Two Chicago Cubs players including a fan favorite missing from MLB The Show 24

Hope these players were not looking forward to seeing their ratings this year.

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Today is an unofficial Opening Day for many baseball fans who enjoy video games, as the latest edition of MLB The Show is now available for those who pre-ordered the game.

The Chicago Cubs undoubtedly will be a team that many users select to play with, considering their roster includes All-Stars in Justin Steele, Dansby Swanson, and Cody Bellinger. This is the first iteration of the game where Craig Counsell is officially in the Cubs' dugout as the team's new manager.

For Cubs fans who have already played the game, you likely noticed two players are notably absent from the team's roster.

David Bote and Hayden Wesneski seemingly were forgotten about when constructing the Cubs' roster in MLB The Show.

David Bote, a folk hero in the Cubs' organization, given his heroics during the 2018 season, is not included in the game's initial roster set. There is a sense of irony in Bote being forgotten, considering that is precisely how his career with the Cubs can be explained in recent seasons. Despite an existing need at third base in recent years, the Cubs never seemed willing to give Bote another opportunity at the Major League level.

Considering that Bote did not appear at the Major League level last season, that likely is the reason why he was omitted from the Cubs' roster during the initial release of this year's video game.

Hayden Wesneski's exclusion from the game is more egregious, considering the former top pitching prospect opened the 2023 season as the Cubs' fifth starter. Wesneski appeared in 34 games last season while pitching 89.1 innings at the Major League level for the Cubs last season.

It's likely that both Bote and Wesneski will be added in a future roster update but their exclusion may suggest that the game's developers believe neither has a bright future with the Cubs.

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