After months of speculation and wondering, Sony San Diego has officially revealed who the MLB The Show 22 cover athlete will be.
Gracing the cover this year is Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
The first time that a pitcher has been on the cover, the decision was a no brainer after the season he had with the Angels. The best two-way player to come to MLB, Ohtani had 46 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .257 batting average at the plate. On the mound, Ohtani went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 games.
To cap things off, Ohtani was unanimously voted as the AL MVP for the 2021 season. And now he can add MLB The Show cover athlete to his growing list of accolades.
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— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 31, 2022
What is surprising is what the cover looks like. Because of the lockout between MLB and MLBPA, players aren’t traditionally allowed to be used in any sort of marketing while wearing MLB licensed gear. However, because of how the deal with Sony San Diego works, they are going off 2021 rosters which allows promotion in the uniform.
MLB The Show 22 launches April 5, 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and, for the first time ever, Nintendo Switch. As with last year, the game will be available on day one for those with Xbox Game Pass.
For those waiting on deluxe version details, Sony San Diego said during the reveal that the information will be coming in the near future.
So sports gamers, what do you think of the cover athlete for MLB The Show 22? Let us know in the comment section below and stick with Sports Gamers Online for more.
Pumped to have a version of the Show on he switch. RBI baseball was better than nothing, but now I am really excited. I usually buy the show for my ps4, and I will likely do that too this year, but I am going to try the switch first on April 5th. May even have to take the day off of work, get some baseball cards too and make a day of it, lol.