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Sean O

The Official MVP MLB 2006 Thread

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I would imagine beefed up graphics making for a better game. For us all with old machines, we won't be able to download all of the hi-res stuff, but things like rosters will still work.

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i can do menu screens in place of all the manny rameriz screens for our cover boy. and also we should make an extension so that this game has a seperate loading path from the 2005 game.

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"A logo will just make the whole thing feel more real"

True, true.

Rollie has a good point about all of that. Maybe they can download the theme but not the updated 2x faces for everything and high rez everything. People like Rollie can also update their sounds and what not.

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Do we have all of our nominations? When we do then we can start our rounds.

Here are the nominations and my opinions on each of them.

Mark Buehrle: A great underrated pitcher who has finally got noticed from the White Sox' Championship run. Plus, pitchers are rarely on the covers of videogames when they should be. Since Manny was on the box of 2005 from the Red Sox Championship run, Buehrle should be the cover-player since he now seems to be 'the face' of the organization.

Dontrelle Willis: A young "face of the game" player. I don't know a soul that dislikes D-Train. How can you? Plus he has an ***-kicking windup.

Roger Clemens: At age 43, Clemens still had an amazing season. If he intends to pitch again (he will IMHO), it would be a great tribute to his career to put him on the 'cover'. Plus you can have a past-present motif with Clemens.

Lance Berkman: A more neutral pick, Berkman is the Astros' big bat in a team full of great pitchers.

Derek Lee: The NL's best player in 2005, plays in a large market, now is greatly recognized... Would be a great cover-player after his 2005 breakout season.

Andruw Jones: That NL MVP? Jones smacked 50 and played his usual unmatched defense. (Though Sean-O's stats would disagree with me! ;) )

Alex Rodriguez: The best player in the game now, may be the best ever when it is all said and done. (Imagine if he was still playing SS). A-Rod is a player that is in the lineup everyday without ever looking fatigued and always seems to try to find the way to take his game to the next level. (Hitting 50 bombs, getting GGs, bringing back his running game, switching positons, etc.) Why can't the best player be on the best game?

Vladimir Guerrero: No long underrated and unrecognizable by many, Guerrero has yet to grace the cover of a videogame.

Paul Konerko: The face of the White Sox offense. Presuming he re-signs with Chicago, he may be a good coverguy. He does lack "Superstar Status" though.

Jake Peavy: An underrated pitcher from a little noticed team. I like Peavy but he wouldn't really fit on our 'box'.

Chicago White Sox (as a team/rotation): An interesting angle, a cover-team instead of a cover-player. A great tribute to the 2005 White Sox and the end to Chicago's great World Series drought. Of course, if Konerko signs elsewhere it would not be nearly as cool. Also, can we expect Garcia-Contreras-Garland to perform at the same level again?

Andy Pettitte: Clemens, Oswalt, and Lidge seem to be the face of the Astros' pitching staff. Pettitte though just came off his best season ever, but he doesn't seem like a cover-player to me.

Chris Carpenter: A St. Louis Cardinal hasn't been on a videogame box since... Albert Pujols in MVP2004. Carptener did win the Cy Young and seemed to salvage a lost career.

Bartolo Colon: Well known to all who follow the American League, Colon could just throw gas all day. I would not imagine having someone who weighs a metric ton gracing the cover of MVP 2006 though.

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Vladimir Guerrero: No long underrated and unrecognizable by many, Guerrero has yet to grace the cover of a videogame.

he has, but the game was lower profile, it was for the computer, it was for the 2001 season though. i don't think it was high heat though.

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Oh and my vote goes to either Andruw Jones or A-Rod. It could even be a split cover like in 2003 w/ Tejada and Randy Johnson.

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let's nominate until monday.

johan santana, miguel caberea, travis hafner, mark texiera, roy oswalt are some more players that should be considered....

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Ok, then when I get home tonight, I'll start a poll with SS's list, plus Hafner, Santana and Oswalt. For the record though, I think Vlad should be removed because he's been on a cover already (I love the guy, so it's not for personal dislike), and Colon since his there were literally 10 better starters in the AL, and 2 better starters on his own team that put up better numbers.. Do I have someone to second that?

Here's what we'll do. I'll post that list, and we'll take the top 5 into a round 2, which will be whittled down to 2 finalists. Does this sound like a fair enough way to go about it? I don't want anyone feeling cheated, and i'm putting Rodriguez on the list, so I'm obviously not letting my own thoughts affect the results.

I'll accept nominations until midnight eastern time on Sunday, but it will be capped at 20 players because I don't want this thing going on forever.

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Oh and my vote goes to either Andruw Jones or A-Rod. It could even be a split cover like in 2003 w/ Tejada and Randy Johnson.

If it is a split cover like in MVP 03, It should be a pitcher and a Positional Player. If it IS that case, then I would pick Santana and A.Jones.

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i was suggesting that if a player has been on a cover since 2000 (or any previous ea games) or on an upcoming game he should be automatically disquaifed.

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