Report: MLB forms virtual ‘The Show’ league with one player from each team, 29-game schedule
Major League Baseball appears to be taking a page out of the NBA's book to give fans some live entertainment during this period without sports.
According to ESPN, the league, in conjunction with Sony Interactive Entertainment and the Players' Association, are starting a virtual league Friday in which one player from all 30 teams will compete in the baseball video game "MLB The Show" over a 29-game season.
Fans who want to will have to head to either their favorite team's or player's Twitch accounts, although some of the games could appear on television in the future, ESPN reported. Those Twitch streams will start at 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with MLB Network host Robert Flores facilitating the conversation between players and fans.
The regular season will feature games of either three or five innings, with the gaming difficulties all set to a modulated format (guess pitch, quick counts and balks turned off), per ESPN.
There's even a postseason (April 30) and World Series (May 2) on the schedule. Players will receive $5,000 each to donate to a local Boys and Girls Club in their team's community, and the winner of the tournament will earn an additional $25,000 donation.
The participating players, via ESPN, are:
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Jon Duplantier
- Atlanta Braves: Luke Jackson
- Baltimore Orioles: Dwight Smith Jr.
- Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez
- Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ
- Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito
- Cincinnati Reds: Amir Garrett
- Cleveland Indians: Carlos Santana
- Colorado Rockies: David Dahl
- Detroit Tigers: Niko Goodrum
- Houston Astros: Lance McCullers Jr.
- Kansas City Royals: Brett Phillips
- Los Angeles Angels: Ty Buttrey
- Los Angeles Dodgers: Gavin Lux
- Miami Marlins: Ryne Stanek
- Milwaukee Brewers: Josh Hader
- Minnesota Twins: Trevor May
- New York Mets: Jeff McNeil
- New York Yankees: Tommy Kahnle
- Oakland Athletics: Jesus Luzardo
- Philadelphia Phillies: Rhys Hoskins
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole Tucker
- San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr.
- San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
- Seattle Mariners: Carl Edwards Jr.
- St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
- Tampa Bay Rays: Blake Snell
- Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo
- Toronto Blue Jays: Bo Bichette
- Washington Nationals: Juan Soto
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