The best Blue Jays outside of Cooperstown

When I think of the Blue Jays, I think of their awesome 1980s uniforms in contrast to their boring duds worn today. There are some players that immediately come to mind as well, such as Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, and Tony Fernandez. It was no surprise that those players were among the ones selected to the Blue Jays’ All-Time NON-HOF by position team on baseball-fever.com.

Among the players on my ballot, I believe McGriff and Alomar should be in the Hall of Fame already, and Alomar will almost certainly get the call in January. McGriff, on the other hand, will have some more campaigning to do.

My picks:
C: Darrin Fletcher
1B: Fred McGriff
2B: Roberto Alomar
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Kelly Gruber
LF: George Bell
CF: Devon White
RF: Joe Carter
sub1: John Olerud
sub2: Jesse Barfield
LHP: Jimmy Key
SP: Dave Stieb
SP: Juan Guzman
RP: Tom Henke
sub3: Cliff Johnson

The top picks of the BBF think tank:
C: Ernie Whitt
1B: Fred McGriff
2B: Roberto Alomar
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Kelly Gruber
LF: George Bell
CF: Devon White
RF: Jesse Barfield
LHP: Jimmy Key
P: Dave Stieb
P: Pat Hentgen
P: Doyle Alexander
RP: Tom Henke
sub1: John Olerud
sub2: Joe Carter

This is a pretty formidable team if you ask me. There are a lot of really good but not great players that passed through Toronto, and there was agreement on several of the positions. Alomar, Fernandez, Stieb and Key were all unanimous selections, while Henke was named on all but one ballot.

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Posted on December 13, 2010, in baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Carlos Delgado?

    Roger Clemens?

  2. Neither has been out of baseball long enough to be considered for the project, and Delgado is actually wanting to return to the big leagues next year. Clemens did not pitch for the Jays long enough either.

    I wouldn’t have voted for Clemens anyway, though. PEDs are a major roadblock for me to get over, and I haven’t encountered a player yet that I am willing to ignore steroids.

  3. Ok. I guess eventually Delgado, Halladay, and Wells would be on this list. I agree that both Alomar and McGriff belong, certainly both belong over Rice and Dawson.

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