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MLBFC Fans Play GM on Facebook

Friday, March 9, 2012 1:31 PM

Imagine you are starting a baseball franchise. Any player in the MLB can be yours. On the surface this may seem to be an easy decision, but dig deeper and various factors should be considered.

Should you choose a position player or starting pitcher? Would you factor in position? Shortstop? First base? Center field?

Do you consider intangibles such as leadership, charisma and the ability to deliver in the clutch?

We asked our fans on Facebook to address this topic, asking, "Which MLB player would be your first choice to build a franchise around?"

There was a wide array of unique answers out of over 300 responses, further proving the difficult nature of the decision. Below, please find the players who generated the most comments.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees: 25 comments

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: 22 comments

Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers: 18 comments

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: 17 comments

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies: 16 comments

Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 15 comments

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: 15 comments

Even Boston Red Sox Fans like Dan Rios can appreciate greatness of the Yankees' Cano.

In another comment, Timothy Watson brings up some quality points about Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.

Andrew McQuiston is thinking about upside when he selected Arizona Diamondback Justin Upton.

Who would you choose to build a franchise around? Tweet us at @MLBFanCave and comment below.

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