We are all craving a little bit of baseball in our life and MLB, like all of the other sports, is trying to figure out a way to still have some competition in this socially distanced world. They can’t do things like the NBA’s upcoming HORSE competition, but they can take another idea out of the NBA playbook. Some NBA stars have been taking part in an NBA 2K tournament, and MLB is planning to expand on that a little bit by having a mini MLB The Show season with one player from each team participating.
So, here’s how it’s going to work. As I said, all 30 teams will have a participant. The Red Sox will be represented by Eduardo Rodriguez. The games are going to be three innings apiece so that players can play multiple games on the same day. It appears they’ll be playing four every day, to be specific. Over the next couple of weeks every team will play every other team once, and the league will be tracking win-loss records, stats and giving out awards. At the end of the “season,” the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, eventually culminating in a best-of-five “World Series.” The other two playoff rounds are best-of-three, and start on April 30.
The games will be available to watch with some games being broadcast on MLB and MLB The Show’s social pages, and also each individual player will have the game on their own personal Twitch and/or YouTube channel. Eduardo Rodriguez’s Twitch page can be found here.
This all gets started tonight, too, with Rodriguez among the first crop of players to get going. Tonight he’ll be playing Lance McCullers Jr. of the Astros, Blake Snell of the Rays, Amir Garrett of the Reds and Trevor May of the Twins, and it starts at 9:00 PM ET. Schedules and standings can be tracked here.