St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter to rep the team in MLB The Show tourney

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Reds 3-2. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 31: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on August 31, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Reds 3-2. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) /
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With everyone sorely missing baseball, the MLB is sponsoring a players tournament on MLB The Show 20. Your St. Louis Cardinals rep will be Matt Carpenter.

In the “feel-good story of the day,” the MLB, the MLBPA, and Sony are teaming up to do some good, both for the community as well as the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and every other team.

If you’re like me, MLB The Show 20 has been somewhat of a bandaid in this cruel and baseball-less world. If you have no idea what MLB The Show 20 is, it’s the best baseball video game out there at the moment, and it’s only available on PS4.

The smart people in the world know that obviously it’s no substitute, but it helps ease the pain. What could be more fun than a tournament of your favorite player playing the game against other big leaguers? As you read in the header above, the Cardinals rep is Matt Carpenter.

Okay—that jump might be a little too far, but a 30-team, 3-inning game, round-robin tournament is better than nothing right now. The greatest part of this tournament is that the three entities (MLB, MLPA, Sony) have pledged to donate $175,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in tandem.

There was a bit of a trial run of this format a few weeks ago when Amir Garrett (Reds), Hunter Pence (Rangers), Blake Snell (Rays), and Trevor May (Twins) did a quick four-player league that Garrett won.

Streaming the games on Twitch, the tournament was likely successful enough to entice them to run this larger format tournament.

As far as Matt Carpenter goes, I’m with Jeff Jones in saying he wouldn’t have been in my first 15 guesses for who the Cardinals would send to play this game, but it’s not worth debating or getting upset over who is representing the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter likely (hopefully) has some experience playing the game and there is nothing to say that he will be better or worse than any other player in the tournament at this point.

The other player reps from the NL Central include Garrett again representing the Reds, Josh Hader from the Brewers, Ian Happ from the Cubs, and Cole Tucker from the Pirates.

Next. Should we be a fan of a 29-man roster?. dark

At the end of the day, This tournament will be a fun thing to fill our minds for some time as it will take place over the entire month of April. Hopefully Matt Carpenter doesn’t get skunked and will give the Cardinals a good name in this tournament.