A trailer for the upcoming MLB The Show video game has dropped and includes its current Chicago Cubs cover athlete and other baseball legends.
With Spring Training right around the corner, baseball fans who just so happen to be gamers are counting down till MLB The Show 20 launches in March. Of course, Chicago Cubs standout Javier Baez will dawn the cover, making it an even sweeter pick-up.
On July 1, 1997 (in a galaxy far, far away), MLB ’98 launched on the first PlayStation with New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams on the cover. It was a video game I remember playing in front of my grandfather who would casually watch as he enjoyed a game or two of solitaire on the computer.
As a kid, and I’m sure others will agree, this particular video game became the go-to for myself and other friends who loved the game of baseball. In its first year, Mike Carlucci provided play-by-play until Vin Scully took over the following year.
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Other cover athletes include Cal Ripken Jr., Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, David Ortiz, David Wright, Shin-soo Choo, Ken Griffey Jr. and Joe Mauer. This year marks the first time a Chicago Cub will represent the video game powerhouse.
However, their 2016 World Series victory was immortalized in the MLB The Show 17 sequel that covered key moments in the sport’s history. Nearing the end of the intro video, Joe Buck’s infamous late-inning third outcall sent waves of emotions through the bodies of fans who waited to witness such a magical moment.
With that said, the future of gaming continues to evolve. Obviously, production has played a massive role in it doing so. These days, not only are you capable of creating a player to your likeness, or fantasy, you’re allowed to take them through a career.
Have you ever imagined yourself playing in the big leagues? Well, if you are not familiar with baseball games, you can now! Or at least, you have been able too for the past several plus years.
However, that feature isn’t the only thing that has drawn players to MLB The Show over the years. Personally, online leagues with your friends have been fun unless you were hoping to land your favorite team.
Or are you interested more in a fantasy approach with some of your all-time favorites mixed with current stars? Then Diamond Dynasty mode is right up your alley. Right off the bat, no pun intended, packs involving cards of players from the past and present are made available unless you’re one of those who prefer to grind from the ground up; you’ll enjoy weekly/monthly challenges that provide deserving rewards to build your squad.
It’s another authentic approach this year, including more customizations, bat flips, and even Javier Baez pointing to Welington Castillo (or whoever is behind the dish) when applying a tag on a would-be base stealer. Not on El Mago’s watch, you don’t.