When you think of the St. Louis Cardinals, the first thing that comes to mind is Albert Pujols. The same can be said for the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter.
That is precisely what makes a player a "Face of the Franchise."
It's not only dictated by who is the favorite amongst the hometown fans because each respective city gets different media attention on a local level than they do on a national level. Believe me, there are a whole lot of baseball fans in the world that do not live in your hometown.
The following list is comprised of the players seen as the faces of each franchise on a national level—a level where the media creates superstar status.
With many looming free agent possibilities along with many young stars ready to break-out, there could be many new faces atop of each franchise in the coming seasons.
Here are the faces of each franchise right now—along with the top candidates who can take over in the future.