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Blue Jay of the Week!

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It’s a big weekend coming up in St. Mary’s, Ontario at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and I think it’s only fitting that this player is the Blue Jay of the Week.

June15-June21

This weeks Blue Jay of the Week is…. Roberto Alomar! (@RobbieAlomar)

| 703 games | 832 hits | 451 runs | 55 hr | 342 rbi | 206 sb | 307 avg | .382 obp |

* stats with the Toronto Blue Jays

In total Robbie Alomar played 17 seasons with 7 different teams but it was the 5 years he spent with the Toronto Blue Jays that defined him as a Hall of Fame calibre player.

Since this is the Blue Jay of the Week blog let’s focus on his accolades as a Blue Jay.  During his tenure with the team between ’91-’95 he was a 5 time all star, 5 time gold glove award winner, 1992 Silver Slugger winner and the 1992 ALCS MVP.

Take a second and read that last line again because it’s hard to find a 5 year span for a player that compares to his.  If the numbers do compare than take a look at the game tape and watch Robbie Alomar play defence.

Ground ball up the middle? Easy play, back hand/jump/turn/throw with ease.  Blooper into right field?  Robbie would pounce on the ball like a cat with a diving grab for a game changing play.  Nobody has ever been a better defender than Alomar and in my opinion I don’t think we will ever see another like him (maybe I’m bias).

Always a threat at the plate and on the base paths Robbie defines a 5-tool player.  He hit the second most clutch home run in team history and was always a threat to steal second and third base.

On June 19, 2010 Robbie Alomar was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and that’s why he is the Blue Jay of the Week!

What do you think about my Blue Jay of the Week?

Leave a comment or e-mail me at nickhansen@backinblue.ca

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