Ryan Howard to Grace MLB 08 Cover

SCEA announced that it has signed Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first basemen Ryan Howard as the cover athlete for MLB 08 The Show, the upcoming installment in the baseball series for the PS2, PSP and PS3. Here’s the scoop:

Known for his prolific power and ability to drive in runs, Howard is just the second player in Major League Baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year honors and a Most Valuable Player award in successive seasons. During his 2006 MVP season, Howard led the Major Leagues in home runs (58), which broke the record for most home runs in a sophomore season set in 1947 by Ralph Kiner (51), won the All-Star Game Home Run Derby with a total of 23 blasts, and was the 2006 National League Hank Aaron Award recipient, the award given to the top hitter in each league.

Last season, while helping lead the Phillies to the 2007 National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies by muscling out 47 home runs and driving in 136 runs, Howard became the fastest player in MLB history to hit 100 home runs. The record-breaking accomplishment was achieved in only 325 games, 60 less than the 385 games that Ralph Kiner needed to hit his first 100 home runs from 1946 to 1948.

The game is due out early this year and will build upon the series by including new features such as the Road to the Show mode, as well as custom characters and more.

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