While sports are shelved for the time being due to COVID-19, professional leagues are looking for ways to keep their fan bases entertained. Tonight, Major League Baseball will kickoff its first virtual Players League through MLB The Show 2020 with all 30 teams being represented by a player. Representing the Tigers will be Niko Goodrum, who just keeps on proving that he can play any position the team needs.
MLB, @MLB_PLAYERS— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) April 10, 2020
& Sony Interactive Entertainment have announced the creation of the MLB The Show Players League, the first-ever competitive @MLBTheShow league solely featuring Major Leaguers.
Games start tonight. More details: https://t.co/pMXYrMqTAe
Here are the 30 players: pic.twitter.com/i2ISX393s6
Other players of note who will be participating are All-Star hitters Juan Soto, Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Santana, and Joey Gallo as well as stud pitchers Blake Snell, Josh Hader, and Amir Garrett, and also featuring perennial league good guy Hunter Pence. All of these guys here are really good at playing baseball, obviously, but I’m not going to even pretend to know who is and who isn’t good at playing video games. I follow Blake Snell on Instagram and he seems to play a lot of video games, so yeah, maybe he’s smart money if you plan to bet on this I guess?
MLB, the MLB Players Association, and Sony Interactive Entertainment will be donating $5,000 to each participant’s Boys and Girls Club affiliate in their team’s local community, with the winner’s receiving an additional $25,000 donation.
Starting tonight and continuing over the next few weeks, the games will be live streamed on MLB and MLB The Show’s accounts for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch; MLB Network will also be streaming games on its Twitch account. To see the full schedule for the first week, check out the MLB Players League website and tune in Saturday at 9 p.m. ET to watch Goodrum try to bring a championship home to Detroit in 2020.