While the start of the 2020 baseball season remains on hold, Major League Baseball is taking a page out of the NBA’s book and kicking off an online player-only ‘MLB The Show’ league on Friday night.
Each of the 30 clubs will be represented by one player. Among the American League East’s participants are Bo Bichette representing the Blue Jays, Dwight Smith Jr. representing the Orioles, Blake Snell representing the Rays, Tommy Kahnle representing the Yankees, and last but not least, Eduardo Rodriguez representing the Red Sox.
Per a release from Major League Baseball, “The players will play 29 games, one against each other participant, over the next three weeks. Each game will be three innings, giving the players an opportunity to play multiple games in one day. Every game will have its own individual online stream. MLB Network talents Robert Flores and Heidi Watney will provide transitions between the games.”
This online tournament will provide plenty of entertainment for fans, but it will also raise money for Boys & Girls clubs across the country and Canada, as MLB, the MLB Players Association, and Sony Interactive Entertainment will donate $5,000 on behalf of each participating player. Combine that $150,000 with the $25,000 the championship-winning player will donate to his club’s local Boys & Girls club, and that’s $175,000 for charity. Not bad.
According to the players league’s website, Eduardo Rodriguez’s first game will come against the Astros’ Lance McCullers later Friday night. The left-hander is also scheduled to play Snell, the Reds’ Amir Garrett, and the Twins’ Trevor May.
You can watch the streams on Rodriguez’s Twitch channel, which as you may have guessed has been quite active recently.
First pitch against McCullers on Friday is scheduled for 9 PM eastern time.
Only the top eight players advance to the postseason, which begins on April 30th, so Rodriguez certainly has his work cut out for him.