MLB The Show 19 reveals first batch of Legends and Flashbacks

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This week’s MLB The Show 19 video was all about new Legends and Flashback players arriving in this year’s game.

For the past month, Sony San Diego has been gearing us up for Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season and the launch of MLB The Show 19 by revealing new features and improvements to this year’s installment of the annual franchise.

Now, with just a little over a week to go until first pitch, Sony’s final “GameStop Monday” video was spent revealing new Legends and Flashback players. For those unfamiliar, Legends are some of the great players to have ever graced the diamond, playable in the various MLB The Show modes (including Diamond Dynasty and Franchise).

Flashback players are somewhat similar to Legend, in that they’ll one day be considered some of the greatest to have played the game. However, Flashbacks are specifically players still playing the game, but rated based on a particular moment in that player’s career.

For example, Bryce Harper as a rookie on the Washington Nationals is one of the new Flashback players in MLB The Show 19. Harper’s rookie season wasn’t his greatest statistically, but there’s no denying he brought a jolt of electricity to the Nationals lineup. Hopefully, he’ll be able to do the same for yours in MLB The Show 19.

Bryce Harper’s inclusion as a Washington National Flashback should help ease the sting of him leaving for the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason. The MLB The Show 19 cover athlete signed a massive 13-year deal worth $330 million.

Sony San Diego has added more than 50 Flashbacks, along with a slew of new Legends, for you to add to your roster in MLB The Show 19. This includes the great Rickey Henderson, who enjoyed some of his greatest statistical seasons as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

As a Chicago Cubs fan, I’m particularly excited about the additions of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior as Legends. While injuries hampered both of their careers (especially for Mark Prior), these two pitchers brought energy and a sense of optimism for Cubs fans every time they took the mound.

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While Wood’s 20-strikeout performance is undoubtedly the most memorable moment of his career, this dynamic duo brought the Cubs to within five outs of a World Series appearance in 2003. They ultimately fell short thanks to a fan mishap against the Marlins, but there’s no doubt they deserve to be enshrined as Legends in MLB The Show.

They join a list of new Legends that includes Willie Mays, Don Mattingly, Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby, Jason Kendall, Rob Dibble, Cliff Lee, Andruw Jones, Bret Boone, Hal Newhouser and A.J. Burnett. That’s some solid company to be in and only the first batch of Legends to be revealed for MLB The Show 19. Updates throughout the year will undoubtedly add new “Moments,” Legends and Flashback players to unlock and play as.

Next. MLB The Show 19’s new Moments mode brings baseball’s legends to life like never before. dark

In addition to revealing the new Legends and Flashbacks, Sony also announced that pre-ordering the Gone Yard Edition, MVP Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of MLB The Show 19 will provide you with a free voucher code for a Diamond Flashbacks Choice Pack, allowing you a choice of one of 30 Diamond Legends and Flashbacks (representing each team in baseball) for use in Diamond Dynasty.

MLB The Show 19 takes the field on March 26 exclusively on PlayStation 4.