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Former Blue Jays who will be eligible for the 2023 Hall of Fame Ballot

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 29: Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during MLB game action against the Chicago White Sox on June 29, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 29: Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during MLB game action against the Chicago White Sox on June 29, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, CANADA – JULY 27: Aaron Hill #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays jumps to avoid the slide of Derrek Lee #25 of the Baltimore Orioles during MLB game action July 27, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images) /

Aaron Hill

A first-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2003, second baseman Aaron Hill spent seven years on the active roster spanning from 2005 to 2011.

Heralded for his defensive ability, Hill transitioned from shortstop to second base once he turned professional where his arm and athletic ability took over and gave the Blue Jays a reliable defender on the right side of the diamond. Batting-wise, Hill posted strong slash lines early in his career but started to fade after the 2009 season, his best campaign with the organization where he earned Silver Slugger and All-Star honours with his .286/.330/.499 line and .829 OPS through a league-leading 682 at-bats.

Hill would be traded along with John McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder Kelly Johnson in August of the 2011 campaign. The California product would spend five seasons in the desert before finishing out his career with pit stops in Milwaukee, Boston, and in the Bay Area with the San Francisco Giants. He would amass a .740 OPS, 162 home runs, and 695 RBI while also posting a 43 bDRS through 1210 games at second base. The righty-batter also earned another Silver Slugger Award with the Diamondbacks in 2012.

If Hill does find himself on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot, he might garner some interest but will most likely find himself near the bottom of the list and could be a one-and-done candidate.

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