The Toronto Blue Jays have a relatively short history in the grand scheme of things. Founded in 1977, the team has gone through many ups and downs, and seen its share of both good and mediocre players.
The same could be said for the bevy of players that have worn the Blue Jays uniform and had the luxury to don it in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
While the Blue Jays have been blessed with the likes of Dave Steib, Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Carlos Delgado, and Roy Halladay to name a few, they’ve also had a handful of, well, forgettable faces to represent the club in baseball’s Mid-Summer Classic. Let’s just say that the rule where every team needs a representative does not necessarily send true “All-Stars” to the game. Every team has sent a pig or two, the Blue Jays are no different.
That all said, with this year’s annual All-Star contest slated for Tuesday night at Minnesota’s Target Field, I thought it would be a good exercise to look at the 38-year history of the Blue Jays and see which players repped Toronto over the years and which All-Stars didn’t quite live up to the title.
For those who are curious, the following represents which Blue Jays were awarded the All-Star honor, courtesy of MLB.com.
|2013||Jose Bautista (OF), Brett Cecil (P), Steve Delabar (P), Edwin Encarnacion (DH)|
|2012||Jose Bautista (OF)|
|2011||Jose Bautista (OF), Ricky Romero (P)|
|2010||Jose Bautista (OF), John Buck (C), Vernon Wells (OF)|
|2009||Aaron Hill (2B), Roy Halladay (P)|
|2008||Roy Halladay (P)|
|2007||Alex Rios (OF)|
|2006||Troy Glaus (3B), Roy Halladay (P), B.J. Ryan (P), Alex Rios (OF), Vernon Wells (OF)|
|2005||Roy Halladay (P), Shea Hillenbrand (DH)|
|2004||Ted Lilly (P)|
|2003||Carlos Delgado (1B), Roy Halladay (P), Vernon Wells (OF)|
|2002||Roy Halladay (P)|
|2001||Paul Quantrill (P)|
|2000||Tony Batista (3B), Carlos Delgado (1B), David Wells (P)|
|1999||Tony Fernandez (3B), Shawn Green (OF)|
|1998||Roger Clemens (P)|
|1997||Roger Clemens (P), Pat Hentgen (P)|
|1996||Joe Carter (OF)|
|1995||Roberto Alomar (2B)|
|1994||Roberto Alomar (2B), Joe Carter (OF), Pat Hentgen (P), Paul Molitor (DH)|
|1993||Roberto Alomar (2B), Joe Carter (OF), Pat Hentgen (P), Paul Molitor (DH), John Olerud (1B), Duane Ward (P), Devon White (OF)|
|1992||Roberto Alomar (2B), Joe Carter (OF), Juan Guzman (P)|
|1991||Roberto Alomar (2B), Joe Carter (OF), Jimmy Key (P)|
|1990||George Bell (OF), Kelly Gruber (3B), Dave Stieb (P)|
|1989||Tony Fernandez (SS), Kelly Gruber (3B)|
|1988||Dave Stieb (P)|
|1987||George Bell (OF), Tony Fernandez (SS), Tom Henke (P)|
|1986||Jessie Barfield (OF), Tony Fernandez (SS), Lloyd Moseby (OF)|
|1985||Damaso Garcia (2B), Jimmy Key (P), Dave Stieb (P), Ernie Whitt (C|
|1984||Damaso Garcia (2B), Alfredo Griffin (SS), Dave Stieb (P)|
|1983||Dave Stieb (P)|
|1982||Jim Clancy (P)|
|1981||Dave Stieb (P)|
|1980||Dave Stieb (P)|
|1979||Dave Lemanczyk (P)|
|1978||Roy Howell (3B)|
|1977||Ron Fairly (OF)|
That’s an impressive list of players right there, if I do say so myself. However, there are a few that stick out like sore thumbs. Let’s take a look at those one, shall we?