Despite the 2020 MLB Season being on hold, players have been able to stay busy on the virtual field.
One player from each of the thirty MLB franchises have been going at it in a players MLB The Show 2020 League. Personal favorite and 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell is representing the Rays, dominating the competition, only losing a few games leading him all the way into the championship series meeting up against sixth ranked Lucas Giolito Pitcher for the Chicago White Sox’s.
I would like to maybe see other leagues like the NFL and NBA adopt similar player tournaments with their video game franchises. With many players also being gamers the chances they would be on board is pretty likely. It also is a great chance for fans to see players in a different more personal atmosphere rather than in the heat of the game. Getting to see a different side of Blake Snell has made him one of my favorite all time Rays players. His custom Devil Rays control is really dope.
Snell ultimately swept Giolito in the five game series making him and the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 MLB The Show Players League Champions. Although it’s not a AL Pennant or a World Series Title it’s nice to see the Rays and one of their star players get the national spotlight on ESPN, even though it’s for a video game tournament. Let’s hope the Rays play on the virtual field can reflect their play on the field once the 2020 season officially begins.