The franchise MLB The Show, 2nd Inning Team Affinity dropped on Wednesday. It is a bit different from Season 1 as its main focus was the 1942 World Series. Players were allowed to collect all of them for a 99 overall Jackie Robinson. The rewards players can potentially get to seem to catch the eye of many, and the second season of Team Affinity is called Legends & Flashbacks.
MLB The Show’s Twitter page has slowly revealed a group of players who could be up for grabs. Some of the players include:
Johnny Damon, 93 OVR, Kansas City Royals (AL Central)
Johnny Damon was a run-scoring machine that hit for average, stolen bases and occasionally showed the pop in his bat. Most may recognize Damon from the movie “Moneyball“ with the Oakland Athletics, and his championship runs with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Fans tend to forget that he started his career with the Kansas City Royals.
Johnny Bench, 94 OVR, Cincinnati Reds (NL Central)
Johnny Bench played his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds primarily as a catcher. He won an MVP in 1976 and has two World Series rings. One common theme was that the Diamond Dynasty had a lack of high-end catchers, excluding Mike Piazza, Adley Rutschman, and Jorge Posada.
Lou Gehrig, 95 OVR, New York Yankees (AL East)
Lou Gehrig had a career batting average of .340 and had 2,721. Playing seventeen years with the New York Yankees earned him the nickname “The Iron Horse.”
Brandon Webb, 93 OVR, Arizona Diamondbacks (NL West)
Brandon Webb’s career was cut short after multiple shoulder surgeries. He made three straight All-Star teams (2006-2008) and won the NL CY Young Award in 2006. He tried to make a comeback with the Texas Rangers in 2011 but did not play a single game.
Willie Mays, 94 OVR, San Francisco Giants (NL West)
Willie Mays, also known as “The Say Hey Kid,” spent most of his 22-year career playing for the New York Giants/San Francisco Giants. He has 660 home runs for his career, two MVPs, a batting title, twelve Gold Gloves, and made a lot of All-Star teams. He could be in the discussion for the greatest to play the game.
Mark Prior, 95 OVR, Chicago Cubs (NL Central)
Mark Prior was another pitcher who had people wondering what could have been. He was selected as an All-Star in 2003.
Jim Thome, 96 OVR, Cleveland Indians (AL Central)
Jim Thome was a Silver Slugger who was selected to the All-Star team five times. He hit 52 home runs back in the 2002 season.
Joe Torre, 96 OVR, St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central)
Joe Torre had a great career as a player by winning an MVP, Gold Glove, and batting title, and made the All-Star team nine times. However, he was an even better manager. Growing up, he didn’t like the New York Yankees but won four with the franchise.
Roy Oswalt, 96 OVR, Houston Astros (AL West)
Roy Oswalt played the majority of his career with the Houston Astros. He made the All-Star team three times and won an ERA title.
Cal Ripken Jr., 94 OVR, Baltimore Orioles (AL East)
Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr., nicknamed “The Iron Man ” played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. He joined the 3,000 hit club and has two MVPs, a World Series ring, two Gold Gloves, eight Silver Slugger titles.
There are still 20 teams that need to be revealed.