pitch placement is also important.

  If you're going to be successful, you're going to have to paint the corners,
  as it's called.  Throwing pitches to the edges of the pitching box will
  increase the likelihood you'll either strike the batter out or see him pop
  out.  
  
  Regardless of where you throw the ball, you will also need to mix up your
  pitches.  Even if you have one of the finest pitchers in the game, you're
  not going to do well is you only throw fastballs.  Throw curveballs, fast-
  balls, splitters, whatever is in your arsenal or pitches.


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                                 Team Profiles
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  Below you'll find complete profiles for the teams available to you in the
  game, which includes a full roster.

  Note: This section will be added to slowly because of trades, free agent
  signings, etc.  Also, minor league player lists haven't been made available
  as of the first edition of this FAQ.


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                       Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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    This is the section I've dedicated to questions that I deem are asked
    quite a bit, and instead of receiving the same questions over and over,
    they will be asked and answered below.  Be sure to read this section
    prior to asking me a question.


    Q:  I lost my manual - can you send me yours?

    A:  No.  This kind of question is one I don't like to answer.  Far too
        many people are using pirated copies.  If you use a pirated version, 
	obviously there's no printed manual.


    Q:  Can retired players become managers?

    A:  No.


    Q:  Why isn't Barry Bonds in the game?

    A:  Barry Bonds, for one reason or another, decided not to sign with the
        player's union.  Because of this, EA Sports cannot legally include
        him in the game.  They did, however, include him, but under another
        name.  He's Jon Dowd.  If you want him to look like Barry Bonds,
        you'll have to edit his face, jersey number, etc.  In case you
        need help with this, try this information submitted to me by Eddie W.

        Face: 14
        Hair Color: 1
        Hair: 1
        Facial: 1
        Bat Color: 7
        Glove: 3
        Elbow: 1
        Shin: None
        Wrist: 3 (too bad they aren't black)
        Socks: Low
        Batting Gloves: On
        Stance: E.Chavez


    Q:  What's up with the red/green fielding circles?

    A:  When the ball is in the air, the red color is indicating to you to
        get ready to catch it.  Green means you should jump to rob the batter
        from a home run (obviously this is when you are next to the wall).


    Q:  When I lead off, I keep getting picked off.  Please help!

    A:  Well, when you lead off, you do run the risk of getting picked off.
        Perhaps you should go into the Options and choose Automatic Retreat
        instead of Manual Retreat.  This will give the retreat option to the
        computer to do, instead of relying on you.


    Q:  Where can I find updated rosters?

    A:  EA has a downloadable roster update through the PS2 online adapter,
        and I'm sure there are ways for people to download official rosters
        for their XBox or PC.  If you're looking for a Sharkport or Max Drive
        roster update, check out sites like http://www.ps2rosters.com,
        http://www.geekrosters.com, or http://www.gamefaqs.com


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                                    Glitches
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  All known glitches will be found in this section.  If you know of a glitch
  or bug in the game, send me an email.


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                                     Links
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  This is where you'll find MVP Baseball 2005-related sites or pages.  Some
  links may take up two or more lines because of their length, making it
  impossible to cut and paste them in a web browser.

      MVP Baseball 2005's Official Site     http://www.mvpbaseball2005.com
      Official MLB Site                     http://www.mlb.com
      National Hall of Fame                 http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/
      Baseball Almanac                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
      The Coaching Corner                   http://www.thecoachingcorner.com/


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                                Revision History
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  Version 0.1  -  February 28, 2005  - 16 KB

    Just a few days after the game being released, the first version if
    finished.  There is still a great deal of information that needs to be
    added, and I hope to have it complete as soon as possible, including
    rosters.  Feel free to send me email, asking questions, offering comments
    on the game or FAQ, and offering information for the FAQ.  Your email is
    appreciated.


  Version 0.2  -  March 06, 2005  - 19 KB

    I just added a few Frequently Asked Questions to the FAQ.  If you have
    tips you'd like to share, send them on in.


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                                 Final Words...
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   Credits
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   Jeff "CJayC" Veasey for hosting my FAQs.
   Dave Allison for hosting my FAQs.
   The Coaching Corner (http://www.thecoachingcorner.com) for help with the
     player positions.
   Eddie W. for the Barry Bonds edit information.

   This FAQ was writen entirely using the GWD Text Editor:  (shareware)
     http://www.gwdsoft.com/

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   Misc Facts about the Author:
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   Email Address: red_phoenix_1@hotmail.com
   Other FAQs: Check out http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/2717.html


  << Disclaimer >>

  This document may be freely distributed so long as it is not edited or
  or altered in any way, I am given credit, you do not charge for viewing
  this guide; this includes, but is not limited to websites, cds, dvds,
  magazines, etc.

  This document was made for personal use only.  No part of this document may
  be copied or used in any form of media without the express written consent
  of Jim Chamberlin.  Unauthorized use of any information herein is a direct
  violation of Copyright Law, and legal action will be taken.

  This document is Copyright © 2005 Jim Chamberlin.  All Rights Reserved.