MLB All Star Game: 5 Best Blue Jays Ever!

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Joe Carter- Five Time All Star! 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996

Joe Carter is remembered for hitting the most famous home run in Blue Jays history. In 1993, he hit the walk off home run against Mitch Williams and the Phillies to deliver the first World Series win on Canadian turf. It was also the 2nd championship in a row for the Blue Jays. It was also their last. But, on to more positive discussion.

Joe Carter does not appear in the Blue Jays’ top 20 players ranked by WAR. His career mark of 19.3 puts him below Alex Rios. Ugh. Regardless, the best years of Carter’s career came in a Blue Jays uniform. He won the Silver Slugger award in 1991 & 1992. He’d finish in the top 20 in MVP voting 8 times and as high as 3rd in 1993. 

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Carter has a streak of 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs. He would finish his Blue Jays career with 203 dingers. His career total sits at 396. He also collected 736 RBI as a Blue Jay. This is worth mentioning because Carter’s HR total is quite similar to that of Jose Bautista. Yet, his RBI total is approximately 200 higher. When all is said and done, though, Bautista may just end up passing Carter in this regard.

The fact that Joe Carter is even on this list of Blue Jays players with so many All Star Game appearances may come as a surprise to some. The nods in 1994 and in 1996 might have to do with the popularity that follows hitting such a dramatic home run. After all, some question whether Joe Carter was as good as they mystique and nostalgia would suggest. He’s a lifetime .259 hitter with an OBP of just .306. The most walks Carter took in a season was in 1991 and it was a laughable 49. Already, in 2015, Jose Bautista has a league leading 65.

Regardless, Carter can lay claim to one of the greatest World Series home runs ever. And, he is a 5 time All Star.

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