MLB The Show 19 finally has a new cover for its game after Bryce Harper reportedly signs a longterm deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
MLB The Show fans can breath a sigh of relief, as this year’s cover athlete, Bryce Harper finally decided on a team. It wasn’t all that surprising. Harper reportedly signed a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13-years and $330 million. If official, it would be the biggest contract in the history of North American sports.
With the new deal, it would mark the second time that MLB The Show has featured a Phillies player as its cover athlete. Ryan Howard was the other, gracing the cover of MLB 08: The Show, after hitting 58 home runs with a .313 average during his 2006 MVP season.
Meanwhile, Harper put together a quality season last year, bashing 34 home runs, while also collecting 100 RBIs. He also played the role of a thief, stealing 13 bases throughout the season while having a high fielding percentage too.
The MLB The Show 19 cover is similar to the “Hoodie Harper” cover in that, he’s standing, holding the same style bat with one hand on the handle and other on the butt. This time, he’s staring directly into the camera as opposed to looking into space.
The new cover would be the second year in the row where the cover athlete was stationary and not in action (I know, I’m reaching). MLB The Show 18’s cover featured Yankee star, Aaron Judge on the cover, also in a stationary position, giving you a mean stare.
There was also a trailer to coincide with the signing and new cover. In the video, Harper talks about playing with the Phillies while in-game highlights show him in action with his new team.
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Without a doubt, Phillies fans were pleased with the move, but some fans of the game were unimpressed with the posing of the cover. Some were even asking for the return of the “hoodie cover” which was meant as a placeholder for MLB The Show 19.
Perhaps there can be a Hoodie Harper Collector’s Edition? Or would one just let such a cover ride off into the sunset?
Anyway, as you may know, MLB The Show 19 will release on March 26 and is planned to include a deeper Road to the Show experience among other things. And no, I don’t think you can rock hoodies and play street baseball, sadly.