Jays Guerrero follows in his father’s footsteps as cover athlete for the video game ‘MLB The Show’

Mark another father-son milestone for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman is the cover athlete for the video game “MLB The Show 24,” following in the footsteps of his father, who appeared on the cover of “MLB 2006” (the last edition before the franchise was renamed with the first name of Sony). party San Diego Studio is responsible for development).

“I’m very happy,” the young Guerrero said, speaking in English, in an interview. “My dad on the cover and now seeing me (on it). It’s amazing.”

“I grew up playing video games,” he added. “It’s a dream come true. Everyone wants to be on the cover (the athlete).”

The new version of the game is scheduled to launch on March 19 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox X/S and Xbox One consoles.

Guerrero, 24, hit .264 last season with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs. Entering his sixth major league season, he is hitting .279 with 130 home runs and 404 RBIs in his career.

The Toronto slugger says he’s coming in as advertised in the game and is happy with the power, contact and other grades he’s received.

“They do it well… I’m happy with the numbers,” he said.

Guerrero was previously the Canadian cover athlete for the 2020 edition of the now-discontinued “RBI Baseball” video game.

Guerrero, who is not a fan of first-person shooter games, says he has always preferred sports games.

He’s a fan of the look and realism of the ‘MLB The Show’ franchise and says the game can help him in his off-field preparation, in addition to the scouting material on opposing players that the Blue Jays provide.

“It can help me to know the pitcher, what pitches he throws. If he throws a fastball, a sinker or a cutter. So when I go to face them, I know he has a fastball, a sinker and a cutter.”

Shortstop Bo Bichette is his favorite teammate to play baseball with, he says. Outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was also a Blue Jays teammate.

Guerrero sometimes brings a travel video game console with him, depending on the trip.

And although he plays baseball for a living, he says playing video games relaxes him. Especially after a hard night at the office.

“That calms me down and makes me enjoy the moment: with my friends, with my family, playing video games,” he said. “It’s something I always do, to prepare for the next day. It doesn’t matter how it went in real life. I just try to enjoy it with my friends and (the game).”

“The next day you can wake up better,” he added. “For me. I don’t know (about other people).”

Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. was on the cover of last year’s edition of “MLB The Show.”

Previous cover athletes include Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatís Jr., Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Ken Griffey Jr., Javier Baez and Yasiel Puig. Josh Donaldson, then with the Blue Jays, appeared on the cover of “MLB The Show 16.”

Former Jays Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Russell Martin, Brett Lawrie and José Bautista previously served as cover athletes for the Canadian edition of the game.

This year there is only one athlete on the cover.

Guerrero was one of 18 players scheduled for salary arbitration hearings that began Tuesday and run through Feb. 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Guerrero has asked for US$19.9 million and the Blue Jays have offered him US$18.05 million

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2024.

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