During their downtime keeping in shape, players for each MLB team were also busy participating in a tournament to see which one would be crowned best of the best at the Playstation game MLB The Show, which allows players to mimic a real baseball season right down to the hottest prospects. (Many SB Nation sites, BCB included, are running season simulations using the game.)
While the MLB player version was much shorter, which each player facing off against every other team just once, then a rapid postseason, it’s not much of a surprise that former Cy Young winner and Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell won the final prize at the end of the day, since he’s already an avid gamer.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin shared more details on Snell’s win. I’m sad to see the season end already, though, I was sort of hoping they’d manage to make it last a bit longer.
- Rays’ prospect Blake Bivens shared with Marc Topkin how his faith got him through the tragic murders of his wife and young son last year.
- Statcast guru Mike Petriello gives some insight into which unusual stadiums your favorite team has used as home field.
- Alex Stumpf speaks to minor league Pirates players about how they’ll be impacted if the minor league season is cancelled.
- With the Cape Cod League season cancelled, Steve Hewitt shares how the league’s managers are coping.
- Anthony Castrovince takes a fun look at the 10 strangest trades in baseball history.
- There might not have been MLB games in April, but that’s not stopping Jayson Stark from assessing what we might have learned. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- It’s not often you get to play professional ball against your twin brother, and as Henry Schulman reports, the sports shutdowns robbed Tyler Rogers of that chance.
- Scott Miller gives a detailed guide to the KBO for baseball fans looking to dive into Korean ball.
- The dropped third strike is one heck of a weird rule, and Anthony Castrovince dives into it.
- Travelling baseball enthusiast (stuck at home in the UK), the Baseball Brit helps break down which KBO team might be a good fit for you. (Go... Lotte Giants?)
MLB equivalents for #KBO teams - in 2min 20 seconds!— Baseball Brit (@BaseballBrit) May 3, 2020
Doosan Bears = @Yankees
Hanwha Eagles = @Royals
Kia Tigers = @Cardinals
Kiwoom Heroes = @RaysBaseball
KT Wiz = @Padres
LG Twins = @Dodgers
Lotte Giants = @Cubs
NC Dinos = @Brewers
Samsung Lions = @Braves
SK Wyverns = @SFGiants pic.twitter.com/oaRXjMMuzY
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.