image from Sony's MLB 13 The Show
I would personally love to see a Pittsburgh Pirates player on the cover of MLB 13 the Show. With the announcement that Andrew McCutchen is one of the candidates for the game's cover vote, that thought may actually come to fruition.
MLBTheShow (@MLBTheShow) December 18, 2012
McCutchen is the third star to learn his name is in the running for the honor. Needless to say, he'd be the first Pittsburgh Pirates player ever on the cover of the MLB the Show series—or any other series for that matter.
Despite the team's history of futility, McCutchen deserves consideration. If the Pirates had made the playoffs, he would have had a great shot at winning MVP.
He hit .327 with 31 home runs, 96 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Those numbers landed him third in the NL MVP voting, but local radio stations and news media are hoping to see their star finish first in this voting process.
Joe Kapp, the producer of Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan took to Twitter to start McCutchen's campaign:
Kapp (@937Catfish) December 18, 2012
McCutchen joins the New York Yankees' C.C. Sabathia and the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper as players that are in the running for the honor. Sabathia would be the first pitcher ever to appear on the cover and Harper would be the youngest player to ever appear.
If any of the three known candidates are chosen, there is some history to be made. Per MLB.com, there is at least one more candidate to be named later. Miguel Cabrera and/or Mike Trout would make sense, but that's just me talking.
The voting begins on January 7, and the game releases on March 5, 2013. Stay tuned for more information on the next candidate for the MLB 13 the Show cover, and more information about the game.
With a cancellation of the MLB 2K series looming per Kotaku.com, this may very well be the only virtual ball game available.
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