R.B.I. Baseball 19 announces Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman as its cover athlete

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With a selection of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, did R.B.I. Baseball 19 just beat MLB The Show 19 for the best cover athlete?

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has been named the cover athlete of R.BI. Baseball 19.

At just 24 years old, the young phenom was the 2018 All-Star Game MVP after a clutch go-ahead home run off Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling in the top of the 10th inning. It gave the American League an 8-6 win over the National League.

It can be argued, however, that the 2018 All-Star Game wasn’t even the most important highlight of his young career. In a similar fashion, Bregman rose to the occasion during one of the most pivotal moments of the 2017 World Series when he knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 5. Did I mention it came against one of the most dominant closers in the Majors in Kenley Jansen?

Bregman may only be 24-years-old, but he is quickly establishing himself as one of the most clutch players in the league. As one of the game’s most dynamic all-around players and brightest young stars, Bregman on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball 19 is certainly well-deserved.

In 2018, Bregman posted career highs in home runs (31), RBIs (103), batting average (.286) and on-base percentage (.394). Granted, it’s still a small sample size, but he’s a rising star and the fourth-straight player younger than 25 to be featured on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball.

Previous cover stars included Francisco Lindor (2018), Corey Seager (2017) and Mookie Betts (2016). It’s worth noting the cover athlete for R.B.I. Baseball 19 in Canada will be Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., another young stud who put up decent numbers in his limited time in the Majors last season.

R.B.I. Baseball returned in 2014 after a long hiatus, giving Xbox, Nintendo and mobile users the chance to play a baseball game officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA. Prior to its revival, Sony had dominated the market with their PlayStation exclusive series, MLB The Show.

While MLB The Show is still far and away considered the best option for baseball fans, R.B.I. Baseball has made great strides over the years. This year, R.B.I. Baseball 19 will feature a franchise mode, revamped physics, legendary players and teams, online multiplayer and more.

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Although it’ll be tough to top MLB The Show 19, an argument could be made that R.B.I. Baseball 19 actually has the better cover athlete in Alex Bregman. Sony opted to go with Bryce Harper for the cover of their game.

Don’t get me wrong, Bryce Harper is a superstar and a hell of a marketable player, but his stats come nowhere near the hype he generates. Because Harper still has not signed with a team, the cover of MLB The Show 19 features him in a plain hoodie.

R.B.I. Baseball 19 will be available for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android devices in March. Although we don’t have an exact launch date, it will be priced at $29.99 on consoles and $6.99 on smartphones and tablets.