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MLB 14 The Show: The Godfather of Custom Ultra-Realistic Rosters

There are certain things in life that you can count on annually, some good, some bad. If you’re a fan of SCEA San Diego’s MLB The Show series, one of the best is the arrival of the fully edited minor league roster set, O.S. Full Minors, released by OSer MK Knight (Mike). Mike has been working on roster edits for various games now for well over a decade, including such games as High Heat Baseball (PC) and the deceased NHL 2K series.

For the last seven years, though, Mike has switched all focus over to the MLB series. What started out as a one-man operation has now blossomed into a full scale production, with several key Operation Sports members joining the fold. Mike readily admits that although in the beginning it was just him, he is more of a facilitator now than anything.

"The first few years it was just me, and that’s why they would come out so late," Mike said. "It was June before I could get them done and out.

"I teamed up with a guy from OS who was also doing rosters, and we decided to work on them together. We used to get all our information from publications like Baseball Prospectus and other [similar] magazines. There is only so much you learn from reading about a guy, so we figured since we got a lot of our information from other fans on the site, why not get them involved?"

If you’re a fan of the series, and have played it before, than you are very familiar with the online roster and player hosting software that Sony implemented into the game a few years back titled Player and Roster vault. The vault(s) allows players to upload edited or fully created rosters, or individual players for others to download and use in the game. Kolbe, a former SCEA developer who has since moved on to EA Sports, told Mike that the vaults were a by-product of O.S. Full Minors. While Mike thought this was a great idea, he felt it could be even better.

"I told Kolbe if you really want to do me a favor, add a player vault also," he said. "It was a godsend being able to share the files that way."

It’s evident that Mike has not only helped create and shape the roster sets over the years, but that he has had a real hand in shaping the game itself.

Mike has been a member of the Community Day Team that travels to San Diego and gives feedback to the game's developers about changes and additions that help improve the game for the fans out there. Mike has been part of that group for more than 5 years.

"When (Russell-SCEA) first called, I thought someone was fooling around with me -- maybe one of the guys from work," said Mike. "I was apprehensive at first ... this was kind of unprecedented; bringing in guys to the studio from a website, you know?"

Sony SCEA was one of the first group of developers to do this, but then other developers started to do exactly that. Not only bringing in guys, but creating true forum feedback panels to help mold their respective game.

Mike went on to describe what it was like doing interacting with the dev team, and how the experience is "quite different than what fans might think."

"Some people think we go out there and it’s like roses, as if we're just hanging out," he laughed. "It not like that at all. "We are always in their ear, always bothering them with new suggestions, and they’re really receptive to that, and really cool about it. I can’t begin to tell you how gracious and appreciative they have been. We give them a lot of grief, and they are really great about it."

When it comes down to it, though, the O.S. Full Minors have a much larger impact on the game itself than we realize. The hard work and effort put forth by Mike and the rest of the OSFM team does not go unnoticed, especially by SCEA.

"(Sony) loves the rosters -- they're amazed," he said with a chuckle. "They crack up, and I mean that -- they actually laugh. They have more people online the day (O.S. Full Minors) comes out than the day the game actually releases."

The anticipation level from all who download and use O.S. Full Minors is always evident, as it should be. The type of enhancement that these sets provide to an already stellar game is almost immeasurable, and will always be something that not only myself, but MLB The Show players from around the world have come to enjoy and appreciate.

The one constant feeling that Mike conveyed multiple times throughout the time I spent with him was how much he respected and appreciated the guys who help him do the rosters, and the fans who take the time to thank the group, and actually use them. Mike praises the group that helps him, and loves letting everyone know that "it's the OS Community (getting involved), and I'm just the mechanic that puts it all together."

It's been 7 years since Mike has started this project.

"I still love creating these rosters, and it's nice when I hear how much people are enjoying them," he said. "It's definitley a labor love for all of us, but we know how much the community enjoys them."

We do enjoy them, Mike. Never stop.

For PS3 fans wanting to use this years roster set the wait is coming closer to the end, and for PS4 owners the rosters should be out by the time the game drops on May 6th.


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# 61 seanjeezy @ 04/24/14 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by SVCbearcat10
Never met this Knight fellow, only heard of him recently since I'm relatively new to the site, but here's how I picture him....

How far off am I????
You're pretty close, he's more like this though:



 
# 62 Heroesandvillains @ 04/24/14 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by thaSLAB
You're actually right, it's Mk. No one knew how to pronounce it, so he said call him Mike for 'short'.
I hear its true pronunciation lies within the mythos of this Japanese video game series:
 
# 63 ryanmc564 @ 04/24/14 05:39 PM
I have never used Knights rosters before, but I do appreciate all the work Him and his crew does. I usually make a few minor leaguers for the cardinals that I will probably call up in a season and its a lot of work., I can't imagine how long it takes to make the whole minor league. But I just want to say Thanks for all the work they do.
 
# 64 redsoxfan31 @ 04/24/14 07:44 PM
I have the knowledge of playing with both Knight's custom rosters on MLB the Show and harsh's rosters on MLB 2K and I have to give the edge to Knight, the detail that goes into his rosters really show his love for the game, and he doesn't get paid to do it, he just does it because he wants, thank you Knight! MLB is a great game but with your super customized roster, it is an even better game!
 
# 65 Galvatron @ 04/24/14 09:09 PM
It's funny, I was introduced to this series with MLB 2006 (The 2005 version) and played every game until MLB 09 without downloading a single roster. I've been playing each release ever since with the OSFM rosters and I honestly wonder how I got thru all those years without them. To a baseball fanatic like me, these rosters are literally the best DLC of ANY game genre.

Keep up the good work Mike and the rest of the gang. We've all got a whole new generation of gaming to enjoy your work.
 
# 66 Joey @ 04/25/14 07:39 PM
Man that uncle Nolan is a boss!

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# 67 tanchl @ 04/26/14 11:24 AM
Mr. Knight, how influential was the other guy at the beginning in continuing the life of your rosters? Wondered what happened to him, made me think of him as the Paul Allen of roster making, lol.

Love the rosters, can't wait for its next generation debut.
 
# 68 Knight165 @ 04/26/14 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by tanchl
Mr. Knight, how influential was the other guy at the beginning in continuing the life of your rosters? Wondered what happened to him, made me think of him as the Paul Allen of roster making, lol.

Love the rosters, can't wait for its next generation debut.
The O.S.F.M.?....
He's the workhorse part of the team right now!
It's O.S. member RidinDwnKingsley.

We were both doing our own versions of minor league rosters......
He pointed out that it would make more sense too pool our resources and time......and there it was!

Again....I cannot tell you how much of a Godsend it is to have a great group of dedicated guys work on these. It's a much better "product" now than it was when I was working alone. Much better insight to more teams.....more eyes on the set means less things slip by. Heck...just less bleariness from grinding out 1500 or so players!

The author knew he couldn't mention everyone...that's why no other names were used....so others would feel slighted. But I'm glad he conveyed how much of a community and concerted effort the O.S.F.M. have become.

One thing I forgot to mention to Bob when he was interviewing me...was O.S. and Steve. Steve was very gracious to allow me to use the Operation Sports name in the title of the roster sets. I'm very grateful for that.

M.K.
Knight165
 
# 69 HILLTOPPER3339 @ 04/26/14 04:58 PM
This will be my first Show game (bought a PS4).

The article says that the roster will be available for the PS4 on Day 1. How is that possible if you don't get an advance copy of the PS4 version? Is the roster equally compatible with PS3 and PS4 versions?
 
# 70 mmorg @ 04/26/14 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by HILLTOPPER3339
This will be my first Show game (bought a PS4).

The article says that the roster will be available for the PS4 on Day 1. How is that possible if you don't get an advance copy of the PS4 version? Is the roster equally compatible with PS3 and PS4 versions?
The PS3/PS4/Vita all share the same roster vault. It's literally the same exact roster.
 
# 71 HILLTOPPER3339 @ 04/26/14 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mmorg
The PS3/PS4/Vita all share the same roster vault. It's literally the same exact roster.
Good to know, thanks.
 
# 72 Philliesfan912 @ 04/27/14 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by MMChrisS

There are certain things in life that you can count on annually, some good, some bad. If you’re a fan of SCEA San Diego’s MLB The Show series, one of the best is the arrival of the fully edited minor league roster set, O.S. Full Minors, released by OSer MK Knight (Mike). Mike has been working on roster edits for various games now for well over a decade, including such games as High Heat Baseball (PC) and the deceased NHL 2K series.

For the last seven years, though, Mike has switched all focus over to the MLB series. What started out as a one-man operation has now blossomed into a full scale production, with several key Operation Sports members joining the fold. Mike readily admits that although in the beginning it was just him, he is more of a facilitator now than anything.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: The Godfather of Custom Ultra-Realistic Rosters

How long after the game comes do these rosters normally come out?


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# 73 RGmoney @ 04/27/14 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Philliesfan912
How long after the game comes do these rosters normally come out?


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You can find the status of the rosters, here: http://www.operationsports.com/forum...s-rosters.html
 
# 74 tspicchiali @ 04/27/14 01:35 AM
The best rosters out there and it isn't even close. I will be getting the PS4 and The Show on May 6 and I just cannot wait. Thanks Mike.
 
# 75 stcloudgopher @ 04/28/14 12:49 AM
The last graf is the word: We do enjoy them, Mike. Never stop.
Really, I have played since day one. I have started six franchises, and deleted six. (And will delete seventh when OSFM drops.)
Your "labor of love" is a big reason why I love this game. When combined with a dev/pub combination that gives a quality product, your (and the rest of the OS team you utilize) work is more than appreciated, it's like the cream cheese frosting to my carrot cake.
Thanks. And thanks again.
 
# 76 CaseIH @ 04/29/14 10:59 PM
I started buying MLBTS back in 09 after I had enough of that MLB2k garbage that was put out yearly, and I broke down an bought a PS3 just for this game. I remember my wife saying your buying a new console for 1 game, and I said yeah but look at it, and then look at that garbage MLB2k game I have been playing on the 360, I cant take it anymore, so she gave in and said OK, not that I wouldnt have bought it anyway,lol. Just by accident I ran across those rosters, and if it werent for these rosters Im not sure how much I would actually even play this game, cause of how bad the fake minors are done by SCEA. These rosters are a blessing each and every year, and Im thankful that so many come together to work on this project and get it done so quickly. Thank you too Knight and all that put it so much work.
 


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