MLB The Show 19 is free for PlayStation Plus members this month and we wanted to give a guide for all the new players out there.

1. OPEN YOUR FREE PACKS

You have a FREE 5 pack bundle that includes some Diamond Players and Items.

  • Press on the touchpad in the middle of your PS4 controller
  • select SHOW SHOP
  • select BUY PACKS.

You can buy one WELCOME TO THE SHOW bundle for 0 Stubs.

Once "purchased" you will be prompted to open them right away. If you want to open them later, you can do so by

  • navigating to the COMMUNITY tab from the home screen
  • choose MY INVENTORY
  • select MY PACKS

From here select the pack you want to open and have at it!

Your new players and equipment discovered in packs can be found from the MY INVENTORY screen you were previously at.

2. START YOUR ROAD TO THE SHOW

Create and customize your player on his journey to the Majors. Now that you've got some equipment from your FREE bundle, create your character so he can use it!

  • Start by navigating to the PLAY tab
  • select ROAD TO THE SHOW

Start a new campaign and create the player you're most interested in playing as. Don't forget to equip the gear you got from your free packs, or search the COMMUNITY MARKET to buy new equipment at any time.

3. KEN GRIFFEY JR. - STORYLINE MOMENTS

Play historic moments from Ken Griffey Jr.'s illustrious career. Relive the career of one of the best power hitters to ever live, Ken Griffey Jr. Hit back-to-back home runs as a father-son duo, propel the Mariners to a division title and become one of the best five-tool players of all time.

  • To play these Moments go to the PLAY tab
  • select MOMENTS
  • select STORYLINES
  • CAREER GRIFFEY JR.

Once you complete all of these Moments, you will earn a Flashback All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. (Diamond, 89 OVR CF) player item to add to your Diamond Dynasty squad (more on this in #6).

4. MARCH TO OCTOBER

Quickly play through a season and take your favorite team from underdogs to World Series Champions! Come through in the season's key games and Moments to propel your team to the Postseason. This mode is an accelerated way to play through an entire season without playing every game and controlling every detail of the FRANCHISE game-mode.

From the PLAY tab select MARCH TO OCTOBER.

BONUS: Completing March To October with your favorite MLB team will help you unlock TEAM AFFINITY Rewards!

TEAM AFFINITY can be found in DIAMOND DYNASTY, under the COLLECT tab.

5. SOUNDS OF THE SHOW

Import custom music for stadium & walk-up sounds under the Options tab. You can always choose and rearrange music and sounds that are already in the game, but many people like to import their own music into MLB The Show 19. Here's how you do it:

  • Navigate to the OPTIONS tab
  • Select SOUNDS OF THE SHOW
  • Select MANAGE MUSIC FILES
  • Import the music on your USB device into MLB The Show 19

Once your music is imported you can use the other tools to assign player audio, walk-up music or arrange the playlist.

6. DIAMOND DYNASTY

Diamond Dynasty (DD) is the where you build a fantasy squad from players throughout history and use that squad in several different game modes:

  • Ranked Seasons: Bring YOUR BEST players to compete online to earn exclusive rewards and battle for your spot on the leaderboard.
  • Battle Royale: Draft a NEW TEAM to compete against other drafted teams to win exclusive rewards.
  • Events: Build YOUR TEAM based on event rules in order to acquire unique rewards.
  • Conquest: Take YOUR TEAM up against CPU-controlled teams. Earn rewards for accomplishing the goals of each unique map.

Your first time entering DD you will enter into a tutorial. Really follow along as that was designed specifically to help first-time players of the Diamond Dynasty game mode.

When you begin your DD squad, you may need some extra help to form a team that is ready for competitive play. This guide should make that journey a little quicker and a little easier by grabbing a few select diamond-rated players.

CREATING YOUR TEAM

The first thing you do when starting your DD adventure is to create your team. While you can simply go along with the colors, logos, locations, and names associated with your favorite MLB team…you can also make your team unique to your style and preferences! Choose your color scheme, design a custom logo (or grab one that someone else already created from "The Vault"), give them their hometown advantage and name the team in a way that represents your ambitions for the team!

BUILDING YOUR SQUAD

Next up, you’re going to need to build out your squad. You've already got some diamond players from the free packs (mentioned in #1 "OPEN YOUR FREE PACKS") so start by subbing them into your lineup.

Your DD team will be pre-filled with players, but you’ll want to start bringing in better and higher-rated players as soon as you can. You can earn better players by playing in DD games right away to earn stubs. Stubs can be used to buy packs from THE SHOW SHOP for a chance to get lucky and find great players. Or you can head over to the COMMUNITY MARKET to bid on the specific players you’re looking for. Either way, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got your best squad in place when you go head-to-head with other players.

Check out our cheat sheet at the end of this article to see how to earn some free diamond players by playing different game modes.

7. TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE SHARK - CONQUEST MAP

If your Diamond Dynasty squad isn't quite ready to take you to the top of the RANKED SEASONS leaderboard, dive into the SHARK - CONQUEST MAP.

  • To start Conquest go to the PLAY tab
  • select DIAMOND DYNASTY
  • navigate to the PLAY tab
  • select CONQUEST
  • select the SHARK MAP

Conquest is a turn-based game of strategy and skill. Distribute your fans throughout the map and attack other teams' strongholds until you have squashed out the fans of every other team.

Each map has goals that will give you rewards as you achieve them, but the SHARK MAP will go down in history as the most treasure-filled CONQUEST MAP of all-time.

If you need some help, go to YouTube and search "Conquest Shark Map" there are several great Content Creators that will help you figure out the best strategy while unearthing all of the hidden rewards.

8. CHECK YOUR XP REWARD PATH

Even if you've only done a few of the things on this list, you will have taken some leaps in your XP REWARD PATH. In the top-right of your screen you see your level (number) and tier (bronze). As you gain XP through, gameplay and rewards, you will unlock these rewards. The most exciting one is the level 100 reward that you get each time you jump tiers (bronze to silver, silver to gold, gold to diamond).

BONUS: DIAMOND DYNASTY ALL-GRIND TEAM

Here is a quick guide to fill your squad with diamonds and spending just GRIND.99!

TOPPS NOW MOMENTS - DIAMONDS

  • September 16 - September 22 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Marcell Ozuna - 89 OVR
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 30-40 minutes
  • September 9 - September 15 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Miguel Sano - 88 OVR
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 30-40 minutes
  • September 2 - September 8 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Kurt Suzuki - 88 OVR
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 30-40 minutes
  • August 26 - September 1 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Marcus Semien - 88 OVR
  • 6 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 40 minutes
  • August 19 - August 25 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Andrew Heaney - 89 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 45-60 minutes
  • August 12 - August 18 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Kyle Seager - 87 OVR
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 40 minutes
  • August 15 - August 11 Topps Now Moments
    Reward: Aristides Aquino - 87 OVR
  • 6 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 45 minutes
  • All-Star Game Topps Now Moments
    Reward- Guaranteed Diamond All-Star pack
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 35 minutes

#SONYPARTNERS MOMENTS

  • Quash Moments
    Reward: Juan Marichal - 97 OVR
  • 5 total moments
  • Estimated Time: < 90 minutes
  • Healy Moments
    Reward: Billy Williams - 98 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Koogs Moments
    Reward: Bartolo Colon - 91 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Fuzzy Moments
    Reward: Bryce Harper - 95 OVR RF
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Twin Moments
    Reward: Adam Wainwright - 95 OVR SP
  • 6 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Mills Moments
    Reward- Chris Davis - 87 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Sporer Moments
    Reward: Nick Senzel - 90 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 90 minutes
  • Shelfy Moments
    Reward: Cliff Lee - 90 OVR
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 120 minutes
  • Clutch Moments
    Reward: Griffey - 88 OVR CF
  • 7 total moments
  • Estimated Time: 120 minutes

SIGNATURE TEAMS MOMENTS

  • Play with NL Teams Moments
    Reward: Jason Kendall - 96 OVR
    BONUS: Program Stars for the 6th Inning Program
  • 15 Total moments
  • Estimated Time: 5 hours
  • Play with AL Teams Moments
    Reward: Torii Hunter - 97 OVR
    BONUS: Program Stars for the 6th Inning Program
  • 15 Total moments
  • Estimated Time: 5 hours
  • Battle with NL Teams Moments
    Reward: Pee Wee Reese - 98 OVR
    BONUS: Program Stars for the 7th Inning Program
  • 15 Total moments
  • Estimated Time: 5 hours
  • Battle with AL Teams Moments
    Reward:  Wade Davis - 95 OVR
    BONUS: Program Stars for the 7th Inning Program
  • 15 Total moments
  • Estimated Time: 5 hours
  • Battle Signature Teams Moments
    Reward:  Adrian Gonzalez - 99 OVR
    BONUS: Program Stars for the 7th Inning Program
  • 9 Total moments
  • Estimated Time: 5 hours