It is time once again to make video game history. Who will take his place alongside Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, David Ortiz, David Wright, Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, Ryan Howard, Yasiel Puig Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Donaldson as the only MLB players to grace the cover of The Show in the United States? Jose Bautista graced an alternate cover from 2012 thru 2013 in Canada. 2014 saw a different Toronto Blue Jay, Brett Lawrie, grace the cover while in 2015 the honor went to Russell Martin. In 2016, Josh Donaldson became the first athlete to grace both the US and Canadian covers.
In 2014, for the first time in the video game series history, Taiwan received its own cover graced by Wei-Yin Chen who again graced the cover in 2015 and 2016. The Korean cover was graced by Jung-ho Kang in 2016. League agreements and endorsement deals all play a factor in who makes the cover but to me that should not matter. The best choice should be the choice, period!
With the 2016 Major League Baseball season in full swing what better time to create the short list of who should grace the cover of MLB The Show 17. I am breaking down five players that I feel have earned the right to be in the conversation as cover athlete for 2017. But it will be you, the baseball and video game enthusiast, which makes the final call. We are going to vote on it.
I will list all six choices with one option for “other”. If you do not agree with any of my choices then pick other and leave a comment with who you think should be the MLB The Show 17 cover athlete. With some many options it is never easy to create a short list. You will notice that there are no pitchers on this year’s list. I am finally bowing to the fact that the franchise has never put a pitcher on the US cover. If they did it should be Jake Arrieta. Let the voting begin and let’s see if we can influence who becomes the 2017 cover athlete for the cornerstone of MLB video game franchises.