Amir Garrett to participate in MLB The Show tournament for charity

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 08: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 08: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The MLBPA and Sony Interactive Entertainment is launching a virtual baseball tournament and Amir Garrett will be representing the Cincinnati Reds.

According to, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Sony Interactive Entertainment have organized a competitive league featuring the video game MLB The Show. Players from all 30 Major League Baseball teams will compete in a virtual tournament over the next month with reliever Amir Garrett representing the Cincinnati Reds.

If you follow Amir Garrett on the social media, you may have seen that the Reds reliever already won a competition similar to the one being reported. Back in March, Garrett won the MLB The Show Players Tournament featuring three other major leaguers. Garrett, Blake Snell, Hunter Pence and Trevor May all competed with Garrett coming out on top.

While Garrett can keep his bragging rights from that tournament, the upcoming competition facing the southpaw will not be as easy, as all 30 teams will be represented. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, San Diego Padres rookie sensation Fernando Tatis Jr. and Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo are all expected to be part of the tournament.

According to ESPN, the competition will begin tonight at 9 PM with Amir Garrett going head-to-head with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays. The game is said to be broadcasted on Snell’s Twitch channel and apparently the league has had conversations with some of its broadcast partners in an attempt to televise parts of the event as well.

Major League Baseball, the players association and Sony will donate $5,000 on behalf of each participating player to a Boys and Girls Club affiliate in the team’s community. The champion of the tournament will reportedly receive an additional $25,000 to be donated as well.

There is to be a postseason which is said to begin on April 30th featuring eight teams in a best-of-three format for the first two rounds and a best-of-five series for the World Series, which is expected to be played on May 2nd.

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Amir Garrett has already beaten the competition once and is likely poised to do so again. However, with likes of Juan Soto (Washington Nationals), Ian Happ (Chicago Cubs) and Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies) on the docket, it may be a bit tougher for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher this go-around.