Major League Baseball fans were treated to an extra-special dose of smartphone technology last season, as team- and player-specific emojis continued their rise to prominence. Yes, it’s a little gimmicky to blast Twitter and Instagram with cartoon images of players that only vaguely resemble their real-life counterparts. The Max Scherzer emoji does keep it pretty real, with bi-colored eyes, although the eyes on cartoon Scherzer do not look nearly deranged enough.
— Josh Sadlock (@JoshSadlock) October 14, 2015
Zombie Daniel Murphy on the other hand…nice.
Ok, enough about emojis. I’ll get to the real point of this post now. The use of the player-themed emojis is a great way for franchises to showcase their most important faces. “Face of the franchise” is an overused aphorism in sports media, but it does remain useful. The player given this responsibility is often the most important player on the team or the leader who must take command in key situations or deflect media attention away from his teammates. No matter how bad a team is, they must have a face that the public can identify with.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the face of each MLB franchise. In the interest of not forcing you to read through all 30 teams in one shot, the American League and National League will be broken up into separate posts. The criteria for determining who claims the FoF title for each team is based on past performance, time spent with team, leadership, and overall personality.