On Monday, Shohei Ohtani became the 17th athlete to grace the cover of MLB The Show in the United States. After posting a historic season that saw Ohtani accomplish feats never before seen in the MLB it was the obvious choice. Even Chicago White Sox fans had to take notice.
Ohtani batted .257/.372/.592 with 46 homers, 100 RBIs, and 4.9 bWAR en route to winning AL MVP. He also was named the starting pitcher of the American League All-Star game and finished the season with a 3.18 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 156 strikeouts in 130⅓ innings, a 9-2 record, and a 4.1 bWAR as a pitcher.
Despite the fact that Mike Trout has been in the league since playing since 2011, Ohtani became the first Angels player to be featured on the cover of MLB The Show. He also became the first Asian athlete to be featured on the cover of a video game in any of the four major sports in the United States.
Ohtani joins an elite class of baseball players to be put on the cover including David Ortiz, David Wright, Ryan Howard, Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, Adrián Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen, Miguel Cabrera, Yasiel Puig, Josh Donaldson, Ken Griggey Jr., Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, and Javier Báez, Frenando Tatis Jr. and Jackie Robinson, who was placed on the 2021 special edition cover.
The Chicago White Sox has a few options for the next video game cover.
That now begs the question who will be the next athlete on the cover? The Chicago White Sox has a young and exciting team with plenty of players who could be in the running. Here are three White Sox players who could be on the next edition: