Derek Jeter

Pedro Martinez has some opinions about who the new “face of baseball” is

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Jayson Stark mused that Buster Posey could be the new “Face of Baseball” now that Derek Jeter is retired. It’s a silly title, of course, retrospectively applied to Derek Jeter only after he had five World Series rings, but it’s a title people have been falling all over themselves to apply in the past several months.

Pedro Martinez took issue with Stark. Mostly to the effect that you can’t pick Buster Posey without considering other people first:

Um, Miguel Cabrera is an interesting choice given that Pedro thinks off-the-field stuff matters. But like I said, it’s a subjective title.

And even if it’s a dumb conversation to have — and even though I think he’s way off base with some of the names he throws out there — I continue to love that Martinez is an opinionated and often contrary commentator in an age where most former players are content to nod their heads and offer nothing but praise for everyone and everything.