Ah, Baseball; the crack of the bat, the smell of the glove, the love of the game. Of course, that bares little resemblance to the reality of multi-million dollar contracts, steroid scandals, and twelve-dollar beers that are the harsh corporate reality of the modern sport. But there are still some purists out there. Chief amongst them, 2K Games, who have just released the teaser trailer for Major League Baseball 2K12, due to arrive on March 6th for Xbox360, PS3, PC, Nintendo Wii, DS, and Sony PSP.

The trailer features cover athlete and 2011 MVP and Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander, striking out a young rookie coming to the plate for the first time at Comerica Park, home of Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. The young fella getting a taste of the big time was created via the game’s customizable ‘My Player’ career mode, a feature that allows you to generate your own rookie and vicarious live your MLB dreams through him as you raise his rank and ability by completing various achievements.

Speaking of achievements, Verlander announced earlier this year during an appearance on Conan the return of the $1 million challenge. Any player possessing the mad skillz to pitch a perfect game can submit their achievement to 2K Sports. Eight finalists will be ranked and subsequently invited to attend a live tournament in New York City where they will compete for the grand prize. The contest begins on April 4th, opening day of the new MLB Season. Gentlemen, Batter Up!

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