The best Canadian-born Blue Jays in franchise history

Aug 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) stands for the national anthem of Canada at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) stands for the national anthem of Canada at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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TORONTO, ON – JULY 4: Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a soft grounder in front of home plate and throws out the baserunner in the third inning during MLB game action against the New York Mets at Rogers Centre on July 4, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Russell Martin

Unlike the other members of this list, Russell Martin‘s best seasons weren’t with the Blue Jays. He was, however, an integral part of the Blue Jays’ success in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Throughout its history, MLB has had some incredible Canadian-born players. Here’s a list of the five best to ever suit up for the Blue Jays.

Signed as a free agent by the Jays during the 2015 offseason, he was named an All-Star and finished 24th in American League MVP voting in his first year with the team. Prior to the Blue Jays, the Toronto-born but Montreal-raised catcher had been one of baseball’s top backstops during his time with the Dodgers, Yankees, and Pirates. During his four seasons with the club, he provided excellent defense and an above-average bat for a catcher.