Which Blue Jays player would make the best cover athlete for new MLB The Show game?
MLB The Show is the premier baseball video game out there right now. The 2023 installment of the iconic series will be only the second ever to be on both PlayStation and Xbox after being a PlayStation-exclusive title in year's past.
Additionally, MLB The Show 2023 will be the first of its kind to hit the Nintendo Switch.
The official release date is yet to be announced, but so is the cover athlete for the game. MLB The Show's Twitter account has announced that today is the day we find out who will grace the front cover.
In the past, Josh Donaldson is the only Toronto Blue Jays player to have made the cover of these games, being featured on the front cover of the 2016 game after his MVP-winning season the year before.
From 2012 to 2018 there were international covers of these games as well. In order, the cover athletes on these special editions were José Bautista x2, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman.
While this year's cover athlete is not likely to be a current member of the Blue Jays, it doesn't hurt to dream. Which player would make the best cover athlete?
As the header image of this article shows, it has to be down to one of Bo Bichette or Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Bichette, 24, certainly has the looks and the swagger to be featured on the front cover of the game. He is still so young but has already led the American League in hits in each of the past two seasons and has a total of 69 home runs in just four years.
Last year, Bichette posted a 127 OPS+ in 159 games and finished 11th in the MVP voting. As cool as it would be to see him on the cover, this year may not be the year for him.
Then there's Vladdy, the face of the Blue Jays. No disrespect to Bichette, but Guerrero would make for one badass cover athlete and he certainly gets our vote for who would best represent not only the Jays, but the game of baseball as a whole.
Guerrero, 23, is so similar to Bichette in that they are both so early in their development but are already stars of the game. In 160 contests last season, Vladdy hit 35 doubles, 30 home runs with 97 RBI and posted a 132 OPS+. Along the way, he earned his second career All-Star nod and won his first Gold Glove.
Since Bichette has yet to lock in a contract for the upcoming season and has his fair share of haters around Blue Jays Nation, Vladdy is the easy choice for this. Again, he likely will not end up as the cover athlete of this year's game, but you can count on him making at least one before his career is over.