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Javier Baez earns cover for MLB The Show 20

Javier Baez

All fans rejoice! The Cubs have garnered even more national attention.

While everyone, including Chicago Cubs fans, feels as though they do not need any more national attention, second baseman/shortstop/third baseman Javier Baez has been chosen to grace the cover of MLB The Show 20. While Madden holds the crown for game-cover jinx, Cubs fans everywhere are hoping that this is not a sign of things to come for a semi-struggling franchise.

The Cubs are nowhere near being labeled as a rebuilding franchise, more regrouping than anything. As the team unceremoniously moved on from previous manager Joe Maddon, Dancing with the Stars and former Cubs catcher David Ross has been brought in to help get this team back on track.

For Baez, 2020 looks to have better prospects attached to it than his 2019 season did, as he fought through injuries and performance inconsistencies to put together a rather up and down season.

Having played in his fewest games since 2015, Baez struggled to put together his usual dominating seasons, although his stats would not tell you that. 29 home runs, 85 runs driven in, 156 strikeouts, and a .281 batting average were all the second-best figures in each of those categories in his career.

With the Cubs fighting back against constant outside pressure to perform on a World Series-level every season, 2019 just ended up not being the season for this team.

MLB The Show, which has been a video game since 1998 when it was simply called ‘MLB,’ is a PlayStation-only game that lets players create their own players, play their way through a minor-league season on their way to being called up to the big leagues, as well as to control their favorite team in a dynasty setting. One of the more popular sports games on any video game console, PlayStation has full console playership of this game, which helps drive certain fans to buy their consoles.

For the Cubs and PlayStation, they are hoping that the buck stops at Madden when it comes to video game cover athlete curses – otherwise, the Cubs are going to be in for yet another long season, one that comes at a pivotal time for their franchise with the hiring of a new manager and impending personnel moves that will need to be addressed soon.