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MLB The Show 19 Cover Athlete is Bryce Harper - Releases on March 26, 2019

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MLB The Show 19 Cover Athlete is Bryce Harper - Releases on March 26, 2019

Bryce Harper is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 19, scheduled to release on March 26, 2019. The cover shown below is not official, since he is a free agent. Once he signs with a team, the final game cover will be revealed.

Pre-order bonuses have also been revealed, along with the various editions of the game. The Standard Edition will be $59.99.

Check it all out and let us know your thoughts.

Gone Yard Edition (GameStop/EB Games Exclusive)

Gone Yard Edition includes:

  • 1 New Era Gone Yard Edition 9FIFTY Hat
  • Limited Edition Steel Book
  • Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Gone Yard Edition 9FIFTY Hat for use in game
  • 1 Prestige Gear Up Choice Pack
  • Choose 1 of 30 Diamond Flashbacks
  • 15,000 Stubs
  • 20 Standard Packs
  • Choose 1 Classic Stadium
  • 30 Custom Avatars

Digital Deluxe Edition (PS Store)

Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

  • 1 Prestige Gear Up Choice Pack
  • Choose 1 of 30 Diamond Flashbacks
  • 15,000 Stubs
  • 1 Ballin is a Habit Pack
  • Choose 1 Classic Stadium
  • 30 Standard Packs
  • 30 Custom Avatars

MLB The Show 19 MVP Edition

MVP Edition includes:

  • Prestige Player Gear Up Choice Pack
  • Choose 1 of 30 Diamond Flashbacks
  • 6,000 Stubs
  • Choose 1 Classic Stadium
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 30 Custom Avatars

More details can be found on the official blog post.

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  1. So disappointed it wasn't Walt Terrell. :mad:
    And another year without a pitcher. :(
    Release date 3/26/19
    EDIT: Have to admit, I like the layout of the cover.
    PhilliesFan13
    Looks like a Phillie will grace the cover once again!
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    How about a Yankee being on the cover 2 years in a row? :grin:
    michaelhawj
    i wait for info on Franchise Mode if they improve it better with add some new features to Franchise Mode before pre-order it

    I bought a PS3 specifically for this game back in 2009 and have bought it every since, but I too might not be getting it this year for the same reason you mentioned.
    As someone who doesn't play online, I feel like Franchise Mode has been grossly neglected as of recent years. It's gotten to the point where I don't even have the ability to sign FA and can never find an actual fix for it.
    It's time to "make the show great again!"
    Disappointing that this is the only major sports game that isn't on the PC and it's probably the best one out there.
    ...holding out hope for the future *crosses fingers*
    I will not buy this year either without substantial improvements to franchise mode.
    The mode has been relatively unchanged for years with many same legacy issues. I can download new rosters and get my baseball fix.
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    countryboy
    Cover athlete and release date announced.
    Now just waiting on the information release schedule.
    :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

    And then the LONG *** wait until after Superbowl when they start rolling info out.
    What exactly is their decision making process for this? I mean, do they decide on the athlete in March? Because nothing Bryce did this year is cover athlete worthy in my opinion. If we’re giving it to players on teams who missed the postseason, why hasn’t the best player in baseball graced the cover yet? Give me Mike Trout! Should have been Betts, Trout, or Yelich. Disappointing.
    Well, if he does sign with the Cubs, it could be the tiebreaker should I be on the fence about buying the game. Many, many, many more features being added to franchise mode is key first though.
    LastActionHero
    Ok seriously I though Harper was on a treadmill on the cover but after further inspection he’s holding a bat hahaha.
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    The cover looks like a sequel to the Warriors video game...:bil:
    :lol:
    GoDucks1224
    What exactly is their decision making process for this?

    They have a baking contest. Whichever player bakes the most delicious cookies gets to be on the cover of the Show.
    :D
    I obviously have no idea, but like to think this is the procedure they follow
    RogerDodger
    I'm ok with Bryce Harper, he's got the kind of 'IT' factor that other guys, as good as they are, don't (at least not for the cover of a video game).

    What do you mean? Trout is a personable fun guy, and is the best player in baseball. Yeah he’s on a bad team, but Bryce didn’t make the postseason either. Betts had an amazing season on the World Series winning mass market Boston Red Sox, and during the World Series he delivered food and clothing to homeless shelters. The dude is a star on and off the field. Yelich I’ll grant you is a more reserved dude that you don’t hear much about. But he was more than deserving with his on field play.
    GoDucks1224
    What do you mean? Trout is a personable fun guy, and is the best player in baseball. Yeah he’s on a bad team, but Bryce didn’t make the postseason either. Betts had an amazing season on the World Series winning mass market Boston Red Sox, and during the World Series he delivered food and clothing to homeless shelters. The dude is a star on and off the field. Yelich I’ll grant you is a more reserved dude that you don’t hear much about. But he was more than deserving with his on field play.

    Bryce Harper is easily the most marketable player right now. Hell there’s been $500MM talk for years now alone. Not saying hes the most deserving from a statistical view but from a popularity contest? No doubt in my mind.
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    MLamm
    Bryce Harper is easily the most marketable player right now. Hell there’s been $500MM talk for years now alone. Not saying hes the most deserving from a statistical view but from a popularity contest? No doubt in my mind.
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    Meh. I don’t get why people like him so much. He just seems arrogant to me. He’s not very personable. He isn’t the happy fun guy with media or anything. He always acts so serious on the field, and throws the occasional tantrum when he strikes out or something. Whatever. Also, no way in hell he gets $500 million.
    My friend and I have been MLB The Show "addicts" since 2008 and neither one of us will be buying next year without Franchise overhauls/fixes... especially the playoff roster issues...
    We are not holding our breath though as the Diamond Dynasty mode is what is popular now... and we play strictly offline franchise...
    We have actually started to play tabletop baseball games again for our baseball fix. (Well actually, I have ALWAYS played the tabletop games; he just got back into it due to his disappointment with the Show's Franchise neglect...)
    LittleWall
    I bought a PS3 specifically for this game back in 2009 and have bought it every since, but I too might not be getting it this year for the same reason you mentioned.
    As someone who doesn't play online, I feel like Franchise Mode has been grossly neglected as of recent years. It's gotten to the point where I don't even have the ability to sign FA and can never find an actual fix for it.
    It's time to "make the show great again!"

    well single player modes are fading with online being much more compatible these days.
    and since they essentially have a 9 month dev cycle. they focus mainly on the online portion of the game since that is what creates revenue for them.
    Understandable. Biggest free agent in baseball . Love the idea. I'd appreciate it if they improved commentary and crowd reactions.
    Game is already great.
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    Not gonna lie if I'm a dynasty diamond fan. Those are some nice perks. Might be a first time for me buying something other then the standard edition.
    Don't really care about the hat. Its dope but the MVP edition is calling my name.
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    saintrules
    Disappointing that this is the only major sports game that isn't on the PC and it's probably the best one out there.
    ...holding out hope for the future *crosses fingers*
    NHL too .
    Caulfield
    Suppose Harper signs with a team next week, sonys not going to put him on the cover in his new teams uni?
    Yea similar to how 2K had to change Kyrie Irving over from a Cavs uni to a Celtics one.
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    One last time, per developers (Ramone Russell) Trout is not interested in opportunities like this and in contrast Bryce Harper has been doing adds for game since 2012. So this is a good decision to have him as cover athlete he has great personality.
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    DamnYanks2
    Yea similar to how 2K had to change Kyrie Irving over from a Cavs uni to a Celtics one.
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    Wrong PS has already coordinated to work with the team that signs him on the new cover. It won’t be like the awful photoshop they did with Kyrie.
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    Arod2k9
    Wrong PS has already coordinated to work with the team that signs him on the new cover. It won’t be like the awful photoshop they did with Kyrie.
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    Lol I dont care how it's done. I'm just saying it will get changed in time. And I liked the Kyrie cover.
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    Arod2k9
    One last time, per developers (Ramone Russell) Trout is not interested in opportunities like this and in contrast Bryce Harper has been doing adds for game since 2012. So this is a good decision to have him as cover athlete he has great personality.
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    What about his personality is so great? People keep saying this and I just don’t understand it. I don’t have anything against the guy but, on the field he’s always very serious. Wears his frustration on his sleeve. Off the field, he doesn’t have particularly good interactions with media. His silly hair flips. He’s gotten in fights with teammates lol. So why do people think he’s got such a great personality? I genuinely don’t understand it. I’ve watched a lot of Bryce Harper and never felt particular one way or another. He comes off as arrogant to me, more than anything else. Which, again, doesn’t really bother me. But I look at a guy like Mookie who always looks like he’s having fun on the field, smiling and laughing, leading his team to a World Series, delivering food and clothes to homeless people after a freaking World Series game. I don’t get it.
    GoDucks1224
    I’ve watched a lot of Bryce Harper and never felt particular one way or another. He comes off as arrogant to me, more than anything else. Which, again, doesn’t really bother me.

    Really, though? Because...
    GoDucks1224
    What exactly is their decision making process for this? I mean, do they decide on the athlete in March? Because nothing Bryce did this year is cover athlete worthy in my opinion. If we’re giving it to players on teams who missed the postseason, why hasn’t the best player in baseball graced the cover yet? Give me Mike Trout! Should have been Betts, Trout, or Yelich. Disappointing.

    GoDucks1224
    What do you mean? Trout is a personable fun guy, and is the best player in baseball. Yeah he’s on a bad team, but Bryce didn’t make the postseason either. Betts had an amazing season on the World Series winning mass market Boston Red Sox, and during the World Series he delivered food and clothing to homeless shelters. The dude is a star on and off the field. Yelich I’ll grant you is a more reserved dude that you don’t hear much about. But he was more than deserving with his on field play.

    GoDucks1224
    Meh. I don’t get why people like him so much. He just seems arrogant to me. He’s not very personable. He isn’t the happy fun guy with media or anything. He always acts so serious on the field, and throws the occasional tantrum when he strikes out or something. Whatever. Also, no way in hell he gets $500 million.

    GoDucks1224
    What about his personality is so great? People keep saying this and I just don’t understand it. I don’t have anything against the guy but, on the field he’s always very serious. Wears his frustration on his sleeve. Off the field, he doesn’t have particularly good interactions with media. His silly hair flips. He’s gotten in fights with teammates lol. So why do people think he’s got such a great personality? I genuinely don’t understand it. I’ve watched a lot of Bryce Harper and never felt particular one way or another. He comes off as arrogant to me, more than anything else. Which, again, doesn’t really bother me. But I look at a guy like Mookie who always looks like he’s having fun on the field, smiling and laughing, leading his team to a World Series, delivering food and clothes to homeless people after a freaking World Series game. I don’t get it.
    SmashMan
    Really, though? Because...

    Whats your point? I’m genuinely trying to understand what about him is so personable. I have nothing against him, I don’t root against him, I just don’t think he is very personable. I really don’t get it. I look at him and I look at Mookie and I see polar opposites. One who is always serious, and arrogant. The other who always seems to be smiling, and praising his teammates rather than himself. I absolutely think Betts deserves the cover more than Harper, but that’s the extent of my anti-Harper sentiment. I don’t consider arrogance to be a particularly bad thing in sports, I’m very used to it in the NBA and such. But what I don’t understand is the seemingly arrogant players being labeled as personable. He’s not particularly media friendly either. His most notable interview moments are usually him being annoyed with a reporter. So again, I just don’t get it. I’m more asking for an explanation and don’t get one. Good job cluttering the thread with your condescension and long use of quotes from the same page though.
    GoDucks1224
    What about his personality is so great? People keep saying this and I just don’t understand it. I don’t have anything against the guy but, on the field he’s always very serious. Wears his frustration on his sleeve. Off the field, he doesn’t have particularly good interactions with media. His silly hair flips. He’s gotten in fights with teammates lol. So why do people think he’s got such a great personality? I genuinely don’t understand it. I’ve watched a lot of Bryce Harper and never felt particular one way or another. He comes off as arrogant to me, more than anything else. Which, again, doesn’t really bother me. But I look at a guy like Mookie who always looks like he’s having fun on the field, smiling and laughing, leading his team to a World Series, delivering food and clothes to homeless people after a freaking World Series game. I don’t get it.
    Probably the passion he wears on his sleeve. Think that's what jumps out. He's more outgoing then Trout. Harper is confident. I wouldn't say arrogant. Machado is arrogant.
    I agree he's not the biggest personality. Doesn't have that flair like Puig or others. But he's been a megastar since high school and he's very recognizable.
    He's probably more recognizable to casuals then Trout honestly. People know who Harper is. His ads with Gatorade and others have helped in that way tremendously.
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    DamnYanks2
    Probably the passion he wears on his sleeve. Think that's what jumps out. He's more outgoing then Trout. Harper is confident. I wouldn't say arrogant. Machado is arrogant.
    I agree he's not the biggest personality. Doesn't have that flair like Puig or others. But he's been a megastar since high school and he's very recognizable.
    He's probably more recognizable to casuals then Trout honestly. People know who Harper is. His ads with Gatorade and others have helped in that way tremendously.
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    I know casuals and non-fans know him more. That’s obvious. But I think being on a cover of a AAA game title would do a lot for Trout. Apparently, he doesn’t want to be on the cover or something. So fine. But at the end of the day I don’t think this game will sell more because Bryce is on the cover. How many casual fans or non-fans are buying simulation baseball video games just cause he’s on the cover?
    GoDucks1224
    Whats your point? I’m genuinely trying to understand what about him is so personable. I have nothing against him, I don’t root against him, I just don’t think he is very personable.

    Just pointing out that you've put down a lot of words on a guy you have nothing against.
    Some people like him, and that's cool.
    Some people don't like him, and that's cool.
    Some people are indifferent to him, and that's cool.
    Sometimes life works like that, you just find out that people have different opinion than you and everything's still okay.
    SmashMan
    Just pointing out that you've put down a lot of words on a guy you have nothing against.
    Some people like him, and that's cool.
    Some people don't like him, and that's cool.
    Some people are indifferent to him, and that's cool.
    Sometimes life works like that, you just find out that people have different opinion than you and everything's still okay.

    Because I don’t think he deserves the cover. That’s literally all this is. And I am more or less asking people why they like him. Why he is deemed personable. I’m aware that people have differing opinions, dude. You’re being condescending as hell for no reason at all.
    GoDucks1224
    I know casuals and non-fans know him more. That’s obvious. But I think being on a cover of a AAA game title would do a lot for Trout. Apparently, he doesn’t want to be on the cover or something. So fine. But at the end of the day I don’t think this game will sell more because Bryce is on the cover. How many casual fans or non-fans are buying simulation baseball video games just cause he’s on the cover?
    Yea I don't know. I know people that buy anything if lebron is on the cover. Or a favorite athlete.
    You would be surprised. I admit I was a little more interested in the cover last year because of Judge. I think that strangely has appeal to some.
    Now I would buy this game if Eric Kratz is on the cover. But its funny. I think it does matter to some people.
    Funny thing which ever year Pedroia was on the cover I actually took it out lol. So yea.. Covers do have appeal.
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    Caulfield
    Suppose Harper signs with a team next week, sonys not going to put him on the cover in his new teams uni?

    That's not the final cover.
    An SI article has this from Harper's Twitter:
    Honored to be selected as the #PlayStationAmbassador for #TheShow19 cover! Follow @MLBTheShow this offseason to see what uniform I will be wearing on the final cover!
    Bryce Harper is on the cover because for one he is marketable. People, both hardcore fans and casual fans will recognize him. He's marketed in more than just baseball. He's in different commercials, so he is more recognizable than say Mookie Betts or Christian Yelich because you see him outside of baseball.
    Harper is also probably on the cover because as of now, he is the biggest free agent out there and will be talked about on anything that remotely discusses sports because of the big time contract he could possibly get.
    Maybe he isn't as personable as say Betts or whomever, but I can almost guarantee you that if you put a picture up to casual fans of Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper, Harper is going to be the one that is recognized more.
    countryboy
    Bryce Harper is on the cover because for one he is marketable. People, both hardcore fans and casual fans will recognize him. He's marketed in more than just baseball. He's in different commercials, so he is more recognizable than say Mookie Betts or Christian Yelich because you see him outside of baseball.
    Harper is also probably on the cover because as of now, he is the biggest free agent out there and will be talked about on anything that remotely discusses sports because of the big time contract he could possibly get.
    Maybe he isn't as personable as say Betts or whomever, but I can almost guarantee you that if you put a picture up to casual fans of Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper, Harper is going to be the one that is recognized more.

    How many casual/non-fans will buy the game because he is on the cover? What is the point of some mom passing GameStop in the mall and going ‘Oh hey, it’s that guy from the Gatorade commercials.’ and then she keeps strolling? I just don’t think the cover matters that much in terms of sales, and I am biased towards seeing the most deserving players on it as opposed to most marketable.
    GoDucks1224
    How many casual/non-fans will buy the game because he is on the cover? What is the point of some mom passing GameStop in the mall and going ‘Oh hey, it’s that guy from the Gatorade commercials.’ and then she keeps strolling? I just don’t think the cover matters that much in terms of sales, and I am biased towards seeing the most deserving players on it as opposed to most marketable.

    I was just sharing my opinion on why he may be on the cover. I'm not interested in going around and around with you which is all you're wanting to do.
    No matter the answer/explanation someone provides to you to answer your question or respond to your post, you're just going to shoot it down and disagree and keep going around in circles.
    Thanks but no thanks.
    Well now they'll surely have a nice new scan for him. His current in-game image isn't quite spot on.
    Also, I do think he'll result in more game sales than with any other player. He's the best player they've ever had on the cover.
    underdog13
    Harper is more popular and marketable than Trout.
    Those are just facts.
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    I’m not saying it has to be Trout. I think Betts is most deserving this season.
    countryboy
    I was just sharing my opinion on why he may be on the cover. I'm not interested in going around and around with you which is all you're wanting to do.
    No matter the answer/explanation someone provides to you to answer your question or respond to your post, you're just going to shoot it down and disagree and keep going around in circles.
    Thanks but no thanks.

    Lol show me where I disagreed with his marketability. I said I didn’t understand it, and that I don’t know what kind of effect it actually has on sales. I said I understand Bryce is the ‘marketable’ one, but that Betts is the most ‘deserving.’ Also, you didn’t frame your comment as an opinion. It was a statement, to which I responded wondering what the actual effect was on sales.
    GoDucks1224
    I’m not saying it has to be Trout. I think Betts is most deserving this season.
    Nobody is deserving of a sponsorship.
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    GoDucks1224
    Lol show me where I disagreed with his marketability. I said I didn’t understand it, and that I don’t know what kind of effect it actually has on sales. I said I understand Bryce is the ‘marketable’ one, but that Betts is the most ‘deserving.’ Also, you didn’t frame your comment as an opinion. It was a statement, to which I responded wondering what the actual effect was on sales.

    To most games these days? Probably not much of an effect. I'd guess that's even more true for sports games.
    But obviously it's rarely bad idea to get the biggest name you can for marketing, and Bryce Harper is up there.
    GoDucks1224
    Lol show me where I disagreed with his marketability. I said I didn’t understand it, and that I don’t know what kind of effect it actually has on sales. I said I understand Bryce is the ‘marketable’ one, but that Betts is the most ‘deserving.’ Also, you didn’t frame your comment as an opinion. It was a statement, to which I responded wondering what the actual effect was on sales.

    SDS isn’t concerned with who is the most deserving but rather who is the most marketable and at this time that is Bryce Harper.
    In business one of the keys to selling more product is marketing your product, and that includes having packaging (in this case a cover) that will attract the most potential buyers.
    The goal of the cover/packaging is to get a non guaranteed customer to pick up your product and look it over, and ultimately lead to a sale.
    You may not think that who is on the cover has any impact on sales but I guarantee you it does. If it didn’t, why would SDS or any company for that matter spend money doing it?
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    I don't care which team he's on (unless it's Atlanta lol), I just want him to be in uniform on the cover. the mockup cover right now, Harper looks more appropriate for a UFC game
    GoDucks1224
    What about his personality is so great? ...why do people think he’s got such a great personality? ...I don’t get it.
    that's a clown question bro :D
    Jolly Roger

    Also, I do think he'll result in more game sales than with any other player. He's the best player they've ever had on the cover.

    Harper the best ever on a Show cover? Thats iffy at best.
    And its never iffy if its Griffey
    #Show17
    Caulfield
    Harper the best ever on a Show cover? Thats iffy at best.
    And its never iffy if its Griffey
    #Show17
    Yea and Miggy wasn't bad
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    cnh2os84
    That hat in the gone yard edition has me drooling! Now can I rationalize spending the extra $40?!? The extra stuff is nice, but not necessary.
    I know its dope. I just dont know if it's necessary. Of course you get the 15,000 stubs too. If I'm correct.
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    DamnYanks2
    I know its dope. I just dont know if it's necessary. Of course you get the 15,000 stubs too. If I'm correct.
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    I’m getting it for the hat and the steel book
    Like the way both look
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    Sorry for double post
    But are the stubs and avatars and other in game bonuses a code you download?
    If so I’ll be more than happy to pass those along to a fellow os’er as I don’t mess with that stuff
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    countryboy
    Sorry for double post
    But are the stubs and avatars and other in game bonuses a code you download?
    If so I’ll be more than happy to pass those along to a fellow os’er as I don’t mess with that stuff
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    Man, I dont know. I've never bought any of the special editions before. Wish I had an answer.
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    countryboy
    Sorry for double post
    But are the stubs and avatars and other in game bonuses a code you download?
    If so I’ll be more than happy to pass those along to a fellow os’er as I don’t mess with that stuff
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    They usually are a code. I remember giving away some to OS users in the past.
    Wonder who will be on the Canadian cover. I personally don’t really agree with Harper on the cover. He hasn’t really had his best year this season. I always thought the cover should go to one of the stars of the season as they deserve it. I couldn’t care less if it’s cause he’s marketable or whatever. Plus I’ll be getting a different one as they usually put a Blue Jays player on the cover for us Canadian players.
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    Yea, they added Harper due to $$$ marketability no question.  He's on TV a lot with that stupid Verizon commercial they play a million times on a baseball commercial break. Pathetic.    It should have been Mookie Betts on the cover, he had a better year and was a team player and kids to look up too.  Very bad choice Sony..very bad! 
    Maybe just maybe they picked Harper because he is a free agent. Hinting that they did some work on franchise this year. Fingers crossed!!
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    Speedy
    Ehh...not a fan.
    I am curious what they'll do about the cover art. Presuming he doesn't stay a Nat, will they change it?

    This isnt the finished cover. They will have him in uniform of some team. At this point, the only team I'm eliminating him from is the Marlins. And Washington lol
    Caulfield
    This isnt the finished cover. They will have him in uniform of some team. At this point, the only team I'm eliminating him from is the Marlins. And Washington lol

    I wouldn’t be so sure on eliminating the Nats, there’s only a few teams who can afford him.
    My guess is Cubs, Giants or Nats.
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    JaFFiTh
    Wonder who will be on the Canadian cover. I personally don’t really agree with Harper on the cover. He hasn’t really had his best year this season. I always thought the cover should go to one of the stars of the season as they deserve it. I couldn’t care less if it’s cause he’s marketable or whatever. Plus I’ll be getting a different one as they usually put a Blue Jays player on the cover for us Canadian players.
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    I'd go with Aledmys Diaz.
    JaFFiTh
    Wonder who will be on the Canadian cover. I personally don’t really agree with Harper on the cover. He hasn’t really had his best year this season. I always thought the cover should go to one of the stars of the season as they deserve it. I couldn’t care less if it’s cause he’s marketable or whatever. Plus I’ll be getting a different one as they usually put a Blue Jays player on the cover for us Canadian players.
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    Totally agree. As for the Jay, I’d say maybe Stroman. Or Smoak. They’re running out of big names up there.
    GoDucks1224
    Totally agree. As for the Jay, I’d say maybe Stroman. Or Smoak. They’re running out of big names up there.
    They should put Vlad Sr. in an Expo uni, along with Vlad Jr. in a Blue Jays uni.
    Caulfield
    They should put Vlad Sr. in an Expo uni, along with Vlad Jr. in a Blue Jays uni.

    I think that’s a great idea for 2020. But Vlad Jr didn’t get called up this year so according to them, they can’t use his likeness yet I guess. Unless they individually license it maybe, like Ohtani?
    GoDucks1224
    I think that’s a great idea for 2020. But Vlad Jr didn’t get called up this year so according to them, they can’t use his likeness yet I guess. Unless they individually license it maybe, like Ohtani?

    I doubt it, Ohtani was a really special situation.
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    Formula1Racing
    Yea, they added Harper due to $$$ marketability no question.* He's on TV a lot with that stupid Verizon commercial they play a million times on a baseball commercial break. Pathetic.* * It should have been Mookie Betts on the cover, he had a better year and was a team player and kids to look up too.* Very bad choice Sony..very bad!*

    Yes, Mookie would be my choice as well. Of course, they could have gone with that 99 potential Moncada who strikes out over 200 times and hasn't hit above .250 I don't know, maybe more strikeouts means more potential?
    Cavicchi
    I see, so maybe they have gone with that terror, J.P. Crawford, another 99 potential.

    I agree with you on Mookie being on the cover. But your takes on very young prospects not being deserving of a 99 potential cause they had bad seasons is silly. Stop it. They deserve that potential until they’re at least 25. They’re both 23 lol. They’re also both good at some things, and have the talent but need AB’s and coaching. Team batting averages hit very low lows across the board this season, lower than they’ve been in awhile. And strikeouts are still going up up up. So Moncada striking out a lot and hitting .230 is actually more in line with a surprising amount of veterans these days.
    GoDucks1224
    I agree with you on Mookie being on the cover. But your takes on very young prospects not being deserving of a 99 potential cause they had bad seasons is silly. Stop it. They deserve that potential until they’re at least 25. They’re both 23 lol. They’re also both good at some things, and have the talent but need AB’s and coaching. Team batting averages hit very low lows across the board this season, lower than they’ve been in awhile. And strikeouts are still going up up up. So Moncada striking out a lot and hitting .230 is actually more in line with a surprising amount of veterans these days.

    We have different views on worthiness of 99 potential.
    A prospect rated number 1 means very little to me until value substantiates that "assumption."
    Look at Soto (age 19) and look at Acuna (age 20) and you see two players definitely worthy of a 99 potential. Moncada is what, 23, and hasn't produced anywhere near those I mentioned. Now, if and when Moncada or the like shows that promise, then he can be rated as such. Until then, Moncada, in my opinion, is nowhere near a 99 potential. I would give him a high B or 90 at best.
    My take on prospects is Show Me. You obviously have a different view. Great!
    Have a nice day!
    After looking at Moncada's fielding, my previous 90 at best should have been mid to high 80's--B potential.
    Buxton is another one who was a 99 potential. Now, he is 24 and well, what is there to say? Oh, yes, Buxton was a number 1 prospect. Of course, my friend above would still give him a 99 potential because he isn't 25 yet.
    Horror of horrors, a franchise with so many overrated players--not in my franchise!
    Cavicchi
    After looking at Moncada's fielding, my previous 90 at best should have been mid to high 80's--B potential.
    Buxton is another one who was a 99 potential. Now, he is 24 and well, what is there to say? Oh, yes, Buxton was a number 1 prospect. Of course, my friend above would still give him a 99 potential because he isn't 25 yet.
    Horror of horrors, a franchise with so many overrated players--not in my franchise!

    Man. You are incredibly condescending. I’m glad you’re not a professional scout. Your teams would be awful. Don’t ever call me friend again, especially in that condescending high horsed context.
    GoDucks1224
    Man. You are incredibly condescending. I’m glad you’re not a professional scout. Your teams would be awful. Don’t ever call me friend again, especially in that condescending high horsed context.

    Whatever floats your boat.
    Have a nice day!
    The great thing about potential in the Show now is that the last few years its been totally editable. If there are any issues, thats completely fixable now.
    debating if I wanna pre order on psn store or get physical copy. I susually go digital, but got the hard copy of the game with the Judge Steelbook(Yankees fan and he's from my area).
    countryboy
    Just paid in full for the going yard edition at GameStop
    Now we play the waiting game :)
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    I paid off the regular edition from BB last week.
    This waiting game is the worst part! Really sucks we dont start getting solid info until after the Super Bowl... I'm really looking forward to March 2019, The Show and The Division 2!
    countryboy
    Just paid in full for the going yard edition at GameStop
    Now we play the waiting game :)
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    Is that the steelbook? You're gonna need a 2nd copy with Harper on the cover if he signs w/St. Looey.
    I hate the waiting game, though in the end we're all winners of that game. But I'm gonna need someone to bury me under an avalanche and thaw me out come March. Now thats a good plan lol
    Caulfield
    Is that the steelbook? You're gonna need a 2nd copy with Harper on the cover if he signs w/St. Looey.
    I hate the waiting game, though in the end we're all winners of that game. But I'm gonna need someone to bury me under an avalanche and thaw me out come March. Now thats a good plan lol

    Yes.
    And no....even if Harper signs with St.Louis I won't be buying a 2nd copy just to have the cover art of him in a Cardinals uniform. I'm not even close to being a Bryce Harper fan. :D
    countryboy
    Yes.
    And no....even if Harper signs with St.Louis I won't be buying a 2nd copy just to have the cover art of him in a Cardinals uniform. I'm not even close to being a Bryce Harper fan. :D

    Yeah, I dont really want him to sign w/Atlanta, I just want him out of the NL East. And it would be so much easier to root against him if he winds up a Yankee. This has me wondering, if by some miracle of miracles he signed w/Toronto would he be the Canada cover guy too, and what if that happened after SDS already signed a different player for the Canada cover . See, San Diego, you signed a deal with the devil and he's already screwing ya lol
    For the first time in this Franchise I am on the fence about next years game. I am really enjoying 18 a lot! If major changes don't come to Franchise Mode and some more legacy issues fixed. I may take a hard pass for a bit and maybe wait for a price drop or even skip a year. Not really trying to be bashing of the game or devs, I am just more careful with my gaming dollar lately and if I like a game and have not lost interest I just don't see the need to "upgrade" every year for $60
    After this years nonsense I will never pre order again. If there was a purchase it would be after release.
    You guys have a lot of faith to order this early without a stitch of info.
    nemesis04
    After this years nonsense I will never pre order again. If there was a purchase it would be after release.
    You guys have a lot of faith to order this early without a stitch of info.

    I get it why some arent pre-ordering/getting the game... But that will never be myself, I will always purchase and play the **** of out The Show each year.
    This is the first year I am not preordering. Franchise mode has been the same for the past 4 or 5 years.
    I can get my gameplay fix through 18. Im probably going to wait until release and see what changes, if any are made. May even wait until a price drop.
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    nemesis04
    After this years nonsense I will never pre order again. If there was a purchase it would be after release.
    You guys have a lot of faith to order this early without a stitch of info.

    I do have faith. I mean, for me the history of this series has been that it has delivered a game that I play year round, '17 being the only exception in the, what, 10+ years I've been buying it.
    If for some reason they release information and I'm not excited and don't want the game, then I cancel my pre-order, get my money back and go about my merry way.
    I pre-ordered for two reasons:
    1) I love the game and I love the series. Outside of '17 I've played every iteration of this series. And as I've stated previously, '17 wasn't a bad game, just out of the box the new ball physics felt unbalanced and I decided to go back to '16 and enjoy that game for the year.
    2) I want the Gone Yard Edition and since its a special edition, I didn't want to wait for information and possibly miss out on getting it pre-ordered and getting that version.
    If I get '19 and it turns out to be a bust, then I'll put it on the shelf and go back to playing '18, much like I did with '17 and '16. The only difference is that I will have a hat. :)
    Bullit
    For the first time in this Franchise I am on the fence about next years game. I am really enjoying 18 a lot! If major changes don't come to Franchise Mode and some more legacy issues fixed. I may take a hard pass for a bit and maybe wait for a price drop or even skip a year. Not really trying to be bashing of the game or devs, I am just more careful with my gaming dollar lately and if I like a game and have not lost interest I just don't see the need to "upgrade" every year for $60

    Heck, if I had to, I think I could go back and still play Show 14 or 15 for 2 or 3 more years. That said, I'm pretty sure 19 will be a day one get for me.
    Caulfield
    Heck, if I had to, I think I could go back and still play Show 14 or 15 for 2 or 3 more years. That said, I'm pretty sure 19 will be a day one get for me.

    Yeah '16 was my personal favorite, I have almost gone back to it a few times and just said this is where I am staying for a bit.
    Am I the only one who doesn't care about the cover? I wish they would put whatever money to pay the cover athlete in to paying more devs. But I suppose there is a market for the cover athlete too.
    knich
    Am I the only one who doesn't care about the cover? I wish they would put whatever money to pay the cover athlete in to paying more devs. But I suppose there is a market for the cover athlete too.

    Yeah, I also wonder who buys a game because of the cover athlete. I know I don't care who is on the cover. It's what's on the disc that counts to me!
    knich
    Am I the only one who doesn't care about the cover? I wish they would put whatever money to pay the cover athlete in to paying more devs. But I suppose there is a market for the cover athlete too.

    The game is almost exclusively digital here in the UK, so I'll never even see the cover tbh. I guess I'll see Harper during the opening loading screen? I honestly cannot recall seeing Judge at any point this year, but he was probably there.
    It's an irrelevance tbh, mainly because they make it an irrelevance by not incorporating the cover athlete in any way into the game, except when it was Griffey. (even then, only into DD)
    I won't be preordering this year as I frankly don't trust SDS at this point. I love the series, but they go back on so many things that they say pre-release and hide other things, that I honestly can't take them on their word.
    I'll wait and see what people say when the game has been released, make sure they haven't mysteriously removed things without telling anyone and then probably pick it up if it sounds worth it. I'll miss out on the generally a bit rubbish pre-order bonuses, but that's a price I'm more than willing to pay for a better view of what game I'd actually be getting.
    That being said, if they announce meaningful changes to Franchise mode, then I will throw money at them, no questions asked
    BigOscar
    The game is almost exclusively digital here in the UK, so I'll never even see the cover tbh. I guess I'll see Harper during the opening loading screen? I honestly cannot recall seeing Judge at any point this year, but he was probably there.
    It's an irrelevance tbh, mainly because they make it an irrelevance by not incorporating the cover athlete in any way into the game, except when it was Griffey. (even then, only into DD)
    I won't be preordering this year as I frankly don't trust SDS at this point. I love the series, but they go back on so many things that they say pre-release and hide other things, that I honestly can't take them on their word.
    I'll wait and see what people say when the game has been released, make sure they haven't mysteriously removed things without telling anyone and then probably pick it up if it sounds worth it. I'll miss out on the generally a bit rubbish pre-order bonuses, but that's a price I'm more than willing to pay for a better view of what game I'd actually be getting.
    That being said, if they announce meaningful changes to Franchise mode, then I will throw money at them, no questions asked

    I agree they seem to be putting more resources in to DD, which I have never played and never will, than on Franchise. That said, MLBTS 18 is their best work ever. I only use digital copy too. I have digital copies going back to 15. I just played a few minutes of each year this am and each year has been a major upgrade graphically from the previous. I have zero doubt I will get 19 but I would really like to see some progress particularly with Franchise mode and in game stats ...and, as you said, don't remove anything. I remember Ramone saying a few years ago that SDS NEVER removes things from the game. Well...
    knich
    I agree they seem to be putting more resources in to DD, which I have never played and never will, than on Franchise. That said, MLBTS 18 is their best work ever. I only use digital copy too. I have digital copies going back to 15. I just played a few minutes of each year this am and each year has been a major upgrade graphically from the previous. I have zero doubt I will get 19 but I would really like to see some progress particularly with Franchise mode and in game stats ...and, as you said, don't remove anything. I remember Ramone saying a few years ago that SDS NEVER removes things from the game. Well...

    Never removes things from the game? What happened to Season Mode?
    knich
    I agree they seem to be putting more resources in to DD, which I have never played and never will, than on Franchise. That said, MLBTS 18 is their best work ever. I only use digital copy too. I have digital copies going back to 15. I just played a few minutes of each year this am and each year has been a major upgrade graphically from the previous. I have zero doubt I will get 19 but I would really like to see some progress particularly with Franchise mode and in game stats ...and, as you said, don't remove anything. I remember Ramone saying a few years ago that SDS NEVER removes things from the game. Well...

    Cavicchi
    Never removes things from the game? What happened to Season Mode?

    Hence the Well... lol
    Curse of the Show cover, not a good sign for Aaron Judge's future. lol
    2006 David Ortiz Red Sox - no longer with team
    2007 David Wright Mets - no longer with team
    2008 Ryan Howard Phillies - no longer with team
    2009 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox - played 3 games for Boston this year, maybe he'll rebound in '19
    2010-2011 Joe Mauer Twins - no longer with team
    2012 Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox - no longer with team
    2013 Andrew McCutchen Pirates - no longer with team
    2014 Miguel Cabrera Tigers - finally we have an anomaly lol still, only 38 games in 2018
    2015 Yasiel Puig Dodgers- no longer with team
    2016 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays - no longer with team
    2017 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners - obviously, no longer with team lol
    2018 Aaron Judge Yankees - gotta figure his days in pinstripes are numbered.
    2019 Bryce Harper ? - if he gets that long term deal he wants, maybe Judge and he can turn this trend around.
    2020 Mike Trout Angels - and I predict Trout will recycle that trend by being on the MLB 20 cover, then traded by that summer.
    GoDucks1224
    Is it much of a curse if most of these guys retired with their respective teams or were traded YEARS later?
    Nah, its definitely not a curse. But I did find it mildly interesting lol
    Did they ever announce the canada cover?
    Also, I'm starting to think we just might see Washington's uni on the cover. Ya know, a few years ago when the Marlins gave Giancarlo his big contract, SDS tweaked contracts to reflect that. If Bryce doesnt sign in time, but does sign for some stupid money, like Philly stupid 40$ a year, do you anyone think SDS already changrd and made contract go that high, just in case?
    Caulfield
    Did they ever announce the canada cover?
    Also, I'm starting to think we just might see Washington's uni on the cover. Ya know, a few years ago when the Marlins gave Giancarlo his big contract, SDS tweaked contracts to reflect that. If Bryce doesnt sign in time, but does sign for some stupid money, like Philly stupid 40$ a year, do you anyone think SDS already changrd and made contract go that high, just in case?

    Not sure about the Canada cover but I am sure they'll make this change. Harper will sign for more than $30MM AAV.
    Herschie
    I hope Harper signs with St. Louis for $350 million, ten years, then goes on to average .235 with 16 homers a year.
    Looking more and more like a Phillie will be on the 19 cover. Really wanted Harper out of the N.L. East.
    Stupid money.
    :(
    Yeah so much for that ‘oracle’ who said he’s going to the Dodgers lol. He had a FIVE hour meeting with the Phillies. He’s going to Philadelphia. Machado will probably end up with the reported ‘mystery team’ that popped up in competition with the White Sox and Phillies. I don’t think he’ll be a Yankee.
    FWIW Harpers 2019 projection is around 27 homeruns and a .265 average. $300 mil dont buy what it used to. As for the Show, he's maybe a better deal and 40 homers can be coaxed out of him. You can probably get him back to hitting .300 too.
    I’ve got no hate for Harper and though I can’t stand Machado I believe he is the much better player. No matter what both these guys are gonna be extremely overpaid in my opinion.
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    Jeffrey Smith
    I’ve got no hate for Harper and though I can’t stand Machado I believe he is the much better player. No matter what both these guys are gonna be extremely overpaid in my opinion.
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    I've played with Machado for years and have come to like him. If he winds up in the Braves division that might change. I had hoped Harper would leave the division and I could learn to tolerate but that looks less likely now, and to make matters worse, I hate Philadelphia hella ton more than D.C. I use to really dislike Josh Donaldson because of his college days but this year I expect him to be my new Tim Hudson.
    Jeffrey Smith
    I’ve got no hate for Harper and though I can’t stand Machado I believe he is the much better player. No matter what both these guys are gonna be extremely overpaid in my opinion.
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    Harper can hit.. far.. but so can a lot of other MLB players. They can also get more base hits. I don't hate 'im either. He's just.. over-hyped I guess.
    I personally think teams are just about done with big money, long term deals. There really has not been any payoff or even loyalty shown in any of the "big" deals lately. The game is changing quickly and this is one way I thinks we are going to see changes happening. Last year was the first time in what almost 10 years, that payrolls have dropped on average?
    I'm hopeful that sds is using Bryce Harper as the cover to show off the new offseason/free agency in MLB show and the revamped franchise mode.
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    Bullit
    I personally think teams are just about done with big money, long term deals. There really has not been any payoff or even loyalty shown in any of the "big" deals lately. The game is changing quickly and this is one way I thinks we are going to see changes happening. Last year was the first time in what almost 10 years, that payrolls have dropped on average?

    I don't think the White Sox saw your post.
    tabarnes19
    I'm hopeful that sds is using Bryce Harper as the cover to show off the new offseason/free agency in MLB show and the revamped franchise mode.
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    its ironic Harper would be the free agent cover player. he's the one a lot of us would want to retire early due to a poor market lol
    zub65
    Not sure why people care or make a fuss about who's on the cover of a video game. It's all about gameplay and features for me.

    yeah, it really only matters to me until March 26 lol
    mlblover15
    What happens if He isn't signed by a team by the time this game goes "Gold"?

    Then they release 30 different covers , one for him in each teams uni. Or:
    Caulfield
    Then they release 30 different covers , one for him in each teams uni. Or:

    :spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit::spit:
    mlblover15
    What happens if He isn't signed by a team by the time this game goes "Gold"?

    Then we get the cover now where he just so happens to look like a DD streamer. ;)
    Harper is sitting 19 out. The Show should have done like Miss America and have a contingency plan if the winner cant uphold their duty, the runner-up steps to the plate. I nominate Manny Machado in that role. Oh wait, nevermind. lmao
    forme95
    They should just put all teams logo on the cover. That would look better then a player

    You know that is not a bad idea actually.
    How about just Bryce Harper's face in the middle surrounded by all the team logo's on a baseball field?
    Or a second option Bryce Harper's face surrounded by dollar signs :) lol
    tnixen
    You know that is not a bad idea actually.
    How about just Bryce Harper's face in the middle surrounded by all the team logo's on a baseball field?
    Or a second option Bryce Harper's face surrounded by dollar signs :) lol

    Could Bryce Harper actually delay the game?
    If he were to sign TODAY, we are 34 days away from the drop date. I do not know how long it takes to mass produce all of those game boxes/inserts, but it would seem as if we are getting into crunch time.
    Should they come up with an alternative just in case? I know when Griffey went in to the HOF a few years ago, he was on the cover of MLB 17....should they do something like make a backup Mariano Rivera cover, just to be safe?
    Or are we all getting sweatshirt Bryce Harper? lol
    JDL375
    Could Bryce Harper actually delay the game?
    If he were to sign TODAY, we are 34 days away from the drop date. I do not know how long it takes to mass produce all of those game boxes/inserts, but it would seem as if we are getting into crunch time.
    Should they come up with an alternative just in case? I know when Griffey went in to the HOF a few years ago, he was on the cover of MLB 17....should they do something like make a backup Mariano Rivera cover, just to be safe?
    Or are we all getting sweatshirt Bryce Harper? lol
    Not to mention that they would also have to fly Bryce out in his new uniform to shoot the cover.
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    PhilliesFan13
    Not to mention that they would also have to fly Bryce out in his new uniform to shoot the cover.
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    I wonder if they already did a photoshoot with him in a bunch of different jerseys, now they're just waiting on which one to print.
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    JDL375
    Could Bryce Harper actually delay the game?
    If he were to sign TODAY, we are 34 days away from the drop date. I do not know how long it takes to mass produce all of those game boxes/inserts, but it would seem as if we are getting into crunch time.
    Should they come up with an alternative just in case? I know when Griffey went in to the HOF a few years ago, he was on the cover of MLB 17....should they do something like make a backup Mariano Rivera cover, just to be safe?
    Or are we all getting sweatshirt Bryce Harper? lol

    No, Harper wont delay the release. They ought to just put him in a generic uni, not a hoodie. He might not even be signed till mid March. I think Jake Arrieta signed w/Philly mid March last year. FWIW
    JDL375
    Could Bryce Harper actually delay the game?
    If he were to sign TODAY, we are 34 days away from the drop date. I do not know how long it takes to mass produce all of those game boxes/inserts, but it would seem as if we are getting into crunch time.
    Should they come up with an alternative just in case? I know when Griffey went in to the HOF a few years ago, he was on the cover of MLB 17....should they do something like make a backup Mariano Rivera cover, just to be safe?
    Or are we all getting sweatshirt Bryce Harper? lol
    No chance that Harper not signing in time would delay the game. Will be interesting to see what they do if he doesn’t though but with Machado coming off the board today I would imagine that Harper won’t be far behind. Would it even be possible for them to use an alternative? Don’t they probably have some sort of agreement with Harper that would prevent them from deciding to use someone else as the cover athlete instead?
    Maybe they could do a close up of his face/head as the cover? I think them keeping the current cover is a possibility as well even though it wasn’t meant to be the actual cover.
    As a long time Phillies fan I really feel disgusted right now! :(
    Not only did we not sign Manny Machado but it is starting to look like Bryce Harper may also sign with the Padres :(
    So looks like MLB The Show which is developed in San Diego has a chance to have it's cover boy wearing it's home town team jersey.:eek:
    tnixen
    As a long time Phillies fan I really feel disgusted right now! :(
    Not only did we not sign Manny Machado but it is starting to look like Bryce Harper may also sign with the Padres :(
    So looks like MLB The Show which is developed in San Diego has a chance to have it's cover boy wearing it's home town team jersey.:eek:
    Bryce Harper is not going to sign with the Padres. Come on. He wants to win.
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    PhilliesFan13
    Bryce Harper is not going to sign with the Padres. Come on. He wants to win.
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    If Bryce signed with them, he would win, over the course of 10 years. Their farm is stacked. This year won’t be their year, but next year... They’ll have some of their big prospects hit the show this year and can flip some of their others for starting pitchers. They had a historically great bullpen last season lol, which somehow got better statistically AFTER they flipped Hand.
    GoDucks1224
    If Bryce signed with them, he would win, over the course of 10 years. Their farm is stacked. This year won’t be their year, but next year... They’ll have some of their big prospects hit the show this year and can flip some of their others for starting pitchers. They had a historically great bullpen last season lol, which somehow got better statistically AFTER they flipped Hand.
    Regardless, if Preller signs both he's hamstrung that organization for years.
    Phillies were never gonna sign both so I'm putting that to bed before someone comes at me with that.
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    PhilliesFan13
    Regardless, if Preller signs both he's hamstrung that organization for years.
    Phillies were never gonna sign both so I'm putting that to bed before someone comes at me with that.
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    Eh. Not if the prospects work out or can be flipped. They’ll go way over luxury tax but they could do it if they wanted.
    We ought to be closing in on the cutoff date for default rosters. Looks like Harper gonna be a permanent free agent in 19 lol. I know he'll be on a team on the release day update but I play a lot of one and done seasons with default rosters. I'll be interested in seeing where he signs each time I run a season. I do know one thing: He wont be signed by my mgmt.
    To me, it looks a lot like the only teams interested in Harper are teams he really doesn't want to play for. But when you ask for 10 years, you're pretty much narrowing your choice down to less than a handful of teams to sign with.
    Incognito
    To me, it looks a lot like the only teams interested in Harper are teams he really doesn't want to play for. But when you ask for 10 years, you're pretty much narrowing your choice down to less than a handful of teams to sign with.
    I think Machado and Harper had a lot of team interested. They just didn't want the 3 to (at most) 5 yr contracts. Which is funny because I'll bet the dollar amounts equated to approximately the same as 10 years. Only Padres and Giants (guessing for Harper) were willing to go 10 knowing if the plan didn't work, they can dump them or opt out after 5. No owners want those long terms anymore. Just my $.02 on it.
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    forme95
    I think Machado and Harper had a lot of team interested. They just didn't want the 3 to (at most) 5 yr contracts. Which is funny because I'll bet the dollar amounts equated to approximately the same as 10 years. Only Padres and Giants (guessing for Harper) were willing to go 10 knowing if the plan didn't work, they can dump them or opt out after 5. No owners want those long terms anymore. Just my $.02 on it.
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    Giants offered a 5 year, reportedly. Phillies and Padres are the ones going 10. But I think a 10 year deal with a 26 year old is a helluva lot different than a 10 year with a 32 year old or something like Pujols. And Hamilton never deserved that deal. He had a couple great seasons but not nearly the track record Pujols had. A-Rod’s mega deal was actually a good one until he got popped for PED’s because he signed it young enough that he would still be a good player throughout majority of the contract. That will be the case with Manny/Bryce. Theoretically, they should still be at least good players by age 34-35 when they’re coming to the final years of the deal. The Pujols deal was always insane given his age, even before his mass regression. The Hamilton deal... I think the F/O was snorting more coke than Josh. These deals just aren’t really comparable to the previous 10 year deals given the massive age difference.
    The Kid 24
    Curious when we’ll see what the MVP Edition steelbook looks like.
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    It's gonna be the dirt. It's not a placeholder.
    So Harper is a year and a half removed from a 111 game season and gets the avoids injury perk? At least they nailed his overall correctly at 86. What should his durability be, though?
    EDIT well, the patch overrides the default roster with a new default roster. Harper is a 90 now.
    Caulfield
    So Harper is a year and a half removed from a 111 game season and gets the avoids injury perk? At least they nailed his overall correctly at 86. What should his durability be, though?
    EDIT well, the patch overrides the default roster with a new default roster. Harper is a 90 now.
    well, I believe that 90 Overall Harper was ''given'' & not ''earned'' is now provable IMO
    he's unhappy & his morale is upset because of his new contract. of course, he was probably happy with it till he saw what a true superstar like Trout commands
    EDIT: now thats rich. I dropped all of his attributes by 1 so that his Overall is 89 & his salary expectation is right in line with what Philadelphia ''gave'' him

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