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R.B.I. Baseball 19 hits consoles on March 5

Pre-orders available for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch
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Can't wait for Opening Day? Good news -- you can take the field early when R.B.I. Baseball 19 is released on March 5.

R.B.I. 19 can be pre-ordered for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch online now. Fans can also catch a glimpse of what the game will look like in an intro video accompanying Tuesday's release date announcement.

Can't wait for Opening Day? Good news -- you can take the field early when R.B.I. Baseball 19 is released on March 5.

R.B.I. 19 can be pre-ordered for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch online now. Fans can also catch a glimpse of what the game will look like in an intro video accompanying Tuesday's release date announcement.

Pre-order R.B.I. Baseball 19 now

This year's R.B.I. cover athlete is the Astros' Alex Bregman. The 24-year-old is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .286 with 31 home runs and 103 RBIs for the American League West champions. Bregman was revealed to be on the R.B.I. 19 cover in January at Astros FanFest, but he'd known since the middle of last season.

"I was pumped up," Bregman said. "My agent called me and said, 'You're going to be on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball.' I was like, 'Are you serious?' It's unbelievable. Dream come true. I was yelling into the phone. I was super excited."

Tweet from @RBIGAME: We see you @ABREG_1!! Take a look at this year's #RBIGAME cover!! pic.twitter.com/uC6bFxW0xv

For the Canadian edition of R.B.I. 19, the Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will be on the cover.

"It was extremely exciting. I'm a fan of video games, so when I found out, I was really happy," Gurriel said through a club translator when he was announced as the Canadian cover athlete at Blue Jays Winter Fest. "It's one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me."

Tweet from @RBIGAME: "It's one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me" - @yunitogurriel on being the 🇨 cover star for #RBIGAME. pic.twitter.com/sCJJw1kHRE

David Adler is a reporter and researcher for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.