After the year that Shohei Ohtani had in 2021, how could he NOT be on the cover of MLB The Show 22? Scroll down to see the release date and cover.
For God’s sake his name, SHOhei, is already in the title!
Shohei Ohtani will serve as the cover star for the latest version of MLB The Show.
Ohtani starred as both a batter and pitcher, being named the starting pitcher for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game and lead MLB in WAR as a batter (9.1) and as a pitcher (9.1). He also led the Majors in triples (9), intentional walks (20), caught stealing (10, so he will be slow in the game lol) and was third in home runs (46).
Check out the dopeness of the MLB The Show MVP Edition Cover:
As a pitcher, he started 23 games and finished 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA. He had 156 strikeouts in 130 innings.
He won the 2021 AL MVP Award while Salvador Perez finished 2nd.
MLB The Show 22 Cover Reveal
The cover reveal was badass. The cover was announced on a huge 3D billboard in New York City’s Times Square.
After a countdown ended at noon ET, the screen fell away to show Ohtani highlights and the cover of the new game, which features images of him hitting and pitching.
#MLBTheShow 22, coming soon.
— MLB Gaming (@MLBGaming) January 31, 2022
MLB The Show 22 Release Date
MLB The Show 22 will be released April 5th on PS5, PS4, Xbox X|S, Xbox One, and for the first time ever, Nintendo Switch. Pre-order: https://mlbthe.show/22
But what is interesting about the MLB The Show 22 release date and cover being announced is that MLB and the players are currently undergoing “labor discussions” aka a strike.
You have to imagine the developers did not approve this message, and will be even more pissed at sales and marketing than they typically are.
The closer to the launch date without a collective bargaining deal in place, the less likely it is we’ll see the new CBA reflected in MLB The Show 22, barring some post-release support. Sorry Dev Nerds but you wouldn’t have jobs without sales!
Ohtani is the first California/Anaheim Angels player to ever be on the cover. Which is crazy because Mike Trout has played his entire career there!
MLB The Show Past Covers
Last year, Fernando Tatis Jr. became the youngest player to be The Show’s cover athlete.
Others who have been on the cover since the game debuted in 2006 include Javier Báez, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Ken Griffey Jr., Josh Donaldson, Yasiel Puig, Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Adrián González, Joe Mauer, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Howard, David Wright and David Ortiz.
10 New Features in MLB The Show 22:
- The game is now available on Nintendo Switch
- New Stadium Creator Edition
- Multiple Ball Players in Road To The Show
- Additions to March To October
- New Mini Seasons
- Two New Gameplay Difficulties
- New Intro
- New Legends
- Tempest 3D Audio
- Best version of the game EVER.
MLB The Show 22 Highest Rated Batters and Pitchers
Top Rated Pitchers
- Jacob deGrom, Mets: 99
- Corbin Burnes, Brewers: 99
- Brandon Woodruff, Brewers: 96
- Shane Bieber, Guardians: 95
- Trevor Bauer, Dodgers: 95
Top Rated Batters
- Mike Trout, CF, Angels: 99
- Ronald Acuna Jr., CF, Braves: 99
- Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees: 97
- Trea Turner, 2B, Dodgers: 96
- Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres: 96
And because I am a Kansas City Royals “homer” here are the top 1o Royals:
MLB The Show 22 – Top 10 Royals Players
1. C Salvador Perez (88 overall)
2. SP Zack Greinke (87 overall)
3. SS Adalberto Mondesi (84 overall)
4. 2B Nicky Lopez (83 overall)
5. LF Andrew Benintendi (79 overall)
6. CF Michael A. Taylor (79 overall)
7. RF Whit Merrifield (78 overall)
8. CP Scott Barlow (76 overall)
9. SP Brady Singer (76 overall)
10. C Cam Gallagher (75 overall)