Blue Jays: Top-five greatest second basemen in franchise history

Miguel Mike Medina
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The second base position is an exciting position on the infield. The beauty of a second baseman collaborating with a shortstop to turn double plays makes that position very intriguing.

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We love seeing a second baseman playing with so much swag, confidence, and fearlessness. He is a player who sacrifices his body to save runs and make it look so easy on the field. A tremendous second baseman has leadership and can do it with both bats and gloves.

In the history of the Blue Jays, we have seen some of the best players at the position, and we will witness even better future second basemen. Here are the top-five best second basemen to wear the Blue Jays uniform.

No. 5 Manuel Lee

Manuel Lee played for the Blue Jays from 1985 to 1992. In his last season with the ball club, Lee is fortunate to have won a World Series with the Jays. When I think about Manuel Lee, I think about a player who filled in the shoes of and backed up Roberto Alomar and Dámaso García. Also, he was a better defender than he was as a hitter. His infield defense was his best asset.

Regardless, he helped the Blue Jays, especially in the 1985 season when the team won the American League Division. It was his rookie season. Blue Jays had success in 1989 and 1991 as well. At the plate, Lee hit .254 with a .627 OPS over eight seasons in Toronto. During the 1992 season, he posted a 2.9 WAR.

No. 4 Dámaso García

The Blue Jays were an excellent team in the 1980s. If the playoff expansion would've existed in the 80s, the Blue Jays could've made some noise. Dámaso García is one of the reasons for their success in the 80s.

García
signed out of the Dominican Republic and played the second base position from 1980 through 1986. Throughout his time in Toronto, he was the leadoff hitter. Some of his best seasons came in the 1982 and 1983 seasons. In both of those seasons, he batted over .300 and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1982.

García
was also known for his speed. In 1982, he had 54 stolen bases and finished second in the American League in that category. He also made the All-Star team in 1984 and 1985. García
passed away in 2020 due to cancer. Without a doubt, a top-five best second baseman in Blue Jays history.

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