Cubs legend Ron Santo featured in MLB The Show: 22

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During the offseason – especially in dire times like last winter’s lengthy owner-instituted lockout, when baseball fans were desperately searching for their baseball fix, MLB The Show was there. In addition to always being an avenue for fans to get in on the action, the MLB The Show franchise is known for its annual inclusion of baseball legends.

There are a lot of different ways to play the game itself, including the popular multiplayer mode, Diamond Dynasty. About three weeks after the game was released in early April, the developers at San Diego Studios announced the return of Diamond Dynasty mode and, specifically, the multiplayer mode Battle Royale.

In Battle Royale, players draft a 26-man roster and play to reach 12 wins and earn rewards. If and when the players attain that 12-0 record, players can unlock the Flawless Pack. The Flawless pack contains former MLB stars that return to the digital platform to compete with today’s players.

This year’s three former MLB players in the Flawless pack are Jason Giambi, right-handed Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser and Chicago Cubs legendary third baseman Ron Santo.

Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is featured in MLB The Show 22

There is no denying Santo was a staple of the city of Chicago, considering he played for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs. But, he will be in the hearts of Cubs fans forever, considering his outstanding on-field play, tenure as a dynamic presence in the broadcast booth and his signature enthusiasm for the franchise.

It no secret: the legendary third baseman was perhaps one of the best to ever do it at the hot corner. Santo played in the league for 15 years and hit .277 with 342 home runs over that span. He has five Gold Glove awards to his name and appeared nine times across his career in the All-Star Game.

Besides being known for his defensive talent, he also could hit and had an impeccable ability to get on base. The former Cub and White Sox fan favorite also had a seven-year run where he received National League MVP votes.

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Though it was long overdue, Santo was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, two years after his death. While being showcased in a video game is hardly on the same level as Cooperstown, it’s still nice to see him get his due. Now, fans can put together their all-time Cubs superteam on the game with Ronnie holding down things at third base.