Sony Computer Entertainment
America Inc. and 989 Sports announced today that it has signed the Major
League Baseball (MLB) 2004 American League MVP, Vladimir Guerrero, to grace
the cover of its MLB 2006 videogame, due to hit stores in Spring 2005,
exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. A top
defensive playmaker and premier offensive threat, the Angels outfielder will
team up with a host of other top MLB stars to promote the popular 989 Sports
baseball title including Oakland A's third baseman Eric Chavez, Arizona
Diamondbacks third baseman Troy Glaus, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Shawn
Green, and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, all of whom will continue in
their roles as contributors, consultants, and spokespersons.
During his first season with Angels, Guerrero led his club, and in some
cases the American League (AL), in several offensive categories, including 124
runs (set new club record and led the AL), 366 total bases (tied club record
and led AL), and a season ending batting average of .337 (set a new club
record), which led to Guerrero being voted the Gene Autry Trophy (Team MVP) by
his teammates. After making his fifth MLB All-Star game appearance in July,
Guerrero continued his offensive dominance in September, earning American
League Player of the Month after batting .371 with 24 runs scored, six
doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 23 RBI. Guerrero was clutch down the
stretch. Over the final seven games of the season, his 10 runs, six home runs
and 11 RBI helped the Angels overcome a 3-game deficit, which ultimately led
to an American League West Division Crown.
"Vladimir Guerrero is one of the most talented and instinctual baseball
players in the Major Leagues, continuously amazing baseball fans with his
superb offensive and defensive skills," said Scott Rohde, director of product
development, 989 Sports. "Guerrero is a great role model and we are very
pleased to have him become part of the 989 Sports family as a consultant and
Oakland A's third base slugger Eric Chavez returns this season as a
spokesperson and consultant for the MLB franchise, after his reign as cover
athlete for MLB 2005. As an intricate part of the team for the A's, Chavez
continued his homerun hitting ways this past season as he belted 29 homers
again, bringing his career homerun total to 163. Chavez led the American
League in walks with 95, while also capturing his fourth consecutive Golden
Glove Award in his young career.
Arizona Diamondbacks Troy Glaus will continue to serve as a spokesperson
for 989 Sports and the MLB franchise, while participating in consulting
sessions to assure that MLB remains the most realistic baseball game
available. Glaus is a three-time All-Star game and was named the 2002 World
Series MVP. Returning from injury late in the 2004 season, Glaus, then an
Angel, went on to help lead the Angels to a division title, racking up a solid
42 RBI in only 58 games.
Arizona Diamondbacks and MLB 2004 cover athlete Shawn Green returns as a
company spokesperson and consultant for another season. Green has become one
of the most feared left-handed sluggers in the game. The right-fielder/first
baseman has posted 281 home runs, 885 RBI and 1,560 hits during his 12-year
Joining Guerrero, Chavez, Glaus, and Green, Cincinnati Reds Adam Dunn
returns for his third year as a 989 Sports spokesperson and consultant. The
six-foot, six-inch, 240-pound All Star has quickly established himself as one
of the league's premier power hitters, racking up 118 home runs in only three
and a half seasons.
Set for a Spring 2005 release, MLB 2006 is the latest edition of a
franchise that has established itself as a third-year phenom for the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. To enhance the gameplay
experience and provide gamers with an authentic, yet unique simulation, MLB
2006 provides baseball fans with numerous gameplay nuances including an
enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), new graphics and the return of
EyeToy functionality, once again assuring the most realistic baseball
experience on the virtual diamond.
Dedicated to staying atop the baseball field, MLB 2006 has integrated new
gameplay options in order to make it the deepest baseball game ever produced.
Innovations like the all-new Branch Point Technology (BPT) give gamers the
ability to field the ball and pre-load a throw through seamless fielding
transitions, while an all-new Pitcher Confidence feature gives baseball fans
the ultimate duel through a revised pitcher/batter interface that binds player
rating attributes with individual gamer skills.
Known for its extensive list of game modes, MLB 2006 continues to build
upon the success of the franchise by enhancing its gameplay options. A new
Franchise Mode includes an all-new Player Morale System that tracks player
morale on every level and applies it to the player's day-to-day performance,
and the new Career Mode lets gamers play from the player's perspective and
control their own destiny from the start to the finish of their career, based
on their on-field performance.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating for MLB
2006 is "RP" for Rating Pending.