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In the busiest day in Diamond Dynasty since launch, we got a wide variety of new content today. The biggest content drop was the new Spring Cleanup Program, but we also got a new Event, a fresh Headliners pack, the first roster update, a new Nike City Connect uniform, and more Topps Now players. Let’s quickly run through all the new stuff.

Headliners Set 9 2nd Half Heroes Ryne Sandberg

Sandberg has been a longstanding member of the DD family, but it’s hard to figure out whether he will stick or not in the meta year to year. With this card, I suspect he will not stick in too many lineups. His hitting splits make him fairly unique right now, which I like, but that might also spook some people. He also has 97 vision, which I also like. Still, he has no secondary positions and is only a gold defender.

Here are his ratings:

Headliners Set 9 - 2nd Half Heroes Ryne Sandberg

The odds on Headliners packs to pull a diamond are 1:10 (as always), albeit that diamond might not be 2nd Half Heroes Ryne Sandberg. In addition, this year you can buy one pack of the Headliners choice pack, which gives you 1:3 odds of pulling a 90+ overall diamond (and of course costs more stubs).

Bosses Band Event

Bosses Band Event

Moving past the much maligned Pitcher’s Paradise Event, we move now to the Bosses Band Event.

  • Players From AL East, NL East, NL Central
  • Max team overall of 90
  • 3-inning games
  • Difficulty: All-Star
  • Free entries as always

The event ends on May 5.

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The two big player rewards are a Breakout Wade Boggs and a Postseason Johnny Bench, but we also get the re-introduction of the Rewind Events choice pack where you’ll be able to snag a player from any of the old events that you might have not wanted to do or could not do due to time constraints.

Rewards

  • 1 win – The Show pack
  • 3 wins – 500 stubs
  • 5 wins – 2,500 XP, Headliners Set 6 pack
  • 7 wins – 1,000 stubs
  • 10 wins – Rewind Events choice pack
  • 13 wins – 1,500 stubs, Headliners Set 7 pack
  • 15 wins – 2,500 XP, Breakout Wade Boggs
  • 18 wins – 2,000 stubs, Headliners Set 8 pack
  • 20 wins – 2,500 XP, Postseason Johnny Bench
  • 25 wins – 2,500 XP, Rewind Events choice pack
  • 28 wins – Headliners Set 9 pack
  • 30 wins – 5,000 XP, The Show pack (x20)

Kansas City Royals Nike City Connect Program

Kansas City Royals Nike Connect Uniform

This program is listed under “Other Programs” and basically revolves around doing Parallel XP missions, exchanges, and moments with players from the Kansas City Royals. You will also get a Veteran Bret Saberhagen card when you’re close to finished with the program:

Kansas City Royals Nike Connect - Veteran Bret Saberhagen

Moments

The first moment is worth 5 points, the others are worth 4 points

  • The City Of Fountains
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Get on base 2 times
    • Do not give up 2 runs
  • The K
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 4 total bases
    • Do not give up 2 runs
  • Never-Say-Die
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Win 1 game
    • Don’t make 3 outs
  • Brett Gets Goose
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Sabes
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 4 batters
  • Big Game Bret
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 4 innings
    • Do not give up 1 run

Missions

  • Tally 500 PxP with Veteran Bret Saberhagen (10 points)
  • Tally 250 PxP with Royals players (2 points)
  • Tally 500 PxP with Royals players (3 points)
  • Tally 1,000 PxP with Royals players (5 points)
  • Tally 1,500 PxP with Royals players (7 points)

Exchanges

  • Exchange Royals players (3 points)
  • Exchange AL Central players (6 points)

Rewards

  • 10 points – The Show pack
  • 20 points – Royals universal profile icon
  • 30 points – 1,000 stubs, Veteran Bret Saberhagen
  • 35 points – Headliners Set 9 pack
  • 40 points – 500 stubs, Royals bat skin
  • 45 points – The Show pack (x5)
  • 50 points – 1,000 stubs, Kansas City Royals Home Nike City Connect uniform

First Ratings Update In Diamond Dynasty

MLB The Show 22 - Ratings Update 429

It’s always hard to predict how the first ratings update will work out, but I would say on the whole SDS was relatively aggressive with the tweaks to the ratings.

Going 90+

  • Jose Ramirez
  • Josh Hader
  • Nolan Arenado
  • Trea Turner (leaves the 90+ club)

New Diamonds

  • Ozzie Albies
  • Kevin Gausman
  • Francisco Lindor
  • Carlos Rodon
  • Raisel Iglesias

Leaving Diamond

  • Max Muncy
  • Kyle Tucker
  • Starling Marte
  • Bo Bichette
  • Robbie Ray
  • Zack Wheeler
  • Yasmani Grandal

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