Legions of fans had their first chance in the history of the MLB The Show franchise to vote for who graces its cover in 2013. In what some might have considered a surprise, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the vote and earned his place in video game history. He takes his place alongside David Ortiz, David Wright, Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, and Adrian Gonzalez as the only MLB players to grace the cover of The Show in the United States. Jose Bautista has graced an alternate cover in Canada since 2012. 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 2013 Major League Baseball season creeping up on the All-Star break what better time to create the short list of who should grace the cover of MLB 14 The Show. I am breaking down six players that feel have earned the right to be in the conversation as cover athlete for 2014. But it will be you, the baseball and video game enthusiast, that makes the final call. We are going to vote on it. I will list all six choices and an 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 14 The Show cover athlete. Let the voting begin and let’s see if we can influence who becomes the 2014 cover athlete.
Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies: To date this season (thru 61 games) he is hitting .347 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and slugging .635. For his career he has a .296 average, 146 home runs and 521 RBI in 805 games. He has remained faithful, signing a long extension, to the Rockies and the fans are reaping the rewards. He is a two time All-Star, two time Silver Slugger and two time Gold Glove winner. The man can play and deserves a shot at the cover.
Mike Trout OF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Dynamic, enthusiastic, young and a phenomenal talent. Had his “hello world” moment in 2012 hitting .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI, 129 runs, and stealing 49 bases in 139 games as a rookie. Voted an All-Star in his rookie campaign while garnering Rookie of the Year honors, winning a Silver Slugger award and finished second in MVP voting. If it wasn’t for Cabrera’s Triple Crown year he would have won. In 76 games of his sophomore season he is hitting .306 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
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