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MLB The Show 18 launches March 27, Yankees’ Aaron Judge is on the cover (update)

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MLB The Show 18 - Aaron Judge holding a bat
New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge.
SIE San Diego Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

MLB The Show 18 will launch March 27, 2018, on PlayStation 4, and Aaron Judge, whose 52 home runs for the New York Yankees this season set a record for rookies, will be the cover star. The details surfaced when premature listings were spied on the PlayStation Store.

Following the current trend for major sports releases, pre-ordering the game will offer access to the game three days prior to the standard launch date, according to the listing. Two special editions will pile on additional digital content.

Polygon reached out to a Sony representative to confirm the reported details. Soon after, The Show’s Twitter account published this tweet:

Major League Baseball’s award announcements begin today with the Gold Gloves. The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, for both leagues, will be a week from today. Judge, 25, is widely expected to be the American League winner.

Not only did Judge hit 52 home runs to lead the A.L., his 128 runs and 127 walks were league bests as well. Judge and the Yankees made the postseason, falling in seven games in the American League championship to Houston, the eventual World Series winner.

Update (Nov. 7): All of this was confirmed on ESPN during last night’s Monday Night Football game. Additionally, Canadian baseball fans will get an MLB The Show 18 box with the Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman on the box shot.

MLB The Show 18 box art with Aaron Judge SIE San Diego Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment

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