MLB The Show 21 | How to Play a Friend

MLB The Show 21 how to play a friend

It’s springtime, and that means it’s baseball season. Luckily, MLB The Show 21 has came just in time to bring some of America’s pastime to the newest console generation. This is a game with a lot of features that gamers want the most, such as cross-play and cross-progression. That being said, with all of these fancy features, sometimes it’s hard to play a friend in MLB The Show 21. If you’re struggling with the various menus, then we’ll show you how you can play a game with a buddy.

How to Play a Friend in MLB The Show 21

How to play a friend in MLB The Show 21

In order to play a friend in MLB The Show 21, you’ll need to go to the main menu and check out some of the mods. The Exhibition match requires you to go to your profile (top left), search through your friends (left of your icon), and invite someone to an exhibition. You can play friends with your personal team in Diamond Dynasty by opening it up and selecting “Play vs. Friends” in the Online Modes section.

By playing an exhibition match, you’ll simply play a game with a specific friend. Right now, there is no other way to open up a lobby through a traditional menu and invite your friends. You have to use the friend’s list. This is probably to support the game’s cross-platform functionality, so we’ll just have to make do for now.

Diamond Dynasty allows a player to create their own team to slug in the big leagues. This is a fun way to personally change how the baseball season ends up. Playing Diamond Dynasty with a friend is basically an exhibition; you aren’t going to be able to buff your stats or anything through this mode. To improve your team’s scores and record, you’ll have to do ranked mode, events, or single-player modes.


MLB The Show 21 brings the sport of baseball to the newest console generation. Check it out on Xbox or Playstation; you’ll be able to cross-play either way! If you liked this guide, check out some of our other game reviews!

Jason Toro

Jason Toro

Jason Toro-McCue has committed his schooling to the study of the connection between game design and narrative. When he's not working on this bond through writing articles or guides, he's playing Dungeons & Dragons, or just playing games themselves and looking at the story there.