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THE BUZZ: 2K has released their first official trailer for MLB 2K12 highlighting their “My Player” mode.

EGM’S TAKE: The trailer shows a young up and coming middle-infielder in the White Sox organization as he moves through the ranks until his first major league at-bat against 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander.

Along with the “My Player” mode, 2K is stressing their enhanced A.I. this year and having a youngster get schooled by Verlander in his first MLB at-bat helps stress that. Throw in the great commentary crew of John Kruk, Steve Phillips, and Gary Thorne setting the stage and the feel, even if not the look, of a MLB game is all around you.

As I watched this, I couldn’t help but think though that 2K needs this year’s game to do well so highlighting their strengths is a must as even with having the Xbox 360 all to themselves, they typically do not do as well both critically and sales-wise compared to the Sony exclusive series The Show. And with 2K’s contract with MLB coming up, there is a chance that both parties could walk away as 2K is tired of bleeding money, even after signing that fat contract with MLB back in 2005, and MLB is tired of the series taking two steps forward and then a step back. And without 2K willing to put the money into a better graphics engine for the game, fans will continue to gravitate over to The Show just on looks alone, as shallow as that may sound. But let’s all enjoy the rookie striking out for the time being and think happy thoughts, shall we? Pitchers and catchers report soon after all. The full trailer is below.

Are you folks fans of The Show or 2K? What do you think of the trailer? Do you prefer making your own player or just jumping into Franchise mode? Let us know what you think with comments below!

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!

What do you guys think Justin Verlander making the cover? Are you bigger fans of 2K or the Show? Let us know with comments below!