1st base – Carlos Delgado
Carlos Delgado ranks first among Blue Jay hitter is a number of categories including 336 home runs,1036 RBI's and 343 doubles; he also ranks 2nd with 1413 hits. After a slow start he hit 30+ HR every year from 1997 through 2004. He also had six consecutive 100+ RBI seasons, and three others with 90+. His best season was 2000, when he hit .344 with 57 doubles, 41 HR, 115 R, 137 RBI, and a .470 OBP. He is easily the best slugger the Blue Jays have had to date.
Honourable mention: John Olerud, John Mayberry, Willie Upshaw, Fred McGriff
2nd base – Roberto Alomar
Roberto Alomar is the Blue Jays all-time leading hitter with a .307 average. He only played for
Honourable mention: Damaso Garcia, Aaron Hill, Orlando Hudson
Shortstop – Tony Fernandez
Tony Fernandez retired as the Blue Jays all-time leader in games (1,450), at-bats (5,335), hits (1,583), triples (72), second in doubles (291), third in runs (704), total bases (2,198), and average (.297), fourth in walks (439) and stolen bases (172) and fifth in extra-base hits (425). Tony Fernandez also won four straight gold gloves at shortstop (1986-1989). Ironically, his trade to the Padres along with Fred McGriff for Carter and Alomar strengthened the team and made it a World Series contender.
Honourable mention: Alfredo Griffin, Alex Gonzalez
3rd base – Kelly Gruber
I’ve always felt that the Blue Jays have always been weak at third. For me only two players stood out and for only a limited period. I didn’t even consider Scott Rolen who played like an all star – for one half of a season. So I chose Kelly Gruber who was a fine fielder, and had some power, but really only had one outstanding season, 1990, when he hit .274 with 31 HR and 119 RBI. But he also played more games at third than any other Blue Jay, so he is my pick.
Honourable mention: Ed Sprague
Catcher – Pat Borders
Pat Borders was never was an all -star nor a Gold Glove winner but he will always be a hero in Toronto for outshining all of the stars and future Hall of Famers on the Blue Jays and Braves during the 1992 World Series. After having a solid ALCS, he was the World Series MVP in 1992, when he went 9-20 with three doubles and a home run. I know Ernie Whitt had a better track record during the regular season but winning the World Series is what it’s all about and Borders was a giant-killer.
Honourable mention: Darren Fletcher, Ernie Whitt
Right field – Joe Carter
Joe Carter is second in team history with 203 home runs and third in RBI's with 736. Carter hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning in game 6 of the 1993 World Series to give the Blue Jays the title. I think there have only been two walk off homerun wins in the World Series and Carter has one of them. So he edges out the terrific Jesse Barfield for right field. Carter had seven full seasons in
Honourable mention: Jesse Barfield, Shawn Green
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This selection is controversial considering Wells’ recent play. But he has already had several all-star seasons, including three Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award and the former 5th overall pick in the 1997 draft looked like he was becoming MVP material but has slumped the last few years.
Left field – George Bell
In nine seasons with Toronto George Bell ranks second in club history in total bases (2201), runs batted in (740), extra base hits (471); third in home runs with 202 and fourth in hits with 1294. He was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 1987 when he hit .308 with 47 home runs and 134 RBI's. He also holds the Blue Jays single season home run record with 47.
Honourable mention: Shannon Stewart
DH – Paul Molitor
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In the World Series he played DH, 3B and 1B, hit .500 with a 1.571 OPS with 2 homers and was named MVP.
Honourable mention: Dave Winfield, Cliff Johnson
Starting pitcher – Roy Halladay
I only picked one starter as opposed to an entire starting rotation and it was easy. Roy Halladay is already the best pitcher the team has ever had and one of the few actual franchise players. He holds the Blue Jays all-time season record with 22 wins and ranks 2nd all-time with 142 wins. Halladay the 2003 American League Cy Young Award when he went 22-7 and recorded 15 straight victories (He shares the team record with Roger Clemens). Dave Stieb is the team leader in most pitching categories and is a Hall of Famer but Halladay will eclipse many of his records if he remains a Blue Jay for a few more seasons.
Honourable mention: Dave Stieb, Pat Hentgen, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Jim Clancy Roger Clemens (with an asterisk)
Reliever – Tom Henke
The Blue Jays did not have a consistent closer until Tom Henke arrived from
Honourable mention: Duane Ward, Mark Eichorn, B.J. Ryan