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Lowell Cohn: A's Eric Sogard could be designated as 'Face of MLB'

  • Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard hits a fly ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game on Thursday. (GREGORY BULL / Associated Press)

PHOENIX — This is about a special face. This is about the Face of Baseball, or Face of MLB, as Major League Baseball is calling its contest open to fan voting on Twitter. This is about the face of A's second baseman Eric Sogard.

Sogard currently is in first place in the MLB Face faceoff with 51 percent of the vote. Mets' third baseman David Wright is second with 49 percent, which means Sogard is beating New York. But with a contest this volatile and controversial, with such wide-ranging implications, the percentages may have changed after I filed my column.

Sogard already has defeated in face-to-face competition — faced down? — superstars Buster Posey, Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki. All of them lost face to the face of Sogard. Blown out of the water.

What a face!

“It's been Twitter madness,” Sogard told the Rise Guys on 95.7. “It's hilarious. I love it.”

What is the Sogard face?

Well, if you didn't know Sogard is a baseball player — he sure doesn't look like one — you might think he has the face of a high school chemistry teacher, a cost accountant, an insurance salesman, a checkout clerk at Barnes and Noble, an ice cream man, an orthodontist, a shoe salesman, a child psychologist, an athletic trainer (which he studied to be at Arizona State), an Episcopal minister (I have no idea if he's Episcopalian), an elf, a pixie and a leprechaun.

Me, I'm going with elf, pixie, leprechaun.

I love Eric Sogard's face. People all over America love his face.

Asked what about his face makes it the potential face of baseball, he said with a smile, “Could it be my glasses?”

And he's right. It's the glasses. I swear it's the glasses. They aren't your regular glasses. They are headlights. They are glasses that proudly announce, “I am a nerd.” Along with the glasses, Sogard has the kindest, most innocent smile. You want to protect him. You want to bring him home for milk and cookies.

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