If you’re pining for some actual competition among baseball players, Major League Baseball, the Players Association and Sony are doing their best to accommodate. The trio announced in conjunction today the first “MLB The Show Players League,” wherein 30 big leaguers — one from each team — will square off in a month-long, online league in MLB The Show on PS4. Each player will each other player once in a three-inning game, and the top eight records will advance to the postseason.
Games, which begin tonight, will be streamed on MLB’s social media accounts, MLB Network’s Twitch channel and MLB The Show’s social media accounts. MLB, the MLBPA and Sony are donating $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club in all 30 markets, and the winner will receive an extra $25,000 for his community’s Boys & Girls Club. Your 30 players are:
Watching players compete in a video game version of the sport we’re all craving might not be everyone’s cup of tea — but it’ll provide fans with the opportunity to see some of their favorite players interact with each other and can serve as a welcome, baseball-themed distraction at a time when those are few and far between.
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