MLB The Show 20 dropped in mid-March 2020, bringing fans more baseball simulation entertainment. It featured the Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez on the cover, as one of the game’s recognizable stars right now. When it comes to the game’s cover, we think the next installment will have another super popular player gracing the cover. Here’s a look at our five picks for the potential MLB The Show 21 cover athlete.
MLB The Show 21 cover athlete top picks
Mike Trout – When it comes to headscratchers for guys never on an MLB The Show 20 cover, Mike Trout leads the way. He’s a three-time Most Valuable Player, seven-time Silver Slugger, and eight-time MLB All-Star. In the 2019 season, Trout led the American League in RBI, extra-base hits, slugging percentage, and total bases. The fact he’s yet to appear on a cover is an oddity, but MLB The Show 21 could give the Angeles star his first-ever.
Cody Bellinger – While Trout won the AL MVP in the 2019 season, Cody Bellinger claimed the award in the National League. Bellinger has also never appeared on the front of an MLB The Show game and is amongst the most recognizable stars in baseball today. He’s a two-time All-Star and also won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards in 2019.
One other detail – back in September 2019, he trailed only Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge in terms of top-selling jerseys. Ironically, those other two are former cover stars.
Three more potential cover stars
Ronald Acuna Jr. – The Atlanta Braves got quite a talent when they signed Ronald Acuna way back in July 2014. He made his MLB debut four years later and claimed the NL Rookie of the Year Award. In 2019, he earned his first All-Star Game appearance. Not only that, but he also led the National League in stolen bases and was in the 30-30 club. The No. 6 player in terms of 2019 jersey sales, Acuna’s a rising star and popular with the fans, a perfect recipe for a MLB The Show 21 cover star.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Yet another young star in the league, Vlad Guerrero is the son of the Hall of Famer of the same name. He made his big league debut while MLB The Show 19 was in rotation and quickly became popular. He also put on a show during All-Star Week when he crushed a record 91 home runs during the Home Run Derby. Guerrero seems to be on a similar path to stardom as his father, so don’t’ be surprised if he gets the cover.
Max Scherzer – Last but not least, why not an All-Star pitcher who is also a World Series winner? Max Scherzer was a member of the Washington Nationals rotation that claimed MLB’s top prize in 2019. He’s a seven-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and three-time NL strikeout leader. Helping to promote the sport as MLB The Show 21 cover athlete would be yet another nice accomplishment for this star’s resume.
Will one of our five picks grace the cover of MLB The Show 21? This game may be the first edition to appear on multiple platforms beyond just the PlayStation 4, so we’ll be interested to see who is the show’s cover star!
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