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The many links between the Blue Jays and Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 05: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays and Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants both react after Bautista stole third base in the fifth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 05: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays and Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants both react after Bautista stole third base in the fifth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO – APRIL 6: Marco Scutaro #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at the pitch during the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre on April 6, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
TORONTO – APRIL 6: Marco Scutaro #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at the pitch during the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre on April 6, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images) /

Marco Scutaro – A Friendly Face

One of the friendliest and most honest men to play for the Blue Jays, Marco Scutaro, a smiley middle infielder who served as the Blue Jays’ starting shortstop from 2008 to 2009, played for the Giants from 2012 to 2015.

Scutaro, 32 when he first arrived in Toronto, had previously appeared in games for the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets. Though his first season in Toronto wasn’t special by any means, it was his second season, 2009, that cemented him as a solid and unassuming bat with a penchant for quick turns at second and short.

In 2009, the native of San Felipe, Venezuela slashed a healthy .282/.379/.409 with 12 home runs, 60 RBI, 14 stolen bases and 35 doubles in 144 games played. In December 2009, Scutaro signed on with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them until early 2012, when he was dealt to the Colorado Rockies. Scutaro then finished out his career with the Giants, being awarded the 2012 NLCS MVP. He also earned an All-Star nod as a San Francisco Giant in 2013.

Scutaro finished his career with 1355 hits (tied for 798th all-time) and 1391 games played. In total, he logged 289 games in a Blue Jays uniform, hitting .275 and driving in 120 and stealing 21 bases (including an especially sneaky one in Philadelphia against the Phillies).

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