As the result of a national voting contest,2K Sports announced today that the final box cover art of Major League Baseball® 2K10 will feature Evan Longoria, third baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays, making a defensive play with his Golden Glove ability and set against a classic silver backdrop. Garnering 35% of the total vote, the final packaging for the game was open to the public to decide, as fans got the exciting opportunity to select from a gallery of different cover art layouts at the official website. Other options included photos of Longoria at the plate with a red background, each from a different angle after crushing the baseball.
"Throughout my career, I've taken great pride in my fielding and defensive ability," said Longoria. "I'm pumped about the final cover and sincerely appreciate all the dedicated fans who took time to weigh in on their favorite image for Major League Baseball 2K10."
The third overall pick in the 2006 draft, Longoria made his major league debut in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays and was subsequently named American League Rookie of the Year. This past season, the stellar third baseman batted .281, with 33 homeruns, 113 RBI’s, and 100 runs, and became the first player in Rays franchise history to be recognized as American League Player of the Month. Adding to his growing list of achievements, Longoria closed out the season with a Gold Glove Award for his superior individual fielding performance, along with a Silver Slugger Award presented by Louisville Slugger, given annually to the best offensive player at each position as determined by the coaches and managers of the MLB.
As a tribute to the phenomenal fan support the 2K Sports brand has received over the last decade, the final packaging for the game will be chosen by the public. Fans can now go to the website to select from a gallery of different cover art layouts, and the most popular selection will be used on the front of the box. Voting will be open for only two weeks – from Tuesday, November 24 at 12 noon EST through Tuesday, December 8 at 12 noon EST, and the final box cover for Major League Baseball 2K10 will be revealed before Friday, December 11.
2K Sports has also partnered with Fathead to giveaway a limited number of Fathead Jr. wall graphics ($49.99 retail value). Eligible fans who purchase specially marked copies of Major League Baseball 2K10 for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii at participating retailers may redeem a unique retail code at the official FatHead website while supplies last.
Major League Baseball 2K10, developed by Visual Concepts, is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available in Spring 2010 for the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP and PC.
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