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The top 10 Toronto Blue Jays Players of the 2010’s

Bevan Hamilton
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 2: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays tosses his bat aside as he lines out in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Texas Rangers on May 2, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 2: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays tosses his bat aside as he lines out in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Texas Rangers on May 2, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Yep, we are at that point in the lockout – counting down the top 10 Blue Jays players of the 2010’s.

The Blue Jays posted a record of 794-826 (.490) during the last decade, well behind the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays decade success. However, that isn’t the whole story. The Blue Jays actually had five seasons .500 or better in those years, including 2010 (the Jose Bautista year), saw some success again in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and then went into the next decade with a whimper. But two playoff appearances – the first since 1993 – and the freaking bat flip mean this was the best decade of Blue Jays baseball since the ’90s.

A lot of talented ballplayers have passed through Toronto over the decades. The 2010’s saw their fair share, thanks in part to former general manager Alex Anthopolous who craftily put together some good teams, with the castoffs of the league and some established superstars as well. The run of 2015 and 2016 awoke a new generation of Blue Jays fans and united a nation in a way that hasn’t been seen in two decades. As someone who was an infant for the World Series Championships (my birth in 1992 was the lucky charm that propelled the Blue Jays), it was incredible to walk into any bar for the playoff games and participate in the palpable energy.

Before we get into the list, be aware this list is subjective, of course. It will include the best Blue Jays of the decade, not purely the best players of the decade who played on the Blue Jays. In other words, I am looking at those who contributed the most to the team. On any other list, I would include David Price. Although he only pitched 74 regular season innings for the team, his value for that half a season was so huge. That day the Blue Jays acquired him changed everything.

Now, onto the list.

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