MLB® The Show™ 23 Celebrates Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela’s Number Retirement

August 11th, 2023

The Los Angeles Dodgers are retiring the “No. 34” jersey in reverence of the one and only Fernando Valenzuela. We at MLB The Show felt it was only right to pay homage to “El Toro” by rolling out the Number Retirement Program, available in Other Programs, to shine a light on this paragon of the game. Complete Moments and Missions, a Showdown, and a Conquest Map to earn progress in the Number Retirement Program and earn previously retired number Legends such as Milestone Series Ozzie Smith (97 OVR), Dennis Eckersley (97 OVR), and Mickey Mantle (97 OVR) as you make your way to Milestone Series Fernando Valenzuela (99 OVR).

Number Retirement Program Rewards:

  • Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers (99 OVR)
  • Mickey Mantle, CF New York Yankees (97 OVR)
  • Cal Ripken Jr., SS Baltimore Orioles (97 OVR)
  • Harold Baines, RF Chicago White Sox (97 OVR)
  • Dennis Eckersley, CP Oakland Athletics (97 OVR)
  • Eddie Murray, 1B Baltimore Orioles (97 OVR)
  • Ozzie Smith, SS St. Louis Cardinals (97 OVR)
  • Warren Spahn, SP Atlanta Braves (97 OVR)

Number Retirement Showdown

Face-off against Fernando Valenzuela as the Final Boss in the Number Retirement Showdown to earn additional progress in the program.

Number Retirement Conquest Map

Try your hand at the Number Retirement Program Conquest Map to pick up even more Program Stars towards the associated program, as well as Stubs, Packs, and more.

Number Retirement Event

Earn Milestone Series Jim Thome (95 OVR) at 5 wins, Milestone Series Eddie Mathews (97 OVR) at 20 wins, and Milestone Series Michael Young (99 OVR) for earning 12 wins in a single event entry, before a double elimination in that entry, in the Number Retirement Event available now in MLB The Show 23.

Event Rules:

  • Core: Topps Now, Live Series; Sets 2 & 3: Milestone, Topps Now, Monthly Awards 
  • Max Team | 99 OVR 
  • Max Player | 99 OVR
  • Stadium Locked: Dodger Stadium 
  • Difficulty: All-Star

Number Retirement Choice Pack

On your way to earning Milestone Fernando Valenzuela in the Number Retirement Program, you’ll also pick-up the Number Retirement Choice Pack. This choice pack lets you choose 1 Diamond player from one of two tiers (Rare & Base) consisting of even more retired Legends that you can add to your Diamond Dynasty squad including:

Rare Round:

  • Roy Halladay, SP Toronto Blue Jays (99 OVR)
  • Duke Snider, CF Los Angeles Dodgers (99 OVR)
  • Craig Biggio, 2B Houston Astros (99 OVR)

Base Round:

  • Willie Stargell, LF Pittsburgh Pirates (97 OVR)
  • Chipper Jones, 3B Atlanta Braves (97 OVR)
  • Catfish Hunter, SP Oakland Athletics (97 OVR)
  • Jorge Posada, C New York Yankees (97 OVR)
  • Todd Helton, 1B Colorado Rockies (97 OVR)

Roster Update – Attributes

Along with today’s content update comes the 6th Roster Update focused on attributes upgrades and downgrades. Find 450+ player attribute updates across MLB and MiLB players, as well as the following new Diamonds and Golds:

New Diamonds:

  • Matt Olson
  • Michael Harris II
  • Cody Bellinger
  • Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Ha-Seong Kim
  • Pablo Lopez

New Golds:

  • Ryan Mountcastle
  • Cal Raleigh
  • Lars Nootbaar
  • Whit Merrifield
  • Lane Thomas
  • Ketel Marte
  • Jarren Duran
  • Matt McLain
  • Alex Bregman
  • Josh Jung
  • Joel Payamps
  • Tanner Scott
  • Freddy Peralta
  • Bryce Miller

Ranked 5 Program

Play solo 1v1, or Co-Op with friends in 2v2 or 3v3, as you make your way through the Ranked 5 Program.

Work your way through the leaderboards to earn rewards that you can sell then get your mitts on some non-sellable rewards like those found in this program’s World Series Reward Choice Pack featuring All-Star Game Series Byron Buxton (99 OVR), Award Series Rafael Devers (99 OVR), and Kaiju Series Al Leiter (99 OVR).

August Topps Now Moments

Take the mound as Framber Valdez when he became the first lefty in Astros history to throw a no-hitter, accomplishing the feat in only 93 pitches, or step to the plate as Jose Altuve when he notched the 200th hit of his career.

Relive these and other Moments in the August Topps Now Week 1 Moments and Missions, available in the July Topps Now Other Program, to earn the following player items:

  • Cade Marlowe, LF Seattle Mariners (93 OVR)
  • Kyle Gibson, SP Baltimore Orioles (94 OVR)
  • Jose Altuve, 2B Houston Astros (95 OVR)
  • Davis Schneider, 2B Toronto Blue Jays (95 OVR)

Optional Collection: Collect 100 Topps Now player items from current and past programs, as well as Topps Now cards found in BR, Ranked, Events, Team Affinity to add Framber Valdez (99 OVR) to your Diamond Dynasty squad.

Chase Pack 6

Chase Pack 6 features 4-time All-Star, 2-time NL Cy Young Award winner, and 2014 Rookie of the Year – Awards Series Jacob DeGrom.

Every purchase of The Show 50-Pack Bundle includes one Chase Pack 6, and don’t forget there’s a chance to find the Chase Pack in every individual The Show Pack as well. The Chase Pack guarantees 1 Diamond or better player item with a chance to find the featured Chase Pack player item, Award Series Jacob DeGrom.

Diamond Duos Choice Pack 31

Diamond Duos Choice Pack 31 lets you choose 1 Gold or better player item with an increased chance to find the featured Diamond Duos 99 OVR player items: All-Star Game Series Barry Larkin (99 OVR) and Kaiju Series Zack Wheeler (99 OVR). Available now in The Show Shop, Diamond Duos Choice Pack 31 costs 40,000 Stubs, and is limited to 1 pack per user.