FIELD PLAY: BATTING & BASERUNNING
ON DECK CIRCLE:
Prior to your at-bat, get a look at the pitcher from the on-deck circle. In options (defense) if you selected...
'Play & see every single pitch' you will watch every pitch.
I highly recommend this option as it gives you a look at the pitchers windup and the situation you'll be facing when you step up to the plate.
Click R3 to change batting camera view - the two options are angle or middle.
If the manager calls out any signs they will be posted above the batters name plate (in this image there is no sign shown.) If a sign appears, refer to the 'Block Sign' page in the Field Play section for translation.
The key to understanding leadoffs is the little arrow on the bottom right of the screen...
Red Arrow = Take Small Lead pre-pitch, and small jump when the pitcher begins his motion.
Note: The official term for these arrows in the user manual is "Steal Intention: Aggressive / Conservative."
Triangle = Advance / Steal
Pay attention to any Block Signs your manager puts out. You can see these on the bottom right side of the screen (next to the green arrow.) In this image the manager is telling you to "Run on ground ball." Full block sign details are explained in the sections below.
Sometimes it's hard to decide if you should advance or retreat when running the bases. If you're stuck take a look at the radar which diplays the balls direction of travel, speed and defensive movement. The ball in this image was hit for a double over the left fielder. It was hard to tell on radar because you can see the ball heading straight for him. That's why it's important to watch how the ball comes off the bat so you can estimate height and distance.
Sometimes the radar is very effective in helping you make a decision. Other times you'll know what to do as soon as the batter hits the ball. And sometimes (just like real life) nothing helps so you'll have to sit between the bases and watch it play out.
Star batters will face some interesting defensive shifts. Thus, it's a good idea to always check the radar before a pitch is thrown to view the defensive alignment. This can also help with advance/retreat decisions.
Note: The Fielding and Baserunning Radar are different. The baserunning radar does not display a red flyball cursor (the fielding radar does.)