Generally, this is most likely someone who is among the highest paid players on the team, and usually one of the best players on the team as well. It generally seems to be a position player, but some teams may have a pitcher as the face of the team. And of course, there’s always the possibility that a team simply doesn’t have one player who stands out from the rest. With that, here’s my thoughts on each franchise:
- Orioles – At this point, I’m thinking that the face of the franchise has to be Nick Markakis. He is one of the longest tenured players in Baltimore, and also one of the better players on the team. I could see either Adam Jones or Matt Wieters possibly changing that at some point though.
- Red Sox – They paid Carl Crawford to be the face of the franchise, but until he plays a game, I’m more inclined to stick with Kevin Youkilis or Dustin Pedroia until he does.
- Yankees – With so many gigantic contracts, you would think that this would be difficult. But with the Captain on the roster, Derek Jeter has to be the player for this exercise. On just about any other team, players like C.C. Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira would be the main face. Just not in the Bronx.
- Blue Jays – This one is a bit more difficult at this point, with Vernon Wells being traded recently. At this point, I would be inclined to say that Jose Bautista is getting the most press due to his 54 home run season last year. Aaron Hill could also get some play for this role, but I think he needs a rebound season before that can happen.
- Rays – It’s pretty easy in Tampa, as Evan Longoria is pretty clearly a leader on that team. Throw in that he’s signed to an extremely team-friendly contract for the next 4+ years, and he’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon.
Next up: The AL Central edition.