Nothing in this rant you posted made any sense.and nothing there says they were forced to do anything. All 3 console manufacturers have had access to the MLB license for 15 years. It was about keeping 3rd party(EA/2K) out.
If Sony said no MLB would have ZERO options for a baseball game besides the awful RBI that they published. Nobody was sitting around with a baseball engine ready to step in. If it’s so easy, xbgs sit nintendo would have made their own game years ago.
"nothing there says they were forced to do anything" except the ultimatum that if they didn't they'd completely lose the license to one of the most popular sports franchises they own and would suddenly have to compete with other big studios for future access. They were threatened with the loss of their golden goose.
How did "all 3 console manufacturers" have access to the MLB license when both the MLB and MLBPA had exclusivity deals with Sony San Diego Studios? The license was quite literally Sony's alone, unavailable to Microsoft's or Nintendo's studios, and the only people who had the ability to go outside of that agreement, as you point out in your next line, was MLB themselves (who made the RBI baseball series as a band-aid measure).
Nobody was sitting around with a baseball engine ready to step in? You don't think EA Sports or 2K already has foundational development done on a baseball module for their respective sports engines? I guarantee you they do and are salivating for the opportunity.
I don't know why you keep bringing up Xbox and Nintendo when platform holders are largely irrelevant to this discussion beyond the fact that Sony managed to get the MLB license. The competition for San Diego Studio is EA Sports and 2K Sports, not Xbox Game Studios or Nintendo.
I played it and I thought it was boring as crap.
I played it and got drafted by Cleveland, then didn't want to play anymore.