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Perennial All-Star And American League Most Valuable Player Candidate
Adrian Gonzalez Announced as Cover Athlete For MLB® 12 The Show™,
Exclusively on The PlayStation®3 (PS3™) And PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) Systems

Boston Red Sox Slugger Ready to Swing for the Fences
in the Latest Installment of the Highest-Rated Sports Game Franchise

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 9, 2011 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) announced today the North American release of MLB® 12 The Show™, the latest installment of the number-one selling and rated Major League Baseball® (MLB®) video game franchise. Gracing the cover of The Show in 2012 will be Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. A candidate for this year's America League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, Gonzalez is a four-time All-Star (2008-2011), three-time Gold Glove winner (2008, 2009, 2011), and 2011 Silver Slugger Award winner.

Available for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems, MLB 12 The Show is due to arrive in stores on March 6, 2012, just in time for MLB Spring Training. The Show has been and continues to be the market leading and highest ranked officially licensed baseball title of this console generation (according to MetaCritic.com) and the number-one rated sports video game over the past four years (according to GameRankings.com), delivering true-to-life gameplay, authentic franchise and season modes, and incredible detail not found in any other sports game. MLB 12 The Show builds on what has been delivered in previous franchise releases, adding compelling features that bring unparalleled innovation and polish to the sports genre.

"I feel very humbled to be chosen for the cover of MLB 12 The Show," said Gonzalez, who recently won his third Gold Glove Award. "I think most sports fans would agree it's a dream come true to be immortalized as the cover athlete for a video game so I jumped at the chance to work with a leading franchise like The Show—it's truly a great honor."

"With a standout 2011 season in his first year with the Boston Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez has cemented himself as one of the best all-around players in baseball," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "Similarly, The Show has been the market leader and the highest rated, best-selling baseball video game franchise of all time. Therefore, Adrian was an easy choice and a perfect fit to represent the next installment of our critically acclaimed series, MLB 12 The Show."

The first overall pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2000 MLB Draft, Adrian Gonzalez has steadily become one of the top players in all of baseball, both on the field and at the plate. In 2010 while playing for the San Diego Padres, he was named team MVP for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall. In 2011, Gonzalez was traded to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster deal and enjoyed one of his best professional seasons, which included his 1,000 career hit, fourth consecutive All-Star selection, third Gold Glove, first Silver Slugger Award, and a top five finish in batting average (.338) and RBI (117) in all of baseball.

MLB 12 The Show is the first baseball video game cover for Gonzalez who joins an elite cast of cover athletes and spokespersons to represent The Show, including Minnesota Twins catcher and 2009 American League (AL) MVP Joe Mauer, Red Sox second baseman and 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, and New York Mets third baseman David Wright. As the latest representative of SCEA's baseball series and ambassador for MLB 12 The Show, Gonzalez's duties will include participation in the game's motion capture process, artificial intelligence (A.I.) consultation, integration into all facets of the marketing campaign, and spokesperson for the franchise.

As Gonzalez continues to establish himself as one of the most talented players in the game today, MLB 12 The Show continues to build upon an already stellar reputation for immersion and unparalleled delivery of the baseball experience. With various new key features and enhancements to the critically acclaimed series, MLB 12 The Show is poised to continue the franchise's reign as the premier MLB licensed game on any platform. Specifically for PS Vita, MLB 12 The Show will utilize all of the core gameplay features found in the PS3 version providing a big league experience that players can take with them on road, anytime, anywhere. All new features for MLB 12 The Show will be unveiled and detailed throughout the course of the campaign, prior to the game's launch on March 6, 2012.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating for MLB 12 The Show is "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org. For more information about the MLB 12 The Show, visit http://theshownation.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/mlbtheshow.

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Member Comments
# 1 Marino @ 11/09/11 04:51 PM
Terribly weak.
 
# 2 BatsareBugs @ 11/09/11 05:14 PM
I wonder if he was ever considered while he was a Padre? Probably not. Of course I have my own bone to pick with Adrian and this probably isn't the place for it.
 
# 3 K_GUN @ 11/09/11 05:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Giants4Natic
Is he going to be on the cover holding fried chicken in one hand a beer in the other
as a passionate sox fan...i have zero issue with this post


that team from last year was a disgrace....I'll be changing my avatar in the coming days.....that *texas tough guy* is a fraud
 
# 4 catch212 @ 11/09/11 05:46 PM
Personally, I hate this choice. Besides Mauer every cover I can remember has been a player from the Northeast. Can we get a little diversity, please?
 
# 5 bp4baseball @ 11/09/11 05:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by catch212
Personally, I hate this choice. Besides Mauer every cover I can remember has been a player from the Northeast. Can we get a little diversity, please?
You have a point, but you can't deny that he deserves it. He put in a heck of a year, and at the end of the day, he's a great role model/spokesperson, which is just as important for a company as stats.
 
# 6 Doormat @ 11/09/11 06:48 PM
He deserved it
 
# 7 Bobhead @ 11/09/11 07:04 PM
I totally understand why the developers went with Adrian Gonzalez as the cover-athlete for MLB 12: It's the only way we'd be able to see his face next October.
 
# 8 bcruise @ 11/09/11 07:07 PM
Third different BoSox player to grace the Show's cover (Papi in '06, Pedroia in '09).
 
# 9 spit_bubble @ 11/09/11 07:28 PM
“A big part of our market is the Latin American market,” he said. “We feel that should be represented on our cover.”

Right... Vic Davalillo.

You get the Latin American market, and the Davalillo market. It's win win.
 
# 10 SoxFan01605 @ 11/09/11 07:51 PM
I kinda wanted Mauer for the blowup it was likely to instigate, but having a big market player on there brings it's own unnecessary drama, so it works out.

Jokes aside, it's a sensible, albeit uninteresting choice. We've still got about 2 months before the good info starts tricking out...that's what I can't wait for.
 
# 11 reduced price @ 11/09/11 08:07 PM
wow. Adrian Gonzalez. Are you freaking kidding me? that's it, this game is a rental only for me from gamefly. Obviously whoever does the choosing for these covers have no rhyme or reason. Joe Mauer, the first year… Great choice! Joe Mauer the second year, not so much. And now this choice. I could go on, but there is no point; the choice has been made. all I can say in closing, SCEA you have dropped the ball again.
 
# 12 bp4baseball @ 11/09/11 08:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by reduced price
wow. Adrian Gonzalez. Are you freaking kidding me? that's it, this game is a rental only for me from gamefly. Obviously whoever does the choosing for these covers have no rhyme or reason. Joe Mauer, the first year… Great choice! Joe Mauer the second year, not so much. And now this choice. I could go on, but there is no point; the choice has been made. all I can say in closing, SCEA you have dropped the ball again.
Please tell me this is sarcasm..then my faith in the human race will be restored.
 
# 13 Knight165 @ 11/09/11 08:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bp4baseball
Please tell me this is sarcasm..then my faith in the human race will be restored.
From what I remember from rp in the forums....it's sarcastic.
If not...I think he's having a bad day......

M.K.
Knight165
 
# 14 Scott @ 11/09/11 08:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by reduced price
wow. Adrian Gonzalez. Are you freaking kidding me? that's it, this game is a rental only for me from gamefly. Obviously whoever does the choosing for these covers have no rhyme or reason. Joe Mauer, the first year… Great choice! Joe Mauer the second year, not so much. And now this choice. I could go on, but there is no point; the choice has been made. all I can say in closing, SCEA you have dropped the ball again.
Yeah A-Gon was horrible this year..... .338 avg, 27 HR, 117 RBI, .410 OBP. Let me guess, you'd like a Yankee? It's also novel to base a game on the cover athlete.
 
# 15 bp4baseball @ 11/09/11 08:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Knight165
From what I remember from rp in the forums....it's sarcastic.
If not...I think he's having a bad day......

M.K.
Knight165
Pheww...that's good. Nobody should be unhappy when baseball news is coming out.
 
# 16 decga @ 11/09/11 08:23 PM
Another Bo-Sox player on the cover. Way to go A.Gonzalez. But I thought Mauer had a three year deal. So they must have made the switch. SCEA even traded A.Gonzalez for Mauer. Anything is possible with the Show. Love it....
 
# 17 econoodle @ 11/09/11 08:36 PM
SCEA, really??!
A-Gon. Really?!
And your serious?
After that **** collapse.



Thats all i gotta say on this matter.
 
# 18 ty5oke @ 11/09/11 08:41 PM
People always get worked up for who's on the cover. I see no reason not to have Gonzalez on the cover, great year on one of the most popular teams in baseball. Makes sense to me.
 
# 19 bp4baseball @ 11/09/11 08:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by econoodle
SCEA, really??!
A-Gon. Really?!
And your serious?
After that **** collapse.

Poor Pujols

Thats all i gotta say on this matter.
In their defense, there is a very strong possibility that they were already working on who would be on the cover prior to the playoffs.
 
# 20 Scott @ 11/09/11 08:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by econoodle
SCEA, really??!
A-Gon. Really?!
And your serious?
After that **** collapse.

Poor Pujols

Thats all i gotta say on this matter.
When was the last time a superstar was on a cover though?

Sure Brees was on Madden, but no Brady, Manning, A-Rod, Hamilton, Megatron, AP, LeBron, Durant, Dirk...
 

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