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May 10, 2017

Corey Kluber's stony countenance—to say nothing of his Al Cy Young Award and status as the ace of the reigning league champions—would certainly make him a strong choice as the face of the Indians' franchise, but the extended disabled list stay he's undergoing for a back strain doesn't help his candidacy here. But even if the man known as Klubot was healthy, the choice would still be Francisco Lindor, the 23-year-old shortstop with a Gold Glove, a power-hitting bat, a strong arm and a magnetic smile. Lindor finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015 and then batted .301/.358/.435 with 15 homers and 19 steals during last year's regular season before improving to .310/.355/.466 in the postseason. He's still under team control for several more seasons, so Lindor figures to be a major factor in whatever continued success the Indians have.

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