THE BUZZ: 2K Games announced today that their cover boy for MLB 2K12 is the front runner for the 2011 Cy Young Award and a strong candidate to be the first League MVP since 1992 to be a pitcher (Dennis Eckersley, Oakland Athletics), Detroit Tigers’ number one starter Justin Verlander.
“Justin’s amazing performance this season speaks for itself, between his second career no-hitter and leading the league in virtually every pitching category, I can’t think of anyone else but Justin Verlander to serve as the face of Major League Baseball 2K12, ” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports on the decision.
Verlander led the Tigers to the ALCS before falling to the Texas Rangers. In the regular season, Verlander led the majors with 24 wins against 5 losses with a 2.40 ERA this year in 251 innings pitched and an almost unheard of .920 WHIP. He threw four complete games, including two shutouts, one of them being his second career no-hitter.
“It’s a dream come true to be on the cover of Major League Baseball 2K12,” added Verlander. “I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports on the MLB 2K series since 2007, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue my relationship with such a great baseball game.”
EGM’S TAKE: Verlander is clearly one of, if not the most, dominate pitchers in baseball and was an easy choice to name him the cover boy for 2K. The big question that arises now though is who will grace the cover of MLB 12: The Show, which has emerged as the more quality franchise even though it’s a Sony exclusive, with Verlander off the table? To check out the reveal trailer for the game, scroll down!
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