Minnesota Twins: Trevor May in the MLB the Show Players’ Tournament
By Otto Johnson
The only Minnesota Twins player in the tournament, Trevor May fell in the semifinals of the MLB the Show Players tournament.
With no major league baseball to play or watch, Minnesota Twins players and fans have resorted to other sources to get their baseball fix. Some watch the replays of games on television, while others choose to play their own game on the video game MLB the Show.
Major League Baseball decided to harness this and put together a tournament of four of the top gamers in professional baseball; Twins pitcher Trevor May, Reds reliever Amir Garrett, Rays starter Blake Snell, and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.
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The teams were composed of their own custom-made rosters, complete with 99 Overall-Rated versions of themselves (99 is the highest rating in the game for those who don’t play). and it was set up as a simple playoff:
- Trevor May against Amir Garrett
- Hunter Pence against Blake Snell
All four players game professionally, and have Twitch accounts where they stream themselves playing video games, MLB the Show included. It’s very common for MLB players and other athletes to play video games as a way to kill time between games, workouts, and their busy schedules.
The tournament was single elimination and each game was five innings long, as the games can drag on if they play the full nine. In the first matchup, May played Garrett, and both teams scored in the first, with the inning ending 2-1.
The game turned into a pitching duel, staying 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth and final inning. Garrett put himself into pitch and slammed the door on May, eliminating May and sending himself to the championship. Snell blew out Pence in game two, winning 8-1, and setting up a Garrett vs. Snell championship game.
Garrett ended up winning the tournament with another 2-1 victory over Snell in the title game, but it was good to have May be included in the tournament. Having Minnesota Twins be represented in something like this is awesome, so good for May for making the cut.
You can watch the whole tournament right here: