Watch MLB The Show (The Show) Episode 2

This week on our new baseball-themed video series we look at the history of baseball video games and revisit The Rookie with Dennis Quaid.

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Photo: Art by Jessica Koynock

MLB The Show (The Show) is back for another triple play collision of baseball, video games, and entertainment.

This week, (The Show) will talk to a veteran of baseball cinema. Well, actually he’s more of a rookie. OK, OK, he’s really The Rookie: Dennis Quaid. The Hollywood star, who portrayed former big-league pitcher Jim Morris in the based-on-true-events 2002 film, discusses his time working on the flick as well as his new Audio Up podcast: The Dennissance.

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Of course, what would (The Show) be without its season simulation of the 2020 MLB season? We can’t be the only ones craving the Pastime, even if it comes from a video game. In “Episode 2: The Rookie,” we also take a look at the origins of baseball video game franchises past and present. Watch episode 2 below and please show us some love by liking, subscribing, and commenting on our YouTube channel!

Simulation Recap

No team jumped out of the gate faster than the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won eight of their first 10 games. Outfielders David Peralta (.375 BA, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) and Starling Marte (.342 BA, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) have carried the weight for the second-best hitting team in baseball through April 5.

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But even the D-Backs took their lumps, courtesy of a pair of grand slams by Travis d’Arnaud and Marcell Ozuna (both are honored in our Dongs of the Week segment) in one of their two losses this season.

Arizona’s National League West rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are keeping pace thanks to the generational talent of Clayton Kershaw. The three-time NL Cy Young winner and 2014 NL MVP went 8 ⅔ innings in a victory over the San Francisco Giants, notching five strikeouts while allowing just one run and one walk.

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As for the American League, the Minnesota Twins started strong with a 7-3 mark over the first week-plus of the season. Not only do they lead the AL in batting average, but left-hander Devin Smeltzer has stepped up with a pair of sterling starts to begin his second big-league season. The 24-year-old, who at age 9 was diagnosed with cancer and went into full remission eight years ago, is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and just two walks over 16 innings. 

MLB The Show (The Show) Extra Innings

Special thanks to Dennis Quaid and the team at Audio Up. In the new podcast The Dennissance, Quaid will interview actors, politicians, personalities, musicians, and business leadersThe show’s first guest is country music star Billy Ray Cyrus. You can listen to The Dennissance here.

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We’d also like to thank to our partners at Soundstripe for helping make this series possible! All music in MLB The Show (The Show) is licensed from Soundstripe.com, which provides stock music for creators, with plans starting at $11.25 / month. For 10% off, use coupon code “DENOFGEEK10” at checkout.

Revisit MLB The Show (The Show) Episode 1

In Episode 1, “Almost Famous: Mike Trout,” (The Show) will focused on the biggest star in the game, Mike Trout, and the hottest topic of the winter: the Houston Astros. Former major league pitcher and Emmy-winning broadcaster Nelson Figueroa and comedian Mike Kaplan joined the conversation to discuss everything from the real-world challenges brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic, to outside-the-box ideas for how the laid-back three-time MVP Trout can become a crossover star. Watch episode 1 below!

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