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Blue Jays: Who had the best offensive three-year stretch?

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 8: A new banner is unveiled above the jumbotron marking the Toronto Blue Jays division championship after winning the American League East title before the start of action against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the American League Division Series during the 2015 MLB Playoffs at Rogers Centre on October 8, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 8: A new banner is unveiled above the jumbotron marking the Toronto Blue Jays division championship after winning the American League East title before the start of action against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the American League Division Series during the 2015 MLB Playoffs at Rogers Centre on October 8, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JUNE 20: Roberto Alomar #12 of the Toronto Blue Jays prepares for a pitch during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 20, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – JUNE 20: Roberto Alomar #12 of the Toronto Blue Jays prepares for a pitch during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 20, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

5. Roberto Alomar (1992-1994)

The one guy many people remember as the best all-around player for the Blue Jays in the early to mid-90s was Roberto Alomar.  If we made a list of five-year span it would likely come down to Alomar, Carlos Delgado, Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista (until Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr have enough years).

From 1992 to 1994, Alomar never batted below .306, which included the 1993 season that saw him post a .326 average which was good for third in the American League, as well as his team as he trailed John Olerud and Paul Molitor.  Alomar had his career-high 55 stolen bases in the same season, which also came with 17 home runs and 93 RBI.  Over that period, Alomar was not a huge home run threat, but he still finished with 87 doubles, 18 triples, 33 home runs and 207 RBI, while posting a slash line of .315/.401/.458.

While this article is about offence, it should be noted he won a Gold Glove in all three of these seasons (including the two other seasons in a Blue Jays uniform).  Alomar finished sixth in AL-MVP voting in both 1992 and 1993 while being named an All-Star each year.

During the 1992 World Series, Alomar had the biggest home run at that time in franchise history.  In the top of the ninth inning of Game 4, with the team down by two runs, Alomar would hit a two-run home run off of the leagues best closer Dennis Eckersley to tie the game, which eventually led to the team winning the game in extra innings and take a strangle home on the series, which they would later win.

Alomar took home the ALCS MVP after going 11 for 26 (.423) with a pair of home runs and five stolen bases.  During the two World Series runs, Alomar would go 35 for 101 (.347) with nine extra-base hits, while stealing 16 of 18 bases over 24 games.

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