In an attempt to provide their fans with entertainment while still following the rules, the MLB has teamed up with Sony on the first MLB The Show Online League, with 30 players competing for the gold.
There's no doubt that the occasion is not as jolly as we'd have liked, but who'd say no to a prospect of 30 players, one from each team, duking it out in the virtual world.
"Beginning Friday, 30 players will put their virtual talents to the test in the first “MLB The Show” online league. Participants include 11 onetime All-Stars, five World Series champions and eight players age 25 or younger", the MLB wrote.
Each player will play every other one, which totals to 29 games played across three weeks. The top eight players then progress to the postseason.
MLB The Show Online League will require all team representatives to play with own teams, which is only fair. Considering that NBA2K Players Tournament had players mostly picking the Lakers, it's definitely wise to enforce the rule.
The participants are:
AL East: Bo Bichette (Blue Jays), Dwight Smith Jr. (Orioles), Blake Snell (Rays), Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox), Tommy Kahnle (Yankees).
AL Central: Carlos Santana (Indians), Brett Phillips (Royals), Niko Goodrum (Tigers), Trevor May (Twins), Lucas Giolito (White Sox).
AL West: Ty Buttrey (Angels), Lance McCullers (Astros), Jesús Luzardo (A’s), Carl Edwards Jr. (Mariners), Joey Gallo (Rangers).
NL East: Luke Jackson (Braves), Ryne Stanek (Marlins), Jeff McNeil (Mets), Juan Soto (Nationals), Rhys Hoskins (Phillies).
NL Central: Josh Hader (Brewers), Matt Carpenter (Cardinals), Ian Happ (Cubs), Cole Tucker (Pirates), Amir Garrett (Reds).
NL West: Jon Duplantier (D-backs), Gavin Lux (Dodgers), Hunter Pence (Giants), Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres), David Dahl (Rockies).
So, if you're up for some MLB The Show action, drop by the MLB's Twitch channel .