For every franchise in professional sports, there is a player, or players, associated with that time. When you think of the first name “Kobe,” just about everyone who isn’t dead associates the name with the Los Angeles Lakers. Or, in years past, Babe is associated with the New York Yankees.
Many players gain their names and reputations through the team they play for, and in some cases, the franchise has a name, or has become popular, because the of the players associated with that franchise.
Even though baseball is a sport in which each franchise consists of a 25-man roster, in almost every instance, there is always one name that people remember from that particular team.
Bleacher Report will identify the name associated with each team, who happens to be labeled as their “franchise” player.