Continuing to honor the history of Major League Baseball, MLB The Show 22 is adding new classic players to the game. We’re tracking all MLB The Show 22 legends that are released leading up to game launch.
Here are the New Legends that have been revealed:
- Ray Durham
- Kirk Gibson
- Ryan Howard
- Randy Johnson
- Joe Mauer
- Justin Morneau
- Mike Mussina
- Mike Napoli
- J.R. Richard
- Chase Utley
- Jered Weaver
- Dontrelle Willis
- Brian Wilson
- Kevin Youkilis
Ray Durham is a former MLB second baseman. He is a 14-year major league veteran owning a .277 lifetime batting average with 1,249 runs scored, 2,054 hits, 440 doubles, 79 triples, 192 home runs, 875 run batted in (RBIs) and 273 stolen bases in 1,975 career games.
Kirk Gibson was named the National League MVP in 1988 while with the Dodgers. During his career, he hit two dramatic home runs in the World Series, off of two eventual Hall of Fame relief pitchers. With the Tigers in 1984, he clinched the title in Game Five with a three-run homer off Goose Gossage. With the Dodgers in 1988, Gibson faced closer Dennis Eckersley in the ninth inning of the first game and hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run—often described as one of the most exciting moments in World Series history. He was named to the All-Star team twice, in 1985 and 1988.
Ryan Howard was a three-time NL All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010), and won the Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, and the NL Championship Series MVP Award in 2009. Known for his power, Howard is a member of the 50 home run club.
In 22 seasons, Randy Johnson led his league in strikeouts nine times, earned four ERA titles and recorded 100 complete games to go along with 37 shutouts. He was named to 10 All-Star Games, earning four starts – the second-best total of all-time. Only four left-handed pitchers (Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Eddie Plank and Tom Glavine) have ever won more games. His 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 5,714.
Joe Mauer played in the MLB for 15 years, all for the Twins. His career accolades include being the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player, won 3 batter’s titles, 3-time Golden Glove winner, and 5 Silver Slugger awards. Mauer was also the cover athlete for MLB The Show 10 and 11.
Justin Morneau played 14 years of professional baseball, majority of which for the Twins. He won the 2006 American League MVP award, the 2008 Home Run Derby, the 2014 batting title, and two Silver Slugger Awards.
Nicknamed “Moose”, the starting pitcher played 18 seasons in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles (1991–2000) and the New York Yankees (2001–2008). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility in 2019.
Mussina spent his entire career in the American League East, won at least 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons – an American League record – and recorded a career .638 winning percentage. Among pitchers, he ranks 33rd in all-time wins (270), 33rd in games started (535), 66th in innings pitched (3,562.2), 19th in strikeouts (2,813), and 23rd all-time in pitching Wins Above Replacement (82.9). A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Mussina’s consistency resulted in six top-five finishes in the voting for his league’s Cy Young Award.
Napoli was selected in the 17th round (500th overall) of the 2000 MLB draft, then played for the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. Up to 2013, Napoli was primarily a catcher.
J.R. Richard was an American MLB starting pitcher who played for the Houston Astros from 1971 to 1980. Richard was selected by the Astros as the second overall pick in the first round of the 1969 amateur draft. From 1976 to 1980, he was one of the premier pitchers in the majors, leading the National League twice in strikeouts, once in earned run average, and three times in hits allowed per nine innings, winning at least 18 games a year between 1976 and 1979. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 remained an Astros franchise record until Gerrit Cole surpassed it on September 24, 2019, and he held the team’s record for career strikeouts (1,493) until 1987.
Nicknamed “The Man” and “Silver Fox”, the second baseman played in the MLB for 16 seasons, primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a six-time All-Star and won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Jared Weaver a former baseball starting pitcher in the MLB who played for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. Weaver was drafted in the first round (12th overall) in the 2004 MLB draft by the Angels out of Long Beach State. He was a three-time All Star, and twice led the American League in wins.
Dontrelle Willis is a former left-handed MLB pitcher for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Willis was notable for his success during his first few years in the major leagues and for his unconventional pitching style, which included a high leg kick and exaggerated twisting away from the batter. He was named the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year.
Nicknamed “The Beard” and “B-Weezy”, Brian Wilson played for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the 2003 draft. He reached the major leagues in 2006 and had become the Giants’ regular closer by the end of 2007. In 2010, he led the Majors with 48 saves which tied the franchise single season record while posting a 1.81 ERA, and he saved clinching games at every level of the playoffs, including the 2010 World Series over the Texas Rangers.
Nicknamed “Youk”, Kevin Youkilis was a first baseman and third baseman who primarily played for the Boston Red Sox. He played for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees
MLB The Show 22 is set to launch on April 1, 2022 for those who pre-ordered certain editions early, and everywhere on April 5, 2022. The game is available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and for the first time ever, Nintendo Switch.