Joe Posnanski of The Athletic has been tasked with counting down the Top 100 MLB Players of All-Time and a former Blue Jays player has made the list at number 97.
Former Blue Jays superstar Roberto Alomar has been anointed the 97th best player of All-Time which is somewhat surprising as I thought the Hall of Famer might be around the #80 echelon when I sat back and thought about his place in baseball history and how dominant he was at his position.
Seeing the list put Ozzie Smith at #93, I would have assumed Alomar would have been ranked lower as he was a far superior offensive player than that of Smith.
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Alomar was an integral piece of the Blue Jays back-to-back championships in 1992 and 1993 solidifying the infield at second base. Over his 17-year MLB career, Alomar hit .300/.371/.443 with 210 home runs, 474 stolen bases and a 67.1 WAR for the Padres, Indians, Orioles, Mets, White Sox, Diamondbacks, and the Jays.
The second baseman also appeared in 12 All-Star Games and won 10 Gold Gloves along with four Silver Slugger awards during his illustrious Hall of Fame career. Alomar epitomized who the Jays were in the early nineties and was the face of the franchise.
Thus far Posnanski has made it down to the 90th selection of this daunting task, here are how the first 11 selections have panned out. Nice to see Canadian Larry Walker make the Top 100 as he should finally receive his rightful place in Cooperstown this summer.
You will require a subscription to The Athletic to read the articles pertaining to the individual rankings but here is the list thus far.
We will keep you posted if any other former Blue Jays players round out the remaining 89 spots on the list as it is obviously still a work in progress.