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    Electronic Arts - MVP Baseball 2004
    Playstation 2, X Box, Gamecube and PC
    Gameplay Tuning Sliders FAQ v. 1.0
    
    Written by rsefken
    Exclusively for gamefaqs.com
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1.  Introduction
    2.  Version History
    3.  What is a Slider?
    4.  Changing Sliders
    5.  Slider Breakdown and Definitions
    6.  When Should You Make Changes To You Sliders?
    7.  Slider Examples
    a.  Rookie - Not Available
    b.  Pro Setting - rsefken
    c.  All Star Setting - Pared FIA
    d.  MVP Setting - Pared FIA
    8.  Strategies
    9.  Special Thanks
    10. Contact and Legal Information
    
    
    
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    INTRODUCTION
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    There are some players who are satisfied with the game MVP 2004 at 
    the default settings.  However, many players know it is possible to 
    adjust certain settings within the game to make gameplay more to your 
    liking.  Setting the sliders of the game will allow you to make whatever 
    type of game you want.
    
    
    
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    VERSION HISTORY
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    4/5/04 - CARDINALS OPENING DAY!  Initial Submission to gamefaqs.com
    
    
    
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    WHAT IS A SLIDER?
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    A slider is a setting that can be adjusted within a game of MVP 2004 
    to tweak the game in any way you see fit.  If you prefer offensive 
    games, you can adjust your hitter contact and power to make your team 
    more of a powerhouse.  If you prefer pitching battles, you can lower 
    the same settings to make pitching that much more important.  Want 
    faster outfielders?  Slower infielders?  Tons of injuries?  More diving 
    catches?  Pitchers who can go the distance?  Adjusting the game sliders 
    can help you to find the exact setting for your gameplay needs.  This 
    FAQ  contains several suggested slider settings to get you going.  
    Please note, however, that slider settings are not an exact science.  
    You should constantly adjust your slider settings to fit the changing 
    needs of your skill level, your team, and the type of game you wish to 
    experience.
    
    
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    CHANGING SLIDERS
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    TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM SLIDERS:
    a.	Click on "Options" from the main menu
    b.	Click on "Gameplay Tuning"
    c.	Begin to adjust slider values using the D-Pad 
            (up and down to choose new slider, left and right to adjust 
            value)
    d.	To insure that your slider settings are not deleted, click 
            on "Save Options" and save your new settings each time you 
            change them.
    
    
    TO CHANGE SLIDERS WITHIN DYNASTY MODE
    a.	Click on "Options" on the Dynasty Mode menu
    b.	Click on "Gameplay Tuning"
    c.	Begin to adjust slider values using the D-Pad (up and down to 
            choose new slider, left and right to adjust value)
    d.	To insure that your slider settings are not deleted, click on 
            "Save Dynasty/Quit" and save your dynasty after each game played 
            or simmed.
    
    The following slider settings can be adjusted in MVP 2004 
            (Default value=0):
    
    Pitch Speed
    User Pitcher Fatigue
    CPU Pitcher Fatigue
    User Batting Contact
    CPU Batting Contact
    User Batting Power
    CPU Batting Power
    User Bunting Ability
    CPU Bunting Ability
    User Outfielder Speed
    CPU Outfielder Speed
    User Infielder Speed
    CPU Infielder Speed
    User Baserunning Speed
    CPU Baserunning Speed
    User Throw Speed
    CPU Throw Speed
    User Throw Accuracy
    CPU Throw Accuracy
    User Runner Aggression
    CPU Runner Aggression
    Runner Injury Frequency
    Pitcher Injury Frequency
    Batter Injury Frequency
    Fielder Injury Frequency
    CPU Steal Rate
    User Dive Difficulty
    User Catch Errors
    CPU Catch Errors
    User Runner Steal Speed
    CPU Runner Steal Speed
    User Runner Steal Delay
    CPU Runner Steal Delay
    Bullpen Fatigue Rate
    Bullpen Fatigue Grace
    
    
    
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    SLIDER BREAKDOWN AND DEFINITIONS
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    Pitch Speed
    + = Faster pitch speed (Raise when you are finding it too easy to 
        hit pitches)
    - = Slower pitch speed (Lower when you are having too much trouble 
        judging pitches)
    
    NOTE:  Changing the pitch speed has an effect on the force of the balls 
           hit.
    Faster pitch speed = further hit balls
    Slower pitch speed = shorter hit balls
    
    Many people find that by changing the pitch speed, they automatically 
    have to compensate by raising or lowering USER and CPU BATTING CONTACT 
    and USER and CPU BATTING POWER (see these categories for more details)
    
    
    
    User Pitcher Fatigue
    + = Pitcher fatigues more quickly (Raise when starters are consistently 
        going deep into games)
    - = Pitcher fatigues more slowly (Lower when pitchers are getting too 
        tired too quickly)
    
    NOTE: You will likely throw more pitches than the computer (if you are 
        someone who likes to go for the strikeout like I do), so some 
        people like to lower the user pitcher fatigue to get their pitcher 
        to last longer.  However, at default setting of 0 most staff aces 
        have no problem going 9 innings, and some of your 2, 3, and 
        occasionally 4 pitchers will go 8 or 9 consistently.  Most players 
        tend to like to raise the computerís fatigue to get them to use the 
        bullpen earlier.  If you leave it at default, you will see a lot of 
        complete games from the computerís pitchers.
    
    
    
    User Batting Contact
    + = Makes your hitters have improve contact (Raise to have less balls 
        off the end of the bat or the handle)
    - = Makes your hitters have less skill with contact hitting (Lower 
        if you are getting great contact every time)
    
    NOTE:  User Batting Contact is drastically adjusted from Pro to All Star 
        to MVP setting.  If your contact is higher, you have a larger hot 
        zone, meaning you can swing a little early or late and still get 
        good wood on the ball.  Conversely, with your contact lowered, your 
        hot zone shrinks and your chances of good contact are reduced.  
        Players tend to make the following suggestions for batting contact:
    
    PRO SETTING:	Set your batting contact in the negative range for more 
        realism.  Several sliders have suggested as low as -20, though 
        somewhere between here and -10 tends to work for most players.
    ALL STAR:	Since the difficulty takes a big jump on this level, 
        several sliders have been written suggesting a setting between 0 
        and +10.  For more challenge go lower, for less challenge go higher.
    MVP:	Another big jump from All Star.  Sliders have suggested anything 
        from 0 to +20 that Iíve seen.  Personal preference and skill must 
        come into effect when choosing this and any slider setting.
    
    
    
    CPU Batting Contact
    + = Makes CPU hitters have improve contact (Raise to have less balls 
        off the end of the bat or the handle.  If this setting is too high, 
        CPU will rarely or never take pitches in the strike zone as they 
        should.  Furthermore, if this setting is too high, the CPU will 
        almost never swing at a pitch unless it is a strike)
    - = Makes CPU hitters have less skill with contact hitting (Lower if 
        CPU gets great contact every time.  Also lower this setting if CPU 
        hitters rarely or never take pitches in the strike zone as they 
        should.  Furthermore, lower this setting to get CPU to chase pitches 
        just out of the strike zone)
    
    NOTE:  Like User Batting Contact, CPU batting contact is drastically 
        adjusted from Pro to All Star to MVP setting.  If CPU contact is 
        higher, they have a larger hot zone, meaning they will hit more of 
        your pitches, take less pitches.  Also, they will rarely swing at 
        pitches outside of the strike zone and almost always swing at the 
        ones in the zone, reducing the number of strikeouts.  Conversely, 
        with the CPU contact lowered, their hot zone shrinks and the CPUís 
        chances of good contact are reduced.  Also, they will more frequently
        swing at pitches outside the strike zone and take pitches that are 
        in the zone, increasing the amount of strikeouts.  Players tend to 
        make the following suggestions for CPU batting contact:
    
    PRO SETTING:	Set the CPU batting contact just inside the negative 
        range for more realism.  Several sliders have suggested as low as 
        -10, though somewhere between here and 0 tends to work for most  
        players.  Some players who have exceptional pitching skill may 
        actually want the CPU contact to go above 0, though if you go too 
        far above, you will rarely get strikeouts.
    ALL STAR:	Since the difficulty takes a big jump on this level, 
        several sliders have been written suggesting a setting between -30 
        and -10.  For more challenge go lower, for less challenge go higher.
    MVP:	Another big jump from All Star.  Sliders have suggested anything 
        from -40 to -20, with a few lower and a few higher.  Personal 
        preference and skill must come into effect when choosing this and 
        any slider setting.
    
    
    
    User Batting Power
    + = Makes your batters hit for more power (Raise when your hits are not 
        going far enough or with enough power behind them and if you see 
        a decrease in HRs or triples)
    - = Makes your batters hit for less power (Lower when there is an 
        abundance of HRs or triples to the gap, or when you simply want to 
        have more of a challenge)
    NOTE:  Like Batting Contact, User Batting Power is drastically adjusted 
        from Pro to All Star to MVP setting.  Much of your adjustments will 
        come from personal preference.  Do you prefer pitcherís duels or 
        slugfests?  Some people prefer realism while other just want to 
        crank out the dingers.  Take your personal preference into account 
        when adjusting User Batting Power.  Players tend to make the 
        following suggestions for User Batting Power:
    
    PRO SETTING:	Since the pitching is easier on Pro than on the above 
        settings, your chances of hitting for power will automatically 
        be increased.  Therefore, a setting somewhere between -17 and -10 
        is suggested by those who want a challenge.  However, if you prefer 
        more offensive games, increase this to between 0 and -10.  Some 
        players set this as low as -20 and as high as +10 or more.  Higher 
        settings mean more HRs.  Lower settings mean less.
    ALL STAR:	Since the pitches are coming in with more velocity, 
        your chances of hitting a HR are increased some.  There are players 
        who set this as high as +10 (many HRs) and others who go as low as 
        -10 (possibly fewer than normal) or more.  Somewhere between 0 and 
        5 seems to be the norm.  Use personal preference when deciding this 
        setting (How many HRs do you want to hit?)
    MVP:	Very similar to the settings I have found for All Star.  Again, 
        it all comes back to personal preference.  Some suggest a contact 
        between 0 and 5, while others are higher and some are lower.  
        Testing over a period of several games will help you find a 
        comfortable setting.
    
    
    
    CPU Batting Power
    + = Makes CPU batters hit for more power (Raise when CPU hits are not 
        going far enough or with enough power behind them and if you see 
        a decrease in CPU HRs or triples)
    - = Makes CPU batters hit for less power (Lower when there is an 
        abundance of CPU HRs or triples to the gap, or when you simply want 
        to have more of a challenge from the CPU)
    NOTE:  Like Batting Contact, CPU Batting Power is drastically adjusted 
        from Pro to All Star to MVP setting.  Much of your adjustments 
        will come from personal preference.  Do you prefer pitcherís duels 
        or slugfests?  Some people prefer realism while other just want to 
        crank out the dingers.  Take your personal preference into account 
        when adjusting User Batting Power.  Players tend to make the 
        following suggestions for User Batting Power:
    
    PRO SETTING:	The computer on Pro doesnít tend to hit THAT many 
        HRs, especially if you are skilled at pitching.  Some suggestions 
        for the PRO setting have ranged from -5 to +10.  Think of your 
        personal preference.  Some players feel that the computer is way 
        too powerful if they are above 0.  Others like the excitement of 
        the homer and want the setting higher.  Adjust to your personal 
        preference.	
    ALL STAR:	Again, personal preference comes into play, but 
        suggestions have been similar that that of the pro setting (-10 to 
        +10).  Play several games and adjust settings accordingly.
    MVP: Very similar to ALL STAR, though some players lower the CPU Power 
        because they find that they are giving up too many HRs.  I have found
        settings suggested with anything from -15 to +5 and up.  Adjust as 
        you see fit.
    
    
    
    User Bunting Ability
    CPU Bunting Ability
    + = Improves the chances at a successful bunt (Raise when your hitters 
        foul off or pop up many bunts)
    - = Lowers the chances at a successful bunt (Lower when your hitters 
        are reaching base or getting RBIs too easily on a bunt.
    
    NOTE:	Most players tend to raise their bunting ability, since the 
        default setting of 0 leaves you
    little room for error.  The best way to judge what setting you should 
        use is to play an exhibition 
    game with the bunting setting set at 0, then raise to 5, then 15, then 
        20 etc.  If you pop up too many bunts, raise your ability.  If you 
        are getting too many successful bunts to be realistic, then lower it.
    
    
    
    User Outfielder Speed
    CPU Outfielder Speed
    + = Makes outfielders move faster (Raise if you feel the CPUís or your 
        OF is too slow or if the CPU or you are giving up too many doubles 
        and triples)
    - = Makes outfielders move slower (Lower if you feel the CPU or your OF 
        is too fast or if the CPU or you are giving up enough doubles and 
        triples)
    NOTE:  Most players agree that the User Outfielder Speed on default of 
        0 is way too slow, while the CPU Outfielder speed on default of 0 
        is a bit fast.  The general consensus is to raise the user speed 
        and lower the CPU speed, though some tend to raise both.  Others who 
        wish for more of a challenge or a more offensively based game will 
        lower the settings.  Since the computer tends to get everything hit 
        their way, though, most players like the idea of making the CPU 
        speed significantly lower than that of the user.  I have seen this 
        setting anywhere from -10 to +5.
    
    
    
    User Infielder Speed
    CPU Infielder Speed
    
    + = Makes infielders move faster (Raise if you feel the CPUís or your 
        IF is too slow or if the CPU or you are giving up too many hits 
        between infielders)
    - = Makes outfielders move slower (Lower if you feel the CPU or your 
        IF is too fast or if the CPU or you are not giving up enough hits 
        between infielders)
    
    NOTE:  Most players agree that the User and Computer Infielder Speed 
        on default of 0 is way too fast IF you are someone who likes a 
        challenge or who likes to see more singles through the infield.  
        By lowering the infielder settings, you will see more realistic 
        fielding play with more hits through the hole and more need to go 
        for diving plays.  Plus, since it seems the computer gets everything 
        on the infield because of its flawless diving mechanic, you will 
        probably want to set the CPU lower than the user to even out the 
        field.  I have seen this setting anywhere from -12 to +5.
    
    
    
    User Baserunning Speed
    CPU Baserunning Speed
    
    + = Increases baserunning speed (Raise if you feel that your speed or 
        the CPUís is too slow, or if there is a shortage of triples)
    - = Decreases baserunning speed (Lower if you feel that your speed or 
        the CPUís is too fast, or if there is an abundance of triples)
    
    NOTE:  Again, adjusting baserunning speed is based completely upon 
        personal preference.  By lowering baserunning speed you will cut 
        back on the unrealistic amount of triples that tend to happen in 
        the game.  Remember, though, adapt this setting to your own skill 
        level.  As a tip, make sure to use the cutoff man on long hits to 
        the outfield to ensure that runners stop at second and donít go for 
        that extra base.  I have seen this setting anywhere from -10 to +10.
    
    
    
    User Throw Speed
    CPU Throw Speed
    
    + = Makes all balls thrown in the field faster with the exception 
        of pitching (Raise this setting if you feel that your throws from 
        base to base are not fast enough, if you are missing out on double 
        plays because of speed, if your outfielders seem to have especially 
        weak arms, or if you are having problems throwing out stolen base 
        attempts).
    - = Makes all balls thrown in the field slower with the exception of 
        pitching (Lower this setting if you feel that your throws from 
        base to base are too fast, if your outfielders seem to have 
        particularly strong arms, or if you have no problems throwing out 
        even the fastest runners on steal attempts).
    
    NOTE:  The general opinion is that the computer has a significant 
        advantage over the user with fielding and throw speed, because of 
        the fact that it always hits its red area (though you donít see it).
        Therefore, many users lower the computer throw speed significantly 
        lower than that of the user.  Whether or not you lower the user 
        throw speed is purely personal opinion, though it tends to be more 
        of a challenge and more realistic on a lower setting.  I have 
        seen this set anywhere from 5 to -10.
    
    
    
    User Throw Accuracy
    CPU Throw Accuracy
    
    + = Makes all balls thrown in the field more accurate and on target 
        (Raise this setting if you find that your throws around the infield 
        and outfield are frequently off target, if you have difficulty with 
        large red sections on the fielder meter, or if you simply want to 
        decrease your number of throwing errors).
    - = Makes all balls thrown in the field off target and much less 
        accurate (Lower this setting if you find that your throws around 
        the infield and outfield are always on target, if you never make 
        throwing errors around the bases or while throwing out a steal 
        attempt, or if you simply want to increase the realism of the game 
        by having occasional off target throws).
    
    NOTE:  The computer tends to make almost no errors on the default 0 
        setting.  If you feel that this is ok, donít adjust this slider.  
        However, you will need to go into negative numbers in order to have 
        the computer occasionally make off target throwing attempts.  I have 
        seen this setting anywhere from 0 to -10 or lower. 
    
    
    
    User Runner Aggression
    CPU Runner Aggression	
    
    + = Makes runners more aggressive on the basepaths (Raise if you find 
        that your players will not go for the extra base when they should.  
        Also raise if the computer is not stealing bases against you)
    - = Makes runners less aggressive on the basepaths (Lower if you find 
        that your players are too aggressive on the basepaths, are getting 
        thrown out too often while attempting to advance to another base, 
        or if the computer is stealing too much on you).
    
    NOTE:  Though some players claim that by increasing the CPU runner 
        aggression you will see more steals from the computer, I have yet 
        to have that happen to me.  Personally, the computer will almost 
        only run on a 3-2 count with 2 outs and nothing else.  By adjusting 
        some sliders you maybe able to increase the computerís willingness 
        to steal, but until now it has been unfounded.  This setting is 
        typically somewhere between 0 and +15, though if you feel the need 
        for the challenge, drop down into the negative numbers.
    
    
    
    Runner Injury Frequency
    Pitcher Injury Frequency
    Batter Injury Frequency
    Fielder Injury Frequency
    
    + = Number of injuries will increase (Raise if you rarely or never get 
        injured)
    - = Number of injuries will decrease (Lower if you are experiencing too 
        many injuries)
    
    NOTE:  This game has almost no injuries on the default setting.  Some 
        players find that they will almost never sustain injuries if they do 
        not have their injury frequencies set on at least 15, and some will 
        go as high as 30.  If you donít want injuries at all, go lower.  
        If you want to maintain the realism and have some more, go 15 or 
        more, though some actually suggest as high as 30 or 35.  A default 
        0 session will keep you virtually injury free.
    
    
    
    CPU Steal Rate
    
    + = Make the computer attempt to steal more bases (Raise if the computer 
        is not attempting steals)
    - = Make the computer attempt fewer stolen bases (Lower if the computer 
        attempts too many steals)
    
    NOTE:  The computer will almost never steal, even with their Steal 
        Rate on +50.  Adjust to +50 and hope for the best.  Some players 
        have suggested that by increasing the CPU Baserunning Aggression 
        the computer will attempt to steal more.  However, they will be more 
        aggressive at ALL baserunning, so adjust CPU Baserunning Aggression 
        at your own risk.
    
    
    
    User Dive Difficulty
    + = Makes it more difficult to rob the pitcher by use of diving catch 
        (Raise if you frequently make successful diving catches to rob the 
        CPU of base hits or if you want to see a slight increase in errors)
    - = Makes it easier to rob the pitcher by use of diving catch (Lower if 
        you have trouble making successful diving catches to rob the CPU of 
        base hits or if you want to see a slight decrease in errors)
    
    NOTE:  If you are someone who makes many diving catches and like the 
        ability to rob the computer of hits using dives, you will want to 
        lower your setting or keep it at 0.  For every notch you move above 
        0, it will get more difficult to rob the computer with diving 
        catches.  -20 to +20 is a pretty consistent setting, though some 
        players go significantly above or below this.
    
    
    
    User Catch Errors
    CPU Catch Errors
    
    + = Causes more errors to occur during the game (Raise if you are 
        experiencing very few errors)
    - = Causes less errors to occur during the game (Lower if you are 
        experiencing too many errors)
    
    NOTE:  Errors are virtually non-existent in this game at default 0, 
        and you will continue to see very few unless you raise both the user 
        and CPU catch errors.  It is all personal preference, though most 
        users I have polled enjoy errors set anywhere from 5 to 35, with 25 
        being the average setting I have seen.  	
    
    
    
    User Runner Steal Speed
    CPU Runner Steal Speed
    
    + = Runners will run quicker on steal attempts (Raise if players 
        are getting thrown out more than 50% on steal attempts)
    - = Runners will run slower on steal attempts (Lower if players 
        are getting thrown out less than 50% on steal attempts)
    
    NOTE: At the default setting, many players feel their runners are 
        too fast on the basepaths.  Others feel that default is just right.  
        I have seen this setting put anywhere from +10 to -10 and sometimes 
        a little more or less.  Personally, I have found that by preloading 
        a steal (taking a step, hitting up to start the steal, then taking 
        another step) I will steal as soon as the windup starts, which means 
        I do not need my baserunning speed too high.  I lower my baserunning 
        speed several spaces below 0, because I find that I still steal 
        between 50 and 60% of attempts, which is about normal.
    
    
    
    User Runner Steal Delay
    CPU Runner Steal Delay
    
    + = Makes your player wait longer to start running on steal attempts 
        (Raise if you feel that you or the computer get too good of a 
        jump on steals)
    - = Makes your player start quicker on steal attempts (Lower if you 
        feel that you or the computer waits too long to start running on 
        steals)
    
    NOTE: See the above note under STEAL SPEED about preloading a steal.  
        By using that method, you may find that your steal speed is way 
        too fast at default and may want to increase your delay.  However, 
        if you canít quite get the hang of preloading your steal, try to 
        move your slider into the negatives to make up for it.
    
    
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Rate
    
    + = Makes the pitchers you warm up in the bullpen fatigue quicker 
        (Raise if you find that you can leave your pitchers warming up for 
        an extended period of time and they will not get tired)
    - = Makes the pitchers you warm up in the bullpen fatigue slower (Lower 
        if you find that your pitchers get tired quicker than you had 
        expected or hoped)
    
    NOTE:  A good rule of thumb is to not leave a pitcher warming up more 
        than an inning.  Be careful if you warm up more than one pitcher at 
        a time that you sit the remaining pitcher if you bring one in.  
        Some people donít adjust this setting at all.  The average setting 
        is anywhere from -10 to +10, though somewhere around -5 to +5 seems 
        to work well.
    
    
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Grace
    
    + = Pitcher will take a longer time to get warmed up in the bullpen 
        (Raise this to allow pitchers more time to warm up)
    - = Pitcher will take less time to get warmed up in the bullpen 
        (Lower this to speed up bullpen sessions)
    
    NOTE:  Some players claim that raising this setting actually allows 
        players to continue throwing in the bullpen without getting tired as 
        quickly.  Some have stated that it is the time it takes after a 
        reliever pitches for his stamina to get back up to 100%.  I have 
        found that both seem to be true, so I tend to raise this setting. 
        If any of these three are correct, I would want this setting higher, 
        which has seemed to make my games in general and bullpen sessions 
        more realistic and interesting.  Either way, most people suggest 
        raising it up above 0.  Anywhere from 0-15 seems to be the norm, 
        so adjust it as you feel the need and see how your results are.
    
    
    
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    SLIDER EXAMPLES
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    SLIDER EXAMPLE DISCLAIMER:
    The following sliders are simply suggestions for getting started and 
    finding your footing with adjusting your settings.  Feel free to adjust 
    these settings to meet your individual needs.  If you have suggestions 
    for changes, please e-mail me at the link below so I can suggest the 
    changes to the original author.
    
    Furthermore you should NEVER use ALL STAR and MVP sliders for PRO 
    setting, and vice versa.  The game play dynamics are completely 
    different between the three game modes, so be sure to use the right 
    sliders for the right setting for the best possible gameplay.
    
    
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    ROOKIE SLIDER EXAMPLE
    Not Available
    ======================
    
    Adjusting sliders doesnít do much in Rookie, considering it is meant 
    mostly as a stepping-stone into PRO (considered the NORMAL level of 
    MVP 2004.)  If you have developed some challenging ROOKIE sliders, 
    contact me to have them posted here.
    
    
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    PRO SLIDER EXAMPLE
    Submitted by rsefken
    ====================
    
    * Pitching Aids - I turn them all off EXCEPT for the vibration function *
    
    Pitch Speed: 0 (no need to mess with this in rookie or pro)
    
    User Pitcher Fatigue: 3 (If you work for a lot of strikeouts, you might 
        want to lower this.  Personally, I think it is a realistic setting)
    
    CPU Pitcher Fatigue: 8 (Less pitches = less fatigue, so this may even 
        need to be raised.  I typically canít get the CPU to go to the 
        bullpen until the 7th or later.) 
    
    User Batting Contact: -16 (I find it too easy to hit otherwise)
    
    CPU Batting Contact: -6 (At this setting, the computer will take more 
        balls in the strike zone.  If you go too much higher, they will 
        swing at anything in the strike zone.  Also, at this setting, 
        they will occasionally chase after well pitched off-speed pitches 
        just outside the strike zone, this increasing your amount of Ks.)
    
    User Batting Power: -14 (Still hitting well over 400ft. on many of my 
        HRs)
    
    CPU Batting Power: 12 (They hurt you on pitching miscues you throw on 
        this setting, which is how it should be, yet because their contact 
        is lower and your outfielders are faster below, they do not get as 
        many triples.) 
    
    User Bunting Ability: 23 (If you go much higher, you will NEVER foul 
        off or pop up bunt attempts, which you SHOULD occasionally do)
    
    CPU Bunting Ability: 23
    
    User Outfielder Speed: 12 (In comparison to the computer, the user is 
        at a huge disadvantage for outfielding.  I feel that without raising 
        this setting, my players are far too slow to stop triples)
    
    CPU Outfielder Speed: -8 (More diving attempts made on this setting, 
        but by raising the Computer Catch Errors setting below, they will be 
        less aggressive and make more mistakes)
    
    User Infielder Speed: -2 (Makes you work harder on infield grounders, 
        even occasionally needing to use a dive)
    
    CPU Infielder Speed: -9 (More hits between fielders, and since they 
        make so many diving catches, you need the advantage)
    
    User Baserunning Speed: -4 (less triples. I was averaging two or three 
        per game at 0)
    
    CPU Baserunning Speed: -9 (same as above)
    
    User Throw Speed: -6 (This setting gives a much more realistic feel to 
        all plays.  The only thing this would hinder is throwing out runners 
        at second, but since the computer never runs, you will rarely if 
        ever run into this problem)
    
    CPU Throw Speed: -8 (Same as above)
    
    User Throw Accuracy: -4 (Larger red areas, making you have to be more 
        careful with your throws and timing)
    
    CPU Throw Accuracy: -7 (Catchers throw out about 35-40% of steal 
        attempts)
    
    User Runner Aggression: 10 (for both CPU and User will help to make for 
        more realistic baserunning styles)
    
    CPU Runner Aggression: 12
    
    Runner Injury Frequency: 22 (adjust these according to the number of 
        injuries you wish to see)
    
    Pitcher Injury Frequency: 20
    
    Batter Injury Frequency: 22
    
    Fielder Injury Frequency: 22
    
    CPU Steal Rate: 50 (won't matter, they only run on 3-2 counts with two 
        outs... at least in my last 50 games that's all they've run on)
    
    User Dive Difficulty: 15 (makes it more difficult to make huge diving 
        stops against the computer)
    
    User Catch Errors: 25 (helps to make a realistic number of errors in 
        your games)
    
    CPU Catch Errors: 35 (many more misses on diving catches)
    
    User Runner Steal Speed: -1 (to steal efficiently, take a one step 
        lead, then hit the up button, then finally hit the second step. 
        They run right on the windup)
    
    CPU Runner Steal Speed: 10 (might help to increase computer steals on 
        PRO)
    
    User Runner Steal Delay: -4 (quicker jump)
    
    CPU Runner Steal Delay: -9 (much quicker jump)
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Rate: 5 (speeds up fatigue just a bit and requires you 
        to really pay attention to bullpen sessions)
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Grace: 12 (pitcher takes a while to warm up, but not 
        ridiculous.  Just be observant.  Also, pitcher does not start to
        tire too quickly)
    
    
    
    ========================
    ALL STAR SLIDER EXAMPLE
    Submitted by Pared FIA
    ========================
    
    *Pitching Aids - All pitching aides off, including vibration *
    
    Pitch Speed: -7 (This actually has an effect on force of balls hit... 
        raise/lower at your own risk)
    
    User Pitcher Fatigue: 4 (Better user fatigue)
    
    CPU Pitcher Fatigue: 9 (Remember to work the count! Still having a 
        problem getting the CPU to use it's bullpen earlier though...might 
        be a game specific thing this year)
    
    User Batting Contact: 9
    
    CPU Batting Contact: -25 (This is relative. Here, the Batters will take 
        strikes as they should. They also don't get as solid contact as 
        they should. If you find yourself pitching too well or overpowering 
        the CPU batters, bump this up towards -17. Be WARNED - You WILL 
        throw less pitches, meaning your pitchers will go longer if the hits 
        are quick outs.)
    
    User Batting Power: 4 (Back down to here... you shouldn't be able to hit 
        bombs at will, at you were practically able to before....)
    
    CPU Batting Power: 9 (just about right)
    
    User Bunting Ability: 30 (Careful on bunting a high pitch... you WILL 
        pop it up!)
    
    CPU Bunting Ability: 30
    
    User Outfielder Speed: 16
    
    CPU Outfielder Speed: 4
    
    User Infielder Speed: -7
    
    CPU Infielder Speed: -10 (Now you'll see some more "seeing eye 
        singles!")
    
    User Baserunning Speed: -2
    
    CPU Baserunning Speed: -4 (MAKE SURE YOU HIT THE CUTOFFS TO LIMIT 
        TRIPLES!)
    
    User Throw Speed: -1
    
    CPU Throw Speed: -7
    
    User Throw Accuracy: 5
    
    CPU Throw Accuracy: 0
    
    User Runner Aggression: 0
    
    CPU Runner Aggression: 10
    
    Runner Injury Frequency: 18 (Just so we can get a few more injuries 
        going...)
    
    Pitcher Injury Frequency: 18
    
    Batter Injury Frequency: 18
    
    Fielder Injury Frequency: 18
    
    CPU Steal Rate: 50 (Still having a big problem with steals... Not 
        something we can really affect)
    
    User Dive Difficulty: 18
    
    User Catch Errors: 27 (C'mon, we needed more errors!)
    
    CPU Catch Errors: 27 (The CPU will now drop diving attempts, so it 
        limits the amount of unrealistic catches...)
    
    User Runner Steal Speed: -9
    
    CPU Runner Steal Speed: -9
    
    User Runner Steal Delay: -5
    
    CPU Runner Steal Delay: -5
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Rate: 6
    
    Bullpen Fatigue Grace: 12
    
    
    
    ======================
    MVP SLIDER EXAMPLE
    Submitted by Pared FIA
    ======================
    
    Paredís MVP Sliders are virtually the same as his ALL STAR settings, 
    with the exception of the following changes:
    
    User Batting Contact: 5
    
    CPU Batting Contact: -23
    
    User Batting Power: 7
    
    CPU Batting Power: -10
    
    CPU Outfielder Speed: 6
    
    
    
    ===========
    STRATEGIES
    ===========
    
    When playing games on the slider settings above, some players find 
    difficulties with certain aspects of the game.  Feel free to use the 
    following information to help increase your chances of success and to 
    make the game more interesting/challenging:
    
    1.  There are many more mistake pitches thrown by the computer in 
        PRO game mode as opposed to ALL STAR and MVP game mode.  Use that 
        fact to decide how to adjust your User Hitter Contact and Power 
        sliders.
    
    2.  On ALL STAR and MVP setting, the computerís pitcher will throw many 
        more pitches out of the strike zone, so be more selective with your 
        swings.  Work the count and try to fatigue the pitcher faster.  
        By learning which counts tend to bring about certain pitches, you 
        can work many more walks into games.  On PRO, you can expect 1-3 
        walks per game for a patient hitter.  For ALL STAR and MVP, expect 
        2-5 for a patient hitter.  Just take your time and learn how to 
        judge pitches off the pitcherís hand.
    
    3   Pitch around the corners.  When you get ahead in the count, throw 
        a breaking ball down out of the zone, high fastball (2 or 4 seam) 
        just above the strike zone, or a change up inside (just barely a 
        ball inside).  Your chances of the computer chasing when you throw 
        a good pitch in these areas is high, increasing your strikeouts.
    
    4.  Use the hitting control for the system you play with.  For example, 
        with the Playstation 2, hold the left analog controller to direct 
        your hits in the direction you wish.  If you are going for homeruns,
        preloading the batter to pull high will increase your chances, and
        make you feel like you have more control of the game.
    
    5.  Hit your cutoffs when playing against the computer.  Use it 
        virtually every time the computer offers it as a possibility.  
        You will notice the number of triples cut down dramatically.
    
    6.  To increase your chance at a successful stolen base on these 
        settings, take the first step of your lead, then hit up on the 
        D-Pad to preload your steal, then take the second step.  Your 
        player will run as soon as the windup begins, increasing your 
        chances for a successful steal.  Be careful though.  If the CPU 
        goes for a pick off, you have to quickly cancel the steal by hitting 
        right on the D-Pad.  Manual sliding can definitely assist in getting 
        you back into the base without the player applying the tag.
    
    7.  Staff aces are difficult to beat when you play them against the 
        computer, and likewise goes for the computer playing your staff 
        ace.  Donít adjust your sliders based on one or two games played 
        with staff aces.  Play several games before making changes, and make 
        sure to work the strike zone and pitch counts.  Donít give the CPU 
        advantages.
    
    8.  The computer will rarely steal if ever.  Donít over adjust sliders 
        trying to get the computer to steal.  Throw the CPU Steal Rate to 
        +50 and just hope to get something interesting.
    
    
    
    =========================================
    WHEN SHOULD YOU MAKE CHANGES TO SLIDERS?
    =========================================
    
    First, try one of the slider combinations listed below for at least 
    5-10 games.  Only make changes to sliders after you have played at 
    least five games with five teams of various skill levels at a particular 
    slider setting and find that you do not like a particular setting as is.
    Settings can vary according to skill level, number of games played, 
    team chemistry, opponent, and the actual team you choose to play as.  
    Hitting problems are typically a timing or aiming issue.  Pitching 
    problems are usually a button timing issue.  If you find that teams are 
    succeeding in accordance to how they should succeed in the Major Leagues,
    do not make changes if you want to keep the game fair and legitimate.  
    However, if you are hitting an exorbitant amount of HRs with a team not 
    known for HR hitting, adjustments should be made.  Likewise, if you 
    havenít hit a HR in ten games, tweak the following sliders to your 
    liking.  Slider mechanics is not an exact science, so feel free to 
    adjust these to your needs.
    
    
    
    ===============
    SPECIAL THANKS
    ===============
    
    -  Pared FIA for some pretty incredible slider settings on ALL STAR 
    and MVP setting
    
    -  The gamers who have shown there is a definite need for this 
    kind of FAQ
    
    -  Gamefaqs.com for posting this slider FAQ
    
    -  Everyone who has made suggestions for improvements
    
    
    
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