You’ll soon be able to see Ian Happ and the Cubs take the field and play some baseball…virtually.
Happ is one of 30 big leaguers participating in the new “MLB The Show Players League.” Starting Friday, each player will compete in 29 games — one against every other participant — over the next three weeks.
Each game will be three innings, allowing Happ and others to play multiple a day. They’ll be broadcast live on MLB’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch pages (as well as MLB The Show's) — and each club’s social platforms.
Players will also live stream themselves through their own YouTube or Twitch channels. MLB Network’s Robert Flores and Heidi Watney will provide transitional commentary between games.
While the league will provide an outlet to watch baseball during MLB’s COVID-19 hiatus, it will also comes with a charitable benefit. MLB, MLBPA and Sony will each donate $5,000 per player to a Boys & Girls Club in their team’s community. That donation will rise to $25,000 for the player who wins the league’s championship.
Here’s a list of the players participating:
AL East: Dwight Smith Jr. (Orioles), Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox), Tommy Kahnle, (Yankees), Blake Snell (Rays), Bo Bichette (Blue Jays)
AL Central: Lucas Giolito (White Sox), Carlos Santana (Indians), Niko Goodrum (Tigers), Brett Phillips (Royals), Trevor May (Twins)
AL West: Lance McCullers Jr. (Astros), Ty Buttrey, (Angels), Jesus Luzardo (Athletics), Carl Edwards Jr. (Mariners), Joey Gallo (Rangers)
NL East: Luke Jackson (Braves), Ryne Stanek (Marlins), Jeff McNeil, (Mets), Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), Juan Soto (Nationals)
NL Central: Ian Happ (Cubs), Amir Garrett (Reds), Josh Hader (Brewers), Cole Tucker (Pirates), Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
NL West: Jon Duplantier (Diamondbacks), David Dahl (Rockies), Gavin Lux (Dodgers), Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres), Hunter Pence (Giants)Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.