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Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 3:38 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Toronto Blue Jays have been around for 35 years and haven't yet retired the number of a single player -- aside from Jackie Robinson's No. 42, but that's MLB-wide and he never played for the Jays. Things are about to change, though, as the Jays will retire Roberto Alomar's No. 12 on July 31. The ceremony will be one week after Alomar is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

According to Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston, Alomar is "arguably the best second baseman of all time."

I think many historians would argue Robinson, Joe Morgan, Eddie Collins, Rogers Hornsby or even Craig Biggio, but Alomar's name is certainly among the 10 best ever -- along with other relatively recent players Ryne Sandberg and Rod Carew.

Alomar only played five seasons for the Blue Jays, but was an All-Star and Gold Glover all five times. This period also include three trips to the ALCS and the Blue Jays' only two World Series championships. Alomar hit .480 with a 1.159 OPS in the 1993 World Series, too.

So Alomar makes sense as the first Blue Jay to have his number retired. With the Hall of Fame induction ceremony this coming Sunday, the timing is right, too.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:41 am
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

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Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

Thanks, Gaam.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:44 am
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

Here it is.





The first one is his ex-gf.  The second one is his ex-wife.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:53 am
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

He was the biggest reason they won 2 World Series...He should have stayed
I'd stop short of saying he was the biggest reason they won those titles...he was a key cog on some pretty loaded teams.

 But it was always cool that he lived in the hotel at the Skydome while he played there.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

What ever became of that lawsuit where a former girlfriend sais that Robbie gave her AIDS?  Anyone know?



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

Oh The Guy Who Said Babe Ruth Took Roids What An Idiot! Great Player but Hey Shut Your Pie Hole Mr.Kent!
The Only Thing Babe Ruth Did Was Become The Best Ever in the game ate hot dogs got drunk all the time you saw what he did and won 90 games pitching.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

He was the biggest reason they won 2 World Series...He should have stayed.




Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Blue Jays to retire Alomar's number

Great player as a Jay but as I recall he sort of led the exodus out of T.O. once they became just an ordinary team....in fact, he couldn't get out of town quick enough......................I would have retired Fernandez or Stieb before Alomar. Better still, maybe wait 10 years and retire Bautista


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