From being a first round draft pick (2010) to becoming the first Milwaukee Brewer to win a National League batting title (2018/.326), Christian Yelich today adds another first to his growing list of accolades as he is tabbed the second Milwaukee Brewers star to be featured as a cover athlete on a Major League Baseball (MLB) licensed video game – R.B.I. Baseball 20.
Yelich’s R.B.I. Baseball 20 cover announcement comes on the heels of yesterday’s unveiling of a new Brewers logo and uniform design for the historic franchise’s upcoming 50th anniversary season in 2020. The Club’s new look includes the return of a beloved logo, the iconic ball-in-glove initially introduced in 1978.
One of the ascendant talents across baseball’s crop of young stars, Yelich announced his arrival in 2018 with an MVP season that saw him slug 36 home runs and drive in 100 runs, while leading the National League (NL) in batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.598), OPS (1.000) and total bases (343). He followed that up in 2019 by leading all of baseball in slugging percentage (.671) and OPS (1.100), while topping the NL in batting average for the second consecutive season (.329) as well as on base percentage (.429).
Yelich is a two-time All-Star and a two-time recipient of the Hank Aaron Award given to the top hitter in each league as voted on by a panel of Hall of Famers and fans. Along with his 2018 NL Most Valuable Player Award, Yelich was voted the 2018 NL Outstanding Player in the Players Choice Awards by his peers around the League. He also is the owner of three Silver Slugger Awards annually given to the best hitters at their positions as determined by managers and coaches throughout MLB.
In one of his more interesting “firsts,” Yelich was the first and only player to hit for the cycle twice in one year against the same team (2018/v. Cincinnati Reds).
Building on its foundation of matching arcade baseball action with an ever-increasing array of updates, features and enhancements, R.B.I. Baseball 20 – as developed by the MLB Games & VR team – innovates on its uniquely fast paced baseball experience with wholly re-tooled hitting and pitching mechanics, along with a host of improvements covering a broad spectrum of visual and gameplay categories.
R.B.I. Baseball 20 is officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA. It will be available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, the Nintendo Switch system, iPhone, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets. The game will retail for $29.99 (U.S.) on consoles and $6.99 (U.S.) on smartphones and tablets. Launch dates for each platform will be announced when available.