Lincecum named MLB 2K9 cover athlete

2K Sports has signed Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants to appear on the cover of Major League Baseball 2K9.

"Winning the Cy Young Award is truly an amazing honor, and now having the opportunity to be on the cover of Major League Baseball 2K9 is another dream come true and an absolutely surreal experience," says Lincecum. "Whenever I'm hanging out at home or traveling on the road, you can find me playing video games, and I'm definitely the best gamer in the clubhouse by far. I'm incredibly stoked that 2K Sports picked me to represent Major League Baseball 2K9, and I look forward to lending my baseball knowledge to the development process."

Adds Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K: "Tim is a special player and has the best stuff in baseball. We couldn't have selected a more naturally talented and exciting player to represent Major League Baseball 2K9 next season, and given that he's an avid gamer, it will be a lot of fun working together.

"We look forward to continuing to provide fans with the most authentic and high quality gameplay experience that we bring to all of our sports titles."

MLB 2K9 is being developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The game will be available in early 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii.