Ken Griffey Jr. Featured on Cover of MLB The Show 17

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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the cover star for MLB The Show 17 which is set to release on March 28, 2017.

Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the greatest players of all time therefore it is only right that he would be the first retired player to grace the cover of an MLB The Show game. The 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee had a twenty-two year career where he played for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and even had a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. He retried with the Seattle Mariners in 2010 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Some of Ken Griffey Jr’s career milestones include:
– 6th on MLB’s All Time Home Run Leaders
– 15th on MLB’s All Time RBI Leaders
– 13 Time All-Star
– 1997 AL MVP
– 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame

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The following statement accompanied the news:

“For anyone who picked up a baseball glove or a video game controller in the last 25 years, there is no other name more synonymous with baseball in the 90’s and 2000’s than this year’s cover athlete for The Show 17.

Destined for greatness, no player entered the Big League with more hype than the first pick of the 1987 MLB draft, and no player entered baseball’s Hall of Fame with a higher percentage of the vote than “The Natural.” A legend both on and off the field, “The Kid” inspired a generation of baseball fans with electric play, a contagious smile, enviable flair, and a swing that’s been imitated but never duplicated for almost three decades.

Thanks to baseball video games, millions of people around the world have become enamored with America’s Pastime. Perhaps nobody will ever be able to re-create Griffey’s signature swing in real life, but we can’t wait to introduce Junior as a playable living legend when the game launches March 28, 2017!”

In addition to the standard cover, the MVP cover will feature Ken Griffey’ Jr’s uniform and GameStop will have an exclusive Hall of Fame Edition.

The $99.99 Gamestop exclusive Hall of Fame Edition will feature:
– New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat
– Limited Edition MVP Steel Book
– Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat for use in game
– Diamond Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Diamond item)
– Gold Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Gold item)
– 11,000 Stubs
– 1 Sponsor Pack
– 10 Standard Packs
– 31 MLB PS4 Themes

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Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

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  • RedKnightOH

    I love the MLB Show baseball games. That being said….



    (We), I want a real multiplayer, two LIVE, 9 man teams, playing real baseball games online. This would be a huge hit for larger groups of friends to play together or for public play rooms. You could build Baseball Clans with dozens or hundreds of members all playing one game! SOCOM, BF3, BF4 and other war gaming Clans did this… why not for MLB baseball??

    

We’re talking just 18 players in a room. A 9 inning game. Good mic communications between each of the team’s players. Maybe a dugout for extra players waiting to play or watch. If EA/DICE can make a multiplayer, 64 player rooms for their Battlefield games… why can’t SONY and this developer create a real 18 player game?

    

DICE uses a Battlefield “Spectator Mode” for players wanting to just watch a BF match. Put this Spectator Mode in the MLB game so baseball game movies could be made, or invite friends to watch a game like in BF4. This would be a great option.



    ‘Lets Play Ball’…. real baseball for a change!!

  • This is an awesome choice for the cover. I’m just shocked Sony did not go with the obvious choice of including a reprint of the much coveted Upper Deck Griffey rookie card for the hall of fame edition.