While practicing social distancing in order to stop the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, many Major Leaguers have begun playing more video games, especially “MLB The Show,” streaming it online and inviting fans to interact with them.
On Friday night, the competition gets taken to another level as renowned gamers Blake Snell, Trevor May, Amir Garrett and Hunter Pence will put their video game talents on display in a four-player tournament of "MLB The Show."
The competition will begin at 8 p.m. ET and consist of two semifinals, plus the championship round. Each game will be five innings long, with the event lasting around two hours. Players will likely be using custom rosters via Diamond Dynasty, which would include a 99-rated version of themselves.
Perhaps the best part of the event is that it will be livestreamed on various platforms, inviting fans to interact with the four players before, during and after. The tournament will be livestreamed on MLB social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), "MLB The Show" social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), the clubs’ social media accounts and MLB.com.
Each player will also be live on their respective Twitch accounts:
!!GIVEAWAY!! Tonight live at 5pm ET, follow along on https://t.co/ldXkZq93Wj I will be giving away a signed players weekend jersey, a signed baseball, a copy of @MLBTheShow and 150k in stubs! Make sure you RETWEET! See you tonight🕺🏼must be subscribed to my twitch to possibly win pic.twitter.com/ZJhEjZ8ux6
— Blake Snell (@snellzilla4) March 27, 2020
Naturally, “MLB The Show” has become a popular game among Major Leaguers. It has allowed fans to watch their favorites play as themselves and their teammates on Twitch during a time when the players can’t go out and be on a real diamond.
On Thursday, the Marlins and Phillies simulated their Opening Day matchup, as Miguel Rojas and Rhys Hoskins took the controllers and played as their respective teams, with Hoskins and the Phillies coming out on top, 2-0. Snell also spent most of Thursday on "MLB The Show" in order to celebrate Opening Day at Home, receiving more than 65,000 views on his stream.