MLB Players League Is A Virtual League For MLB Fans and For a Good Cause


Ryan Cassidy, Staff Writer

With the Major League Baseball season being postponed indefinitely, there has to be some way to keep the fans and even the players busy. Interestingly enough, 30 MLB players (one from each team) are participating in a virtual tournament. Using the video game “MLB The Show”, each player takes their respective team and participates in this intricate tournament.

Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Javier Baez is the cover athlete for this year’s version of MLB The Show.

The league consists of 29 games for each player, meaning each player plays every player once. The tournament has been going on for three weeks. Eventually, once every player has played his 29 games. The eight players with the best records will advance to the virtual “postseason”.

In order to speed up the games and keep them entertaining, each game will consist of three innings. This league will provide fans an opportunity to watch and see players while not on the diamond. This is a new fan-player interaction.

This league is being played for a good cause as well. For every player playing in the tournament, the MLB Players Association and Sony Entertainment will donate $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. To keep things competitive, the winning player gets another $25,000 to donate to their local Boys & Girls Club Affiliate. This virtual baseball league will produce a total of $175,000 to donate to charity.

Here are the Participants:


American League East

Blue Jays: Bo Bichette 

Orioles: Dwight Smith Jr. 

Rays: Blake Snell 

Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez 

Yankees: Tommy Kahnle 


American League Central

Indians: Carlos Santana 

Royals: Brett Phillips 

Tigers: Niko Goodrum 

Twins: Trevor May 

White Sox: Lucas Giolito 


American League West

Angels: Ty Buttrey 

Astros: Lance McCullers 

A’s: Jesús Luzardo 

Mariners: Carl Edward Jr. 

Rangers: Joey Gallo 


National League East 

Braves: Luke Jackson 

Mets: Jeff McNeil 

Nationals: Juan Soto 

Marlins: Ryne Stanek

Phillies: Rhys Hoskins


National League Central

Cubs: Ian Happ 

Brewers: Josh Hader 

Reds: Amir Garrett

Cardinals: Matt Carpenter 

Pirates: Cole Tucker


National League West

Dodgers: Gavin Lux 

Giants: Hunter Pence 

D-Backs: Jon Duplantier

Rockies: David Dahl 

Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr.


Current Standings:

The League has its final eight contenders. Blake Snell, Gavin Lux, Dwight Smith Jr., Jeff McNeil, Joey Gallo, Ian Happ, Lucas Giolito, and Bo Bichette will be competing in the quarterfinals. The winner of the best of three series will move on to the best of three semi-finals. Then, the best two players will battle it out in a best of five championship round to determine the best video game player in the MLB. You can catch these games this weekend on FS1, FS2, ESPN, and ESPN 2. This is truly a new way of watching baseball.