Bryce Harper is on the cover of 'MLB The Show 19' ... without a uniform

There are plenty of reasons why Bryce Harper is a desirable choice for “MLB The Show 19” cover man. He’s a good player, he’s popular and he’s going to be one of the biggest stories of the offseason.

There’s just one problem, though. Harper doesn’t have a team yet.

That’s no problem for MLB The Show 19. For now, Harper — who is currently a free agent — appears on the cover of the game wearing street clothes.

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That’s definitely a departure from past seasons, where the athletes on The Show were depicted … you know … wearing their team’s uniform.

The Show is playing into the mystery surrounding Harper this winter. The entire ad campaign focuses on finding out what uniform Harper will eventually wear on the final cover. It sounds like Harper in street clothes is just a placeholder for now.

While the circumstances are unusual, picking Harper is a great choice. By choosing a premier free agent, The Show will get some extra run during the winter. This won’t be the only cover announcement for the game. When Harper signs, the game will use that as another way to get their product out there.

Not only that, but it makes sense for baseball reasons. Harper is one of the game’s biggest stars. He’s already received numerous accolades during his career, and is about to make an extremely important decision about his future.

If any one player is going to dominate the baseball offseason, it’s Harper. You can’t blame The Show 19 for hopping on board for the ride.

Bryce Harper isn’t wearing a team uniform on the MLB The Show 19 cover yet. (AP Photo)
Bryce Harper isn’t wearing a team uniform on the MLB The Show 19 cover yet. (AP Photo)

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