Blue Jays: Best players in franchise history to wear jersey numbers 11-20

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Continuing from the previous article, looking at the best Toronto Blue Jays players to wear jersey numbers 0-10, we will now shift our focus to the best of the best at numbers 11-20.

#11 - George Bell

Beginning at 11, the best Blue Jays player to wear the number was George Bell, who was with the team for nine seasons from 1981 until 1990. Across those nine seasons, Bell hit 202 home runs with 740 RBI and batted .286, while appearing in two All-Star Games, collecting three Silver Slugger awards and an AL MVP in 1987. Bell has been remembered as one of the greatest Blue Jays of all time, as he ranks sixth in home runs and fourth in RBI in team history. Other players to consider include David Cone and Bo Bichette, though Bell was more impactful.

#12 - Roberto Alomar

Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar is the best Blue Jay to wear number 12, winning both World Series championships with the team. The only other notable Blue Jay who wore number 12 was Ernie Whitt, who was with the team for 12 seasons. Alomar was an All-Star and Gold Glover in each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays and a key contributor during the World Series runs. Alomar ranks second on the team's all time batting average at .307 while adding 206 stolen bases too. There is no doubt that Alomar is the best Blue Jays player to wear number 12 with no upcoming competition with the team retiring the number for him.

#13 - Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

There were not many players to choose from for the 13 spot, though Lourdes Gurriel Jr. enjoyed five strong seasons for the Jays. Batting .285 while hitting 68 home runs, Gurriel was a good hitter and an improving defender, though coming off of his worst season production-wise and has since been traded to the Diamondbacks along with Gabriel Moreno in exchange for Daulton Varsho. Honorable mention goes to Buck Martinez, who was never a great hitter for the Jays though has been an integral play-by-play and color analyst for the team since 1987.

#14 - Justin Smoak

Like 13, there are not a lot of players to choose from, though Justin Smoak stands out amongst the rest. Smoak played five seasons in Toronto, hitting 117 home runs and driving in 321 runs. Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson also wore number 14 for the Jays’ 1993 season, though since it was just a single season, Smoak was more impactful as a Jay.

#15 - Lloyd Moseby

15 posed one of the more difficult decisions, as there are three players from whom I was choosing, though I’m going to choose Lloyd Moseby due to his longevity with the team. The other great players to consider were Shawn Green and Alex Rios, though Moseby’s ten seasons were more productive than the others’ Blue Jays tenures. Though Moseby never reached single season numbers such as Green did, the Arkansas native was very well-rounded as he put together 373 doubles, 149 home runs, 651 RBI, and 280 stolen bases with the Jays, becoming one of the team's best CFs of all time.