MLB The Show 22: Complete Baserunning Controls and Tips for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S

One of the trickier aspects of MLB The Show 22 is baserunning. This guide provides you with complete controls and tips to conquer the bases.


MLB The Show 22: Complete Baserunning Controls and Tips for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S

Baserunning can be an overlooked aspect of MLB The Show 22, but it can also separate you from your competition with excellent execution. Taking an extra base here and preventing one there could be the difference between a win and a loss.

This guide will give you full controls for The Show 22’s baserunning gameplay. It will also include a look at stealing, sliding, and tagging up on fly balls.


Baserunning Controls for PS4 and PS5

MLB The Show 22 baserunning controls PS4 and PS5 controller

Stealing and baserunning pre-pitch controls:

  • Select Runner: Point L toward the occupied base of the desired baserunner
  • Advance: L1 after selecting baserunner
  • Advance All Runners: L1
  • Steal Individual Runner: Select with L and then hit L2
  • Steal All Runners: L2
  • Hold and Release Steal: Hold L2 until just before the pitcher begins windup

Baserunning controls when the ball is in play:

  • Select Runner: Point L toward the location of the desired baserunner
  • Advance/Return Individual Runner: L + Circle, Triangle, Square
  • Tag Up: L1
  • Advance All Runners: Hold L1
  • Return All Runners: Hold R1
  • Stop Runner: R2
MLB The Show 22 PS5 controller controls

Sliding controls:

  • Initiate Slide: Hold L1 while in Road to the Show and Player Lock with Analog Baserunning
  • Any Direction Slide: Point L in Road to the Show and Player Lock with Button Baserunning
  • Slides on the Basepath: R, then ↑ head-first; → hooking right; ← hooking left; ↓ feet-first
  • Slides at Home: R, then ↑ head-first; ↓ feet-first; 5 o’clock wide right feet-first, 7 o’clock wide right head-first

Baserunning Controls for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Stealing and baserunning pre-pitch controls:


  • Select Runner: Point L toward the occupied base of the desired baserunner
  • Advance: LB after selecting baserunner
  • Advance All Runners: LB
  • Steal Individual Runner: Select with L and then hit LT
  • Steal All Runners: LT
  • Hold and Release Steal: Hold LT until just before the pitcher begins windup

Baserunning controls when the ball is in play:

  • Select Runner: Point L toward the location of the desired baserunner
  • Advance/Return Individual Runner: L + B, Y, X
  • Tag Up: LB
  • Advance All Runners: Hold LB
  • Return All Runners: Hold RB
  • Stop Runner: RT

Sliding controls:

  • Initiate Slide: Hold LB while in Road to the Show/Player Lock with Analog Baserunning
  • Any Direction Slide: Point L in Road to the Show/Player Lock with Button Baserunning
  • Slides on the Basepath: R, then ↑ head-first; → hooking right; ← hooking left; ↓ feet-first
  • Slides at Home: R, then ↑ head-first; ↓ feet-first; 5 o’clock wide right feet-first, 7 o’clock wide right head-first

The left and right joysticks are denoted as L and R, respectively. Any action from pushing down on either joystick is denoted with L3 and R3.


Baserunning FAQ for MLB The Show 22

1. How to advance runners in MLB The Show 22

To advance runners, hit L1 or LB pre-pitch and hold while the ball is in play. For the former, all baserunners will take one step toward the next base. For the latter, it will send runners around the bases as long as you are holding the button. If you press it, they will stop at the next base. Be aware of the situation.

2. How to steal in MLB The Show 22

To steal, hit L2 or LT before a pitch to send all runners. To send one runner, point to that base with L and then L2 or LT to send that individual runner.

3. How to slide in MLB The Show 22

To slide, use the right joystick to control the direction of your slide. Going up on the stick will result in a head-first slide, down a feet-first slide. Hitting right or left will cause a hook slide where the runner will slide to that direction of the base.

Importantly, in Road to the Show and Player Lock situations, you must first hold L1 or LB and then use the right stick to control your player’s slide. If you forget, the CPU will decide which slide to use.

4. How to run faster in MLB The Show 22

Specific to Road to the Show, apply equipment cards to your player to increase speed. Generally, cleats and socks give the best speed boosts. Some rituals add to speed as well.

Your speed can also increase based on what you add to your player’s loadout. However, aside from those that focus on speed and not much else, you might not be able to increase your speed as much as you can through equipment.

While the speed rating usually tops out at 99, it is possible in Road to the Show for your speed to reach over 110 thanks to the equipment and loadout.

Baserunning tips for MLB The Show 22

When playing the CPU or online, there are a few things to consider.

1. Run when you know the ball will drop

MLB The Show 22 ball drop
Being thrown out attempting to steal after a wild pitch, an unwise decision.

While the baserunners will usually only run on contact when there are two outs or when they are sure the ball will drop, sometimes the ball will drop with the baserunners not having moved beyond halfway.

This could turn a would-be multiple run extra base hit into a single with no runs. Even worse, a runner could be forced out with a throw from the outfield because of their hesitancy in advancing. So, if you are sure that the ball will drop, send the runners.

2. Advancing when the opportunity arises

MLB The Show 22 opportunity
Using the Tag Up option to send the runner to third as indicated on the diamond in the upper corner.

If there are multiple runners on and there is a chance for one (or two) to tag up and advance, you will see a “Tag L1 Up” (or “Tag LB Up” on Xbox) that will advance said runner(s) the moment that you click the button.

Importantly, any runners needing to return to their base to avoid being doubled up will return, as the tag up button in this situation will only apply to those who can tag and advance. Remember, take the extra base when possible.

3. Run with the left analog

It is highly suggested that, to improve on manipulating individual runners, you should use the left analog rather than relying on the Advance and Return All functions.

The ability to control each runner will give you an advantage as you can more easily accomplish things like double steals or escaping pickles by forcing attention to another runner.

4. Release the trigger just before the pitcher’s windup on a steal attempt

MLB The Show 22 releasing the trigger just before the pitcher’s windup on a steal attempt
Use L and hold L2 or LT, then release just as the pitcher is set to pitch to send the runner from first with a huge head start.

When using the Hold and Release Steal function, timing is everything. If you release too early or too late, your baserunner(s) will attempt a delayed steal that is more apt for a hit-and-run situation. If you release L2/LT a moment too soon or too late, the same will happen.

You must release L2/LT just before the pitcher’s windup begins. If pulled off correctly, your baserunner(s) will take off and be halfway to the next base before the ball is even in the catcher’s mitt.

5. Assess your opponent to adjust your strategy

Mastering the above timing will enable you to score many runs while placing extra stress on your opponent. However, remember that the CPU does switch up its timing when pitching, so you will have to pay very close attention to the pitching tendencies.

When playing other gamers, this tactic may be inadvisable due to the random nature of release times with human-controlled players.

6. Utilize hooking mechanics when sliding

When sliding, use the hooking mechanics to your advantage. When stealing second and third bases, always hook right to put yourself as far away from home plate and the ball as possible. With the swipe tag at second base, especially, being a few inches further away will result in being safe often.

When advancing to either base via ball in-play or tagging up, pay attention to the trajectory of the ball and slide away from the ball’s landing spot. When sliding home, it is also advisable to hook right (note that head-first slides seem to reach bases faster than feet-first slides in The Show).

Now you have all of the controls and tips that you need to become a baserunning fiend like Rickey Henderson or Tim Raines. Master these controls and climb your way to the top of the rankings!


Bruce Lee

Bruce "Lee" is the Lead Editor for OutsiderGaming. He's a passionate writer, great editor who works tirelessly to develop young writers, and of course a great gamer. Bruce is interested in many games--from MLB the Show to the newest Pokemon releases.
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