Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm was named the cover athlete for the MLB The Show 23 cover. Here are five other athletes that should have been considered.
Sports fans always keep their eyes on their calendars as the release date of the next league’s video game gets released. Given that we are just a month into the 2023 calendar year, that means baseball fans are anticipating the release of the latest edition of MLB The Show. The 2023 edition of the popular baseball video game is set to be released on March 28, just days before Opening Day of the upcoming season.
During a live stream on MLB’s YouTube page, it was announced that Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm would be the cover athlete for MLB The Show 23.
Chisholm is one of the game’s most electric young personalities. He also has a great story, as he began playing baseball on the sandlot while growing up in The Bahamas. Now, after three seasons into his career with the Marlins, Chisholm is now on the cover of the most popular baseball video game in the world.
While this is a grand achievement for Chisholm, there is always a debate in regards to any news story. This is no knock on Chisholm. But, let’s take a look at some athletes that should have received consideration for the MLB The Show 23 cover.
5 players who deserved MLB The Show 23 cover more than Jazz Chisholm, No. 5: Shohei Ohtani, Angels
Back-to-back covers for Shohei Ohtani? The Los Angeles Angels pitcher and slugger was placed on the cover of MLB The Show 22 after winning the AL MVP award unanimously in 2021. But in 2022, Ohtani outdid himself, putting up incredible numbers in the batter’s box and on the pitcher’s mound.
At the plate this season, Ohtani slashed .273/.356/.519 while recording 34 home runs, 95 RBI, and 160 hits. As for pitching, Ohtani recorded a 2.33 ERA, a 1.012 WHIP, a league-high 11.9 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio, and 219 strikeouts over 166.0 innings.
There have never been back-to-back cover athletes for the popular baseball video game. However, Ohtani had a shot at doing so, considering how he followed up an impressive 2021 campaign in 2022.