On January 30, San Diego Studio announced Jazz Chisholm Jr. as the Cover Athlete for MLB The Show 23. The game, the only MLB baseball simulation video game on the market, has featured a New York Mets player just once, David Wright in 2007.
The Mets roster is too talented now, and in the future, to envision one or two players who could make the cover of this important video game.
Current Mets player Francisco Lindor
MLB The Show tends to go for electric players for its covers. Lindor is a perfect match. A charismatic player, who plays intensely and generates highlights is precisely what San Diego Studio is looking for as promotional material.
He plays the game at a high level on both sides of the ball. Lindor is in the position to be the cover of the video game as early as 2024. He is coming off a season where he posted improvements in numbers with the second-highest OPS+ of his career. Now without the defensive shift and new bases size, Lindor can put up one of the best seasons of his career and ensure he covers The Show.
Mets top prospect Francisco Alvarez
San Diego Studios likes young up-and-coming players to cover their game, in the end, it is a video game played mostly by teenagers and young adults. Francisco Álvarez fits well. He's a power hitter with a set of tools, an electric swing, a great personality, and a Latino.
There is a lot of expectation about the development of Alvarez. If he proves his talent and becomes a leader behind the plate, we could be looking at a superstar from this year. The New York stage to expose all his talent is an ideal opportunity for him to shine on the cover of The Show.
Soon-to-be Mets star Manny Machado
Manny Machado is destined to be the Mets big target next winter if the team loses the Ohtani bid to the Dodgers. If this happens, having the "Ministro de la Defensa" at third base for the Mets in New York will generate promotional material like no other.
Machado is not only a top hitter in the league, who continues to produce at a high level, an elite defender who generates highlights on every play. Additionally, he is a leader in the clubhouse and on the field, a beloved and charismatic player. Without a doubt, Machado would make a great cover for MLB The Show wearing the uniform of the New York Mets.