Ranking the 10 greatest infielders in Blue Jays history
2. Tony Fernandez
The best shortstop in Blue Jays history without a doubt is Tony Fernandez. In his 12 seasons in Toronto, Fernandez slashed .297/.353/.412 with 60 home runs and 613 RBI. He also tacked on 246 stolen bases.
In his first full season as a starter, Fernandez posted a .289 batting average with two home runs and 51 RBI. He did this while mostly hitting ninth in the order. After that, he became the full-time leadoff hitter and that move paid dividends for the Jays.
Fernandez is the only shortstop in Blue Jays history to win a Gold Glove award. His best defensive season came in 1989 when he had a 2.4 dWAR, a mark which was fourth in the American League.
He was a consistent 5 bWAR player which put him amongst the elite shortstops in the game. Fernandez was a guy the Jays could rely upon to make contact and play good defense. He did that consistently in his 12 years with the club.
Fernandez is the franchise leader in games played, defensive WAR, hits, and triples. He’s also second in bWAR, fifth in batting, and fifth in runs scored. He has his rightful spot on the Level of Excellence and is one of the best players to ever play for the Blue Jays.