Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First player going in as a Blue Jay

Congratulations to Robbie Alomar for being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.  He deserves it - better offensive stats than one of the all time greats already in the Hall - Ryan Sandberg. 

He was the best fielding second baseman I've ever seen with an uncanny ability to go to his left make a catch while sliding and get up and throw the runner out at first.  And I remember lots of spectacular plays he made up the middle too. 

Most Blue Jay fans can still remember his key playoff homerun off Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley back in the 92 playoffs.  Eckersley was the most feared reliever of his day.  What a moment!

Think back to when the Jays acquired Robbie - we gave up a lot - Fred McGriff a guy who always seemed to hit 30 plus home runs and Tony Fernandez one slick fielder who could also handle a bat.  Tony used to turn around to bunt and then slap it by the charging infield.  Great play!  Anyway we give up Tony and Fred and get Robbie and Joe. 

I remember seeing Joe at a game in Detroit when he first broke in with Cleveland in 1984.  You could tell Joe was going to be something special. 

We were lucky to have all four of these players in a Jays uniform.  Robbie will be the only one to get into the Hall.  Who knows, maybe we've got the making of some other Hall of Famers on the 2011 Blue Jays roster.

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