ESPN Baseball Tonight is running polls asking to name each franchise’s three greatest players.  Right now they are running a poll for the All-Time Greatest Blue Jay.

In my mind it is not too close.  It has to be Roberto Alomar.  When we traded for him I said “Finally we have a superstar, now we can win the World Series.”  It was Roberto Alomar who hit the homerun off Dennis Eckersley in the 1992 ALCS and finally got the monkey off the Blue Jays’ back.  When Roberto Alomar was playing for the Blue Jays I thought he would be the greatest second baseman of all time.

It was weird how his career played out, spitting on an umpire, going from team to team, having vision problems at the end that forced him to retire.  I am not even sure he will get into the Hall of Fame though I think he will.  Wikipedia says this about thim.

Roberto Alomar Velázquez (born February 5, 1968 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball player (1988-2004), considered by many to be one of the best second basemen in history.[1][2] He holds the record for most Gold Glove Awards at that position,[3] and has also won the second most Silver Slugger Awards for a second baseman.[4]

Roberto Alomar – Wikipedia

Here is the actual poll. My second place vote goes to John Olerud because I love the guy and my third place vote goes to Roy Halladay. Where is Jimmy Key? 🙂

Who is the all-time greatest player in Blue Jays history?
Roberto Alomar (1991-1995):
Hit .480 in 1993 World Series win over Philadelphia.
George Bell (1981-1990):
Won 1987 MVP with 47-HR, .605 SLG performance.
Joe Carter (1991-1997):
Walk-off home run won 1993 World Series.
Carlos Delgado (1993-2004):
Hit 40 or more home runs three times with Blue Jays.
Tony Fernandez (1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999):
Late-career surge with Jays outdid his original stint.
Roy Halladay (1998-present):
Control artist has a .667 winning percentage.
Tom Henke (1985-1992):
Struck out 100 or more batters three times in closer role.
Lloyd Moseby (1980-1989):
Polished outfielder combined speed, power and defense.
John Olerud (1989-1996):
OBP machine hit .363 in 1993.
Dave Stieb (1979-1992, 1998):
Underrated ace was perennially victimized by poor run support.

3 Responses to “Who is the all-time greatest in Blue Jays history?”

eyeman wrote a comment on August 8, 2008

Hey, they don’t have Rance Mullinks and Garth Iorg! 🙂 Vince will be sorely disappointed.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on August 8, 2008

Wasn’t it just Garth Iorg he loved? 🙂

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