I don't understand all of the bad reviews, this game hasn't frozen on me once. It has slightly better picture quality than 2k8 as well. I can't bleive how fast you can speed the game up, If you wish you could probably finish a game in 20 minutes. It even has all of the correct stances every batter has. All in all this game is amazing.
i bought m.l.b the show first. Downloaded 2k9 from the network demos, and really liked it. It does not look as good as the show but does play better. Its more realistic then the show, An the game play is more fun. You use the right stick to do differnt pitches and bat. It just makes playing more intresting an fun. I'm not saying to rush out an buy it, but you should atleast rent it. The game is worth a shot. Plus 2k9 has home run derby the show does not.
I bought this game because overall i like the controls better than the Show. I wasn't happy with only being able to play frachise mode as a career. With the show you get Franchise, Road to the Show, and Season. The graphics on the show are much more life like also. Like I said I liked the control better but overall the Show is a much better game and i would stick with it. Hope this helps.