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

Miguel Mike Medina
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No. 3 Orlando Hudson

Did we remember the defensive talent in Orlando Hudson? It's been a long time since we last heard from him. Hudson played for five seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hudson was drafted 4th in the 33rd round in the 1997 Draft.

After spending a couple of years in the minors, Hudson made his major debut in 2002 in the midsummer against the Baltimore Orioles. Hudson established himself as a great defensive player in 2005 when he earned his first Gold Glove award. He would go on to win four in total throughout his career. Hudson had so much swag and style playing at the position. He got better once he got traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it all started in Toronto.

No. 2 Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill's journey to second base didn't start right away. The plan was to have him at shortstop, but he needed to excel in that position. Therefore, the Jays moved him to second base. The move turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After suffering a concussion when he collided with David Eckstein in 2008, Hill missed the rest of the season. But this made Hill strong because he would come back to the 2009 season with redemption on his mind.

In 2009, he made his first All-Star appearance. He won the Silver Slugger Award and smacked 36 homers with a .829 OPS. He was also named American League Comeback Player of the Year. It was an inspiring season for Hill. To come back from an injury to have an outstanding season is something that Toronto will never forget. Despite struggling to make the playoffs, we can't forget how vital Hill was to the second base position in the late 2000s. If only Hill would've hit for a cycle during his tenure as a Blue Jay. Luckily for Arizona, they were able to witness it. As a good defender and solid hitter, Hill is worthy of being the second-best second baseman in the history of the Blue Jays franchise.

No. 1 Robert Alomar

Undoubtedly, without question, the greatest second baseman in Blue Jays' history is Roberto Alomar. He's also one of the best second basemen of all time - he had an incredible style and made his defense look fun. Alomar was a magician on the field. He also did it with his bat.

Alomar's signature game with the Blue Jays would have to be Game 4 of the 1992 American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics. Alomar hit a clutch 2-run home run to tie the game 6-6 off closer Dennis Eckersley. The home run changed the momentum of the series. Alomar was named MVP of the ALCS. The Blue Jays won the World Series in '92 and '93 by defeating the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Alomar won five gold gloves during his tenure with the Jays and is one of the biggest reasons for the Jays' success in both seasons.

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