A week long voting process to determine the cover athlete for MLB 13: The Show has come to an end with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen coming away with the honor. McCutchen was identified immediately as the candidate most likely to get support from anyone who wasn’t necessarily fans of the others in the mix. He still though appeared to be an underdog to Triple Crown and AL MVP winner Miguel Cabrera as well as NL MVP Buster Posey following the Giants’ World Series victory. How the athletes ended up leveraging Twitter in particular accounted for the majority of the support they would ultimately receive.
It’s refreshing to have a representative that comes from outside the NL or AL East divisions which have dominated the covers for the series outside of the two years that Joe Mauer appeared. The other five releases since transitioning to “The Show” name have had the cover athlete pulled from those two divisions. McCutchen received 108K votes through the social media channels making him the runaway winner with nearly 20K votes separating him from the second place finisher.