A New form of Chicago Cubs baseball comes to us via video game, as Ian Happ looks to out preform 29 other MLB superstars.
As you can tell from the title, the 25-year-old utility man Ian Happ will represent the Chicago Cubs in the first-ever edition of the MLB the Show players league. His streams might be worth watching as his roommates might make an appearance throughout the streams. Recently Happ, along with roommates Nico Hoerner, Dakota Mekkes, and Zack Short, have formed a podcast, calling it the Compound.
There was a joint effort between MLB, the MLB Players Association, and Sony Interactive Entertainment to form a competitive MLB the Show league. They consist of 30 representatives from every team. The 29 games regular season begins on Friday, April 10th, and concludes on the 28th.
The MLB, player’s association, and Sony will donate $5,000 on behalf of each participating player to a Boys and Girls Club in their team’s community, with the champion earning an additional $25,000 donation. The games will be streamed on every player’s twitch channel and be live-streamed on MLB social media accounts, MLB Network’s Twitch site, “MLB The Show” social media, the clubs’ social media accounts and MLB.com.
In-game settings will be consistent, with designated hitters turned off, the batting difficulty set to Veteran and pitching difficulty set to All-Star, with guess pitch, quick counts, and balks all turned off.
Happ begins to play this Monday the 13th; his four-game opening day includes two battles at Wrigley field and two contests away from home. His first opponent is Tampa Bay’s, Blake Snell. Next, he’ll take on central division rival Cole Tucker and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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In his third game, Happ takes on another division rival, this time its Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. The final match for Happ is a contest against New York Yankees’ Tommy Kahnle.
You can check out the full list of participants and keep up with live standings right here.