Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Look! It's Evan Longoria! And he brought a contest! Wow! (?)

2K Sports has announced that Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays®, a 2009 American League Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award recipient, will be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for Major League Baseball® 2K10, the next iteration of the popular Major League Baseball 2K series.
This season, 2K Sports is putting the selection of the cover image in the hands of fans. Online voting is now open, so visit the 2K Cover Contest site, and select from a gallery of different cover art designs featuring Longoria to help determine which one will adorn the cover of the game.    

Decisions, decisions. Vote on these and more designs at the 2K Cover Contest site.
There are six possible cover designs being considered, so vote now for your favorite.
“It’s been a milestone year for me, from winning a Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger Award, to now being selected as the cover athlete for Major League Baseball 2K10 – this has been a truly humbling experience,” said Longoria. “Since 2K Sports is letting fans decide on the final box cover art, I’m going to have to rally my Rays teammates to ensure that my favorite takes the lead.”

Vote now for your favorite design!

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 home runs, 113 RBIs, 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.
“When it comes to selecting cover athletes for our games, we look for players who are more than just a fancy resume,” said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K. “With Evan, he is one of the most fun and exciting players in the game, which helps complement the vibe we are striving for with Major League Baseball 2K10.”
Voting is open only until December 8 at 12 Noon ET, with the final box cover for the game being revealed before Friday, December 11.