Javier Báez joins an elite group of Chicago sports athletes that have graced the cover of flagship sports video games. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks appeared on the cover of EA Sports NHL series. Hall of famers Michael Jordan and Brian Urlacher were on the cover for the NBA and NFL games. Báez is also the first Cubs player since Anthony Rizzo to be the cover athlete for a baseball video game. Rizzo was the cover athlete for “RBI Baseball” in 2015.
Baez is the first Purto Rican to be on the cover of MLB The Show in the series’ 23 years of existence.
In 2016, Baez helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games.