MLB players to compete in a streaming MLB The Show league

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We can’t watch baseball — well, current baseball — but we will soon be able to watch baseball players competing against one another in fake baseball. Fresh off the press release machine:

Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today the creation of the MLB The Show Players League, the first-ever competitive MLB The Show league solely featuring Major League players. Thirty players have agreed to represent their Major League Clubs and play each other in this inaugural online event to engage fans around the world and raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

League play begins tonight at 9PM when Blake Snell of the Rays — who made the news the last we saw playing video games — plays Amir Garrett of the Reds. The stream will be available here. There will be multiple platforms, actually, from that one on Twitch to YouTube and, I suspect, MLB.com or some other places. To keep up to date with where and when games are being played, follow the Twitter accounts for @MLB, @MLB_PLAYERS, @MLBTheShow and the competing players.

As for those competing players:

MLB Network host and, according to the press release, “avid gamer” Robert Flores will provide commentary, recaps, analysis and conduct player interviews throughout the course of the season via MLB, MLB Network and PlayStation’s social media platforms. Fans can engage with the players on the Official MLB YouTube page, Sony San Diego’s Twitch page or any of the individual players’ feeds.

Major League Baseball, the MLBPA and SIE will donate $5,000 on behalf of each participating player to a Boys & Girls Club affiliate in their team’s community. The stakes for the competition are enhanced with the championship player earning an additional $25,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club in his community.

Better than nothin’ right?

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”