MLB has enough star power for multiple faces of the game – FanRag Sports (blog)

It was almost like a match being dropped in the forest.

The question began being asked in spring training: Who is the face of Major League Baseball?

Now, it seems to have spread like a forest fire and is a non-stop topic of conversation around the game. Seemingly, everyone has a nominee for the face of the game, an unofficial title if there ever was one, and a position that has been vacant since New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter retired following the 2014 season.

Not surprisingly, Commissioner Rob Manfred is mentioning Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge as a top candidate.

The 25-year-old is the sport’s hottest commodity after hitting 30 home runs in the first half of the season for baseball’s most-storied franchise, which also plays in the nation’s biggest media market. Judge’s popularity rose even higher on Monday night when he won the All-Star Home Run Derby with a marvelous display of power at Marlins Park in Miami.

“He’s absolutely phenomenal,” Manfred said. “I mean, there is no other word to describe it. He is a tremendous talent on the field, a really appealing off-the-field personality.”

However, Judge seems reluctant to take on such a responsibility at a point in which he has played less than one full season in the major leagues.

“I’m just trying to take everything one day at a time at this point,” Judge said.

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark believes baseball would be better served to have multiple faces of the game.

Executive Director of the Major League Players Association Tony Clark answers questions at a news conference Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

“There are a lot of exciting young players in our game today that have great

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