Luckily for Phillies fans, Ryan Howard experienced the opposite of the Madden curse last year. Instead of falling victim to a devastating knee injury or an arrest for dog fighting, Howard went from MLB 08: The Show cover athlete to National League MVP contender and World Series champion. Sony's baseball sim led a charmed existence as well in 2008, as a radical makeover helped change The Show's image from also-ran to critically acclaimed success.
* Improved lighting and player animations
* New 40-man rosters and team management features
* Road to The Show has new training exercises
* No pitching or fielding training in Road to The Show
* Collision detection still leaves something to be desired