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.
Jim Clancy – The first Jays starter to have a real sniff at success if I recall correctly
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
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
Tom Henke – The Terminator had a 10.295k/9IP rate. Amazing.
Roberto Alomar: You were expecting Joe Lawrence?
Orlando Hudson – The O-Dog can pick it!!!
Kelly Gruber – you are kidding me if you think anyone else belongs here
Rance “Tight Pants” Mullinks
The “Greatest Blue Jay of All Time” Scott Rolen
(I like me some Jays catchers)
Jorge Bell – best Rule V pick ever?
Devon White – As my Dad always says, he was as fast as greased lightning.
Lloyd “Shaker” Moseby
Jesse Barfield – Huge cannon! (That’s what she said)