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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 and Adrian Gonzalez 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. In 2014, for the first time in the video game series history, Taiwan received its own cover graced by Wei-Yin Chen. 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 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star break upon us what better time to create the short list of who should grace the cover of MLB 15 The Show. I am breaking down six players that I feel have earned the right to be in the conversation as cover athlete for 2015. 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 15 The Show cover athlete. Last year, I am proud to say we had hundreds and hundreds of votes. The winner of that vote was Miguel Cabrera. As a collective we got it right, let’s see if we can do it again. Let the voting begin and let’s see if we can influence who becomes the 2015 cover athlete.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: Troy was on my list last year but he deserves to be here again. This year he has managed to stay healthy and his numbers are reaping the rewards. Through 89 games he is hitting .345 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, 71 runs scored, slugging .613, and carries an OPS of 1.048. The former NL Rookie of the Year and two-time Silver Slugger made his fourth All-Star team in 2014 and will be challenging for his first MVP award. Whether he finishes this year in Colorado remains to be seen but a shot at the cover of MLB 15 The Show should be considered.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Trout is arguably the most talented young player in all of Major League Baseball. In only his third full season with the big boys he has placed himself on everyone’s short list for best player in the game. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has also finished second in the AL MVP voting twice to Miguel Cabrera. In 2014 he is hitting .310 with 73 RBI, 65 runs, 10 stolen bases and 22 home runs while maintaining a 1.005 OPS. He is on pace to shatter his home run numbers and just might win his first AL MVP award.
Jose Abreu, First Baseman, Chicago White Sox: The Cuban defector signed a six year deal worth $68 million and appears to be earning every penny in his rookie year. In his first 82 MLB games he is hitting .292 with 73 RBI, 49 runs and 29 home runs. He is leading MLB is home runs and it appears he might break the rookie home run record currently held by Mark McGuire. He is also slugging an insane .630 en route to his first All-Star game. He appears to have the raw ability to be a factor for years to come. After all, Chicago should win something so why not a video game cover.
Manny Machado, Third Baseman, Baltimore Orioles: The youngster is the future of third base in Baltimore for years to come. He has taken a wrap for being a bit brash and talking about his great friendship with AROD. The reality is his is extremely young and equally talented. He only played in 62 games during the first half but still managed nine home runs and an OPS of .742. He is turning things up and will only improve off his 51 doubles, 14 home runs and .283 average from 2013. His placement on this list all about future talent in a market where he will get exposure.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: He has been accused of taking plays off and being a bit sloppy defensively. Even his manager, Don Mattingly, has benched him. But nobody can question his raw hitting ability. He burst onto the scene in 2013 and impressed the masses but this year he is arguably playing better. He already has 12 home runs, 53 runs scored, 52 RBI, an OPS of .915 and is hitting .309. The marketability of the first time All-Star playing in the Los Angeles market cannot be disputed. He is brash, young and talented. That fits right up the alley of many gamers around the globe.
Masahiro Tanaka, Pitcher, New York Yankees: Tanaka is on the shelf with an injury and just might face season ending surgery at some point but in my mind he still belongs on this list. He has a global appeal that can rival anyone in baseball. Before his injury he cemented himself as the ace of the rotation regardless of the future of CC Sabathia. In 18 starts he was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA including a shutout and three complete games. In 129 innings pitched he struck out a amazing 135 batters while only walking 19. He appeared with a lot of hype and never let the stage affect him at all. The injury is obviously a concern but he belongs on the short list.
Players that just missed the MLB 15 The Show short list:
Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals