Franchise Four: Toronto Blue Jays

steib80According to a release by MLB on April 8, fans can visit MLB.com/FranchiseFour to select the four most impactful players for each franchise who best represent the history of each organization out of eight choices from its lineage. There is also a space for a write-in selection. Voting is live now until May 8.

The Ballot:

Roberto Alomar (1991-1995)
Jose Bautista (2008-Present)
George Bell (1981, 1983-1990)
Joe Carter (1991-1997)
Carlos Delgado (1993-2004)
Tony Fernandez (1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999, 2001)
Roy Halladay (1998-2009)
Dave Stieb (1979-1992, 1998)

Shoestring Catches Recommendations:

Roberto Alomar: In 2011, Roberto Alomar became the first player in franchise history in be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In five seasons in Toronto, Alomar accomplished a lot. The second baseman was part of the 1992 and 1993 World Series champions, while being selected at the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series in 1992. He was a five-time all-star and earned five Gold Gloves to go with a Silver Slugger in 1992.

George Bell: A two-time all-star, George Bell became the only player in franchise history to be named the American League Most Valuable Player in 1987 after hitting 47 homers with 134 RBI and a .308 batting average. Bell was the first Toronto position player selected to start the All-Star game in 1987. He also was a Silver Slugger three times in his nine years with the Blue Jays.

Joe Carter: Joining the Blue Jays after the 1990 season with Roberto Alomar thanks to a trade with the San Diego Padres, Joe Carter has a special place in the history of the organization. Carter became only the second player to end a World Series with a home run in 1993 when he hit a long ball in the ninth inning of game six against the Philadelphia Phillies. He represented the Blue Jays in five All-Star Games with three starts.

Dave Stieb: One of the early leaders of the Toronto organization, Dave Stieb was a seven-time all-star. In 1983 and 1984, Stieb was the starting pitcher for the American League in the Summer Classic. In 15 years with the Blue Jays, he became the club’s all-time leader in several categories including wins with 175 and strikeouts with 1,658. After several close calls, Stieb was finally able to toss a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1990.

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