-- When the idea of playing baseball for a living began to take hold of Francisco Lindor's childhood dreams, he did not simply want to reach the Major Leagues. The shortstop is not shy about saying he always envisioned himself becoming one of the best players in the game, as well as an inspiration.

Over the past three seasons, Lindor has quickly established himself not only as one of the faces of Major League Baseball, but as an ambassador for the game. So it came as no surprise that Lindor -- now a household name among baseball fans -- was chosen to be featured on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball 18 on Saturday at Tribe Fest.

It was just the latest part of the legacy that Lindor has dreamed of building.

"It's a blessing," Lindor said on Friday, when asked about being an example for kids. "Whenever a kid comes up and says, 'I want to be like you,' or the mom or the grandma come up to you and says, 'I want my grandkid or my son to be like you,' it's a blessing. It's a humbling experience. It's something that you cherish. You grow from that and you continue to do your best, so you can inspire others."

Lindor follows in the footsteps of past R.B.I. Baseball cover selections Corey Seager (2017), Mookie Betts ('16) and Anthony Rizzo ('15). The classic video game, which was relaunched by Major League Baseball in conjunction with the MLB Players' Association in '14, will be available this March for PlayStation 4, the Xbox One family of devices, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, iPad and Android-supported phones and tablets.

It might just be a video-game cover, but it is another way for Lindor to extend his reach in the game.