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Sogard and Posey do battle for `Face of Baseball’ Monday

OK, let’s get right to it – the MLB Network’s “The Face of Baseball’’ campaign is just hokey.

Using Twitter to pick one player on each roster to represent that franchise, then put them in a series of head-to-head fan votes is just a little over the top.

But since it’s pitting the Giants vs. the A’s, it may be time to look past that.

Monday morning fans will be asked to vote on Twitter on Eric Sogard of the A’s against Buster Posey of the Giants in the third round bracket of the competition.

    Sogard, the A’s second baseman, doesn’t have one-tenth the name recognition of Posey, the Giants’ catcher. But Sogard has already gotten plenty of support from A’s fans as he ousted the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki.

Posey has ousted Adam Jones of the Orioles and Jose Altuve of the Astros to get this far.

“I don’t know what that’s all about,’’ Sogard said the other day, “except that it goes to show the passion of the A’s fans. They jump in and they don’t stop.’’

Around the A’s clubhouse these days Sogard is known simply as “Face.’’ Even manager Bob Melvin says he’s been calling him that.

Will the nickname stand Monday’s vote? Will they remember that you only get 25 votes per Twitter handle?

Stay tuned.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.