Over the years, Major League Baseball has had many players who have more or less owned the title of “the face of baseball.” He may not always be the best player in the sport, but he represents the game on a broader level across all four major professional men’s sports.
Due to the recent suspension of Fernando Tatis Jr., Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez is here to win this title.
Mike Trout is one of the best players we’ve ever seen, but he doesn’t embrace the marketing side of the player. Shohei Ohtani is arguably one of the greatest talents to ever grace the sport. He is one of the best, if not the best, talent.
Tatis burst onto the scene in 2019, but solidified his baseball stardom a year later. With his electrifying personality, as a player of the MVP caliber, he’s exactly the type of player the league puts in its starring role.
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Unfortunately, Tatis’ reputation has since declined and his maturity has been publicly questioned by his own general manager. The 23-year-old sensation was working to recover from a wrist injury sustained in a motorcycle accident during the offseason, but MLB announced he would end his 80th game on Aug. 12. Any hopes of seeing the field in 2022 were dashed when he served his suspension.
According to the league, Tatis may have violated its policy on performance-enhancing drugs, tainted his legacy, and made him a less than starter for most people when it comes to the “face of baseball.”
Introducing Rodriguez. Barring new injuries, the 21-year-old superstar is headed for the Rookie of the Year season and his popularity is growing by the day. His performance in the Home Run Derby was like a coming out party, showcasing his vibrant personality and immense talent to baseball fans across the country.
Rodriguez leads one of the most fun young teams in baseball. Seattle has become a club full of character, dancing and having fun on the field after a win.
The rookie center fielder is at the center of it all, always smiling. Rodriguez just keeps getting better and there is no limit to what he can achieve.
His joy for the game can be felt through television. it is contagious. He’s taken Seattle by storm this year, but that’s not all. He’s growing into a baseball face before our very eyes, and it could happen sooner or later.