The history of Major League Baseball has been emphasized in recent installments of MLB The Show, and MLB The Show 23 will continue this trend by including a mode dedicated to the Negro National League’s illustrious past.
There has been a strong emphasis in previous games on featuring historical venues like the Brooklyn Polo Grounds and legendary players like Lou Gehrig and more recent ones like Chase Utley and Curtis Granderson.
The new mode, however, will let fans experience the glory days of the league where a future baseball legend cut his teeth before making history with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
New to MLB The Show 19 will be a Storylines mode that follows the lives of eight legendary players from the Negro National League.
During the game, participants will assume the roles of these eight ballplayers as they participated in the Negro National League, with narration from Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick offering extra context for key events.
In addition, San Diego Studio said in its most recent webcast that the new mode will include six new era-specific venues in season 1.
Senior narrative designer Jarred Schiff was overjoyed to talk about the new game and its unique mode, expressing his delight in working with Bob Kendrick to convey the tale of the Negro National League.
Following Schiff’s lead, Kendrick expressed his appreciation to San Diego Studio for its efforts to commemorate the lives of sports legends like Jackie Robinson, Buck O’Neil, and Satchel Page.
Even while it was said that more players from the league’s history will be included in upcoming editions, no suggestions were given as to who those individuals may be.
Schiff and Kendrick’s enthusiasm for the inclusion of the Negro National League in MLB The Show 23 is reasonable, given the influence the league had on MLB and the rest of the country.
There were many other excellent baseball players in the Negro National League than Jackie Robinson, and players of Storylines will have the chance to learn about their accomplishments.
San Diego Studio has a wealth of material from the league’s 40-year history to draw from in future games and use to promote awareness of the significance of the Negro National League.