MLB The Show 22 to feature Angels’ Shohei Ohtani on cover

Oct 3, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) signals the bat boy after drawing an intentional walk against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

American League Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani will be featured on the cover of MLB The Show 22.

The video game is scheduled to be released April 5. The Japan-born Ohtani becomes the first Asian athlete in the four major American sports to grace the cover of a video game.

Ohtani, 27, won the MVP award unanimously after a stellar season as a two-way player.

He had 46 homers and 100 RBIs in 155 games and batted .257 with 26 steals. On the mound, he was 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts. He struck out 156 in 130 1/3 innings and was the American League’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. covered the 2021 edition.

For the first time, MLB The Show will expand to Nintendo Switch. The game also will be available for play on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The standard edition on last gen consoles will sell for $59.99, and for $69.99 on current gen consoles. For Nintendo Switch users, the price is $59.99.

–Field Level Media

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