The All Time Jays Team

Toronto Blue Jays

This piece was originally posted January 19, 2007.  Since then, not much has changed.

Yesterday Jays broadcaster Jamie Campbell put together his all time favourite Jays list. While not a bad list, I happen to disagree on a few selections. Obviously leaving Kelly Gruber off the list for 3B is at best a slap in the face and, let me be frank, at worst an atrocity.  Let me now present to you my all time favourite Jays team.

ROTATION:
1. Roy Halladay
2. Dave Stieb
3. Roger Clemens – the most dominant pitching seasons ever turned in by a Jay
4. Pat Hentgen
5. Jimmy Key

Sentimental pick(s):
Jim Clancy – The first Jays starter to have a real sniff at success if I recall correctly
John Cerrutti
Doyle Alexander
Mike Flanagan – He was the epitome of the crafty lefthanded pitcher
Todd Stottlemyre -I loved his bloodied up chin from his headfirst slide in the World Series

MIDDLE RELIEVER:
Duane Ward

Sentimental:
Jim Acker – When his sinker was on, it was one of the best in baseball. But..wow, did he ever give up a lot of home runs in retrospect.
Mark Eichhorn – I loved, absolutely loved his funky sidearm delivery as a kid growing up

CLOSER:
Tom Henke - The Terminator had a 10.295k/9IP rate. Amazing.

Sentimental:
Billy Koch - I liked the cut of his jib. And 100mph fastball.
BJ Ryan – His 2006 season was one of the greatest seasons by a relief pitcher in baseball history.

FIRST BASE:
Carlos Delgado

Sentimental:
Fred McGriff

SECOND BASE:
Roberto Alomar: You were expecting Joe Lawrence?

Sentimental:
Orlando Hudson – The O-Dog can pick it!!!

THIRD BASE:
Kelly Gruber – you are kidding me if you think anyone else belongs here

Sentimental:
Rance “Tight Pants” Mullinks
The “Greatest Blue Jay of All Time” Scott Rolen

SHORT-STOP:
Tony Fernandez

Sentimental:
Alfredo Griffin

CATCHER:
Ernie Whitt

Sentimental:
Pat Borders
Gregg Zaun
Rick Leach
Charlie O’Brien
Buck Martinez
Darrin Fletcher
Greg Myers
Ken Huckaby – for what he did to Jeter

(I like me some Jays catchers)

LEFT-FIELD:
Jorge Bell – best Rule V pick ever?

Sentimental:
Joe Carter

CENTRE-FIELD:
Devon White – As my Dad always says, he was as fast as greased lightning.

Sentimental:
Lloyd “Shaker” Moseby

RIGHT-FIELD:
Jose Bautista

Sentimental:
Jesse Barfield – Huge cannon! (That’s what she said)
Shawn Green
Junior Felix

DESIGNATED HITTER:
Paul Molitor

Sentimental:
Candido Maldonado

COACHING STAFF:
Bobby Mattick
, Brian Butterfield, Al Widmar, Brad Arnsberg, Mel Queen, Cito Gaston (as hitting coach)

The Jays!

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