It may be the end of the season for Major League Baseball, but that doesn’t mean the news has to stop. Today, Sony confirmed that Ken Griffey Jr. will be the cover star for next year’s MLB The Show 17.

Set to release on March 28, 2017, the PS4 franchise will have a legend on its cover. Earlier this year, Griffey was inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career, “The Kid,” as many called him, wowed fans across the world with his incredible athleticism and one of the most beautiful swings around.

For his career, Ken Griffey Jr. smashed a stunning 630 career home-runs and earned himself a lifetime batting average of .284. He finished just under 3,000 hits for his career with a total of 2,781 base knocks.

Had Griffey Jr. been completely healthy for the duration of his career, there’s not telling what he would have accomplished. Many believe he would have shattered the home-run record had injuries not plagued him during the middle part of his career. Still though, Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the best outfielders to ever play the game, and his swing was nothing but art.


Gamers who visit GameStop can also pick-up a $100 version of MLB The Show 17. This will include a New Era cap as well as 11,000 Stubs and 31 PS4 themes. A $100 digital deluxe edition is also available and comes with the aforementioned items sans the hat. You can check out what all is included in the Hall of Fame edition in the photo below:

Everything that's included in the Hall of Fame edition of MLB The Show 17 (Courtesy of Sony).
Everything that’s included in the Hall of Fame edition of MLB The Show 17 (Courtesy of Sony).

“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,” Sony wrote.

 MLB The Show 17 is currently in development and will launch exclusively for PS4 next year. The game will be available on March 28, 2017. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on PlayStation. 

Cover art for MLB The Show 17 (Courtesy of Sony).
Cover art for MLB The Show 17 (Courtesy of Sony).

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